When we write the rule pamphlets we often don't take into account how they may effect other species and fishing opportunities. To answer your question, I went to the Administrative Rules section of Idaho Code.
For Steelhead, when you reach your daily bag limit, you only need to stop fishing for Steelhead as per IDAPA 13.01.11.405.04. This means you can no longer target Steelhead - but you can still fish for Fall Chinook and Coho or resident fish species. When an officer contacts you in the field and you show him you have filled your bag limit for Steelhead and then he asks you, "what are you trying to catch" the correct answer is, "anything but Steelhead."
In the case of Fall Chinook and Coho - things are a little more tricky. IDAPA 13.01.11.505.04 says, when you reach your daily bag limit for salmon you need to stop fishing for salmon.When the rule was written, we did not consider the overlap between Coho and Fall Chinook. In practical terms, your chances of catching bag limits for either species is very slim.If you have your bag limit of Coho and are approched by an officer, when he asks the question, "what are you trying to catch" specifically state, "Fall Chinook" - unless that stretch of the river is closed to the take of Fall Chinook.
Fall Chinook Salmon have been stocked numerous times over the years in Anderson Ranch Reservoir as a management tool to control/reduce Kokanee Salmon numbers so they grow at an optimum size to provide a quality fishery. Fall Chinook forage in the same level in the water column as Kokanee and are very efficient at eating Kokanee. They also provide an exciting fishery because of the size they reach at 4 and 5 years of age. We had a picture sent us recently of a Fall Chinook Salmon from Anderson Ranch Reservoir that was in excess of 30" and 15 pounds.
Yes, you found our mistake in that news release. Coho do produce jacks, males that mature and return after only one year in the ocean, just like Chinook salmon. What was meant is that coho returns to the Snake River are difficult to predict because we don't have a lot of years of returns to use in our forecast models, most importantly the jack returns one year and the adult returns in the next year. The return of coho salmon to the Snake River is still quite new. After we acquire a few more years of data, we should be able to start making some forecasts of the coho return.
The short answer is yes. Idaho Department of Fish and Game has a long history of monitoring chinook salmon returns to the Middle Fork Salmon River and its tributaries. In 2014 we estimated2,607 wild chinook salmon spawned in the Middle Fork Salmon drainage.
The longer answer isstandardized counting began in the 1950's with biologists counting chinook salmon redds (the nests salmon make in the bottom of the stream) from airplanes and helicopters. From those early counts we develop estimates of spawning escapement to specific populations within the Middle Fork Salmon drainage. Most recently the monitoring has been a collaborative effort between Idaho Department of Fish and Game, the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes,the Nez Perce Tribe and the U.S. Forest Service's Rocky Mountian Research Station. Most of the data for individual populations will be available shortlyon the Follow Idaho Salmon Home website linked here http://18.104.22.168/idaho/web/apps/index_main.php
We are in the process of updating the website with the most current data.
Thanks for your interest in Idaho's Wild Salmon!
Program Coordinator for Endangered Steelhead and Salmon
End of Juneis probably the last time we will stock Chinook Salmon in the Boise River. We only bring fish from Oxbow (mid-Snake River) or Rapid River (near Riggins) because we know these fish are of hatchery stock origin.
By early July, the body of these fish arebreaking-down (they haven't eaten since they left the ocean in March and April) and they are starting to stage to begin the final phase of their life - spawning.They don't handle the stress of transportation very well and their flesh quality is questionable.
Enjoy the fish we've stocked in the Boise River and hope we have a large enough return next year of surplus fish to provide this unique fishing opportunity in the middle of Idaho's largest city.
Chinook salmon caught from the Little Salmon River are generally safe to eat. IDFGrecommends following the USDA and FDA guidelines for safely handling andpreparing your catchto prevent foodborne illness. If you will be eating fish within 2 days of catching it, make sure to store your fish on ice. Otherwisestore it in the freezer.
The safest way to prepare your salmon will be to cook it thoroughly, which will kill harmful parasites if present.While parasites may be present in some fish, they are usually less common in saltwater fish. For this reason, most sushi preparations focus on saltwater species, and those that live in the open ocean (like tunas, yellow tail, mackerel, salmon) and not bottom fish(like halibut).
It's always best to cook seafood thoroughly to minimize the risk of foodborne illness. However, if you choose to eat raw fish anyway, one rule of thumb is to eat fish that has been previously frozen - usually as cold as possible. Try tofreeze fishat temperatures of at least -14 deg F, orlower tobetter preserveflesh quality.Some species of fish can contain parasites, and freezing will kill any parasites that may be present.However, be aware that freezing doesn't killallharmful microorganisms. That's why the safest route is to cook your seafood.
Freshly caught salmon can be used for sushi preparations, but this is a personal judgement. Safely handling and storingyour fish will be more important to preventing foodborne illness than parasites.You must understand the risksand use appropriate caution.
IDFG recommends that you review some of the food safety guidelines at these links:
The estimated quota for the South Fork Salmon is changing every day as more fish arrive over Bonneville and Lower Granite dams. The current estimate is that the quota will be in the range of 1,000-1,500 salmon. Much of the run is still migrating up through the lower river system, so estimating the quota with certainty can bedifficult.
Fishing is not yet open on the river, so none of the quota has been harvested. Fishing opens this Friday the 19th.There have already been several hundress salmon collected at the South Fork trap, so there are already fish in the river. I would expect fishing to be good this weekend given the current conditions and numbers of fish in the river.
Sorry, you only get one salmon permit for the spring/summer Chinook season. The first 20 notches are to record Chinook salmon from the Spring and Summer Chinook seasons. The second group of 20 notches are for the Fall Chinook and Coho season.
Our preseason forcast for Spring Chinook returning to Pahsimeroi was just over 2,100 adults. Incomplete PIT tag data is currently suggesting numbers may be less than our forecast - but it's still early and subject to change.