Hi everybody, it’s time for the weekly Chinook update (6/26/12). Harvest shares for the Clearwater River, Riggins area and Hells Canyon are shown below and are not much different than last week.
Harvest dropped off some in the Clearwater Region from last week, but there are still areas where the fishing is good. Catch rates were below 10 hr/fish for both the North Fork Clearwater and Kooskia hatchery area. One of our creel clerks told me how surprised she was with how light the fishing pressure was in the Kooskia area last week especially since the fishing was good. In fact, in her break from work, she managed to go down to the rive and catch two Chinook. Surprisingly, catch dropped substantially in the South Fork Clearwater last week even though our PIT tag array indicates around 3,000 hatchery fish have moved into this river with fish still trickling in. We still have a lot of fish remaining on the non-tribal harvest share, so there will be NO closures or rule changes in the Clearwater River drainage this week. Based on the way the fishery is progressing, it looks like the season could last through July in the Clearwater drainage.