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Does it look like the Chinook fishing season will extend past Oct. 31 for Snake/Mainstem Clearwater?

Hello,
I am very happy to be able to fish in the historic chinook return this year. I was wondering about the quote on fishandgame.idaho.gov "The timing and length of Idaho’s salmon fishing seasons depends on the number of fish returning to Idaho in any given year."

Is this a strong possibility this year given the return over Bonneville (844083 fall chinook) and Lower Granite (42276 fall Chinook)?

I was just curious how that process worked and when the decision would be made? It seems like if it were ever extended this would be the year.

Thank you for any information you can provide.

Elliott Reams

Answer

It's nice to have such a great return of fall Chinook to the Snake and Clearwater Rivers in 2013.  Unfortunately, the season will not be extended past October 31st due to agreements in-place with other management entities.

 

The only exception to the October 31st closure is the area immediately below Hells Canyon Dam to Cliff Mountain rapids that will remain open until November 17th.

 

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