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Salmon Fishing

Why was the pahsimeroi river section closed this year? I see there is a large return over lower granite and larger than any return in the past 8 year average. Was there a miss count of fish or was there something that happened that the public has not been told like a large die off of fry or mismanagement of the fishery.

Answer

Two years ago, fewer salmon smolts were released from Pahsimeroi due to enviromental issues at the hatchery.  PIT tags, which are tags that can be detected a various dams as the smolts migrate downstream and the adults return upstream, indicate the number of adult salmon returning to Pahsimeroi will barely meet our requirements for eggs to rebuild the stock.  Therefore, we are specifically trying to protect Pahsimeroi bound Chinook salmon adults in 2012.