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What to Do for Father's Day? - Take Dad Fishing!

June 12, 2014 - 3:57pm -- idfg-dparrish

If you want to do something fun for a Father's Day gift - take dad fishing!  Better yet, give him an early gift and take him fishing on Saturday June 14th and he can fish without a license.

Visit our Fish Planner website for all the details on where to go and the type of gear you will need.

The Fish Planner can be found at:  http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/fishingPlanner/

 

Salmon Bite - Riggins Area - June 10

June 10, 2014 - 6:51am -- idfg-dparrish

I watched 8 Chinook caught at the mouth of the Little Salmon River last night in 10 minutes.  Many more were hooked and lost.  Anglers are using tuna balls, eggs wrapped in moline and plain corkies.  You also need 3" of pencil lead to keep your bait close to the bottom.

Had reports of good fishing down at Twin Bridges on the main Salmon River, as well.  Boat anglers were catching a mix of hatchery and wild Chinook.

The main Salmon River is still a little muddy.  The Little Salmon River is clearing and flows are dropping.

Clearwater River Salmon Fishing Restriction

June 5, 2014 - 4:40pm -- idfg-vosborn

Notice: Restrictions to the harvest of Adult Chinook Salmon in the Clearwater River Downstream of Orofino Bridge and in the North Fork Clearwater River. Harvest of Jacks still allowed.

At the end of fishing hours on Friday, June 6, 2014, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game will implement a closure to the harvest of adult Chinook Salmon (24 inches or greater) on the Clearwater River from Cherrylane Bridge upstream to Orofino Bridge and in the North Fork Clearwater River.  This closure is being implemented because the harvest quota for adult Chinook Salmon has been met in these sections of river.  Harvest quotas for adult Chinook Salmon in different reaches within the Clearwater River drainage were developed using input from the public to help insure all communities in the watershed have opportunities to harvest salmon.  Starting on Saturday, June 7, 2014, only the harvest of adipose clipped Jacks (salmon less than 24 inches)  with a daily limit of four (4) will be allowed downstream of Orofino Bridge and in the North Fork Clearwater River.  Chinook Salmon rules in river reaches upstream of the Orofino Bridge will remain unchanged until further notice. - Joe DuPont, Clearwater Region Fishery Manager

Clearwater and Lower Salmon Chinook Info June 3

June 3, 2014 - 4:21pm -- idfg-dparrish

Non-Tribal Harvest Share

These estimates are based on PIT tagged adult Chinook Salmon migrating over Lower Granite Dam.  We still have a few fish trickling over Lower Granite Dam so these harvest shares could increase a little, but for the most part what you see is what we’ll get.  Recently some anglers have been commenting that the numbers I post in the table below don’t come close to matching what is coming over Lower Granite Dam and were wondering why.  The main reasons are the table below only shows adult hatchery Chinook Salmon destined to the fisheries listed below.  The Lower Granite Dam counts include wild fish and fish destined to others places like the Grande Ronde, Imnaha, South Fork Salmon, and upper Salmon rivers.

Clearwater River Run

Fishing was exceptional in the Clearwater River drainage last week with catch rates less than 10 hrs/fish in many places and averaging 14 hrs/fish for the entire basin.  Based on conversations with our creel personnel, it looks like the fishing is only improving this week. The table below shows how many fish we estimated were harvested in each of the different river reaches we manage.  We plan to check our harvest numbers this Thursday (6/5/14) to evaluate if we need to make any closures.  If harvest continues to remain high, adult harvest closures could occur in river Section 2 (main Clearwater from Cherrylane Bridge to Orofino Bridge) and Section 3 (North Fork) as soon as the end of fishing on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, or possibly later.  We will let you all know what we learn this Thursday.  The other river reaches will remain open to adult harvest through the weekend and we will evaluate the data

Rapid River Run

As expected the fishing was slow in the Salmon and Little Salmon rivers this past week due to high dirty water (see table below).  Flows are supposed to pick back up to over 50,000 cfs through Thursday and then start dropping.  By Sunday flows are supposed to drop below 40,000 cfs.  What does this mean for anglers.  Likely this mean fishing will be better this weekend than last weekend, and if flows continue to drop the fishing should really turn on after that.  Talking to our creel personnel today, fishing is already picking up.  For those of you fishing around the mouth of the Little Salmon, please follow the directions on the access signs (around Salmon Rapids Lodge and to the Mill Hole).  The Landowner has graciously allowed us to access the river in this area, but wants anglers to go around the Hotel and take the path along the Salmon River to access the Mill Hole.  Continued access in these areas is dependent on our ability to respect this private property.

Dare to go to Idaho [CNN top 10 list]

May 23, 2014 - 3:24pm -- idfg-bstuder

Secrets of Idaho's beauty are becoming more rare as the state cracked a world-wide list of lesser-known or emerging travel spots. Idaho was listed 4 of 10, and is included with places like Mongolia, Malawi, Bolivia, and even outer space. 

Get your fishing license early to beat the rush and enjoy our wonderful Idaho.

http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2014/05/travel/cnn10-dare-to-go/?frame=4&...

Rapid River and Hells Canyon Chinook Harvest Estimate

May 22, 2014 - 10:16pm -- idfg-dparrish

Info for the third week in May.

 

Rapid River Run

Fishing on the Rapid River run was slow once again last week.  We started seeing some harvest and then flows increased and the water turned dirty, and basically shut the fishery down.  High flows and dirty water are suppose to occur at least through the weekend, so I don’t expect to see a lot of harvest this week on the Rapid River run.

 

Hells Canyon

Fishing below Hells Canyon Dam picked up last week with an estimated harvest of 57  adult fish and average catch rates of 19 hrs/fish.  Harvest of fish should pick up this week depending on flows.  Many fish are coming into the trap which we will close shortly to improve fishing below the dam.

 

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