I just read that the SF of the Salmon will close on the 9th. Only 2 1/2 weeks after the season has opened. This year there were 273,000 plus Salmon over Bonneville. 118,000 more that last year. There were 87,000 over Lower Granite. 47,000 more than last year. According to your catch numbers the catchable fish on the South Fork this year close to 750 fish. This is roughly 1.6% of the fish over Granite. Given the huge return numbers closing the South Fork this early seems to be a closure based on something other than numbers. I am wondering what the motivation is behind this decision.
Can we get an update on what is the expected sportsman quota for the south fork of the salmon and main salmon/rapid river hatchery? I see the numbers are still looking good coming over bonneville dam for the mccall hatchery. What percent of the fish have a PIT tag?
Thanks for the help!!
I am curious what the largest size of gamakatsu octopus hooks i can buy for salmon fishing would be.
How many single barbless hooks can you fish with on your line while fishing for Salmon or Steelhead?
Hi, I am an avid salmon and steelhead fisherman on the Clearwater River, and I am trying to understand the season this year. As of today, May 18th, we are on track to have one of the best returns over Lower Granite in over 10 years. If these numbers keep coming through the end of the month, we could have 70 to 80,000 chinook over Granite in the month of May. That's a lot of fish. In 2011 we didn't have that many come over and we were fishing for adults into late June. What's the deal? Are the PIT tags that skewed towards the Salmon drainage this year?
So the other day, someone asked the question, why a 1 fish limit on the Clearwater.? Well someone from the department commented that , the reason for the 1 fish limit, is so that the folks who fish the South Fork of the Clearwater, will have the opportunity to catch a salmon , in there backyard.Really?? After a forecast of 80,000 fish returning to Idaho waters, the claim is no catchable numbers of Salmon will return to the South Fork Clearwater!
Where do fish show up to first, Hells Canyon dam or the little salmon by riggins? Thanks
When fishing for Chinook salmon you are allowed to keep 2 jack salmon (salmon under 24 inches) per day as long as they are hatchery fish as evidence by the heald scar on the adipose fin. Since jack salmon are sexually immature and not considered as breeding fish, why does it matter if the jack is a hatchery fish or a wild fish? It is not a breeder anyway, so why not allow the keeping of wild jack salmon?
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.
We want to camp for a few days and fish for salmon. We'll have our motorhome and want to freeze what we catch the first couple days. What needs to be done to the fish to make it legally stored so we can show the fish & game officer if they ask. Do you just have to keep the head & tail on? Or ? Thank you very much for your time!!