chinook salmon

Chinook Fishing Results - May 24, 2015

IDFG Chinook salmon  Harvest and Effort Report for May 18 to May 24, 2015.

   
                 

Clearwater River drainage

Chinook Salmon Kept

Angler Hours

Hours per fish kept

Unclipped Adults released

Comments

Adults

Jacks

Total

Railroad Bridge to Cherrylane Bridge

Closed to salmon fishing on May 17

Cherrylane Bridge to Orofino Bridge

648

36

684

5,133

7.5

82

Closed to salmon fishing on May 22

North Fork Clearwater River

586

3

589

2,919

5.0

77

 

Orofino Bridge to Kooskia Bridge

157

10

167

2,489

14.9

37

 

Middle Fork Clearwater River

292

2

294

2,649

9.0

90

 

South Fork Clearwater River

249

0

249

3,207

12.9

16

 

Lochsa River

0

0

0

33

NA

0

 

Clearwater River drainage weekly total

1,932

51

1,983

16,430

8.3

302

 

Clearwater River drainage SEASON TOTAL

5,164

58

5,222

76,479

14.6

1,130

 

               

 

Salmon River drainage

Chinook Salmon Kept

Angler Hours

Hours per fish kept

Unclipped Adults released

Comments

Adults

Jacks

Total

Rice Creek Bridge to Hammer Creek Boat Ramp

208

25

233

3,664

15.7

39

 

Hammer Creek Boat Ramp to Time Zone Bridge

579

6

585

10,069

17.2

79

 

Time Zone Bridge to Short's Creek

834

15

849

8,834

10.4

44

 

Short's Creek to Vinegar Creek

47

0

47

1,111

23.6

0

 

Little Salmon River--Mouth to lower Pollock bridge

1,085

3

1,088

16,444

15.1

33

 

Little Salmon River--Upstream of lower Pollock bridge

0

0

0

0

NA

0

No catch or effort was observed

Salmon River drainage weekly total

2,753

49

2,802

40,122

14.3

195

 

Salmon River drainage SEASON TOTAL

4,605

59

4,664

67,793

Why such an early close date on the South Fork of the Salmon

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.

Clearwater chinook seasons

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?

1 Adult Salmon limit, On the Clearwater?? 2 Adults on the Salmon/Snake.Unjustified !

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!

Keeping of jack salmon

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?

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.