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Fish and Game says fall Chinook Ends Soon

There is little time left for anglers who have not caught salmon this season. The fall Chinook season will end Monday, Oct. 31, in the Clearwater River. This excludes the section from Cliff Mountain Rapids upstream to Hells Canyon Dam, which closes Nov. 17. The season opened in September, on the Snake River between Lewiston and Hells Canyon Dam, in the lower Clearwater River downstream. The daily bag limit is six adult Chinook salmon, the possession limit is 18 adult Chinook and there is no season limit on adult Chinook. Only adipose-fin-clipped salmon may be kept. Only adult Chinook must be recorded on the angler’s salmon permit. There are no limits on jacks, but anglers must have a valid Idaho fishing license and salmon permit to fish for salmon. According to Idaho Fish and Game, as of October 16, anglers caught and kept 87 marked adults and 60 jack fall Chinook and caught and released 231 unmarked adults in the lower Clearwater River. They caught and kept 329 adults and 125 jacks, and caught and released 1,243 unmarked adults in the Snake River. Hatchery-origin fish are marked with a clipped adipose fin. So far this year, over 33,980 adult fall Chinook and more than 11,620 jacks have crossed Lower Granite Dam, many of them returned to the Snake and Clearwater rivers above Lewiston. For the full story, click here.

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