The Fish and Game Commission has approved fisheries for 2016 on the Upper Salmon River and South Fork Salmon River. Seasons will open on June 18 in both rivers and will remain open until further notice.
Limits on both rivers will be four fish per day, only two of which may be adults. The possession limit will be 12 fish, only six of which may adults. An adult Chinook salmon is 24 inches or more in length.
The Upper Salmon River will be open from the Copper Mine boat ramp approximately 2.5 miles upstream from the mouth of the Middle Fork Salmon River to a posted boundary 100 yards downstream from the Fish and Game weir at Sawtooth Hatchery south of Stanley. Fishing hours will be from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Mountain Daylight time.
The South Fork Salmon River will be open from the bridge on Forest Service Road 48 (Lick Creek/ East Fork South Fork Road) where it crosses the mainstem South Fork Salmon River just upstream of the confluence with the East Fork South Fork Salmon River, upstream approximately 32 river miles to a posted boundary approximately 100 yards downstream from the Idaho Fish and Game South Fork Salmon River weir and trap. Fishing hours will be 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Mountain Daylight time.
The season limit for Chinook salmon in Idaho is 20 adult salmon statewide during the 2016 seasons occurring before September 1.
For more on salmon fishing in Idaho, including seasons and rules, in-season fish counts, harvest information, interactive maps and hatchery returns visit Fish and Game’s website at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/fish/?getPage=140. Anglers can also call Fish and Game hotline at (855) 287-2702 for updates on Chinook fishing seasons.