Fisheries managers expect 18,000+ adult chinook, fishing begins as early as Aug. 18

Idaho County Free Press

Fall chinook fishing on the Snake, Clearwater and Salmon rivers will open Aug. 18, and Sept. 17 for the North Fork Clearwater River got approved by the Idaho Fish & Game Commission last Thursday, July 23.

This marks the second year of fall chinook fishing upstream of Memorial Bridge on the Clearwater River.

Idaho Fish and Game fisheries managers anticipate 18,150 adult fish may return to Lower Granite Dam in 2020, compared with 16,508 that actually returned last year.

Of the fish returning, managers are forecasting 11,560 hatchery chinook and 6,590 natural origin. For the second straight year, fall chinook anglers will have the opportunity to harvest some salmon with intact adipose fins.

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