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Chinook Salmon Season Summaries

Monday, September 1, 2014 


2013 Spring/Summer Chinook Salmon Fishing Season Summary
Clearwater River Drainage
Adult Chinook Kept Jack Chinook Kept Total Kept Angler Hours Fished Hours Per Fish Kept Unclipped Salmon Released
Season Totals 557 1,094 1,651 20,710 12.5 322
South Fork Salmon River
Adult Chinook Kept Jack Chinook Kept Total Kept Angler Hours Fished Hours Per Fish Kept Unclipped Salmon Released
Season Totals 541 178
719 16,082 22.4 138
Lower Salmon River Drainage
Adult Chinook Kept Jack Chinook Kept Total Kept Angler Hours Fished Hours Per Fish Kept Unclipped Salmon Released
Salmon River from Rice Creek Bridge to Short's Creek 1,178
982 2,160 24,776 11.5
211
Little Salmon River 598
655 1,253 19,586 15.6
0
Season Totals 1,776
1,637 3,413 44,362 13 211
Snake River

Adult Chinook Kept Jack Chinook Kept Total Kept Angler Hours Fished Hours Per Fish Kept Unclipped Salmon Released
Hells Canyon Season Totals 276 256
532
5,986 11.3
4

2012 Spring/Summer Chinook Salmon Fishing Season Summary
Clearwater River Drainage
River Location Adult Chinook Kept Jack Chinook Kept Total Kept Angler Hours Fished Hours Per Fish Kept Unclipped Salmon Released
Clearwater River
Railroad Bridge to Orofino Bridge
2,003 208 2,211 55,916 25.3 556
NF Clearwater River 1,267 31 1,298
16,950 13.1 544
Clearwater River
Orofino Bridge to Kooskia Bridge
241 18 259 7,916 30.6 142
Middle Fork Clearwater River 497 15 512
8,850 17.3 93
South Fork Clearwater River 770 59 829 12,374 14.9 229
Lochsa River 25 0 25 2,272 90.9 101
Totals 4,803 331 5,134 104,278 20.3 1,665
Salmon River Drainage
River Location Adult Chinook Kept Jack Chinook Kept Total Kept Angler Hours Fished Hours Per Fish Kept Unclipped Salmon Released
Salmon River
Rice Creek Bridge to Short's Creek
2,869 345 3,214 67,844 21.1 697
Salmon River
Short's Creek to Vinegar Creek
257 7
264
5,041 19.1 30
Salmon River
Pahsimeroi River to Sawtooth Hatchery
801 81 882 36,550 41.4 560
Little Salmon River 1,835 93 1,928 28,092 14.6 7
South Fork Salmon River 1,541 145 1,686 35,904 21.3 399
Totals 7,303 671
7,974 173,431 21.7 1,693
Snake River Drainage
River Location Adult Chinook Kept Jack Chinook Kept Total Kept Angler Hours Fished Hours Per Fish Kept Unclipped Salmon Released
Snake River Totals
209 29
238 8,084 34 15
Statewide Totals
Adult Chinook Kept Jack Chinook Kept Total Kept Angler Hours Fished Hours Per Fish Kept Unclipped Salmon Released
12,315 1,031
13,346 285,793 21.4 3,373
2011 Spring/Summer Chinook Salmon Fishing Season Summary
Clearwater River Drainage
River Location Adult Chinook Kept Jack Chinook Kept Total Kept Angler Hours Fished Hours Per Fish Kept Unclipped Salmon Released
Clearwater River
Railroad Bridge to Orofino Bridge
1,342 1,712 3,054
43,008 14.1 405
North Fork Clearwater River 778 848 1,626 19,918 12.2 163
Clearwater River
Orofino Bridge to Kooskia Bridge
579 560 1,139 12,401 10.9 213
Middle Fork Clearwater 689 297 986 12,040 12.2 177
South Fork Clearwater River 517 313 830 8,540 10.3 88
Lochsa River 30 0 30 1,237 41.2 0
Totals 3,935 3,730 7,665 97,144 12.7 1,046
Salmon River Drainage (including Little Salmon River)
River Location Adult Chinook Kept Jack Chinook Kept Total Kept Angler Hours Fished Hours Per Fish Kept Unclipped Salmon Released
Salmon River
Rice Creek Bridge to Short's Creek
2,910 1,908 4,818 41,557 8.6 551
Salmon River
Short's Creek to Vinegar Creek
14 0 14 1,701 121.5 132
Salmon River
Jenkins Bridge to Pahsimeroi River
845 336 1,181 30,016 25.4 316
Salmon River
Valley Creek to Sawtooth Hatchery
0 0 0 258 NA 0
Little Salmon River 2,892 1,168 4,060 38,578 9.5 132
South Fork Salmon River 1,598 727 2,325 21,775 9.4 953
Totals 8,259 4,139
12,398
133,885
10.8
2,084
Snake River Drainage
River Location Adult Chinook Kept Jack Chinook Kept Total Kept Angler Hours Fished Hours Per Fish Kept Unclipped Salmon Released
Snake River 844 798 1,642 10,693 6.5 38
Totals 13,038 8,667 21,705 241,772 11.1 3,168
2010 Spring/Summer Chinook Salmon Fishing Season Summary
Clearwater River Drainage
River Location Adult Chinook Kept Jack Chinook Kept Total Kept Angler Hours Fished Hours Per Fish Kept Unclipped Salmon Released
Clearwater River
Downstream of Orofino Bridge
1,006 112 1,118 41,742 37.3 177
North Fork Clearwater River 1,093 37 1,130 10,260 9.1 156
Clearwater River
Orofino Bridge to Kooskia Bridge
358 121 479 8,189 17.1 81
Middle Fork Clearwater 970 78 1,048 15,984 15.3 160
South Fork Clearwater River 399 76 475 10,336 21.8 76
Lochsa River 49 0 49 2,159 44.1 5
Totals  3,875 424 4,299 88,670 20.6 655
Salmon River Drainage
River Location Adult Chinook Kept Jack Chinook Kept Total Kept Angler Hours Fished Hours Per Fish Kept Unclipped Salmon Released
Salmon River
Rice Creek Bridge to Twin Bridges
2,015 327 2,342 39,990 17.1 583
Salmon River
Short's Creek to Vinegar Creek
111 30 141 2,695 19.1 33
Salmon River
Twin Bridges to Short's Creek
3,052 219 3,271 30,731 9.4 246
Salmon River
Town of Salmon to Pahsimeroi River
1,815 70 1,885 48,615 25.8 171
Salmon River
Valley Creek to Sawtooth Hatchery
0 9 9 1,749 194.3 43
Little Salmon River 1,979 268 2,247 48,086 21.4 27
South Fork Salmon River 4,705 330 5,035 34,648 6.9 958
Totals 13,677 1,253 14,930 206,514 13.8 2,061
Snake River Drainage
  Adult Chinook Kept Jack Chinook Kept Total Kept Angler Hours Fished Hours Per Fish Kept Unclipped Salmon Released
Totals 901 71 972 11,970 12.3 32
Statewide
  Adult Chinook Kept Jack Chinook Kept Total Kept Angler Hours Fished Hours Per Fish Kept Unclipped Salmon Released
Totals - All River Locations 18,453 1,748 20,201 307,154 15.2 2,748
2009 Spring/Summer Chinook Salmon Fishing Season Summary
Clearwater River Drainage
  Chinook Kept (larger than 24") Chinook Kept (less than 24") Total Kept Angler Hours Fished Hours Per Fish Kept Unclipped Salmon Released
Totals 1,993 2,261 4,254 63,301 14.9 629
Salmon River Drainage
  Chinook Kept (larger than 24") Chinook Kept (less than 24") Total Kept Angler Hours Fished Hours Per Fish Kept Unclipped Salmon Released
Totals 8,798 8,374 17,172 147,872 307 1,692
Snake River Drainage
  Chinook Kept (larger than 24") Chinook Kept (less than 24") Total Kept Angler Hours Fished Hours Per Fish Kept Unclipped Salmon Released
Totals 462 1,169 1,631 10,270 6.3 27
2008 Spring/Summer Chinook Salmon Fishing Season Summary
Clearwater River Drainage
River Location Season Dates Hours Fished Chinook Kept Jacks Kept Chinook Released Total Caught
Clearwater River
Lewiston railroad bridge to Orofino bridge
Apr 26 - June 15 49,890 1,728 680 638 3,046
Clearwater River
Orofino bridge to SF Clearwater River
Apr 26 - June 15 4,365 332 108 177 617
North Fork Clearwater River
Mouth to Dworshak Dam
Apr 26 - July 1 12,369 486 121 52 659
Middle Fork Clearwater
Mouth to confluence of Loshsa and Selway rivers
Apr 26 - June 22 7,535 346 84 119 549
South Fork Clearwater
Mouth to confluence of American and Red rivers
Apr 26 - July 1 5,420 291 83 102 476
Loshsa River
Mouth to Twin Bridges near confluence of Colt Killed and Crooked Fork creeks
May 24 - July 1 697 15 5 0 20
Totals   80,276 3,198 1,081 1,088 5,367
Chinook released column includes all clipped and unclipped jacks and adults that were released.
Salmon River Drainage
River Location Season Dates Hours Fished Chinook Kept Jacks Kept Chinook Released Total Caught
Little Salmon River
Mouth to Smokey Boulder Bridge
Apr 26 - July 1 22,175 1,293 337 144 1,774
Lower Salmon River
Hammer Creek Boat Ramp to Shorts Creek
Apr 26 - June 22 31,772 2,552 1,085 228 3,865
Upper Salmon River
Highway 75 bridge near MP 213.5 to posted boundary downstream of Sawtooth Hatchery
June 19 - July 17 13,745 388 282 324 994
South Fork Salmon River
Bridge on USFS Road 48 to 100 yards downstream of SF Salmon weir
June 25 - July 17 41,499 3,045 807 605 4,457
Totals   109,191 7,278 2,511 1,301 11,090
Snake River Drainage
River Location Season Dates Hours Fished Chinook Kept Jacks Kept Chinook Releases Total Caught
Snake River
Dug Bar boat ramp to Hells Canyon Dam
Apr 26 - June 22 9,618 340 584 79 1,003
Totals   9,618 340 584 79 1,003
Chinook released column includes all clipped and unclipped jacks and adults that were released.
2007 Chinook Salmon Fishing Season Summary
River Location Season Dates Hours Fished Chinook Kept Chinook Released Total Caught
Upper Snake River 1, 2
Hells Canyon
May 11 - July 2 N/A 20 N/A N/A
Clearwater River 2
Mainstem to Cherrylane Bridge
May 11 - May 30 19,299 584 418 1,002
Clearwater River 2
Upper Mainstem & North Fork
May 11 - June 13 3,177 54 27 81
South Fork Clearwater River 2 May 11 - June 13 3,162 76 48 124
Lochsa River 2 May 26 - June 13 711 10 17 27
Lower Salmon River 2 May 11 - June 2 6,879 425 205 630
Little Salmon River 2 May 11 - June 9 15,883 539 704 1,243
South Fork Salmon River 3 June 28 - July 11 26,407 704 296 1,000
Totals   75,518 2,412 1,715 4,107

Chinook kept and released includes jacks. Chinook released includes adiose fin-clipped as well as unclipped fish.

  1. Harvest information for Upper Snake is approximated from voluntary drop box information. Numbers of hours fished and number of fish released are unavailable.
  2. Spring chinook fisheries in Snake, Lower Salmon, Little Salmon, and Clearweater rivers was Friday through Monday each week (4 days/week).
  3. Summer chinook fishery in South Fork Salmon River was continuous (7 days/week).
Last Updated: October 4, 2013 
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