Idaho Fish and Game stocked 396 chinook salmon jacks in the Boise River July 8.
The fish came from the Rapid River Hatchery near Riggins. The fish were released from Glenwood Bridge upstream to Barber Park at the sites F&G usually puts steelhead.
Anglers will not need a salmon permit to fish for chinook salmon in the Boise River this year because only jacks are being released, F&G said. Once released in the Boise River, they will be considered landlocked and are included under the regional general rule for trout.
Jack salmon spend one year in saltwater and return to Idaho’s waters at three years old compared to the adult chinooks that spend about two or more years in saltwater and come back a year or more older.
Jack salmon are 23 inches or smaller than other salmon that can be around 30 inches long.
The general trout bag limit in the Boise River is six. But special rules apply in one river segment. From the East Boise River footbridge upstream to where Loggers Creek is diverted from the Boise River, the trout limit is two, and none may be under 14 inches. (See Page 23 in the 2013-2015 Fishing Seasons and Rules brochure).
File photo of an adult chinook salmon by Pete Zimowsky/Idaho Statesman