The Idaho Fish and Game Commission Wednesday, June 12, set a chinook salmon fishing season on the South Fork Salmon River, which will open Friday, July 5.
Fishing will be open only Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until further notice. F&G managers anticipate a shorter fishery on the South Fork because fewer fish are returning to Idaho than in recent years.
The South Fork will be open from the bridge on Forest Service Road No. 48 (Lick Creek/ East Fork South Fork Road) where it crosses the South Fork Salmon River main stem just upstream of the confluence with the East Fork South Fork Salmon River, upstream about 35 river miles to a posted boundary about 100 yards downstream from the Idaho Fish and Game South Fork Salmon River weir and trap.
The daily bag limit will be four chinook salmon, only two of which may be adults; the possession limit is 12 chinook salmon, only six of which may be adults.
Adult chinook salmon are 24 or more inches in length, and jacks are less than 24 inches in length. Only adipose-fin-clipped salmon may be kept.
The season-statewide limit is 10 adult Chinook salmon during salmon seasons occurring before Sept. 1, 2013.
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