It's kind of weird that the first fish were caught when the Salmon and Little Salmon rivers are surging, but that's the case. I got this email from Amy Sinclair at Exodus Wilderness Outfitters: "I just wanted to report that the first two chinook were caught and harvested yesterday morning (Wednesday, May16) at the confluence of the Little Salmon and Salmon Rivers."
That's great news because lots more are on the way, and I have a feeling when river levels drop a little, salmon fishing will go nuts up there. But obviously, some savvy anglers know how to catch them in high water, too. Idaho's chinook run is expected to be about average, but a higher percentage than in past years is headed toward Riggins.