Idaho Fish and Game fishery managers anticipate that the number of hatchery chinook salmon designated for a sport fishery is sufficient to keep fishing open through the holiday. The agency made the announcement June 27.
When updated harvest estimates are available on Monday, July 2, managers will determine how much fish are available and take a look at any changes to be made in fishing seasons after July 4.
A closure shortly after July 4 is most likely for the fishery in the Lower Salmon and Little Salmon rivers, where anglers already have harvested more than 70 percent of the sport fishery share.
Here's another note on salmon fishing. Anglers fishing for chinook salmon in the Lower Salmon, Little Salmon and South Fork Salmon rivers may hook into fish with jaw tags in their lower jaw.
Anglers who catch a jaw-tagged fish are not required to report the tags to Idaho Fish and Game or to return the tags.
The jaw tags are applied to adult fish at Lower Granite Dam and are part of a study to assess PIT tag retention rates among returning adult chinook salmon between Lower Granite Dam and their adult trapping destination.
Results from this work help managers make accurate in-season estimates of adult hatchery salmon returns, Fish and Game said.
Photo by Pete Zimowsky/Idaho Statesman.