Some Good News For Idaho Chinook Salmon Fishermen

found some more exciting news about the expected Chinook salmon run for us here in Idaho. The following came off the Columbian News Website:

“[Thursday, April 17, 2008
By ALLEN THOMAS, Columbian staff writer
The hottest spring chinook salmon angling in the lower Columbia River in decades comes to a close Monday to avoid exceeding the sport-fishing allocation.
“It appears there’s a whole wall of salmon charging up the river,” said Carmen MacDonald, an Oregon sport-fishing activist who predicted the run will be even larger than the forecast of 269,300.]”

If this all holds true and the run makes it to Idaho we should be have one of the best runs since the record breaking run in 2001. For those of you that were able to experience this run you know what this means for us here in Idaho. Those who did not have a chance to fish this run or have not fished for salmon here in Idaho now is your chance to experience some of the most exciting fishing in our fine state. More details please

One thing that we all should keep in mind as the season approaches is we need to be courteous. Especially for those of us that fish the Little Salmon River South of Riggins Idaho; the fact is that large numbers of fish means large numbers of fishermen. I have never been a big fan of fishing in a crowd but my passion for hooking one of these great fish has made me change the way I look at this. I have made some great friend over the years and the only time we see each other is during the salmon run.

For those of you that do not know we have lost access to the river crossing just south of Riggins so we no longer have access to the east side of the river just another sing of the times. As we continue to loss access to familiar fishing grounds we are going to be forced to become even more compacted in the areas we do have access to.

A few simple Common Courtesies; can and will make the difference in how we all enjoy this salmon season.

1. One should never just barge into a hole with out at least say hello asking how fishing has been and if they mind if you try your luck!

2. Don’t be in a hurry to start fishing watch how others are fishing the spot and decide on how you can fish this spot without tangling with others.

3. Remember to pick up your trash. Yes yarn trimmings and fishing line is trash.

4. If you see some one have trouble give them a hand and a few pointers their not out to ruin your day they are probably just not familiar with this type of fishing.

5. Don’t stress over the guy just up stream that seems to be catching all the fish.

6. And most importantly relax and enjoy yourself we all no that we want to catch fish and have a good time and being courteous we allow us all to enjoy this season.

Lets all have a great time on the river this year and maybe we will even met some where along the bank and exchange a few fish stories.

Steelhead, Salmon and Trout Fishing has been a passion of mine since I was a young boy. Most of my free time was spent on lakes and streams here in the northwest, and I have picked up on some interesting facts about fishing for these species over the last 45 years. I would like to share them with you through articles and at my websites I hope you find them helpful and enjoyable. So please stop by check out some information or just stock up on your fishing gear. Hope to see you on the river! RR Smith

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