Idaho Fish and Game commissioners on Oct. 2 set a fishing season for coho
salmon, which will run Oct. 17 through Nov. 16, or until further notice.
will be open on sections of the Clearwater, South Fork of the Clearwater and
North Fork of the Clearwater. Fishing for coho salmon is permitted daily and
24-hours a day during the designated season and locations.
limits will be two coho daily, six in possession and 10 during the 2017 season.
Coho season limit is in addition to the chinook season limit. Coho Salmon with
an attached adipose fin can be harvested. Anglers must have a valid salmon
permit to keep coho.
should beware that steelhead and fall chinook fishing seasons occur in the same
waters, and they must have a clipped adipose fin to be kept. Know the
difference between these species.
were reintroduced into the Clearwater River system by the Nez Perce Tribe, and
Idaho held its first coho sport fishing season in 2014.
year’s return is enough to replenish hatcheries and provide a modest sport
fishing harvest. Through October 4, 2,874 coho adults and 140 coho jacks had
crossed Lower Granite Dam about 30 miles downstream from Lewiston. Last year on
the same date, 1,252 adults and 162 jacks had passed. The 10-year average is
1,978 adults and 187 jacks.
were declared functionally extinct in 1985 after counts at Lower Granite
flat-lined at zero in the 1980s. Annual adult coho counts at Lower Granite from
1984-1996 registered zero 10 times with a total of 11 tallied combined in the
three other years.
salmon once returned to the Clearwater River Basin (tributary to the Snake
River) in abundance and supported an important fall tribal fishery.
efforts to restore coho during the 1960s failed. Snake River coho were never
listed under the Endangered Species Act. The Nez Perce Tribe’s reintroduction
program began in 1995 with hatchery coho releases into the Clearwater River.
CBB, Nov. 14, 2014, “Historic Coho Season Ends In Idaho; Record 18,000 Cross
Lower Granite, 6 Times 10-Year Average” http://www.cbbulletin.com/432624.aspx