chinook salmon anglers will have an opportunity next week to offer their
thoughts on how the Idaho Department of Fish and Game will manage the fishery
public open houses are set in the state, all in the Snake River basin and all
in the evenings beginning at 5:30.
addition, during the open house IDFG will give an update on sea lion predation
further downstream at Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River, talk about an
upcoming steelhead survey as well as about a recently completed study that
provides new information on the catch and release of steelhead.
public will be able to provide comments and opinions at the meetings on how to
best manage the 2019 chinook salmon fisheries in the Clearwater, Hells Canyon,
lower Salmon and little Salmon river drainages. During this part of the
meeting, Idaho biologists will discuss what was learned from the 2018 chinook
salmon angling season, what the 2019 forecast is for returning chinook and
steelhead, and strategies IDFG could use to manage the upcoming chinook salmon
always, input from anglers is important to help ensure the chinook salmon run
is managed in a manner that is most satisfying to all who participate in the
fishery,” IDFG said.
biologist Brett Bowersox will talk about a new study the agency and the
University of Idaho will be working on come summer – evaluating the impacts of
sport fisheries on wild steelhead.
study will involve anglers helping us collect a part of the data,” Bowersox
said. “We want to evaluate the encounter rate (with wild steelhead) and the
catch and release mortality.” He added that he wants input on how anglers think
they can be involved in such a study.
study has been funded, but it is currently just in the study design stage. The
actual in the field work and tagging fish will begin in July, he said.
addition, IDFG biologist Don Whitney will talk about his study, “Effects of
fishery related fight time and air exposure on pre-spawn survival and
reproductive success of adult hatchery steelhead,” that will soon be published
in the North American Journal of Fisheries Management.
to the unpublished study’s abstract, the study focused on broodstock in the
South Fork Clearwater River during the winter, recording fight and air exposure
times to determine their influence on pre-spawn survival and progeny survival
to the fry stage in the hatchery.
average fight time by anglers was 164 s (seconds). Air exposure was measured
when anglers landed fish and again during fish transport from the river to the
hatchery vehicle; the longest interval of air exposure averaged 23 s by anglers
and 28 s during transport. Three-year average pre-spawn survival was 97.0
percent for 1,148 angler-caught fish, compared to 91.9 percent for 3,325
swim-in brood collected at the hatchery.”
will share more about his study at the public open house.
meetings are at:
Orofino: Feb.11, IDFG Clearwater Hatchery, 118 Hatchery Roe Drive, located
northwest of Ahsahka Bridge.
Riggins: Feb. 12, (5:30 p.m. Mountain Time), Salmon Rapids Lodge, 1010 S. Main
Lewiston: Feb. 13, IDFG Office, 3316 16th Street
McCall: Feb 13, (5 to 7 p.m. Mountain Time), IDFG office 555 Deinhard Lane. (No
pizza will be served.)
will be served at 5:30 p.m. and presentations will begin shortly after. The
meeting will continue until all angler comments are collected and/or addressed.
In the past, these meetings have lasted about two hours.
unable to attend a meeting can provide their comments to Joe DuPont, Clearwater
Region Fisheries Manager, either by phone (208) 799-5010, mail (3316 16th St.
Lewiston, ID 83501) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).