Idaho Fish and Game has closed salmon fishing effectively immediately on the Upper Salmon River to protect wild Chinook salmon.

Effects on wild Chinook salmon from catch-and-release impacts of non-tribal fisheries and direct harvest by tribal fisheries have met the allowable take approved through Endangered Species Act authorizations.

Chinook fishing is closed from the South Butte boat ramp upstream to the posted boundary about 100 yards below the Sawtooth Hatchery.

Officials from the tribes involved in the Upper Salmon River fishery have also said they intend to close tribal fishing in the area.

Fish and Game commissioners will consider a fall Chinook fishing season at their upcoming meeting July 22-23 in Idaho Falls.

While both spring and summer Chinook runs were below average, the forecast is brighter for fall Chinook with about 15,000 expected to return to Idaho, which could provide more fishing opportunity in the Lower Snake, Lower Salmon and Clearwater rivers.

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