By Roger Phillips
IDFG Public Information Supervisor
Idaho Fish and Game will be setting new seasons for upcoming spring Chinook fisheries in March, and gathering public input on the upcoming season proposals. Anglers will be able to see the proposals during a virtual open house at 5:30 p.m. PST Thursday, February 11.
The easiest way for the public to view and comment on the proposed seasons is online at idfg.idaho.gov/chinook. Proposals will be posted on February 11, and the comment period will be open through February 21.
During the virtual open house, fisheries staff will give an overview of forecasts and season proposals for each of the state’s Chinook salmon fisheries, and discuss a number of important topics in salmon management.
There will be a question and answer session for each fishery, as well as an “open” salmon fishery question and answer session at the end of the meeting.
After reviewing anglers’ feedback and agency goals along with angler comments, season proposals will be presented to the Commission at the meeting in Nampa on March 17-18.
Fisheries managers typically propose seasons based run forecasts and then adjust accordingly when they get a better understanding of the actual run sizes based on fish counts at the Columbia and Snake river dams.