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"Gone Fishin'" Signs Scarce for ID Salmon Season

May 31, 2007

Riggins, ID - If you blinked, you missed it. The salmon fishing season in Idaho has been shorter than anticipated this year, leaving businesses in several small Idaho river towns tallying up their losses rather than celebrating their good fortune. Fishing seasons that were expected to last until June 25 have already been canceled on two rivers, and the season ends this Saturday on the Lower Salmon River near Riggins.

Gary Lane with Wapiti River Guides in Riggins says so few fish returned that the subsequent fishing restrictions kept anglers away. He lists a mix of factors that combined to keep sport fishermen at home this year.

"Usually, there's elbow-to-elbow fishing on the little river, and fairly crowded on the big river, but we've had pretty good elbow room for the most part this year. Reported fewer numbers of fish, price of gas, and only being able to keep one fish a day might have had something to do with it."

The number of adult returning salmon is down for the sixth straight year. Lane blames the four lower Snake River dams; he says every year the dams are in place is another year of struggle for small river towns.

Deborah Smith/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - ID