Spring Chinook Salmon Fishing Opens On the Snake
Good news! The 2021 Columbia River return of Chinook Salmon is expected to be sufficient to allow fishermen to yank a few out for some good eating. Beginning May 4th (can Facebook please stop with May the 4th be with you) Chinook Salmon fishing will be open on the Snake River on Tuesdays and Fridays only. You can catch up to four daily, only one adult, and must be hatchery fish with the adipose fin clipped. 12 inch minimum. Barbless hooks only and no night fishing at this time. You might catch a few Steelhead or Bull Trout...you'll have to release those. The location will be below the Little Goose Dam, click HERE for exact location details from nwsportsmanmag.com.
Growing up in Montana, I fished excellent trout streams (cricks LOL) like Blacktail Creek near Butte and Prickly Pear Creek near Clancy, south of Helena. I still try to go back every year and they never disappoint. My favorite fishing story is from when I was 17 years old, fishing with my high school buddy on Cliff Lake near West Yellowstone. We were on a rowboat and enjoying the sun, not paying much attention to our rods when all of a sudden mine was yanked into the water! I stood up, threw off my sunglasses, and dove in after my pole. I opened my eyes underwater and saw the rod and reel being pulled away from me. I managed to grab it, handed the pole to my friend who then helped me back in the boat, and reeled in a 5 lb Rainbow!
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