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FISHING -- Idaho's spring chinook season will close on both the Salmon and Clearwater Rivers at the end of fishing hours on Wednesday, May 24, because of a weak run that's already closed some downstream fisheries in Washington, says Brett Bowersox, Idaho Fish and Game Department fisheries biologist in Lewiston. "We will continue to monitor returns over Bonneville Dam," he said, noting that fish counts at downstream dams have improved the past few days and the season could be reopened if the run were to pick up significantly. "However, even with those improvements we are still very concerned regarding our ability to collect brood stock for future hatchery releases," he said. "In addition, returns of natural chinook salmon in the Salmon River are far below expected and are likely to fall below the level needed for incidental hook and release mortality within those fisheries." Many anglers and guides are packing their boats and gear for Drano lake and other Columbia tributary areas that remain open for spring chinook stocks that aren't involved in endangered species protections.

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FROM THE IDAHO STATESMAN - Idaho’s salmon run this year is beginning to look bleak. Oregon and Washington officials shut down fishing season on the lower Columbia River earlier this month because so few spring chinook heading for spawning grounds in Idaho and other Snake River tributaries had shown up at the Bonneville Dam near Portland. Idaho’s Fish and Game Commission took a wait-and-see stand Wednesday on whether to close fishing season, because fewer than 400 salmon had made it to Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River in Washington, the last of the eight dams between the Pacific Ocean and Idaho. For the past decade, nearly 30,000 spring chinook had returned on average by now. Idaho Fish and Game biologists worry they won’t have enough salmon returning to supply brood stock for the fish hatcheries that account for 80 percent of the run — and might mean no fishing at all for spring and summer chinook, which are the salmon most Idahoans catch. The chinook that are born wild and not in hatcheries make up 20 percent of the run, and they aren’t much better off.

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LEWISTON, Idaho – Three women navigating a 900-mile horseback ride to raise awareness about migrating salmon have faced flooded paths, busy highways and an escaped horse. During on stop in mid-May, they tackled a barrage of questions from a highly curious group of fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders at McSorley Elementary School in Lewiston. Hands shot up throughout the nearly hour-long presentation, giving way to queries about wild animals (they’ve seen elk, deer, eagles and beavers), the women’s ages (they’re all in their 20s) and what happens if one of the horses gets pregnant on the trip (a very unlikely scenario, they assured the children). One student wondered why the women chose horses to transport them on their journey. “We couldn’t find any salmon big enough to ride,” said MJ Wright, grinning at the kids...

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AA LEWISTON, ID — Right now, three women and six horses are making their way across the state. Their ride for awareness began a month and over 400 miles ago. KLEW News Reporter Shannon Moudy caught up with these horsewomen when they stopped in Lewiston. Shannon, they say they’re just now beginning the tough part of the trek? They’ve made it through getting stuck on a beach in Oregon, riding along the highway next to speeding semis, but as they enter the wilderness, it’s their ‘Ride for Redd’ that keeps these women going.
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SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state lost a major legal battle Friday, which could force it spend nearly $2 billion to restore salmon habitat by removing barriers that block fish migration. A panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last year affirmed a lower court's 2013 ruling ordering the state to fix or replace hundreds of culverts — large pipes that allow streams to pass beneath roads but block migrating salmon. Idaho and Montana joined Washington state in asking the appeals court to reconsider the case. The court declined to do so Friday, but several judges dissented from that decision, saying it should be reconsidered because of its significance...
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It should come as no surprise that this year’s whitewater season will be one for the record books. Our snowpack is as high as it has been for years. Right now our rivers are starting to let loose with the spring flush, and I think we still haven’t seen the peak. We haven’t seen this kind of high water in at least 20 years. I used to like kayaking high water. Since turning 50, I’ve dialed it back a little and since turning 60 I just plain don’t kayak high water anymore....
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LEWISTON - As a lifelong East Coaster, Vance Skidmore is used to a terrain of cement sidewalks and skyscrapers. A smartphone tethers the IBM sales executive to daily life. His vacations revolved around hotels until three years ago, when Skidmore, 58, left his comfort zone. He and his wife signed up for a six-day rafting trip on Idaho's Middle Fork of the Salmon River. The river flows through the largest roadless area left in the lower 48 states. They'd never been rafting, or even camping, but the Idaho River Adventures trip featured their favorite band, the Infamous Stringdusters, who they'd seen more than 100 times in concert. Skidmore saw it as a chance to bond with the band in an intimate setting...

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