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Thread: Attention Kokanee Anglers: Landlocked Chinook Salmon Research

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    Default Attention Kokanee Anglers: Landlocked Chinook Salmon Research

    Greetings folks,

    As the kokanee season gets going, we wanted to remind anglers to keep an eye open for Chinook Salmon in a few lakes/reservoirs. Biologists are asking anglers to help them learn more about these fish in Anderson Ranch, Lucky Peak, Deadwood reservoirs in southwest Idaho and Spirit Lake in North Idaho. (Although, its possible you may see them at Arrowrock as well).

    The study is comparing growth rates, survival and catch of 2 different types to determine which performs better in Idaho fisheries.

    If you catch a Chinook Salmon, please consider taking a small clip of the fin tissue and placing it in one of the envelopes provided at the kiosks by the boat ramps (see photo). Turning in a fin clip is a great way to help the success of this research and would help improve our efforts to manage landlocked Chinook Salmon.

    Here's the details:

    How you can help:
    Chinook can be identified by black spots on their backs, black gum lines, and a clipped adipose fin.

    1. Clip a small (about the size of a hole punch) portion of any fin. A sample can be taken from any size of Chinook, and the fish can be harvested or released.

    2. Place the fin clip in an envelope (provided at kiosks). Seal the envelope and keep it dry to avoid spoiling.

    3. Deposit the envelope in the drop box at the kiosks, which can be found at major access points at the four locations.

    Feel free to take several envelopes with you. We prefer to have individual samples placed in separate envelopes.

    Thanks for your assistance and good luck this season!

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    Being new to the Kokanee world, I had no idea that there were landlocked Kings out there too. Having lived in the northwest for a couple years I miss the salmon fishing from up there! Definitely may plan a trip over to the Boise area this summer and hopefully I can help you guys out with some clips!


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