Each year in late summer and early fall, Chinook travel more than 800 miles from the ocean to scoop out gravel nests in the small streams of the central Idaho wilderness and deposit their eggs.

BOISE — A meager return of sockeye salmon to central Idaho this year despite high hopes and a new fish hatchery intended to help save the species from extinction has fisheries managers trying to figure out what went wrong.

Each Challis youth who competed at the season-ending cross country meet in Arco on Oct. 9 set a personal record, coach Peggy Redick said.

The clubhouse at Challis Golf Course has a new coat of stain after Senior Geezer Golf League members volunteered to stain the building on Sept. 28.

Salmon residents have reported multiple sightings of a mountain lion in the city to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

At the end of the epic 850-mile journey that Chinook salmon make from the ocean to the central Idaho wilderness, the fish are beat up, decaying and will soon die.

Two new nearby sites are scheduled to be stocked with pheasants beginning next month, according to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

Daybell Disappearance

Angie Dodge archive

An application deadline for grants offered to groups operating in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area is Sept. 30. A second round of the grant program has a Dec. 31 application deadline.

Having their temperatures checked and being asked, "Do you have any COVID-19 symptoms?" before every practice is annoying, Challis junior high football players admitted, but it beats the alternative.

The virtual process to issue permits for reserved float boat launches on the Salmon River will continue through the spring of 2021, Salmon-Challis Forest officials said last week.

About 4,500 rainbow trout averaging 11 inches are scheduled to be stocked in bodies of water in Custer and Lemhi counties later this month.

Anglers can now keep fewer steelhead they may catch on the Salmon, Little Salmon and Snake rivers.

Calling it a “big deal” for the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, ground was broken Aug. 12 for a fish weir on the outlet stream of Pettit Lake in Stanley Basin in the ongoing effort to restore sockeye salmon runs.

About 30 miles from the nearest road, in the middle of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, staffers with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game are learning more about salmon and steelhead in one of the most wild places in the lower 48 states.

More than 13,640 rainbow trout, averaging 11 inches long, are to be stocked in bodies of water around Custer, Lemhi and Blaine counties in the next month.

Steelhead anglers are asked to watch for tagged steelhead and report any they catch to Idaho Fish and Game.

A young mule deer buck was shot within the city limits of Salmon on July 24, according to Mike Demick with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

About 75 jack Chinook salmon were released in Blue Mountain Pond near the Challis Golf Course last Friday, according to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

After about a year of regular meetings, officials say Idaho Gov. Brad Little’s work group on salmon and steelhead recovery is moving into a new phase of drafting policy recommendations as it works toward a December deadline.

Fisheries managers with Idaho Fish and Game are gathering public comments about proposed fall Chinook salmon seasons on the Salmon, Snake and Clearwater rivers.

Salmon and steelhead are famous for their amazing migrations, but trout and char can pull off some pretty impressive migrations, too.

Chondo Martial Arts Academy students hit the mats early last month for the first time since the coronavirus forced the place closed, but they had to do it under new rules and regulations.

BLACKFOOT -- Questions were answered and an official green light was given Monday for the Idaho High School Rodeo Finals to take place in Blackfoot.

Using a recently installed passive integrated transponder array, Idaho Department of Fish and Game workers tracked four adult wild steelhead salmon returning to Marsh Creek to spawn.

Tae kwon do and hapkido classes will resume in Challis sometime in June, according to Chondo Martial Arts Academy Sensei Shelbie Bryant.

Now that Forest Service workers have acquired the necessary amount of personal protective gear and cleaning materials, they will gradually reopen 26 campgrounds in the Sawtooth National Forest by Memorial Day weekend.

Permits for boat floating on the Middle Fork Salmon and Salmon rivers will be issued beginning May 16, according to the Salmon-Challis National Forest.

Forest Service staff will reopen parts of the Salmon-Challis National Forest on May 16 with new rules in effect, stemming from the coronavirus.

As summer comes and the state slowly reopens, many Idahoans are looking for ways to get outside, and Idaho Fish and Game workers suggest they go fishing.

In a 2-1 decision, Custer County commissioners voted to allow camping at the North Custer Rodeo Grounds May 22 and 23 if rodeo participants follow physical distancing guidelines.

The cancellation period for float permits on the Main Salmon and Middle Fork Salmon rivers has been extended until May 15, Salmon-Challis Forest officials said last week, because of continued coronavirus concerns.

All national forest lands in Idaho have a 10-person group size limit for outdoor recreation, following an April 29 directive from the Forest Service’s Intermountain Region office.

Developed campgrounds and most recreation sites within the Sawtooth National Recreation Area are closed until June 5, according to Julie Thomas with the Sawtooth National Forest.