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This spawning Chinook stirs up the water as it prepares the gravel and sand for eggs.

Idaho Fish and Game personnel report successful Chinook spawning this year on the Lemhi River.

Fisheries Biologist Megan Heller said during redd counts on the Lemhi River this year “nearly every turn and bend on the river exposed an abundance of spawning fish.” More than twice as many redds were counted this year as had been spotted in the last five years. This year’s count totaled 370 redds. The five-year average is 173 and the 10-year average is 219, Heller said.

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