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How Low Steelhead Returns, Closed Seasons Impact Idaho's Fishing Economy In Small Towns

J. Stephen Conn
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Idaho Fish and Game just reopened steelhead fishing along the Clearwater River after dismal returns last year. Closing fisheries for a season helps grow fish stocks which is important for ecology and ensures future seasons will be very fishable. 

But what happens in small towns whose economies rely on fishing? We talk with Roy Akins who owns Rapid River Outfitters in Riggins, along with Lance Hebdon of Idaho Fish and Game. 

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Molly Wampler is a newsroom intern at Boise State Public Radio. Originally from Berkeley, California, she just graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Washington state. There, Molly worked for her university's newspaper but is stoked to try her hand at and learn all there is to learn about radio journalism.