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The first sockeye salmon to return to Idaho appeared Wednesday in a fish trap in the Sawtooth Mountains near Stanley.

So far, sockeye are arriving about a month later than they did in 2011 and their numbers are far below last year’s.

As of Wednesday, 379 sockeye had passed the Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River in southeastern Washington state. That’s the last dam returning salmon must pass as they return up the Snake into Idaho.

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