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Salmon Season Closing in Snake Today

by Rich Landers
Spokesman-Review, May 23, 2012

A Spring Chinook lies dead on the grass. SALMON FISHING - Fishing for spring chinook salmon will close on the last two sections of the Snake River at an hour past sunset Today (May 22).

By then, the catch of Snake River spring chinook salmon is expected to reach harvest guidelines based on the most recent estimate of the run size, according to fishery managers at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

"The majority of the fish were taken in the lower Snake River, but the catch guidelines apply to the river as a whole," said Cindy LeFleur, WDFW Columbia River policy coordinator. "For that reason, we had to close the upriver fisheries sooner than expected."

The two sections of the river set to close Tuesday are:

Two other areas of the Snake River below Ice Harbor Dam and Little Goose Dam closed for spring chinook fishing May 18.

"Unless there is a major change in the run forecast, this closure will likely mark the end of the season for spring chinook fishing on the Snake River," LeFleur said.

Related Pages:
Spring Chinook Fishing to Reopen in Lower Columbia by Allen Thomas, The Columbian, 5/22/12

Rich Landers
Salmon Season Closing in Snake Today
Spokesman-Review, May 23, 2012

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