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Anglers Finding Success for
Spring Chinook in the Columbia

by Mark Yuasa
Seattle Times, May 30, 2016

Another Area Will Close After Monday

Joe Hymer of Vancouver, Wash., a state Fish and Wildlife biologist, reels in a spring chinook salmon on the Lower Columbia River. (Mark Yuasa) State Fish and Wildlife have determined that the spring chinook catch allotment in the sport fishery have either been or will soon be achieved on sections of the Snake River.

The number of fish caught and the anticipated harvest at Little Goose through Monday (May 30) is expected to be 1,300 to 1,350 adult hatchery spring chinook. This will be very close to the current Snake River allotment amount of 1,354 adults based on the current run size prediction.

Fishing closed this past Wednesday (May 25) on the Snake below Ice Harbor Dam: Snake River from the southbound Highway 12 Bridge near Pasco upstream about 7 miles to the fishing restriction boundary below Ice Harbor Dam; and the Clarkston stretch of the Snake from the downstream edge of the large power lines crossing the Snake River (just upstream from West Evans Road on the south shore) upstream about 3.5 miles to the Washington state line (from the east levee of the Greenbelt boat launch in Clarkston northwest across the Snake River to the WA/ID boundary waters marker on the Whitman County shore).

The stretch of the Snake below Little Goose Dam will close one hour after official sunset on Monday (May 30) from Texas Rapids boat launch (south side of the river upstream from the mouth of Tucannon River) to the fishing restriction boundary below Little Goose Dam. This zone includes the rock and concrete area between the juvenile bypass return pipe and Little Goose Dam along the south shoreline of the facility (including the walkway area locally known as "the Wallf" in front of the juvenile collection facility).

Mark Yuasa
Anglers Finding Success for Spring Chinook in the Columbia
Seattle Times, May 30, 2016

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