Chinook Fishing -- Limited as It Is -- Starts Saturdayby Staff
Lewiston Tribune, May 8, 2019
Low number of returning salmon means Washington quota is less than 350
Washington anglers will have the chance to fish for spring chinook in two short sections of the Snake River starting this weekend.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the river will open for salmon fishing on Saturdays and Sundays only near Little Goose Dam and Clarkston.
Near Little Goose Dam, chinook fishing will be allowed from the Texas Rapids boat launch just upstream of the mouth of the Tucannon River to the fishing restriction boundary below the dam. Anglers will also be allowed to fish for chinook from the downstream edge of the large power lines that cross the river just upstream of West Evans Road west of Clarkston to the Washington-Idaho state line about 3½ miles upstream.
The bag limit for both areas is up to four hatchery chinook per day with a maximum of one adult fish -- those that are longer than 24 inches. Wild fish must be released. Fishing will close at night.
Because of the low number of spring chinook expected to return to the Snake River this year, Washington anglers fishing on the Snake River are expected to have a cumulative quota of about only 342 adult chinook. Because of the low quota, fishing could close with little notice.
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