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Spring Chinook Fishing
Resumes on Snake

by Rich Landers
Spokesman-Review, June 3, 2014

Lower Granite Dam spring chinook counts posted June 3, 2013. (Fish Passage Center) FISHING -- Two sections of the Snake River (below Ice Harbor Dam and Lower Granite Dam) reopened to fishing for spring chinook on Sunday, June 1, while two other sections of the river (below Little Goose Dam and near Clarkston) will reopen Thursday, June 5.

The sections of the river below Ice Harbor Dam and Lower Granite Dam are open Sunday through Tuesday each week. The river below Little Goose Dam and in the Clarkston area will be open Thursday through Saturday each week.

All four sections will be open on their weekly schedule until further notice.

Glen Mendel, district fish biologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, said fishery managers were able to reopen the fishery after transferring a portion of the upriver spring chinook allocation to the Snake River from the ongoing fishery in the lower Columbia River.

"With more than 600 fish now available for the Snake River fishery, we may be able to sustain fishing for the next several weeks," said Mendel.

Monitor changes posted on the agency's emergency fishing rules webpage.

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The daily catch limit for hatchery adult chinook has also been increased from the previous openings, Mendel said. Anglers will have a daily catch limit of two hatchery adult chinook -- marked with a clipped adipose fin -- and four hatchery jacks measuring less than 24 inches.

Barbless hooks are required in all areas, and anglers must stop fishing for the day when they reach their daily limit of two hatchery adult chinook salmon. All chinook with an adipose fin, and all steelhead, must immediately be released unharmed.

The sections of the Snake River scheduled to open June 1 are:

Rich Landers
Spring Chinook Fishing Resumes on Snake
Spokesman-Review, June 3, 2014

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