Snake River spring chinook fisheries to open

Snake River spring chinook fisheries to open

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Wednesday afternoon that spring chinook salmon fishing opens two day per week on sections of the Snake River.

Fish and Wildlife reports A relatively good forecast of spring chinook combined with limited weekly openings in each zone should allow for a prolonged season, which was requested by anglers.

The restrictions on the fishery should also help ensure sharing of fishing opportunities with upriver fishery zones and compliance with Endangered Species Act restrictions and harvest allocations available for the Snake River.

Anglers will have a daily limit of six hatchery chinook (marked by a clipped adipose fin), of which no more than one may be an adult. The fish that can be kept must be larger than 12 inches. Adult chinook are 24 inches or more. Only barbless hooks are allowed when fishing for chinook. Anglers must cease fishing for salmon when the hatchery adult limit has been retained for the day.

Here is a list of the locations and dates.

A) Below Ice Harbor Dam: Snake River from the South Bound Highway 12 Bridge near Pasco upstream about 7 miles to the fishing restriction boundary below Ice Harbor Dam. Opens Friday, April 20, and will be open only Fridays and Saturdays until further notice.

B) Below Little Goose Dam: Snake River from Texas Rapids boat launch (south side of the river upstream of 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 (includes the walkway area locally known as “the Wall” in front of the juvenile collection facility). Opens Sunday, April 22, and will be open only Sundays and Mondays until further notice.

C) Clarkston: Snake River 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 Washington-Idaho boundary waters marker on the Whitman County shore). Opens Sunday, April 22, and will be open only Sundays and Mondays until further notice.