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Snake River Fall Chinook
Season Begins September 1

by Staff
Wallowa County Chieftain, August 30, 2016

A big Fall Chinook is handled in the Nez Perce Tribe hatchery. Oregon fishery managers announced this week that the Snake River will open to hatchery fall Chinook fishing on Thursday, Sept. 1.

The river will be open from the Oregon-Washington border to the deadline below Hells Canyon Dam and will remain open until Oct. 30, or until a closure is announced. In addition, the reach from Cliff Mountain Rapid (at river mile 246.7) upstream to the deadline at Hells Canyon Dam will be open from Nov. 1-17.

The daily bag limit will be six hatchery Chinook salmon. Anglers also can keep an unlimited number of hatchery jack Chinook. Chinook jacks are salmon 15-24 inches long. Anglers cannot continue to angle for jacks once a limit of adults is retained. Wild Chinook salmon must be released immediately and unharmed.

Only barbless hooks may be used on this stretch of the Snake River while angling for salmon steelhead and sturgeon, and anglers should refer to the 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for other rules that may apply.

Snake River Fall Chinook Season Begins September 1
Wallowa County Chieftain, August 30, 2016

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