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Snake River Fall Chinook Season to Start

by Glenn Vaagen
The Peak 104.1, August 28, 2011

BEND, OR -- The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will open the upper Snake River for fall chinook fishing on Wednesday, September 1st. Anglers will be able to fish seven-days-a week concurrent with the annual Hell's Canyon steelhead fishery. The Snake River will be open from the Oregon-Washington border to the deadline below Hells Canyon Dam and will remain open until October 31st, or until a closure is announced.

ODFW fishery managers reported more than 35,000 fall chinook salmon are predicted to pass the Lower Granite Dam this year. The daily bag limit is six adipose fin-clipped adult fall chinook salmon. Adult salmon are classified as being 24 inches or longer.

"We recognize that a six-fish bag limit is unusual, but the large amount of hatchery surplus fish available creates a great opportunity for anglers to catch these fish," said Jeff Yanke, ODFW district fish biologist in Enterprise.

Anglers can also keep jack chinook salmon with no daily, possession, or season limits.

Only barbless hooks may be used on this stretch of the Snake River.

Glenn Vaagen
Snake River Fall Chinook Season to Start
The Peak 104.1, August 28, 2011

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