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Snake River Spring Chinook
Fishing Reopens Saturday

by Rich Landers
Spokesman-Review, May 25, 2011

Chinook Salmon SALMON FISHING - Several new fishing opportunities for hatchery-reared spring chinook salmon are opening on the Columbia and Snake rivers for the holiday weekend as the season enters its final leg.

Fishery managers from Washington and Oregon today agreed to expand or reopen fisheries in the several areas, including the Little Goose and Clarkston areas of the Snake River starting Saturday.

Read on for details from the announcement released at 5:30 p.m.

Snake River: Starting Saturday, the spring chinook fishery will reopen through June 2 in the Little Goose and Clarkston areas of the Snake River as follows:

In these areas of the Snake River, the daily limit is two adipose-fin-clipped spring chinook adults and four adipose-fin-clipped jacks. One exception is the shoreline area between the juvenile bypass return pipe and Little Goose Dam along the south shoreline of the facility, where the daily catch limit is one jack and one adult. Anglers must use barbless hooks when fishing in the Snake River. According to the most recent update, 213,400 upriver spring chinook are expected to return to the Columbia River system this year. Under this year's catch guideline for recreational fisheries, 2,700 are still available for harvest. "The high water we've experienced in the Columbia River has slowed catch rates in many areas this season," LeFleur said. "But anglers are still catching some nice fish, and we're glad to be able to extend that opportunity."

Joe Hymer, a WDFW fish biologist, noted that recent catch surveys show that anglers fishing along the banks of the lower river have had higher success rates than those fishing from boats.

"Bank anglers have some real advantages right now," Hymer said. "Not only are they catching more fish, it's also safer under these high-water conditions."

Below Bonneville Dam, anglers may retain one adult spring chinook salmon marked with a clipped adipose fin as part of their daily catch limit. Above Bonneville, the daily limit can include two marked hatchery adult chinook salmon. All unmarked chinook and steelhead must be released unharmed.

Sockeye salmon and hatchery-reared steelhead also count toward anglers' daily limit.

For more information about fishing regulation changes on the Columbia and Snake rivers, check for "emergency rule changes" on WDFW's website.

Rich Landers
Snake River Spring Chinook Fishing Reopens Saturday
Spokesman-Review, May 25, 2011

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