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WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE     Print Version
NEWS RELEASE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091


April 22, 2003
Contact: John Whalen, (509) 456-4085

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Snake River spring chinook sport fishery to open Saturday

OLYMPIA - Sport fishing for hatchery spring chinook salmon will open Saturday (April 26) in a portion of the Snake River.

The fishery is scheduled to run through May 31 in the portion of the river from Texas Rapids boat launch upstream to the Army Corps of Engineers boat launch, which is on the south bank of the river about one mile upstream of Little Goose Dam.

Catch rates will be monitored closely and the fishery may be closed prior to May 31 if the allowable impacts to federally protected wild chinook are met before that time.

Fishing will be from one hour before sunrise until one hour after sunset, seven days a week. The daily limit is one adipose fin-clipped hatchery spring chinook, with a minimum size of 12 inches. Chinook jacks are included in the daily limit. Anglers are required to use barbless hooks, not more than 5/8 inch from point to shank, when fishing for chinook on the Snake River.

All chinook with intact adipose fins and all steelhead must be immediately released unharmed. Adipose fin-clipped chinook must have a healed scar at the location of the missing fin in order to be kept.