OLYMPIA - Spring chinook salmon fisheries on two sections of the Snake River will close for the season today (June 26), while two other sections will close after three more days of fishing in each area.
Effective immediately, spring chinook fishing below Ice Harbor and Lower Granite dams is closed under an emergency rule issued today by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
Two other sections - below Little Goose Dam and in the Clarkston area - are open to fishing from Thursday (June 26) until one hour after sunset on Saturday (June 28), when the spring chinook fishery in those two areas will close for the season.
The two sections of the Snake River open to fishing June 26-28 are:
- Below Little Goose Dam: Snake River from Texas Rapids boat launch (on the 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. This area includes the walkway area locally known as "the Wall" in front of the juvenile collection facility.
- Clarkston Area: 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. (The state line extends from the east levee of the Greenbelt boat launch in Clarkston northwest across the Snake River to the boundary waters marker on the Whitman County shore).
Anglers fishing those two areas have a daily catch limit of six hatchery chinook, only two of which can be adult chinook.
Barbless hooks are required, and anglers must stop fishing for the day when they reach their daily limit of two hatchery adult chinook salmon. All chinook with an adipose fin, and all steelhead, must immediately be released unharmed.
All anglers must possess a valid fishing license and a Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement to participate in the fishery.
For more information on the Snake River spring chinook fishery, check the emergency fishing rule at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/erule.jsp?id=1458.