VANCOUVER – Anglers will be able to fish for adult hatchery-reared spring chinook salmon on the upper Klickitat River throughout the month of July, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced today.
The department announced the opening when it became clear that the Klickitat Salmon Hatchery would reach its goal of capturing 500 spring chinook for propagating future runs, said John Weinheimer, WDFW biologist.
“The upper Klickitat is one of the few areas in the entire Columbia River Basin where anglers can fish for spring chinook salmon in a glacier-fed white-water stream,” Weinheimer said. “It’s perfect for fishing in a drift boat.”
Salmon fishing on the upper river has been limited to jacks, between 12 and 24 inches long. However, starting July 1, anglers will be able to catch and retain adult hatchery-reared spring chinook salmon from boundary markers just below the salmon hatchery downriver to 400 feet above the No. 5 Fishway. The fishway is located about one-half mile upstream from Fisher Hill Bridge and about 2½ miles upstream from the river mouth.
The daily limit for salmon will be six fish, no more than two of which can be adults. Anglers must release any salmon less than 12 inches long, and any salmon not clearly marked as a hatchery fish by a clipped adipose fin and a healed scar.
“Because the run was so late, these fish are still in great shape,” Weinheimer said. “We’re really pleased to be able to provide this kind of fishery.”
The same section of the Klickitat River has been open to fishing for trout and other gamefish since June 1, he said. For more information about those fisheries, see page 75 of WDFW’s Fishing in Washington rules pamphlet posted online at /fishing/regulations.
The section of river from the boundary markers above the Klickitat Salmon Hatchery upstream will remain closed to salmon fishing.