March 14, 1997
Contact: Chuck Bolland, (360) 902-2255
WDFW announces Columbia upriver spring chinook season
OLYMPIA -- The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has set
the spring chinook sport season for Columbia River tributaries above Bonneville Dam.
The dates and regulations were adopted to allow fishing opportunities for
hatchery chinook and steelhead while protecting wild salmon runs. The area is
cooperatively managed with the Yakama Indian Nation.
WDFW biologists are predicting a sport catch of nearly 6,500 fish during the
The seasons and regulations set by the agency are:
- Wind River -- Fishing is allowed from the mouth boundary markers to 400 feet
below Shipherd Falls from April 1 to May 31 with a daily limit of two salmonids,
salmon or hatchery steelhead. Between June 1 and June 15, the daily limit is
two salmon. The Wind River is also open June 1 through June 15 from 100
feet above the Shipherd Falls fish ladder to the lower boundary markers below
Carson National Fish Hatchery. The daily limit is two salmon. The steelhead
season reverts to permanent regulations beginning June 1. Night closure and
non-buoyant lure restrictions are in effect April 1 through May 31.
- Drano Lake (Little White Salmon River) -- Open April 1 through May 15
below the markers on the point of land downstream and across from the
federal salmon hatchery and upstream of the Highway 14 bridge. The daily
limit is two salmonids, salmon or hatchery steelhead. Night closure and non-
buoyant lure restrictions are in effect.
- White Salmon River -- Fishing is allowed April 1 through July 31 from the
markers below the Burlington Northern railroad bridge upstream to the
powerhouse. The river is also open April 1 through June 15 from the
powerhouse to 400 feet downstream from Northwestern (Condit) Dam. The
daily limit is one salmon.
- Klickitat River -- Open from the mouth to Fisher Hill Bridge. Fishing allowed
only on Wednesdays and Saturdays, April 2 to May 31. Night closure and
non-buoyant lure restrictions are in effect. The daily limit is one salmonid,
either a salmon or a hatchery steelhead.
- Ringold Hatchery area -- Open from the marker 1/4 mile downstream of the
Ringold wasteway outlet, upstream to the marker « mile above Springs
Creek. Fishing allowed daily, May 1 through July 31. The daily limit is two
salmon. Fishing is permitted from the bank only on the hatchery side of the
Columbia River. Springs Creek is closed. WDFW biologists recommended
the later opening for the Ringold area to allow upper Columbia River spring
chinook to pass. Steelhead angling is open all year under permanent
- Icicle Creek -- Will be open daily from May 8 through May 31 from the mouth
to the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery. The daily limit is one salmonid,
either a salmon or hatchery steelhead. From June 1 to June 30, the daily limit
is one salmon. The waters within 400 feet downstream of the Leavenworth
National Fish Hatchery rack are closed. The steelhead season reverts to
permanent regulations beginning June 1. Night closure and non-buoyant lure
restrictions are in effect May 8 to June 30.