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

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May 20, 2002
Contact: John Whalen (509) 456-4085

Snake River hatchery spring chinook salmon fishing extended

OLYMPIA - Spring chinook salmon returns to the Snake River remain strong and will allow for an extension of hatchery spring chinook fishing on two stretches of the river, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced today.

Fishing will be open an additional five days, from May 23 to May 27 on the portion of the river from the Southway Bridge crossing at Lewiston/Clarkston upstream to the Heller Bar concrete boat ramp. The stretch of river from the Texas Rapids boat launch to the Corps of Engineers boat launch, about one mile upstream from Little Goose Dam will be open from May 23 to May 27, then from May 30 to June 2.

Tim Flint, WDFW salmon manager, said there are sufficient numbers of hatchery-origin chinook returning to the Snake River for sport fishing to occur on plentiful hatchery stocks without jeopardizing wild chinook stocks, which are protected under the federal Endangered Species Act.

The daily limit is one fish per day in the Lewiston/Clarkston area, and two fish per day in the Little Goose area, with a minimum size of 12 inches. Daily fishing hours are from 30 minutes before sunrise until one hour after sunset. Barbless hooks 5/8 of an inch or smaller are required, and anglers must release all chinook with an intact adipose fin, and all steelhead.