Limit On Spring Chinook Increased In The Snake River
May 1, 2016
Action: Increase limit to two adult spring chinook.
Effective date: Immediately.
Species affected: Chinook salmon.
A) Below Ice Harbor Dam: Snake River from the South Bound Highway 12 Bridge near Pasco upstream about 7 miles to the fishing restriction boundary below Ice Harbor Dam;
B) Below Little Goose Dam: Snake River from Texas Rapids boat launch (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 (includes the walkway area locally known as “the Wall” in front of the juvenile collection facility);
C) Clarkston: 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 (from the east levee of the Greenbelt boat launch in Clarkston northwest across the Snake River to the WA/ID boundary waters marker on the Whitman County shore).
Dates: Each area continues to be open two days per week until further notice.
Area A (Below Ice Harbor Dam) open Friday and Saturday each week.
Areas B and C (Below Little Goose Dam and near Clarkston) open Sunday and Monday each week.
Daily limits: 6 hatchery chinook (adipose fin clipped), of which no more than two may be an adult chinook salmon. For all areas open for chinook salmon harvest, anglers must cease fishing for salmon when the hatchery adult limit has been retained for the day.
Reason for action: Lower than normal catch rates have produced a current harvest estimate for spring chinook in the Snake River of 290 adults. With the run update to the preseason forecast the harvest allotment for the Snake River has increased to 1,421 adults. This leaves 1,131 adults available for harvest. Snake River fisheries in each of these zones will continue to be open for only two days per week, as listed above.
Other information: The minimum size of any retained chinook salmon is 12 inches. Jacks are less than 24 inches long. The adipose fin-clipped chinook salmon that can be retained must have a healed scar at the location of the missing fin. All chinook salmon with the adipose fin intact, and all bull trout and steelhead, must be immediately released unharmed.
In addition: Anglers fishing for all species, in the areas open for chinook salmon, during the days of the week the salmon fishery is open in that area, must use barbless hooks. Only single point barbless hooks are allowed when fishing for sturgeon. A night closure is in effect for salmon and sturgeon. It shall be unlawful to use any hook larger than 5/8 inch (point of hook to shank) when fishing for all species except sturgeon. Anglers cannot remove any chinook salmon or steelhead from the water unless it is retained as part of the daily bag limit.
Anglers are reminded to refer to the Fishing in Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for other regulations, including safety closures, CLOSED WATERS, etc.
Information contact: Jeremy Trump, District 3 fish biologist, (509) 382-1005.