Coming soon to the Lower Wind River and Drano Lake (all you clogged sink haters will love this name) is a new ruling that says you won’t be able to snag salmon while fishing for hatchery spring chinook, but the anti-snagging rule will be lifted from May 1-June 30.
What it means is that anglers will be able to use single, double or treble hooks on baits and lures.
The floating lures are commonly trolled in these locations, and the new anti-snagging rule would have required anglers to remove the factory installed treble hooks with up to two single pointed hooks.
If snagging does not become a problem this spring, fisheries will propose permanently removing the anti-snagging rule for these areas.
Another update is that the Drano Lake outlet will be limited to bank fishing only during spring chinook fishery now through June 30. The bank fishing area is west of a line projected from the eastern most pillar of the Highway 14 Bridge to a posted marker on the north shore.
The reason is fisheries has received complaints about bank and boat interactions near the outlet of Drano Lake during spring chinook fisheries. Bank fishing is limited in the lake and the outlet is a popular and productive area for both bank and boat anglers.
A similar bank fishing area at the mouth of the White Salmon River has been successful in reducing bank and boat conflicts.
Be sure to read my Sunday outdoors notebook for a detailed story on the spring chinook fisheries above Bonneville Dam.
(Photo taken by Speros Doulas, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, at the mouth of Drano Lake)