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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

May 15, 2009 at 2:27 PM

Snake River closes early for spring chinook

The poor return of Columbia River upriver spring chinook has prompted state Fish and Wildlife officials to close the Snake River sport hatchery chinook fishery after Sunday, May 17 until further notice.

The expected return was originally forecast at 298,000 spring chinook, but has now been downgraded to between 120,000 and 150,000.

The area affected by this closure is from Texas Rapids Boat Launch upstream about 7 miles to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Boat Launch (approximately 1 mile upstream from Little Goose Dam).

Because the wild portion of the run is protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), fisheries must be managed to remain within the guidelines of the ESA.

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