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May 22, 2010 at 10:09 PM

Hatchery spring chinook daily limit increase in Drano Lake and Wind River

State Fish and Wildlife has announced more liberal catch limits for hatchery spring chinook in Drano Lake and the Wind River.

Up to four hatchery chinook may be kept daily in Drano Lake from Saturday (May 22) through June 30, but all fishing will be closed on June 2 and June 9.

Under previously adopted emergency regulations, the bank-fishing only area near the outlet of Drano Lake is in effect through June. In addition, the anti-snagging rule has been rescinded for this year’s spring chinook fishery.

As of May 19, a total of 3,798 fish had returned to Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery. Nearly 3,000 of those fish returned within the past few days. The hatchery escapement goal is 1,000 fish.

Anglers in the Wind River may also keep up to four hatchery spring chinook daily from Saturday (May 22) through June 30.

Night closures are in effect. Jack chinook count as part of the salmon daily limit.

Under a previously adopted emergency action, the anti-snagging rule has been rescinded on the Lower Wind from the Burlington-Northern Railroad Bridge downstream during this year’s spring chinook fishery.

The anti-snagging rule remains in effect from the bridge upstream. Only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained.

Through May 18, a total of 356 fish had returned to Carson National Fish Hatchery. The hatchery escapement goal is 1,500 fish. The hatchery is expected to meet its escapement goal and surplus hatchery origin fish are available for harvest.

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