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May 18, 2011 at 11:21 AM

Daily catch limits for hatchery spring chinook increase on Wind River and Drano Lake starting Thursday

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The daily catch limit on the Wind River and Drano Lake will increase to up to six hatchery spring chinook starting Thursday, May 19 through June 30.

The salmon daily limit will be six fish, and up to four may be adults of which no more than two may be hatchery steelhead. Release all salmon other than chinook and release wild chinook downstream from Shipherd Falls. Release all trout other than hatchery steelhead. Minimum size 12 inches for salmon and 20 inches for steelhead.

Night closures will remain in effect on the Wind River. In addition, the anti-snagging rule remains in effect from the Burlington Northern Railroad Bridge upstream. Only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained.

The Wind River hatchery is expected to meet its escapement goal and surplus hatchery origin fish are available for harvest. There is insufficient time to adopt permanent rules.

Areas in Drano Lake where the more liberal limits are in effect include places downstream of markers on point of land downstream and across from Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery and upstream from Hwy. 14 Bridge.

Night closure will remain in effect on Drano Lake, bank only fishing area near the outlet, and Wednesday closures will remain in effect through June.

When the hatchery ladder was opened for a single day on Drano Lake between May 12 and 13, a total of 1,662 spring chinook entered Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery. The hatchery escapement goal is 1,000 fish. Surplus hatchery fish, including jacks, are available for harvest.

The Wednesday closures through June are necessary for the Yakama tribal fisheries scheduled to occur on those dates.

(Photo by The Seattle Times)

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