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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 15, 2012 at 8:28 AM

Snake River to open for hatchery kings and steelhead on Sept. 1

A healthy return of upriver bright chinook has allowed state Fish and Wildlife to open the Snake River for hatchery chinook fishing beginning Sept. 1.

The good return will also enable angler to keep up to three adult hatchery chinook, plus three hatchery jack chinook under 24 inches long.

Up to three hatchery steelhead may also be kept, but anglers must quit fishing for the day – for both chinook and steelhead – once they have taken their three-fish steelhead limit.

Barbless hooks are required, and all unmarked wild salmon must be released as well as chinook under 12 inches in length.

Fishing will be open daily through Oct. 31 from under the southbound lanes of the Highway 12 Bridge near Pasco to the Oregon state boundary about seven miles above the Grande Ronde River mouth.

Fishing could close sooner depending on how the run size pans out as the season goes on or catch rates.

The forecast is 353,000 upriver brights, and 15,100 are wild fall chinook bound for the Snake River.

Angler cannot remove wild chinook or steelhead from the water.

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