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June 12, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Three areas of the Snake River reopen for hatchery spring chinook

A small boost in the inseason Columbia upriver spring chinook forecast will allow three areas of the Snake River to briefly reopen for hatchery spring chinook fishing.

The Clarkston area of the Snake will be the first to open this Friday and Saturday (June 14-15), and fishing will be allowed Fridays and Saturdays of each week.

That will be followed by the Snake below Ice Harbor Dam open on Mondays only of each week starting June 17, and a section near Little Goose Dam open on Tuesdays only of each week starting June 18. All will remain open until further notice, and fisheries managers predict it will stay open a week or two at the most.

The updated forecast calls for about 115,000 upriver spring chinook compared to an earlier forecast of 107,500.

Daily limit is on hatchery-marked spring chinook, and four hatchery jacks measuring less than 24 inches. One exception is the area of the south shoreline of Little Goose Dam, which includes “The Wall area” up to the juvenile-bypass return pipe where the daily limit is one adult hatchery and one hatchery jack spring chinook.

Barbless hooks are required, and anglers must stop fishing when they catch their adult daily spring chinook limit.

Steelhead must be released, but starting June 16 the daily limit will be three hatchery-marked steelhead.

Here are the detailed areas provided by state Fish and Wildlife:

Near Clarkston:  (Friday and Saturday) From the intersection of Steptoe Canyon Road with Highway 193 in Whitman County, upriver about 12 miles to the Washington state line (identified as a line from the north end of the rock levee on the east side of the Greenbelt boat launch near the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office), northwest across the Snake River to the Washington border and boundary water marker on the north shore.

Near Ice Harbor Dam:  (Monday) Extends from the Highway 12 Bridge (near Pasco) upstream about seven miles to the fishing restriction boundary below Ice Harbor Dam.

Near Little Goose Dam:  (Tuesday) Texas Rapids boat launch (south side of the river approximately 3.5 miles upstream of the mouth of Tucannon River) to the fishing restriction boundary below Little Goose Dam. This zone includes the area between the juvenile bypass return pipe and Little Goose Dam along the south shoreline of the facility and the walkway area locally known as “the wall” in front of the juvenile collection facility.

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