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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 18, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Snake River opens Sept. 1 for fall hatchery chinook fishing

One of the most scenic eastside rivers in the state will open Sept. 1 for hatchery fall chinook fishing.

State fishery managers are banking on a predicted robust upriver bright chinook return to the Snake River. A total of 434,600 upriver bright chinook are forecasted to enter the Columbia River, and 31,600 are wild fall chinook migrating to the Snake River.

Chinook fishing will remain open daily through Oct. 31, but may close earlier depending on inseason run size updates and catch totals.

The daily catch limit will be three adult hatchery chinook, and six hatchery jack chinook under 24 inches.

Anglers can also catch and keep up to three hatchery steelhead, but must stop fishing for the day for both hatchery chinook and steelhead once they have taken their three-fish steelhead limit. Hatchery steelhead fishing on the Snake River opened June 16.

Barbless hooks are required, and all unmarked salmon and steelhead, plus chinook under 12 inches must be released.

Fishing will be open from beneath the southbound lanes of the Highway 12 Bridge near Pasco up to the Oregon state line, approximately seven miles upstream of the Grande Ronde River mouth.

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