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September 20, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Snake River fall chinook fishing area expanded as more fish than expected are returning

The larger than expected fall chinook forecasts will allow state fisheries managers to expand the Lower Snake River fishing area from the mouth to the Highway 12 Bridge near Pasco, and a section of Columbia River defined as the Snake River Confluence Protection Area from Sept. 23 to Oct. 31.

Areas of Columbia from the railroad bridge between Burbank and Kennewick upstream approximately 2.1 miles to the first powerline crossing above the navigation light on the point of Sacajawea State Park, and Snake River from mouth to the Oregon State line (located approximately 7 miles upstream of the mouth of the Grande Ronde River).

The inseason upriver bright fall chinook forecast is now 832,500, and more than 50,000 may return to the Snake River.

Daily limit is three hatchery-marked adult chinook (24 inches or longer), and six hatchery jack chinook (less than 24 inches long). Minimum size for chinook retained in Snake is 12 inches.

Anglers must stop fishing for salmon and steelhead once they’ve kept their three hatchery steelhead.

 

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