Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

April 6, 2012

Snake River spring chinook fishery opens

Action: Sections of the Snake River open for spring chinook fishing.

Species affected: Spring chinook

Effective Dates: April 20 through May 24, 2012 below Ice Harbor Dam (Area A);

April 25 through May 31, 2012 for areas B, C, and D.

Locations: A) Snake River from the South Bound Highway 12 Bridge at Pasco upstream about 7 miles to the fishing restriction boundary below Ice Harbor Dam;

B) Snake River from the railroad bridge approximately 1/2 mile downstream of Tucannon River mouth, upriver to the fishing restriction boundary below Little Goose Dam, and from Little Goose Dam to the Corps of Engineers boat launch approximately 1 mile upstream of Little Goose Dam (along the south shoreline). This zone includes the area between the juvenile bypass return pipe and Little Goose Dam along the south shoreline of the facility (includes the walkway area locally known as "the wall" in front of the juvenile collection facility);

C) Snake River from Casey Creek Canyon Road on the Garfield County shore (approximately 6 miles downstream of Lower Granite Dam) to the fishing restriction boundary downstream of Lower Granite Dam.

D) Snake River from the intersection of Steptoe Canyon Road with Hwy 193 (Snake River Road) on the Whitman County shore, upriver approximately 12 miles to the Idaho state line (from the east levee of the Greenbelt boat launch in Clarkston, northwest across the Snake River to the WA/ID boundary marker on the Whitman County shore).

Daily Limits: 6 hatchery chinook (adipose fin clipped), of which no more than two may be adult chinook. EXCEPTION: the area between the juvenile bypass return pipe and Little Goose Dam along the south shoreline of the facility (includes the walkway area locally known as "the wall" in front of the juvenile collection facility). The daily bag limit for this limited area will allow retention of one jack and one adult hatchery chinook. An angler must cease fishing when the 1 allowed adult is retained. For all areas open for chinook, anglers must cease fishing when the adult limit has been retained for the day.

Reason for action: The predicted 314,200 upriver spring chinook return allows for fishing opportunities in the Snake River