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

June 26, 2014

Snake River spring chinook fisheries to close

Action / Species affected: Spring chinook salmon fishing closes on the Snake River.

Dates for closures (effective 1 hour after official sunset):

Areas A and C (below Ice Harbor and below Lower Granite Dam) closesd.

Area B and D (below Little Goose and Clarkston) closes Saturday June 28.

Locations to Close:

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

B) Below Little Goose: Snake River from Texas Rapids boat launch (south side of the river upstream of the mouth of Tucannon River) to the fishing restriction boundary below Little Goose Dam. This zone includes the rock and concrete 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) Below Lower Granite Dam: Snake River from the south shore boat launch (Ilia Boat Launch) across to the mouth of Almota Creek upstream about four miles to the restricted fishing area below Lower Granite Dam.

D) Clarkston: Snake River from the downstream edge of the large power lines crossing the Snake River (just upstream from West Evans Road on the south shore) upstream about 3.5 miles to the Washington state line (from the east levee of the Greenbelt boat launch in Clarkston northwest across the Snake River to the WA / ID boundary waters marker on the Whitman County shore).

Reason for action: Under the current United States vs. Oregon management agreement spring chinook fisheries on the Washington portion of the Snake River are not allowed to extend into July. This action will facilitate an orderly closure to the 2014 Snake River spring chinook fishery.

Information contact: John Whalen, Region 1 Fish Program Manager (509) 892-1001

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphl