Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
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April 9, 2004

Snake River Spring Chinook Fishery to open April 16

Action / Species affected: Two areas of the Snake River will open for hatchery spring chinook fishing April 16, 2004.


Area 1: From Texas Rapids boat launch upstream to the Corps Of Engineers boat launch approximately 1 mile upstream of Little Goose Dam on the south bank of the river.

Area 2: From the mouth of Wawawai Creek (about 3 miles upstream of Lower Granite Dam) to Red Wolf Bridge in Clarkston.

Dates: April 16, 2004 through May 31, 2004.

Reason for action: Based on a predicted return of spring chinook to the Snake River that is above the 10 year average return rate, there are sufficient numbers of hatchery origin fish, to open this Snake River fishery. This opportunity will be limited based upon potential impacts to wild fish.

Other Information: Night closure is in effect. The salmon daily limit will be 2 hatchery (adipose clipped) chinook only with a minimum size of 12 inches. The adipose fin-clipped fish must have a healed scar at the location of the missing fin. All chinook with the adipose fin intact, and all steelhead, must be immediately released unharmed. In addition, anglers must use barbless hooks when fishing for all species in these areas of the Snake River during the salmon fishery. For this fishery it shall be unlawful to use any hook larger than 5/8 inch (point of hook to shank). Anglers are reminded to refer to the Fishing in Washington sport fishing rules pamphlet for other regulations, including possession limits, safety closures, etc. Angler catch rates will be monitored closely and the Snake River salmon fishery may be closed prior to May 31 based upon on-going harvest quota evaluations.

Information contact: John Whalen, regional Fish Program manager, (509) 456-4085, or Glen Mendel, District 3 fish biologist (Dayton), (509) 382-1005.

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

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