Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

May 9, 2008

Snake River spring chinook fishery to close early

Action / Species affected: The Snake River below Ice Harbor Dam, and the area between Texas Rapids and about one mile upstream of Little Goose Dam, will close for spring/summer chinook fishing after Sunday May 11.

Locations: Two areas: A) From the Railroad Bridge crossing the Snake River just above the mouth upstream to the no fishing zone about 400 ft below Ice Harbor Dam; and B) From Texas Rapids Boat Launch upstream about 7 miles to the boat launch approximately 1 mile upstream of Little Goose Dam (along the south shore).

Effective Date: May 12, 2008 until further notice

Reason for action: The upriver run size has been downgraded to 180,000 fish, compared to the preseason forecast of 269,300. The non-Indian impact on Endangered Species Act (ESA) spring Chinook is projected to be reached at the lower run size.

Other Information: The upriver run size will continue to be monitored on a daily basis.

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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