Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
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August 31, 2009

Snake River fall chinook fishery opens Sept. 1

Action: The Snake River will open for fall chinook fishing.

Locations: Area A: From the Highway 12 Bridge (near the mouth of the Snake River) upstream to the no-fishing zone below Ice Harbor Dam; plus

Area B: From Highway 261 Bridge crossing on the Snake River (approximately one half mile upstream from Lyons Ferry Hatchery) upstream to the no-fishing zone below Little Goose Dam.

Dates: Sept. 1 through Oct.15, 2009.

Species affected: Fall chinook salmon.

Reason for action: Because there are sufficient numbers of upriver bright fall chinook and wild Snake River fall chinook returning to the Columbia River, a fishery can open on the lower Snake River. Therefore, a limited fall chinook fishery for marked hatchery adult chinook, and both marked and unmarked chinook jacks (less than 24 inches) will open Sept. 1. This 2009 fishery includes changes from last year's fishery for adult hatchery fall chinook near Little Goose Dam.

Other Information: Fishing will be open seven days per week. Night closure is in effect for all species within the identified boundaries of the fishery. The total salmon daily limit will be two marked hatchery (adipose clipped) adult fall chinook (24 inches or greater), plus four jack chinook under 24 inches (either hatchery or wild), except along the "wall" and walkway area upstream of the juvenile fish bypass return pipe (below Little Goose Dam) where the daily limit will be one hatchery adult chinook and up to two jack chinook. Anglers are reminded that they must stop fishing for salmon once the daily limit of adult salmon has been retained. Anglers within the designated one adult hatchery chinook area must stop fishing for salmon in this designated area once the daily limit of one adult hatchery salmon has been retained.

Hatchery salmon have a clipped adipose fin and a healed scar at the location of the missing fin. Adult chinook or steelhead with unclipped adipose fins must be immediately released unharmed. Anglers must use barbless hooks when fishing for chinook or steelhead in the Snake River.

Anglers cannot remove any chinook or steelhead from the water unless it is retained as part of the daily bag limit. Anglers should ensure they identify their catch because unmarked returning chinook salmon, coho salmon and unmarked steelhead are in the Snake River during this fishery. Anglers should refer to the 2009/2010 Fishing in Washington sport fishing rules pamphlet for other regulations, including possession limits and safety closures. Angler catch rates will be monitored closely and Snake River salmon fisheries may close before Oct. 15 if the allowable limits for impacts on wild fish are reached.

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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