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

May 18, 2010

Snake River spring chinook fishery to close

Action: Spring chinook fishing on The Snake River will close after Friday, May 21, 2010.

Locations: A) Snake River from the South Bound Highway 12 Bridge upstream about 7 miles to the fishing restriction boundary approximately 400 feet below Ice Harbor Dam;

B) From Railroad Bridge, about 0.5 miles downstream of the Tucannon River mouth, up about 9 miles to the Corps of Engineers boat launch (approximately 1 mile upstream of Little Goose Dam along the south shore). 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) From Casey Creek upstream about 6 miles to the fishery restriction area below Lower Granite Dam,

D) From Blyton Landing Boat Launch along the Snake River Road in Whitman County (about 12 miles upstream of Lower Granite Dam) upstream about 19 miles to the boat dock behind the Quality Inn in Clarkston (boundary line is from the white sign for Hells Canyon Tours approximately 100 ft upstream of the boat dock that has the small green roofed shed on the south shore) across to the culvert with tanks and trailers on the north shore.

Effective date: May 22, 2010.

Species affected: Spring chinook

Reason for action: The upriver spring chinook run size is now expected to be 340,000 compared to the preseason forecast of 470,000. Based on the current run size projection, the allowable catch of salmon has been achieved.

Other information: Fishing open through Friday, May 21. Only adipose clipped spring chinook adults and jacks can be retained in these fisheries. The minimum size of any retained chinook is 12 inches. Jacks are less than 24 inches long. The adipose fin-clipped fish must have a healed scar at the location of the missing fin. Fishing must cease as soon as the adult chinook daily limit is retained. All chinook with the adipose fin intact, and all steelhead, must be immediately released unharmed. Chinook harvest or retention is limited to 2 adults and 4 jacks per day. 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 is one jack and one adult, but an angler must cease fishing when the 1 adipose clipped adult is retained.

In Addition: anglers fishing for all species in these areas of the Snake River during the salmon fishery; barbless hooks only, night closure in effect, and it shall be unlawful to use any hook larger than 5/8 inch (point of hook to shank) when fishing for all species except sturgeon. Anglers cannot remove any Chinook or steelhead from the water unless it is retained as part of the daily bag limit. Anglers are reminded to refer to the new 2010/2011 sport fishing rules pamphlet (in effect May 1, 2010) for other regulations, including safety closures, etc. A new Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement is required to participate in this fishery.

Effective May1, the new Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement is required to fish in the Snake River.

Information contact: John Whalen, Regional Fish Program Manager, (509) 892-7861 (Spokane).

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