Snake River Opens for Fall Chinook Fishing

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced Thursday that a portion of the Snake River is now open for chinook salmon fishing.

An WDFW official says there has been an unexpectedly strong return of chinook enabling the department to provide this opportunity to fisherman.  This marks the first time in 20 years anglers will have an opportunity to fish hatchery-reared salmon.

The fishery is expected to remain open until October 15.

Chinook fishing will be limited to the area between the railroad bridge just West of the Tuscannon River and the no-fishing zone below Little Goose Dam.  Additionally, fishing will be allowed above the dam East of the saftey zone one mile to the south shore boat launch.

Coho, wild chinook, and steelhead salmon fishing is prohibited.  Hatchery chinook can be identified by a clipped adipose fin and healed scar.

Anglers may catch and keep one adult chinook salmon per day.

For more information and additional regulations regarding fishing on the Snake River, visit WDFW.

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Contact: John Walen, 509.892.7861

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