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Snake River springer fishing may close soon

Boaters anchor downstream of Ice Harbor Dam. Snake River anglers caught more than 2,300 spring chinook in 2012.
Boaters anchor downstream of Ice Harbor Dam. Snake River anglers caught more than 2,300 spring chinook in 2012.

FISHING — Anglers harvested 21 chinook in Washington's Snake River fishery area at Clarkston last week.  That leaves about 30 fish in the allocation for the Snake River.  

Washington Fish and Wildlife officials are considering whether to continue the Clarkston fishery through this next weekend (May 26 & 27), said Glen Mendel, Snake River fisheries biologist.  

“At this time, it appears likely that the fishery will remain open, but should that change,” he said, noting the emergency rule would be posted online and by email.

The future of this season's spring chinook fishing season after Memorial Day in the Washington portion of the Snake River depends on decisions the Technical Advisory Committee is likely to make after re-evaluating run size on Tuesday (May 28).

 




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