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Spring chinook fishing closures announced for Idaho, Washington

Spring chinook harvest distribution map issued on May 15, 2014. (Idaho Fish and Game Department)
Spring chinook harvest distribution map issued on May 15, 2014. (Idaho Fish and Game Department)

FISHING — The bad news is that Ice Harbor and Little Goose dam areas on the Snake River met were closed to fishing for spring chinook on Wednesday, with virtually no notice. Harvest quotas had been met.

The good news is that Lower Granite and Clarkston areas will remain open on their normally scheduled days of the week, plus they will get a weekend day bonus, each week. Lower Granite is open Saturday through Tuesday, and Clarkston is open Thursday through Sunday each week.

Check  the emergency fishing regulation section of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website under Snake River.

In Idaho, harvest of adult chinook (24 inches or greater) will end at the close of fishing hours on Friday, May 16.  

Idaho Department of Fish and Game officials just announced the closure to take effect on the Clearwater River from Camas Prairie Railroad Bridge in Lewiston upstream to Cherrylane Bridge. 

Says Joe Dupont, IFG regional fisheries manager:

This closure is being implemented because the harvest quota for adult Chinook Salmon has been met in this section of river.  As you may recall, our goal is to allow 25% of the adult harvest to occur in this reach of river.  Harvest quotas for adult Chinook Salmon in different reaches within the Clearwater River drainage were developed using input from the public to help insure all communities in the watershed have opportunities to harvest salmon (refer to the map below for the different harvest quotas). 

Anglers may continue to fish for adipose clipped Jack Chinook Salmon between Camas Prairie Railroad Bridge and Cherrylane Bridge.  Jack salmon are defined at less than 24 inches in length.  Any adult salmon (24 inches or longer) caught in this river section must be immediately released.  Chinook Salmon seasons will remain unchanged upstream from the Cherry Lane Bridge.

 




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