Most anglers lucky enough to hook a chinook salmon from the Spokane River have kept the fish they caught without knowing they were committing an illegal act.
This year, the rules have been clarified to make it legal to keep the incidental kings that wash down occasionally from Lake Coeur d’Alene.
The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission recently added the Spokane River to the list of waters where landlocked salmon rules apply. A Fish and Wildlife Department press release said the action “allows non-anadromous salmon leaving Lake Coeur d’Alene to be harvested with a game-fish license.”
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