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Barbed hooks OKed for salmon in Wind River area

Salmon anglers on the Wind River, a Columbia River tributary in Skamania County, could have a whopping good time if forecasts hold true. (File)
Salmon anglers on the Wind River, a Columbia River tributary in Skamania County, could have a whopping good time if forecasts hold true. (File)

FISHING -- Anglers will be allowed to use barbed hooks through June at Wind River and  Drano Lake while fishing for hatchery chinook and steelhead, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced.

Location and effective dates:

  • Wind River from mouth (boundary line markers) upstream to 400 feet below Shipherd Falls: April 24 through June 30;
  • Wind River from 100 feet above Shipherd Falls to 800 yards downstream of Carson National Fish Hatchery (except closed waters from 400 feet below to 100 feet above coffer dam): May 1 through June 30;
  • Drano Lake from mouth (Highway 14 Bridge) upstream to markers on point of land downstream and across from Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery:  April 24 through June 30.
  • Other information: All other permanent rules apply including only barbless hooks can be used when fishing for sturgeon.   

The night closure and anti-snagging rules will be in effect at Wind River above Shipherd Falls during the spring chinook season from May through June. When the anti-snagging rule is in effect, only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained. 

Reason for action:  Implements a public proposal recently approved during the 2015 North of Falcon Process.  Analysis based on recent years’ sampling showed few wild salmon and steelhead are typically handled from mid-March through June. Surplus hatchery origin spring chinook are available for harvest. 



Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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