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Hatchery chinook limits raised at Drano Lake, Wind River

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on May 18, 2011 at 9:26 am |
May 18, 2011 9:27 am

The state this morning announced it has increased the daily limit for hatchery chinook at Drano Lake and Wind River. Up to six hatchery spring chinook may be retained and up to four may be adult chinook.

Here are the details:

Drano Lake

Effective dates: Thursday through July 31

Location: Drano Lake downstream of markers on point of land downstream and across from Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery and upstream from Hwy. 14 Bridge.

Daily limits: The salmonid daily limit will be six fish. Up to four may be adults of which no more than two may be hatchery steelhead. Release all salmon other than hatchery chinook. Release all trout other than hatchery steelhead. Minimum size 12 inches for salmon and 20 inches for steelhead.

Other information: Night closure, bank only fishing area near the outlet, and Wednesday closures will remain in effect through June.

Reason for action: When the hatchery ladder was opened for a single day between May 12 and13, a total of 1,662 spring chinook entered Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery. The hatchery escapement goal is 1,000 fish. Surplus hatchery fish, including jacks, are available for harvest.

Of note: The Wednesday closures through June are necessary for the Yakama tribal fisheries scheduled to occur on those dates.

Wind River

Effective dates: Thursday through June 30

Location:
• Wind River from mouth (boundary line markers) to 400 feet below Shipherd Falls
• Wind River from 100 feet above Shipherd Falls to 400 feet below the coffer dam
• Wind River from 100 feet above the coffer dam to 800 yards downstream of Carson National Fish Hatchery.
Daily limits: The salmonid daily limit will be six fish. Up to four may be adults of which no more than two may be hatchery steelhead. Release all salmon other than chinook and release wild chinook downstream from Shipherd Falls. Release all trout other than hatchery steelhead. Minimum size 12 inches for salmon and 20 inches for steelhead.

Other information: Night closures will remain in effect. In addition, the anti-snagging rule remains in effect from the Burlington Northern Railroad Bridge upstream. Only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained.

Reason for action: The hatchery is expected to meet its escapement goal and surplus hatchery origin fish are available for harvest. There is insufficient time to adopt permanent rules.

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