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Snake River spring chinook fishing to close June 21

   

Date:

June 18 , 2008

Contact:

Brad Smith (541) 426-3279
Jessica Sall (503) 947-6023
Fax: (541) 673-0372

ENTERPRISE, Ore. -- Oregon and Idaho fishery managers announced today that the spring chinook fishery on the Snake River will close effective Saturday, June 21 at 11:59 p.m.

The spring chinook season opened on April 26 and was tentatively scheduled to go as late as July 20. However, a recent creel study by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game showed that anglers had caught enough fish to exceed allowable impact, prompting officials to announce the closure.

The decision to close the chinook fishery to sport fishing was made by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Idaho Fish and Game, who co-manage the fishery on the Snake River.

Under permanent regulations, the Snake River remains open for trout, and will open for adipose fin-clipped summer steelhead on September 1.

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