Chinook Limits Upped At Drano, Wind

With more than enough springers expected to meet hatchery eggtake goals, Washington salmon managers boosted the daily limits for hatchery Chinook at Wind River and Drano Lake.

In twin e-regs sent out late yesterday, the state Department of Fish & Wildlife says that the adult limit at both waters east of Bonneville Dam will jump from two to four a day starting tomorrow, May 19, and the overall limit will be six a day.

MULTIPLY THIS CATCH BY 2 AND YOU GET THE NEW ADULT LIMIT OF HATCHERY CHINOOK FOR DRANO LAKE STARTING TOMORROW, MAY 19. (ANDY SCHNEIDER)

According to the agency, Carson Hatchery on the Wind “is expected to meet its escapement goal and surplus hatchery origin fish are available for harvest. There is insufficient time to adopt permanent rules.”

Just above Drano Lake, “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.”

On his Facebook page, yesterday guide Bob Barthlow posted images of driftwood on Drano and reported, “The water is so high today, all the wood has floated off the bank….color is good though…”

Here are the texts of the emergency rule changes:

Daily limit at Drano Lake increased for hatchery spring chinook salmon

Action: Up to six hatchery spring chinook may be retained. Up to four may be adult chinook.

Species affected: Chinook

Effective dates: May 19 through July 31, 2011

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.

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

Information contact: (360) 696-6211. For latest information press *1010.

Daily limit increased for hatchery spring chinook at Wind River

Action: Up to six hatchery spring chinook may be retained. Up to four may be adult chinook.

Species affected: Chinook

Effective dates: May 19 through June 30, 2011

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.

Information contact: (360) 696-6211. For latest information press *1010.

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