Snake River Back to Washington

Fishing Rules

NOTE: FRIDAYS and SATURDAYS ONLY until further notice. Six hatchery Chinook (marked by a clipped adipose fin), of which no more than one may be an adult. Anglers must cease fishing for salmon when the hatchery adult limit has been retained for the day.
Apr 20 thru Dec 31
Min. size 10". Daily limit 6. Up to 3 hatchery STEELHEAD may be retained.
Jun 16 thru Jul 31
Min. size 10". Max. size 30" for hatchery STEELHEAD. Daily limit 6. Up to 1 hatchery STEELHEAD may be retained. Open from mouth to Bridge St. Bridge (Blue Bridge) in Clarkston.
Aug 01 thru Mar 31
Other Game Fish
Statewide min. size/daily limit except no min. size/daily limit for BASS, CHANNEL CATFISH, and WALLEYE.
Water Quality

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Additional Information


From the Burbank to Pasco Railroad Bridge to Ice Harbor Dam

Where the river coincides with the boundary between Washington and Idaho, the license of either state is valid. Anglers must comply with the laws of the state issuing the license. An angler licensed only in Idaho may not fish on the Washington shore or in Washington sloughs or tributaries. An angler fishing is restricted to one daily limit even if licensed by both states.

Col. R. Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement (p. 14)
Barbless hooks required for Salmon/Steelhead (p. 14)

TROUT DatesTo be determined From Bridge St. Bridge (Blue Bridge) in Clarkston to OR/ID border. Check in early Sept.

Snake River spring chinook fisheries to close

Action: Close all areas of the Snake River to fishing for spring chinook salmon.
Effective date: All areas will close immediately.
Species affected: Spring chinook salmon.


A) Below Ice Harbor Dam: Snake River from the South Bound Highway 12 Bridge near Pasco upstream about seven miles to the fishing restriction boundary below Ice Harbor Dam;

B) Below Little Goose Dam: Snake River from Texas Rapids boat launch (south side of the river upstream of the mouth of Tucannon River) to the fishing restriction boundary below Little Goose Dam. This zone includes the rock and concrete area between the juvenile bypass return pipe and Little Goose Dam along the south shoreline of the facility (includes the walkway area locally known as "the Wall" in front of the juvenile collection facility);

C) Clarkston: Snake River from the downstream edge of the large power lines crossing the Snake River (just upstream from West Evans Road on the south shore) upstream about 3.5 miles to the Washington state line (from the east levee of the Greenbelt boat launch in Clarkston northwest across the Snake River to the Washington-Idaho boundary waters marker on the Whitman County shore).

Reason for action: Snake River spring chinook fisheries have reached the allowed harvest levels for natural origin fish and will close immediately.

Boat Launch:
Two Poles Allowed:
Kids Only:
County: Snake River State: WA Country: United States

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