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Lower two Snake River zones closing

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OLYMPIA, Wash. – Snake River spring Chinook fishing will close one hour after sunset Friday below Ice Harbor Dam and near Little Goose Dam.  

The closure does not affect spring Chinook fisheries in the six miles below Lower Granite Dam, or in the Clarkston area. Both will remain open until further notice, according to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) fishery managers.

"Because wild salmon in the run are protected under the federal Endangered Species Act, these fisheries must be managed within the ESA guidelines," said John Whalen, WDFW's eastern region fish program manager. "Based on the most recent Chinook run estimate, the catch rates we are seeing, and the projected harvest, the allowable salmon catch for the Snake River will be reached sooner than we estimated."