Restrictions announced for Wind River spring chinook anglers

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HOME VALLEY — Spring chinook salmon fishing restrictions in the Wind River in Skamania County were announced Friday by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The restrictions include:

• Fishing will open April 1, two weeks later than the traditional March 15 start.

• The daily limit will be one hatchery chinook or hatchery steelhead, not two.

• Angling will be allowed from boundary markers at the mouth to 400 feet downstream of Shipherd Falls. No fishing in the upper Wind is anticipated this spring.

• Anglers will be limited to one rod. Two rods were allowed in May and June in 2012.

The expanded fishing area initiated in 2012 when the boundary markers were moved a bit south will continue. Monitoring in 2012 show no significant increase of catch of upper Columbia or Snake River salmon. Intensive monitoring is planned again in 2013.

A run of 3,000 spring chinook is forecast for Wind River. That compares with 5,400 in 2012 , 7,800 in 2011 and 10,000 in 2010.

Carson National Fish Hatchery on the upper Wind River needs 1,500 spring chinook for spawning.