Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

February 12, 2010

Samish River to close to fishing

Action: Close the Samish River to all fishing.

Effective closure dates: Feb 18 through June 4, 2010.

Species affected: All game fish species.

Closure Location: The Samish River from the mouth to the Hickson Bridge.

Reasons for action: The closure will reduce incidental hooking mortality on wild steelhead. The 2009/2010 return of wild winter steelhead to the Samish River is expected to be below the escapement goal.

Other information: The river will reopen to fishing on June 5, 2010, as will be listed in the 2010/2012 FISHING IN WASHINGTON sport fishing rules pamphlet.

Information Contact: Brett Barkdull, District 14 Fish Biologist, 360-466-4345 x 270, Brett.Barkdull@dfw.wa.gov

Fishers must have a current Wash