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 Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

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