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WDFW Changes Samish River Rules

Action: Closes the Samish River to all fishing.

Species affected: All species of fish.

Location and effective closure dates of Samish River:

• From the mouth to the I-5 Bridge will close Jan.1, 2012.

• From the I-5 Bridge to the Hickson Bridge will close Dec. 1, 2011.

Reasons for action: Hatchery steelhead releases in the Samish River were discontinued after the spring of 2008. The closure will reduce incidental hooking mortality on wild steelhead, which are expected to return in numbers below escapement goals. Puget Sound steelhead were listed as a threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act in May 2007.

Other information: The river will reopen to fishing on June 2, 2012, as listed in the 2012/2013 Fishing in Washington Sportfishing Rules Pamphlet.

Information contact: Brett Barkdull, (360) 466-4345 ext. 270, [email protected]

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