State closes Lake Sammamish to salmon fishing due to low coho run

September 29, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

UPDATED — 2:10 p.m. Sept. 30, 2010

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife plans to close lakes Sammamish and Washington to salmon fishing, citing concerns about the limited number of coho salmon.

The salmon fishery on Lake Sammamish is closed from Saturday until Nov. 30. The closure runs from Saturday until Oct. 31 on Lake Washington.

The coho run is low and the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery may not collect enough fish to meet egg-take goals. The state said the lakes could reopen to salmon fishing if the run increases in the coming weeks.

Muckleshoot Tribe officials had counted 2,552 coho at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard by Monday.

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3 Responses to “State closes Lake Sammamish to salmon fishing due to low coho run”

  1. FWC Cliff on September 29th, 2010 6:34 pm

    This is an odd year for the Coho. Been getting reports that there are schools of them in Puget Sound, but that they are not biting. So the question is ‘what is up with the Coho’?

    Did the Japanese trawlers get em all? Did our funky weather do them in? Everyone is wondering.

  2. Kendra Mills on September 30th, 2010 1:58 pm

    The closure actually doesn’t start until Sat., Oct. 2nd. Just got off the phone with someone at fish and wildlife.

  3. Administrator on September 30th, 2010 2:11 pm

    Thanks for the update!

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