State closes lakes to salmon fishing due to low coho run
October 5, 2010
The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has closed lakes Sammamish and Washington to salmon fishing, citing concerns about the limited number of coho salmon.
The salmon fishery on Lake Sammamish is closed until Nov. 30. The closure runs 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 3,247 coho at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard by Oct. 3. Typical coho runs in the last decade included about 30,000 fish each year. Officials recorded the prior low of 6,000 coho in 2002. The largest-recorded run of 47,000 occurred in 2000.