Skip Page 98 For Now

For now, never mind Tim Bush’s story on page 98 of the freshly minted October issue of Northwest Sportsman: WDFW just announced that Lake Washington will close Oct. 2 for coho fishing.

Big meanies.

Lake Sammamish also closes starting Saturday for silvers as well as Chinook … as does the Quilcene and Dabob Bay coho fishery … as does the lower Quilcene River.

And late last week, the Puyallup tribe closed its commercial fishery on the Puyallup River.

The reason — as if Puget Sound coho anglers didn’t know already — low returns of coho that’s making it tough to meet egg-take goals at local hatcheries.

The Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission reported only 30 back to Voights Creek on the Puyallup.

“They should have somewhere between 350-600 coho on this date,” said an email from tribal information officers Emmett O’Connell.

WDFW says the four fisheries may reopen if egg-take goals are reached.

Quilcene and Dabob Bays will reopen Oct. 16 under Marine Area 12 regs.

UPDATE: SEPT. 30, 2010, 3:46 P.M.: Add the Carbon and Puyallup Rivers to the early-closure list.

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