September 6, 2013 at 5:38 PM
Samish River king fishery season extended
Two positive moves have allowed state Fish and Wildlife officials to extend the Samish River sport fishery from Sept. 9 through Nov. 30.
One of the most looked at stipulations was a big concern in recent years on how anglers were behaving while fishing.
When seasons were set in April, state Fish and Wildlife planned to assess how anglers did during the early part of the fishery in order to extend the fishery beyond Sept. 8.
State Fish and Wildlife says this included illegal snagging, trespassing on private property, littering and other unacceptable behavior.
Fisheries officials says compliance has improved, but more improvement is needed and the remainder of the season depends on how orderly anglers are during the second half of the season.
State Fish and Wildlife also produced a video that shows how to properly catch kings in the Samish. Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwGiaKCVHHE.
Another positive is a robust run of 47,000 hatchery-raised chinook that are forecasted to return to the Samish.
Daily limit is two salmon, and only legally hooked fish in the mouth may be kept. A night closure is in effect, and only one single-point hook is allowed.
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