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SKAGIT & SAUK RIVERS TO CLOSE SOON FOR ALL FISHING
January 16, 2010
(REGIONAL) - The Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW) will close the Skagit and Sauk Rivers to all fishing in mid February.
LOCATION AND CLOSURE DATES:
Skagit River from the mouth upstream to Highway 536 (Memorial Hwy. Bridge) at Mount Vernon will be closed Feb.16, 2010 through April 30, 2010.
Skagit River from the Highway 536 (Memorial Hwy. Bridge) at Mount Vernon upstream to the Gorge Powerhouse will be closed Feb.16, 2010 through May 31, 2010.
Sauk River from the mouth upstream to the Whitechuck River will be closed Feb. 16, 2010 through June 4, 2010.
Reasons for action: The closure will reduce incidental hooking mortality on wild steelhead. The 2009/2010 forecasted return of wild winter steelhead to the Skagit Basin is expected to be below the escapement floor of 6,000.