Lower Samish Closing To Fishing Due To Low Chinook Run

With Chinook eggtake goals on the Samish well behind where they should be at this point of the run, state managers are closing the lower end of the Skagit County river to fishing.

The change is effective tomorrow from the mouth (Bayview-Edison Bridge) to I-5 and will remain in place until either enough are collected or the run ends.

It’s looking like the latter at this point.

THE SAMISH RIVER WILL CLOSE TO FISHING AROUND EDISON AND ELSEWHERE BELOW I-5 AS OF OCT. 10. (BENJAMIN CODY, WIKIPEDIA)

So far, only 760,000 eggs have been taken at the hatchery, and the goal is 7.2 million, according to Brett Barkdull, the district fisheries biologist.

He says that by this part of the run, they should be halfway to that mark.

But with what they’ve collected and the fish on hand at the hatchery, they’re projected to only collect about 2.1 million, he says.

Around 21,000 Chinook had been expected this year.

This will make the second year in a row eggtake has been well short of the goal. Only 4 million were taken in 2016.

Managers want to collect 7 million eggs to ensure they’ll be able to release 4 million young Chinook into the Samish and another 1 million at two other places.

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