Sport fishermen protest ‘broken’ program as tribe gillnets chinook

A Swinomish tribal gillnet is set in the main stem of the Skagit River near Mount Vernon. (Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)
A Swinomish tribal gillnet is set in the Skagit River near Mount Vernon. (Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

Sport anglers gathered in La Conner on Wednesday to protest a tribal spring chinook fishery that is moving forward even as an unprecedented impasse in annual harvest negotiations prevents recreational fishing.

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