Rising water temperatures exceeding tolerance levels for fish

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Because of low-water conditions in Puget Sound rivers and tributaries, the Department of Fish and Wildlife is closing fishing for salmon and other species, or having abbreviated legal fishing hours. The closures began Saturday.

Because of drought conditions, water temperatures in the rivers are exceeding the upper limit of tolerance for salmonids and native game fishes. The closures are intended to reduce angling pressure and potential fish mortality by eliminating angling during periods of the day when fish are stressed from the elevated temperatures.

Also, stream flows have fallen low enough to concentrate fish in small ares where they are highly susceptible.

Either all or portions of the following rivers have been closed to fishing: Raging River, Skykomish River, North Fork Skykomish River, South Fork Skykomish River, Wallace River, Stillaguamish River, South Fork Nooksack, Sauk River, Suiattle River and the Samish River.

Complete details are available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/news/jul1615b/


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