October 24, 1997
Contact: Margaret Ainscough, (360) 902-2408
Soos Creek fishing closed
OLYMPIA -- The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will close
fishing on Big Soos Creek (King County) beginning at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26.
The emergency closure is being imposed to protect coho, which are now arriving
at the Soos Creek hatchery. South Sound coho estimates have been downgraded from
400,000 to 258,000 fish, leaving no sizeable surplus for fishing. Also, this year's
returning coho are smaller than average and more fish than ususal will be required to
obtain the needed number of eggs at the hatchery.
A run of hatchery chinook salmon, the target of an earlier experimental fishery, is