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October 29, 1998
Contact: Jeff Weathersby, (360) 902-2256

Lake Sammamish closes to salmon fishing; Cowlitz opens for hatchery coho jacks

OLYMPIA--Sport salmon fishing in Lake Sammamish has been closed but as of tomorrow (Oct. 29) anglers will be able to keep hatchery coho jacks returning to the Cowlitz River, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced today.

The Lake Sammamish sport fishery was closed on an emergency basis. The closure was necessary because the coho run appears to be lower than. The hatchery has only 500 of the 2,000 coho it needs.

The Cowlitz tomorrow opens to hatchery jack coho fishing from the boundary markers at its mouth upstream to 400 feet below the barrier dam.

Hatchery jacks, which are between 12 and 20 inches in length, have no adipose fin on their backs. Coho with adipose fins are wild and must be released. All coho over 20 inches as well as all chinook and chum must be released.

Anglers may keep six hatchery coho jacks daily.

More than 2,500 coho jacks returned to the Cowlitz Hatchery as of Monday. The surplus jacks and adult males are being trucked to the Tilton and upper Cowlitz rivers for release.

The 1998 Fishing in Washington regulation pamphlet contains rules for those rivers.