Due to anticipated low returns of chinook salmon, the lower Samish River was closed Tuesday to all fishing.

The state Department of Fish & Wildlife closed the river to fishing from the mouth of the river at Samish Bay to the Interstate 5 bridge.

The closure is needed to increase the number of returning fish available to the state’s Samish River Hatchery.

According to Fish & Wildlife, projected returns are below the hatchery’s need for eggs to raise the next generation of hatchery fish.

Fishing will reopen either when the hatchery’s needs are expected to be met, or when the chinook return is over.

More information is available online at wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/.

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