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Good News - Lake Washington & Lake Sammamish Will Be Open To Fishing

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

August 11, 2016

Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish will re-open to fishing for trout and other game fish

Action: Opens Lake Washington, the Lake Washington Ship Canal, and Lake Sammamish to fishing for trout and other game fish.

Effective dates: Sept. 1, 2016 through Oct. 31, 2016.

Species affected: Trout and other game fish.

(1)  Lake Washington (King County), including that portion of Sammamish River from 68th Ave. NE Bridge downstream.                                           
(2)  Lake Washington Ship Canal (King County), waters east of a north-south line 400 feet west of the Chittenden (Ballard) Locks to the Montlake Bridge, including Lake Union, Portage Bay, and Salmon Bay.               
(3)  Lake Sammamish (King County): Release Kokanee.

Other information: Statewide minimum size and daily limits are in effect.

Reasons for action: These areas had been closed under a co-manager agreement to protect coho salmon. The co-managers have since agreed that recreational fisheries for trout and other game fish in Lakes Washington and Sammamish will not significantly affect coho salmon due to low encounter rates with salmon during those fisheries.

Information Contact: Mill Creek Regional Office, (425) 775-1311


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