No chinook fishing on Chehalis River system

The Aberdeen Daily World has an article about the closure of the Chehalis River system to chinook fishing.

The closure of the sport fishery for spring and summer Chinook salmon on the entire Chehalis River and its tributaries was announced Tuesday by the state Department of Fish & Wildlife.

The season had been scheduled to open today and run through July 31.

“It’s quite unusual,” said Bill Freymond, Fish & Wildlife’s regional fish manager. “It’s not like we’ve had gangbusters of harvestable spring Chinook, but we’ve always been able to have a season.”

The Quinault Indian Nation, which co-manages the river’s salmon, won’t be gill-netting for spring Chinook either, said Ed Johnstone, Quinault fisheries policy representative.