Poor returns of wild steelhead have led the state to close the White, Carbon, upper Puyallup and lower Green rivers to fishing for all game fish effective Sunday. The upper Green River, above the 277th Street bridge, will close on Feb. 1.
The state Department of Fish and Wildlife made the announcements a short time ago.
The forecast for wild steelhead runs in these rivers is well below the spawning goals, state fishery managers said. The closures will reduce the incidental hooking mortalities of Puget Sound wild steelhead, which are listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act.
The closures are:
White River: From mouth to R Street Bridge in Auburn.
Carbon River: From mouth to state Route 162 Bridge in Auburn.
Upper Puyallup River: From mouth of Carbon River upstream.
Lower Green River: From the First Avenue South Bridge in Seattle upstream to the South 277th Street bridge in Auburn.
Upper Green River: From the 277th bridge in Auburn upstream to the Tacoma Headworks Dam will be closed Feb. 1.