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Agency closes fishing on Washington rivers due to low flows

July 5, 2019

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has closed all fishing on the Chehalis River until further notice due to lower than normal stream flows.

The Daily News reports that the agency also closed fishing on South Fork Chehalis River, North Fork Newaukum River, South Fork Newaukum River and Skookumchuck River.

The agency says streams and rivers where spring Chinook hold and stage through the summer are experiencing lower-than-normal stream flows.

Low stream flows decrease holding and staging refuges and elevate vulnerability and pressure on the Chinook.

Any encounters of spring Chinook could subject these fish to stress, injury, or death, the agency says.

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Information from: The Daily News, http://www.tdn.com

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