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Fishing When the River is Closed? That’ll Get You Busted in Washington

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If you’re in western Washington, be careful. Some rivers are closed to fishing.

The reason? Protect Coho salmon.

But just because rivers are officially closed doesn’t mean some anglers won’t try to go fishing. And most likely, they’ll get busted.

The closings are new to western Washington because Coho runs are probably going to be really low. Think record low. Being caught fishing on a closed river could result in a fine of $150.

Getting caught in possession of a fish? That’s a $500 fine and a court appearance.

Anglers getting caught are saying they didn’t know because the closings are so new.

But, as officials from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife say, all they have to do is read the regulation handbook.

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Fishing When the River is Closed? That’ll Get You Busted in Washington