Officials restrict salmon fishing in Puget Sound two months early after numerous deaths.
Chinook salmon fishing in the Puget Sound has been closed two months early due to the poor catch-and-release practice by anglers in the region. It was found that even when the salmon are caught and returned, many still do not survive the encounter.
Typically, salmon fishing in the Puget Sound is allows until January 31, but it ended on Monday and is restricted from Dyes and Sinclair inlets to Seattle.
According to reports, about 15 percent of adult salmon and 25 percent of young fish die after being hooked.
Currently anglers are only allowed to use public fishing piers