Low levels of spring Chinook salmon forced an emergency closure of the Chehalis River and its tributaries. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officials hoped to see about 1,400 spring Chinook salmon return to the waterway, but, when predictions showed that number was closer to about 400, they closed fishing.
“When I was in my 20s, I’d jump in my truck, ride down to the river, catch my limit within a couple of hours,” said Scott Crawford. Crawford’s is a fishing guide in Grays Harbor County and the owner of Chrome Inc. Sport Fishing. He’s been fishing his whole life. He said times have changed.
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