The Washington Department and Fish and Wildlife suspended all recreational fishing as part of the broader effort to mitigate the COVID-19 outbreak.
The closure took effect Thursday and will run at least through April 8th.
The agency reported some fishing areas have seen large crowds recently as people have spent more time outdoors. Department officials have had reports of crowded boat ramps and busy fishing on some rivers, which runs counter to the governor’s direction to stay home and practice social distancing.
Fish and Wildlife will reevaluate the closure April 6th. (Lewiston Tribune)