Reasons for action:   Early indications are that both hatchery and natural steelhead returning to the Chehalis River basin are well below pre-season projections.  Available data indicate escapement goals will not be met.  Many independent tributaries have not achieved their spawner escapement goals in recent years; the entire Chehalis River system has not met minimum conservation goals for the last two years.  To minimize overall impact to the natural spawning population and to ensure hatchery egg-take needs are achieved, the sport fishery will be closed. 

Other information: Quinault Indian Nation has also closed their commercial fishery in the lower Chehalis River for the remainder of the winter steelhead season.