By Annette Cary.
The state of Washington has extended its closure of fishing and hunting seasons through May 4, after reconsidering seasons on Monday.
“We talked with multiple county health officials throughout the state and asked them what their advice would be and they’re telling us that, right now, this is what’s best for our communities,” said the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission in a statement.
While some people may be able to fish and hunt without interactions with others that could increase the spread of the new coronavirus, that is not the case for many, said Kelly Susewind, director of the agency.
He asked that anglers and hunters be patient in the interest of the health of all people in the state.
Fish and Wildlife closed recreational fishing in the state on March 27, with a plan to re-evaluate April 6, saying that some boat ramps were crowded and anglers were lining the shores and banks of popular fishing spots.
The extension of the closure means that the popular lowland lakes trout season opener, previously scheduled for April 25, will be postponed.
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