- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - As conditions improve in some Washington rivers, state officials are easing fishing restrictions and closures put in place earlier this summer because of the drought.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife had closed or restricted access on more than 60 rivers and streams to protect fish, which can be harmed by low river flows and warmer water temperatures.

On Wednesday, the agency said fishing is now open or no longer restrict to certain hours on more than a dozen rivers, including in north Puget Sound, south-central Washington and on the Olympic Peninsula.

WDFW’s Ron Warren says they’re seeing cooler water temperatures and river flows typical for this time of year. If conditions improve, the agency will likely ease restrictions on other rivers in coming days or weeks.

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Online: https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/index.jsp

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