Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

July 2, 2012

Gear restrictions implemented on the Skagit River

Action: Selective gear rules, with a maximum hook gap of 1/2 inch required.

Species affected: All species of fish

Location and effective Dates:

The Skagit River from the mouth to the Highway 536 Bridge at Mt Vernon (Memorial Highway Bridge), July 5 through August 31.

The Skagit River from the Highway 536 Bridge to Gilligan Creek, July 16 through August 31.

The Skagit River from Gilligan Creek to The Dalles Bridge at Concrete, July 5 through Sept 15.

The Skagit River from the Dalles Bridge at Concrete to the Highway 530 Bridge at Rockport, July 5 through Sept 15.

The Skagit River from Highway 530 Bridge to Cascade River Road (Marblemount Bridge), July 16 through Sept 15.

Reasons for action: The gear restriction will reduce incidental hooking mortality on ESA listed chinook salmon. Anglers are abusing the gamefish rules and specifically targeting chinook salmon leading to increased mortality.

Other information: Fishing rules will revert back to seasons as listed in the Sport fishing Rules 2012/2013 pamphlet edition, FISHING IN WASHINGTON after the listed end date of the emergency rule change.

Information Contact: Brett Barkdull, 360-466-4345 x 270 barkdbcb@dfw.wa.gov

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

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