Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

September 2, 2015

Reopen the Skykomish River below the mouth of the Sultan River

Action: Open the Skykomish River from the mouth upstream to the mouth of the Sultan River to fishing.

Effective dates: Sept. 2, 2015, until further notice.

Species affected: All fish species.

Location: From the mouth of the Skykomish to the mouth of the Sultan River. Rules:

Night closure and anti-snagging rules

Salmon, daily limit 3 plus 1 additional pink, release Chinook and chum. Trout, daily limit, 2, minimum size 14 inches. Dolly Varden/bull trout may be kept as part of trout daily limit, minimum size 20 inches.

Gamefish, statewide minimum size/daily limit.

Reason for action: Water temperatures have decreased and flows increased.

Additional Information: The Skykomish River from mouth of the Sultan River upstream to the Highway 2 Bridge in Goldbar (Big Eddy Access) remains closed to all fishing under an Emergency Rule issued July 17, 2015. The Skykomish River from the Hwy 2 Bridge in Goldbar (Big Eddy Access) upstream to the confluence of the North and South forks (area around Reiter Ponds) remains open as described in the Fishing Rules Pamphlet. Temperatures and flow are being monitored and additional sections of the Skykomish River may open.

Information contact: Jennifer Whitney, District 13 fish biologist, (425) 775-1311

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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