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

September 23, 2016

Opens a portion of the upper Skykomish for hatchery steelhead fishing

Action: Opens the portion of the Skykomish River from Gold Bar/Big Eddy access (Hwy. 2 Bridge) to confluence of the North and South Forks to fishing for trout (steelhead) and gamefish.

Effective dates and times: Sept. 24 through Oct. 31, 2016.

Species affected: Trout and gamefish.

Locations and rules:

Skykomish River (Snohomish Co.) (844) from Gold Bar/Big Eddy Access (Hwy. 2 Bridge) to confluence of North and South forks.

Night closure all species

Anti-snagging rules apply.

Fishing from any floating device prohibited from 1,000' downstream of Reiter Ponds outlet to 1500' upstream.

Dolly Varden/Bull trout, Min. size 20 inches, may be retained as part of the trout daily limit.

Other trout, Min. size 14 inches, daily limit 2.

Other game fish, statewide minimum size/daily limit.

Salmon, Release all salmon.

Reason for action: State and Tribal managers have agreed that opening a fishery for hatchery steelhead and gamefish will not significantly impact conservation objectives for coho escapement.

Additional Information: If in-season updates indicate a harvestable surplus of Snohomish coho, additional fisheries will be considered.

Information contact: Mill Creek Regional Office (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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