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

September 28, 2016

Skagit and Cascade rivers open to coho and gamefish; Sauk River opens for gamefish

Action: Open the Skagit and Cascade rivers to fishing for coho salmon and gamefish. Open the Sauk River to fishing for gamefish.

Species affected: Coho salmon and gamefish.

Effective dates: Sept. 28 through Nov. 30, 2016.

Locations for salmon:

SKAGIT RIVER: From the mouth to the Cascade River Road (Marblemount) Bridge. Coho daily limit 4, of which no more than 2 may be wild. Bait prohibited. Anti-snagging rule, and night closure in effect.

CASCADE RIVER: From the mouth to Rockport Cascade Road Bridge. Coho daily limit 4. Anti-snagging rule, and night closure in effect.

Locations for gamefish:

SKAGIT RIVER: From the mouth to the Hwy. 530 Bridge at Rockport. Trout, minimum size 14," daily limit 2. Dolly Varden/Bull trout, minimum size 20." Other gamefish, statewide rules apply.

SKAGIT RIVER: From the Hwy. 530 Bridge at Rockport to Gorge Powerhouse. Catch-and-release, except daily limit 2 hatchery steelhead.

CASCADE RIVER: From the mouth to Rockport Cascade Road Bridge. Trout, minimum size 14," daily limit 2. Dolly Varden/Bull trout, minimum size 20." Other gamefish, statewide rules apply.

SAUK RIVER: From mouth to White Chuck River. Catch-and-release, except daily limit 2 hatchery steelhead.

These areas are scheduled to open to fishing for gamefish Dec. 1. Anglers should check the 2016/17 Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for regulations effective Dec. 1.

Reasons for action: The Skagit, Cascade and Sauk rivers were originally closed to all fishing under a state and tribal co-manager agreement to protect coho salmon. An in-season co-manager joint test fishery indicated that the coho return is stronger than expected, allowing the co-managers to open fisheries for coho and gamefish.

Other information: Sport anglers should be aware that tribal fisheries also are underway and should avoid interfering with those fisheries.

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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