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

April 12, 2018

The Skagit and Sauk Rivers will open to catch and release fishing for steelhead

Effective dates: April 14-15, 18-22, and 25-29

Species affected: All gamefish

Location: Skagit River, from The Dalles Bridge in the town of Concrete to the Cascade River Road Bridge in Marblemount. Sauk River, from the mouth to the Sauk Prairie Road Bridge in Darrington

Rules and Regulations: All species, catch and release only, except up to two hatchery steelhead may be retained, and no limit on Atlantic Salmon.

Selective Gear Rules. Night clousre is in effect.

On the Skagit River, fishing from a boat that is under power is prohibited.

On the Sauk River, fishing from a boat equipped with an internal combustion motor is prohibited.

Reasons for action: The Skagit River Steelhead Fishery Resource Management Plan has received formal Federal approval allowing the fishery to proceed.

Other information: The fishery will be actively monitored and may close earlier if the total encounters agreed to are reached. Anglers are asked to cooperate with creel personnel collecting catch information.

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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