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

May 10, 2018

Skagit River to open June 16 for sockeye fishing

Action: Opens part of the Skagit River (Skagit County) for the retention of sockeye salmon.

Effective dates: June 16 through July 15, 2018.

Species affected: Sockeye salmon.

Location: Skagit River from Hwy. 536 at Mt. Vernon (Memorial Hwy. Bridge) to the mouth of Gilligan Creek.

Daily limit: 3 sockeye salmon only.

Reasons for action: This action will implement the 2018/19 salmon rules recently adopted during the North of Falcon salmon season-setting process. These dates are not listed in the current (2017/18) fishing rules pamphlet.

Other information: The season may close earlier than anticipated if the guideline is attained. Night closures are in place but selective gear rules will not be in effect for the sockeye fishery.

During the fishery, WDFW anticipates closing the Skagit River from the mouth to the Highway 530 Bridge at Rockport on specific days to avoid gear conflicts with tribal fisheries. When those dates have been determined, the department will announce the area closures through emergency rule changes, which can be found online at https: //fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/.

Please refer to the Baker sockeye webpage located at https: //wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/salmon/sockeye/baker_river.html for further information on sockeye seasons, fishing rule updates, and fish counts.

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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