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

May 6, 2020

The Skagit River to open for hatchery Spring Chinook

Action: Open part of the Skagit River to retention of hatchery Spring Chinook

Effective date: May 16 through May 31, 2020

Species affected: Chinook salmon

Location: Skagit River (Skagit Co.) from the hwy. 536 bridge (Memorial Hwy. Bridge) in Mt. Vernon to Gilligan Creek.

Reason for action: Sufficient hatchery spring Chinook returns are forecasted to allow for a harvest fishery.

Rules: Daily limit 2 salmon. Min. size 12". Release all salmon other than hatchery Chinook. Night closure.

Additional information: Gamefish fisheries will remain closed. This 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.

Anglers are also urged to recreate within their own communities and to follow physical distancing guidelines, keeping 6 feet between themselves and others and not traveling by car or boat with anyone outside of their immediate household.

Information contact: Region 4 Office, Mill Creek (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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