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

January 28, 2021

A portion of the Sauk River to open for steelhead fishery

Action: Opens catch and release steelhead fishery.

Effective date: Feb. 1 through Apr. 13, 2021.

Species affected: Steelhead.

Location: Sauk River (Skagit/Snohomish Co.), from the mouth to the Darrington Bridge (Sauk Prairie Road Bridge).

Rules: Steelhead - Open Saturdays though Tuesdays only, closed Wednesdays through Fridays. Fishing for all other species remains closed seven days per week.

Catch and release, except up to two hatchery steelhead may be retained. Wild steelhead must be released immediately and may not be removed from the water.

Selective gear rules in effect. Night closure in effect.

Fishing is prohibited from a vessel equipped with a motor.

Reason for action: The Skagit River steelhead pre-season forecast is 4,297 steelhead. According to the Fishery Resource Management Plan for Skagit steelhead, federally approved in April 2018, when the pre-season forecast is greater than 4,000 and less than or equal to 6,000 Skagit steelhead, there are enough impacts available to safely provide some catch and release opportunity. The fishery will be four days a week allowing the fishery to be 100 percent monitored. Fully monitoring all days of the fishery allows for the most accurate estimate of catch and helps ensure the catch and release fishery does not negatively affect the run.

Additional information: The fishery will be monitored by WDFW to estimate impacts to Skagit winter steelhead as well as all incidental catch of other fish species. Anglers are required 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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