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

June 30, 2005

Sport sockeye fishery on Baker, Skagit rivers open all day July 5, closed all day July 6

Action: Baker River and Skagit River sockeye fisheries open all day on July 5 and close all day on July 6.

Effective Dates: Open all day July 5, 2005 and closed all day July 6, 2005.

Species affected: Sockeye salmon.

Location: Baker River from mouth to Highway 20 bridge; Skagit River from the Dalles Bridge at Concrete to a point 200 feet above the east bank of the Baker River

Reason for action: The Upper Skagit Tribe had originally scheduled a fishery from July 5 through the morning of July 6. Recreational fishing was scheduled to be closed during the tribal fishery to avoid potential gear conflicts. The tribe has rescheduled their fishery to all day on July 6, but they will not be fishing on July 5.

Other information: Daily limit is 2 sockeye salmon only. All other salmon must be immediately released unharmed. The recreational closure scheduled from 12:01 a.m. July 11 through 2:00 p.m. July 12 remains in effect. Regulations for all other areas of the Skagit River remain in effect as listed in the 2005/2006 Fishing in Washington, sports fishing rules pamphlet.

Information contact: Brett Barkdull (360) 466-4345, ext 270 or Steve Thiesfeld, (360) 902-2715

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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