The Skagit River is one of the larger rivers in the Pacific Northwest originating in Canada and Cascade Mountains in Washington State. The Skagit flows through Skagit county Washington and empties out into Skagit Bay. The Skagit River interestingly enough has two mouths that flow into the Puget Sound. One mouth is located south of La Conner while the other is just a few miles south of the town of Conway.
The Skagit River is an upper tier fishery in Washington state and provides spawning habitat for several species of salmon in the Pacific Northwest. The Skagit is one of the few river systems in Washington still offering healthy populations of all five native salmon species as well as two species of trout.
Among the most prized salmon species targeted by northwest anglers are the trophy sized Chinook and steelhead. Summer runs of Kings and Sleelys hit the river in June and begin working their way up the river system. Many anglers hit the area in Mableton where the Cascade and Skagit join, while others prefer the less crowded areas up by the Sauk river.
Another less known fishing attraction on the Skagit river, is the summer Sockeye salmon run. Unfortunately, the season is generally only a couple weeks long, but for those who have a taste for sockeye the runs are generally sizable enough to make it worth the trip. Especially for those who prefer not to travel all the way to the Columbia river or hop the birder and hit the Fraser river in Canada.
Fall runs offer up the ever flavorful Coho and on odd numbered years the Skagit gets huge runs of Pink salmon then in November the Chum start to run.
Other highly prized species in the Skagit river are Dolly Varden, Cutthroat and larger than life Rainbow trout. These beautiful fish are generally running in the river eating of the tasty eggs left behind by the many spawning salmon that run the river throughout the year.
Winter is time for the hatchery winter steelhead runs that fire up in December and January. For those who wish to brave the cold the Skagit is sure to please. If you would like to find out where to go to get on the water on the Skagit river check out The Lunker’s Guide. They off
er Skagit river fishing access map, fishing reports, and information about when the fish are running.
If you would like to go with a pro hire one of our Fishing the Skagit river Fishing Guides. These guides have been serving the area for years and are sure to provide the fishing trip of a lifetime. Hire a Skagit River Fishing Guide today!
There are several popular methods utilized when targeting these species on the Skagit. Plunking sand shrimp with a spinglow has proven very effective, as well as pitching spinners and spoons or twitching jigs.