Skagit River to open to sockeye fishing
Action: Open a section of the Skagit River to fishing for sockeye salmon.
Effective dates: June 11 through July 15, 2017.
Species affected: Sockeye salmon.
Location: SKAGIT RIVER (Skagit County) 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 2017/18 salmon rules recently adopted during North of Falcon regulation process. These dates are not listed in the current (2016/2017) fishing rules pamphlet.
Other information: Night closure is in effect. The season may close earlier if the guideline is attained.
The sockeye fishery, along with other fisheries on the Skagit River, are tentatively scheduled to close June 28, 29, July 6, 7, and 11 to avoid gear conflicts with tribal fisheries scheduled those dates. Those dates may change as catches and river conditions change. For updates, anglers should check the emergency rule webpage at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/
The sockeye fishery at Baker Lake will open on July 8 with a 4-fish daily limit. Please refer to the Baker sockeye webpage located at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/
Information contact: Mill Creek Regional Office, (425) 775-1311.
For those looking for an alternative to fishing for salmon on the Skagit. Northwest walleye fishing guides are offering guided walleye fishing trips on the Columbia. If your interested in one of these trips give Buddy Dupell of Columbia River Fishing Adventures a call as 503-490-3099