The Skagit River to open for hatchery Spring Chinook

Skagit River

Photo Credit: Courtesy of WDFW

by WA Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

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

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