Much of Snohomish River system opening delayed

by WA Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Action: Closes all fishing.

Species affected: All species.

Effective dates: May 25, 2024, until further notice.


  • Will not open as scheduled May 25, 2024, and will remain closed to all fishing until further notice:
    • Snohomish River from mouth upstream;
    • Snoqualmie River from mouth to Snoqualmie Falls;
    • Skykomish River, North Fork;
    • Skykomish River, South Fork from mouth to 600 feet downstream of Sunset Falls fishway;
    • Cherry Creek;
    • Raging River;
    • Sultan River;
    • Tolt River from mouth to confluence of North and South Forks; and
    • Wallace River from mouth to 200 feet upstream of water intake of salmon hatchery.
  • See separate Fishing Rule Change for Skykomish River limited opening HERE.

This emergency rule overrides rules published in the 2023/24 Washington Sportfishing Rules pamphlet until further notice.

Reason for action: Limited allowable take of wild Chinook in the Snohomish system necessitates strict controls to conserve impacts for fall in-river fisheries. More information regarding Snohomish Basin wild Chinook conservation and recovery efforts can be found HERE.

Additional information: Skykomish River from U.S. Highway 2 upstream to the forks, will open June 15. See Skykomish River Fishing Rule Change for additional information. Please see the 2023/24 rules pamphlet for additional rules and opportunities. The Fish Washington mobile app is another resource for up-to-date rules and opportunities. Anglers can be notified of all fishing rule changes as they are announced by signing up for WDFW rule change emails.

Information contact: Team Mill Creek, 425-775-1311.

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