Skagit River To Open June 16th for Sockeye Fishing

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Skagit County, WA– Parts of the Skagit River in Skagit County will open for Sockeye Fishing between June 16th and July 15th, 2018 according to a release from the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

The WDFW says the Skagit River will open from Highway 536 in Mount Vernon (Memorial Hwy Bridge) to the Mouth of Gilligan Creek. Anglers will have a daily limit of 3 sockeye salmon.  Night closures are in place but selective gear rules will not be in effect for the sockeye fishery,  according to the release.

The season may close earlier than anticipated if the guideline is attained.

During the fishery, WDFW anticipates closing the Skagit River from the mouth to the Highway 530 Bridge at Rockport on Specific days to avoid gear conflict with tribal fisheries. When those dates have been determined, the WDFW will announce the area closures through emergency rule changes posted online here.

This action will implement the 2018/19 salmon rules recently adopted during the North of Falcon salmon season-setting process. These dates are not listed in the current (2017/18) fishing rules pamphlet.

Please refer to the Baker Sockeye webpage for more information on sockeye seasons, fishing rules updates and fish counts. Click here to access the Baker Sockeye Page. 

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