Skagit River To Open For Sockeye Fishing Sunday, June 11th
Here's the run down on the Skagit River sockeye fishery that will open this Sunday, June 11th. The river is high and into the willows, which are the same conditions we had on the first year of this fishery when it also was the most productive. We have lots of sockeye plunking gear in stock and will be happy to give you the run down on how and where to go. We should also have fresh sand shrimp for the weekend.
Skagit River Sockeye Regulations:
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/erules/efishrules/.
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/salmon/sockeye/baker_river.html for further information on seasons, fishing rule updates and fish counts.
Information contact: Mill Creek Regional Office, (425) 775-1311.