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ADDITIONAL FISHING SEASON INFORMATION FOR 2020 - 2021 SEASON

posted by Mike on 04/13/2020

Below is key information on tentative Puget Sound salmon fisheries this year. More details will be included in the 2020-21 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet, which will be available in June.

Marine Area 6 (East Strait Juan de Fuca), is closed to salmon fishing in the winter.

Marine Area 7 is closed to salmon fishing in the winter.

Marine Area 8-1 is closed to salmon fishing for the year.

Marine Area 8-2 is closed to salmon fishing for the year, except for the Tulalip Bay area.

Marine Area 9 is closed to salmon fishing in the winter.

Elliott Bay in Marine Area 10 is scheduled only to be open the first weekend in August.

Marine Area 10 is open for salmon fishing from June-November and January through March for winter Chinook.

Marine Area 11 will open for salmon fishing from July-October and be closed to winter fishing.

Marine Area 12 (South of Ayock) will open July-November for salmon fishing and be closed to salmon fishing in the winter.

In Marine Area 13 there will be a 20-inch minimum size for chinook July through September.

The North Fork Nooksack River will have a spring Chinook mark-selective fishery from  the Highway 9 Bridge (RM 36.7) to the yellow marker located at the upstream side of the Kendall hatchery (RM 46.7). The fishery will open June 1 and close June 30, unless the wild Chinook impacts are met prior to the anticipated end date.

The Skagit River (from the Memorial Highway Bridge in Mount Vernon to Gilligan Creek) will be open for spring Chinook angling May 16 through May 31.

The Skagit River (from the Hwy 532 Bridge at Rockport to the Cascade River Road at Marblemount) will be open June 1-July 15 for hatchery Chinook only.

The Skagit River will be open for Coho Sept. 1-Oct. 31, 2 coho a day

The Cascade River (from the mouth to the Rockport-Cascade Road Bridge) will be open June 1-July 15 Thursday-Sunday only for hatchery Chinook.

The Cascade River (from the mouth to the Rockport-Cascade Road Bridge) will be open Sept. 16-Nov. 30 Thursday-Sunday only for up to 4 coho only.

The Stillaguamish River will be open Sept. 1-Nov.15 for gamefish and coho fishing. Additional gamefish opportunity was added in Pilchuck creek.

The Snohomish, Skykomish, and Snoqualmie rivers will be closed to protect coho starting Aug. 1. A mark-selective fishery for Coho on the Wallace River begins Sept. 16.

The Skykomish River will be open Saturday before Memorial Day through July 31 for chinook fishing.

The Samish River will be closed Sept. 14 to Oct. 31 to help ensure additional chinook broodstock collection for increasing production to benefit southern resident killer whales.

Minter Creek: Open Sept. 15-Dec. 31, anglers can keep four chum, two hatchery coho, and two chinook.

Skokomish: Conversations are continuing about a potential fishery. If any fishery is agreed to, WDFW will make an announcement.

Baker Lake sockeye: Low forecasts will limit sockeye opportunity in the Skagit River in 2020.  If enough fish return through the Baker fish trap, a fishery could begin in the lake starting July 11.

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