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SUMMER FRESHWATER FISHING
July 11, 2009
(REGIONAL) -- For the freshwater fishery this summer, portions of the Skykomish, Skagit and Cascade rivers are open for hatchery Chinook salmon fishing.
On the Skykomish River, which is open from the Lewis Street Bridge in Monroe to the Wallace River through July 31st, there have been recent reports of anglers hooking some nice-size hatchery Chinook. Anglers fishing there have a daily limit of two hatchery Chinook salmon.
The Skagit River is open to hatchery Chinook retention from the Highway 530 bridge at Rockport to the Cascade River. On the Cascade, anglers can fish from the mouth of the river to the Rockport-Cascade Road Bridge. Both stretches are open through July 15.
The daily limit on the Skagit and Cascade rivers is four hatchery Chinook, two of which may be adults (chinook salmon at least 24 inches in length). Statewide rules require anglers to stop fishing for salmon once they have kept two adults.
Anglers are reminded that game fish regulations have changed on the Cascade River from the mouth to the Rockport-Cascade Road Bridge.
Up until July 15, anglers can retain up to two trout, including hatchery steelhead and bull trout. For details, anglers should check the rules and regulations pamphlet on WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fish/regs/fishregs.htm .
SHORT CHINOOK FISHERY IN SKAGIT RIVER
Skagit River anglers are in the midst of the short summer wild Chinook salmon fishery. As of July 9th anglers have had the chance to hook a wild summer Chinook on a portion of the lower Skagit for the first time in 16 years. July 15th is the last day of the fishery.
Washington State opened the season on the river because this year's run of big Chinook (king salmon) is expected to be the largest it's been for many years.
Fishing for wild Chinook on the lower Skagit was closed after the 1993 season following several years of paltry runs. In 1999 the salmon was listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act but in recent years the returning runs have recovered enough to open the river for fishing again, albeit for a short window of opportunity.
Before heading out to the rivers, lakes or Sound, anglers should check the rules and regulations for all fisheries on WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fish/regs/fishregs.htm.