Skykomish River Fishing Report 09/23/2016

09/23/2016 – John Snyder – Fishing The Skykomish


Opens a portion of the upper Skykomish for hatchery steelhead fishing

Action: Opens the portion of the Skykomish River from Gold Bar/Big Eddy access (Hwy. 2 Bridge) to confluence of the North and South Forks to fishing for trout (steelhead) and gamefish to sports fishing enthusiasts and steelhead fishing guides.

Effective dates and times: Sept. 24 through Oct. 31, 2016.

Species affected: Trout and gamefish.

Locations and rules:
Skykomish River (Snohomish Co.) (from Gold Bar/Big Eddy Access (Hwy. 2 Bridge) to confluence of North and South forks. 

  • Night closure all species.
  • Anti-snagging rules apply.
  • Fishing from any floating device prohibited from 1,000 feet downstream of Reiter Ponds outlet to 1,500 feet upstream of the ponds.
  • Dolly Varden/Bull trout: Min. size 20 inches, may be retained as part of the trout daily limit.
  • Other trout: Min. size 14 inches, daily limit 2.
  • Other game fish, statewide minimum size/daily limit.
  • Salmon: Release all salmon.

Reason for action:  State and tribal managers have agreed that opening a fishery for hatchery steelhead and gamefish will not compromise conservation objectives for coho escapement.

Additional Information:  If in-season updates indicate a harvestable surplus of Snohomish coho, additional fisheries will be considered.

Information contact: Mill Creek Regional Office (425) 775-1311.



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