Monday, July 6, 2009

Reach For The Sky, Just Release the King

Fresh from the Seattle Times (as usual these days), today is the last day to keep Chinook Salmon on the Skykomish. You can still fish for Steelhead and other gamefish as stated in the regs. So go snag a King, but after today remember to put them back.

Skykomish River king fishery ends today
Posted by Mark Yuasa

The Skykomish River king salmon fishery will comes to an end today (July 5), and anglers will now need to release them.

The new rule covers areas from the Lewis Street Bridge in Monroe upstream to the Wallace River, the only portion of the Skykomish River currently open to salmon fishing.

The rule change does not affect fishing for hatchery steelhead and other gamefish on the Skykomish River.

Chinook returns are low to the Wallace River Hatchery thus state Fish and Wildlife decided to close the river to chinook retention to make sure spawning escapement is achieved.

If it later appears spawning goals will be met at the hatchery, the chinook directed fishing season could reopen.

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