Sky Opening For Summer Chinook

(WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH & WILDLIFE EMERGENCY RULE CHANGE NOTICE)

Action: Open retention of hatchery chinook salmon on the Skykomish River.

Effective date: July 14 through Aug.15, 2012.

Species affected: Hatchery chinook salmon.

Location: The Skykomish River from the mouth upstream to the mouth of the Wallace River.

Reason for action: Early returns to the Wallace River Hatchery indicate that the hatchery run size is stronger than forecasted and that broodstock collection goals can be met even with a Skykomish River fishery.

Other information:

Skykomish River, from the mouth to the Lewis Street Bridge in Monroe, daily limit 2 hatchery chinook, minimum size 12 inches in length.  Starting August 1, night closure and anti-snagging rules in effect.
Skykomish River, from the Lewis Street Bridge in Monroe to the Wallace River, daily limit 2 hatchery chinook, minimum size 12 inches in length.  Night closure and anti-snagging rules in effect.

Trout and other game fish are open as listed in 2012-13 Sport Fishing Rules Pamphlet.

Information contact: Jennifer Whitney, District 13 Fish Biologist, (425) 775-1311.

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