Editor’s note: Twenty-four hours after sending out the original e-reg for Skagit coho, WDFW issued another correcting two elements: the upper boundary of the affected area (the Cascade River Bridge instead of Rockport) and revised run estimate (73,000 instead of 63,000).
THE FOLLOWING IS A WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE EMERGENCY RULE-CHANGE NOTICE
Skagit River coho salmon limit to increase
Action: Increase the daily salmon limit to 4 fish, including up to 2 wild coho. Release chinook and chum.
Effective date: Oct. 10, 2018.
Species affected: Coho salmon.
Location: Skagit River (Skagit County) from the mouth to the Cascade River Road (Marblemount Bridge).
Reason for action: On Oct. 9, WDFW and co-managers revised the projection for returning Skagit River coho to 90,000 fish, up from 73,000. The increased run size allows Skagit River coho daily limits to be raised.
Additional information: The Skagit River from the mouth to 200 feet upstream of the Baker River remains closed to all fishing on Oct. 10 and 11. More information on that closure can be found online at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/erule.jsp?id=2226.
All other rules remain unchanged. Please refer to https://wdfw.wa.gov for further information on seasons.