Skokomish up to US 101 bridge will open Saturday

Staff reportJuly 28, 2013 

Recreational salmon fishing on the Skokomish River, from the mouth to the U.S. Highway 101 Bridge, will start Saturday.

Negotiations between the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and Skokomish Tribe were stalled much like those regarding the Puyallup River. The openings on both rivers were announced Thursday.

The hatchery chinook fishery on the river from the state Route 106 Bridge upstream will be open Fridays-Sundays each week through Aug. 25. Fishing is closed on the other days to avoid gear conflicts, as well as to limit impacts to wild chinook salmon, said Pat Pattillo, salmon policy coordinator for the state.

Fishermen should note the fishery above the state Route 106 Bridge will have a two-day opening Saturday and Aug. 4, then will be closed Aug. 5-8 before reopening on its regular weekly schedule Aug. 9.

The hatchery chinook fishery downstream from the state Route 106 Bridge will be open seven days a week through Aug. 25.

Anglers must use single-point barbless hooks when fishing the Skokomish, where a night closure and anti-snagging rule will be in effect.

For recreational salmon fishing from the mouth to the state Route 106 Bridge, here are more details:

Saturday-Aug. 25: Daily limit of two salmon; release chum and wild chinook. Anglers must keep the first two legal salmon and stop fishing for the day.

Sept. 15-Oct. 15: Daily limit of six salmon; up to four adult salmon may be retained. Release chum and chinook.

Oct. 16-until further notice: Daily limit of six salmon; up to four adult salmon may be retained. Release chinook.

Details for fishing from the state Route 106 Bridge to the U.S. 101 Bridge are:

Saturday-Aug. 25: Open Fridays-Sundays each week. Daily limit of two salmon; release chum and wild chinook. Anglers must keep the first two legal salmon and stop fishing for the day.

Sept. 15-Oct. 15: Open to salmon fishing Sept. 15, 19-22, 26-30 and Oct. 1-Oct. 15. Daily limit of six salmon; up to four adult salmon may be retained. Release chum and chinook.

Oct. 16-until further notice: Daily limit of six salmon; up to four adult salmon may be retained. Release chinook.

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