WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
NEWS RELEASE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

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October 15, 1998
Contact: Jeff Weathersby, (360) 902-2256 or Dick Geist, (360) 902-2733

Skagit River to open to salmon fishing Saturday

MOUNT VERNON -- Part of the Skagit River will open to sport salmon fishing at 12:01 a.m. Saturday (Oct. 17), the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced today.

The river will be open to sport fishing from the mouth to the Cascade River.

The limit is two salmon daily, chinook must be released.

WDFW biologists said the river was opening to salmon fishing on Saturday because harvestable numbers of fish have returned.

The river was scheduled to open to salmon fishing on Nov. 1. The 1998 "Fishing in Washington" regulation pamphlet says coho must be released during the Nov. 1-Dec. 31 season. Because of the number of coho returning, two salmon, except chinook, per day may be kept through Dec. 31.