Bait restrictions removed from Skagit River

November 10, 2022

Action: Allows use of bait.

Location: Skagit River from mouth to Cascade River Rd (Marblemount Bridge).

Effective date: Nov. 12, through Nov. 30, 2022.

Species affected: All species.


  • All species (other than salmon): Open under rules listed in 2022-23 Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet, except night closure in effect. Use of bait is allowed.
  • Salmon: Min. size 12”. Daily limit 2 coho. Release all other salmon. Night closure in effect. Use of bait is allowed.

Reason for action: Recent spawning ground surveys indicate Chinook spawning activities have concluded, with very few live Chinook still present in the system. Bait restrictions previously in place to protect returning Chinook are no longer necessary.

Additional information: Fisheries are actively monitored by WDFW. Anglers are asked to cooperate with creel personnel collecting catch information. Monitoring and evaluation of fisheries is an important part of ensuring we are meeting our conservation goals for salmon.

In-season closure, reopening, or other management actions will be announced as soon as possible. Please consider downloading the FishWA app or signing up for fishery change notifications by email at

Information contact: Mill Creek Regional Office, 425-775-1311

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on definitions and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at 360-902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call 360-796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

Individuals who need to receive this information in an alternative format, language, or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact the Title VI/ADA Compliance Coordinator by phone at 360-902-2349, TTY (711), or email (