Much of Snohomish system opening delayed

May 14, 2024

Action: Closes all fishing.

Species affected: All species.

Effective dates: May 25, 2024, until further notice.


  • Will not open as scheduled May 25, 2024, and will remain closed to all fishing until further notice:
    • Snohomish River from mouth upstream;
    • Snoqualmie River from mouth to Snoqualmie Falls;
    • Skykomish River, North Fork; upstream to Bear Creek Falls;
    • Skykomish River, South Fork; from mouth to 600 feet downstream of Sunset Falls fishway;
    • Cherry Creek;
    • Raging River;
    • Sultan River;
    • Tolt River from mouth to confluence of North and South Forks; and
    • Wallace River from mouth to 200 feet upstream of water intake of salmon hatchery.
  • See separate Fishing Rule Change for Skykomish River limited opening HERE.

This emergency rule overrides rules published in the 2023/24 Washington Sportfishing Rules pamphlet until further notice.

Reason for action: Limited allowable take of wild Chinook in the Snohomish system necessitates strict controls to conserve impacts for fall in-river fisheries. More information regarding Snohomish Basin wild Chinook conservation and recovery efforts can be found HERE.


Additional information: Skykomish River from U.S. Highway 2 upstream to the forks, will open June 15. See Skykomish River Fishing Rule Change for additional information. 

Please see the 2023/24 rules pamphlet for additional rules and opportunities. 

The Fish Washington mobile app is another resource for up-to-date rules and opportunities. 

Anglers can be notified of all fishing rule changes as they are announced by signing up for WDFW rule change emails.


Information contact: Team Mill Creek, 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 toll free 866-880-5431.

Request this information in an alternative format or language at, 833-885-1012, TTY (711), or