Samish River to open for three days of Chinook fishing

September 14, 2023

Action: Opens Chinook salmon retention.

Effective date: Sept. 15 through Sept. 17, 2023.

Species affected: Chinook salmon.

Location: Samish River from mouth (Bayview-Edison Rd) to Thomas Rd. Bridge. (CRC 816)

Salmon Rules:

  • Daily limit 2 Chinook. Min. size 12”. Release all salmon other than Chinook.
  • Only 1 single-point hook allowed. Maximum Hook Gap of ¾”. Stationary gear rule. Night closure. Only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained.

Reason for action: Broodstock needs are expected to be met, a harvestable surplus of Chinook allows for this harvest opportunity. 

Additional information: Consider downloading the Fish Washington app or signing up for fishery change notifications by email at

How to measure your hook gap:  

Shows example of how to measure hook gap, shows distance measured between point and shank


To check for emergency fishing rules:

QR code for emergency regulations webpage 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 toll free 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 (