Stillaguamish River opens for coho salmon retention

November 22, 2022


Edited Nov. 23 to correct rule to "Selective gear rules in effect" instead of "anti-snagging rules in effect."

Action: Opens coho salmon retention

Effective date: Nov. 23 through Nov. 30, 2022

Species affected: Coho salmon

Location: Stillaguamish River from Marine Drive (south of Stanwood) to the forks

Rules: Salmon daily limit is two coho salmon. Minimum size is 12”. Release all salmon other than coho salmon. Night closure in effect. Anti-snagging rule in effect.

Reason for action: Salmon fishing closures are no longer necessary to protect Chinook salmon, as they have finished spawning and are no longer present in the system. Coho salmon returns are sufficient to allow for this limited fishery.

Additional information: Anglers can be notified of in-season rule changes by 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 (