State extends sport fishing on Skokomish River through Dec. 15

Staff reportOctober 20, 2013 

Prompted by good runs of returning salmon, the state has extended the fishing season on the Skokomish River. Anglers are already reporting good catches of chum salmon as the fish make their way upstream from Hood Canal.

Salmon and gamefish seasons on the Skokomish will remain open Nov. 1 through Dec. 15.

The extension applies to the stretch of river from the mouth to the U.S. Highway 101 bridge. The stretch from the bridge to the Bonneville powerline will be closed to gamefish angling.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife fisheries managers also are reminding sport anglers that terminal gear, such as hooks, weights, lures or baits, and fishing line must not be within 25 feet of tribal gillnets.

The salmon limits will remains the same as currently in place – the daily limit is six salmon, and up to four adults may be retained. Anglers must release any chinook they catch.

There also is a night closure and anti-snagging rule in place, and single- point barbless hooks are required through Nov. 30.

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