Chinook season opens on Skokomish

The chinook salmon season begins this morning on Mason County's Skokomish River, and anglers should find good fishing.

Anglers also will find lots of other anglers fishing the water between U.S. Highway 101 and tidewater.

The Skokomish chinook season is the first shot at river salmon this summer for many Puget Sound anglers. It's usually easy to spot the fish in this small, clear river.

Public fishing spots are found along Purdy Cut-Off Road between U.S. 101 and where the river flows into Hood Canal. Anglers must have a valid 2007-08 fishing license and are limited to one chinook salmon per day. Anglers also must use single, barbless hooks. Snagging salmon is illegal.

The chinook salmon season ends on Sept. 30. The coho salmon season starts on Oct. 1. Anglers must release chum salmon.

Most anglers use Corkies and yarn, salmon eggs, jigs and other baits.

Littering is often a problem on the Skokomish River. Litter is ugly and may prompt private landowners along the river to shut down access for anglers. Anglers should not trespass on tribal land.

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n WDFW ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENTS: Phil Anderson, head of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's intergovernmental resource management, has been named deputy director for the department, and Joe Stohr, formerly of the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology), will join the agency as chief of operations.

Both appointments are effective today, following the Tuesday retirement of Larry Peck, who has served as the agency's deputy director since 1999. Peck has worked for WDFW for his entire career, beginning as a hatchery fish culture specialist in 1975.