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Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
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September 28, 2016

Snohomish River opens for coho salmon fishing

Action: Opens the Snohomish River to fishing for coho salmon Sept. 29 through Oct. 2, and Oct. 6 through Oct. 9.

Effective dates and times: Night closure in effect (fishing is open one hour before sunrise to one hour before sunset). Open to coho fishing Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 29 through Oct. 2, and Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 6 through Oct. 9.

Species affected: Coho salmon.

Locations and rules:

Snohomish River (Snohomish County) from the mouth (Burlington-Northern Railroad bridges) (including all channels, sloughs, and interconnected waterways, but excluding all tributaries) upstream to confluence of the Skykomish and Snoqualmie rivers.

  • Night closure.
  • Anti-snagging rules apply.
  • Salmon, minimum size 12", daily limit 2 coho only.
  • All species other than coho must be released.
Reason for action: The Snohomish River was originally closed to all fishing under a state and tribal co-manager agreement to protect coho salmon. The co-managers agree that the coho return is strong enough to support limited sport and tribal fisheries. The co-managers will continue to monitor this fishery and may make adjustments in the coming weeks.

Information contact: Jennifer Whitney, district biologist, (425) 775-1311, ext. 107.

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons 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.
Persons with disabilities who need to receive this information in an alternative format or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-902-2349), TTY (360-902-2207), or email ([email protected]). For more information, seehttp://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/reasonable_request.html.

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I was out there yesterday and there was light pressure. Saw a few boats, one other fly fisherman and maybe 6 or so bait guys. I was fishing the flats at the Heirman wildlife reserve.

Lots of fish jumping in the slow moving deep water. No real way to get to them wading and fly fishing. 0 Coho, 2 cutthroat
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