The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced plans to close the Skagit and Sauk Rivers to all fishing because of a low return of wild steelhead.
Here are the location and effective closure dates:
Skagit River: From the mouth upstream to Highway 536 at the Memorial Highway Bridge in Mount Vernon will be closed Feb.16 through April 30.
Skagit River: From the Highway 536 bridge in Mount Vernon upstream to the Gorge Powerhouse will be closed Feb.16 through May 31.
Sauk River: From the mouth upstream to the Whitechuck River will be closed Feb. 16 through June 4.
The state is imposing the closures to reduce incidental hooking mortality on wild steelhead. The 2009/2010 forecasted return of wild winter steelhead to the Skagit Basin is expected to be below the escapement floor of 6,000.
The rivers will reopen to fishing as listed in the 2010/2012 Fishing in Washington Sport Fishing Rules.