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Sockeye fishing on Skagit and Baker rivers opens early Friday

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on July 15, 2010 at 11:25 am with No Comments »
July 15, 2010 11:25 am

Sockeye fisheries on the Baker and Skagit rivers will open at 12:01 a.m. Friday and run through 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

The state will allow recreational fishing on the Baker River from mouth to state Route 20 bridge and the Skagit River from the Dalles Bridge at Concrete to a point 200 feet above the east bank of the Baker River

State fisheries managers said the run of sockeye in the Baker River is above the number needed for spawning and hatchery egg-take needs. Both state and tribal fisheries are being opened to harvest available shares.

The daily limit is two sockeye salmon. Anti-snagging rule and night closure are in effect. Regulations for all other areas of the Skagit River remain in effect as listed in the 2010/2011 Fishing in Washington, sport fishing rules pamphlet. Additional openings are under consideration, including Baker Lake. Any additional openings will be announced after coordination with tribal co-managers.

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