The Skykomish River king salmon fishery will comes to an end today (July 5), and anglers will now need to release them.
The new rule covers areas from the Lewis Street Bridge in Monroe upstream to the Wallace River, the only portion of the Skykomish River currently open to salmon fishing.
The rule change does not affect fishing for hatchery steelhead and other gamefish on the Skykomish River.
Chinook returns are low to the Wallace River Hatchery thus state Fish and Wildlife decided to close the river to chinook retention to make sure spawning escapement is achieved.
If it later appears spawning goals will be met at the hatchery, the chinook directed fishing season could reopen.