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July 30, 2011 at 3:06 PM

Local rivers become salmon fishing options in August

Some local rivers are opening next month to salmon fishing,and here is a look at the specifics:

The Skagit River opens Monday, Aug. 1 from the mouth of the river to the mouth of Gilligan Creek.

The Skagit from the mouth of Gilligan Creek to the Dalles Bridge at Concrete opens for salmon fishing Tuesday, Aug. 16.

Anglers fishing those sections have a three-salmon daily limit, plus one additional pink salmon. All chinook and chum must be released.

The Snohomish River opens Tuesday, Aug. 16 with a three-salmon daily limit, plus one additional pink salmon. Chinook and chum must be released.

The Green River opens Saturday, Aug. 20 from the 1st Ave. South Bridge to Interstate 405. Anglers fishing the Green have a daily limit of six salmon; up to three adult coho and chum (combined) may be retained. Chinook must be released.

Beginning Tuesday, Aug. 16, Lake Sammamish will open for salmon fishing with a daily limit of four salmon, and anglers can keep up to two chinook. All sockeye must be released, and fishing is closed within 100 yards of the mouth of Issaquah Creek.

The sport salmon fishery on the Skokomish River opens Monday, Aug. 1 downstream of the Highway 106 Bridge, and Aug. 2 upstream of the bridge to the Highway 101 Bridge under regulations similar to last year. The daily bag limit on the Skokomish will be two salmon for anglers fishing from the mouth of the river to the Highway 101 Bridge through Sept. 30. Anglers must carefully release any wild chinook salmon they catch. They also must release chum salmon through Oct. 15.

Anglers will be required to release any salmon not hooked inside the mouth, and retain the first two legal salmon they catch. In addition, single-point barbless hooks are required and a night closure and anti-snagging rule will be in effect.

The Skokomish River from the Highway 106 Bridge upstream to the Highway 101 Bridge will be closed to recreational fishing on designated Mondays and Tuesdays to avoid potential gear conflicts with treaty tribal fishers. Those closures are scheduled for Aug. 1, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 29-30 and Sept. 6.

Recreational fishing downstream of the Highway 106 Bridge will remain open seven days a week through the fishing season. For more information, see the fishing rule change on the WDFW website.

On the northern Olympic coast, the Bogachiel, Calawah, Hoh, Nisqually, Quillayute and the Sol Duc are open for salmon fishing.

Beginning Aug. 1, the Puyallup River, from the City of Puyallup outfall structure across the river from the junction of Freeman Road and North Levee Road to the Carbon River, also opens for salmon fishing.

The Lower Puyallup River from the 11th Street Bridge to the City of Puyallup outfall structure opens to salmon fishing Tuesday, Aug. 16. Anglers should be aware that the lower section of the river is closed Aug. 28, 29 and Sept. 4, 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13.

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