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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

October 13, 2011 at 2:17 PM

Popular section of Lower Stillaguamish River reopens for fishing

A popular area of the Stillaguamish River known as Cook Slough is now open for fishing.

“It is very popular and a great place to fish, and lots of coho move up through there,” said Mike Chamberlain at Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood.

“The only thing is right now it’s out of fishing shape since the Stilly is pouring pure brown mud right now, but once it clears up it should be the place to go,” Chamberlain said. “The lions share of water flows through the slough.”

The Cook Slough area of the Stillaguamish was closed since July 18 by emergency fishing regulation for repairs of the in-stream weir and fish ladder. All exclusion fences have been removed, water flows have been restored, and fish have passage through the fish ladder.

The open areas includes all of Cook (Koch) Slough (the south channel of the Stillaguamish River/including all waters of the barrier/diversion dam channel). This area begins approximately 1/2 mile west of I-5, 350 feet upstream of the barrier/diversion dam and continued approximately 3.5 river miles to the downstream confluence with the Stillaguamish River.

It included the North Meander, a side channel that connects the mainstem Stillaguamish (at Hevly Road) with Cook Slough, and the Stillaguamish River, from the downstream confluence with Cook Slough (below the westernmost Silvana RR bridge) to 1,000 feet downstream.

Some construction work will continue around the weir for the next few weeks to remove the remainder of the coffer dams and restore the upland area.

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