Skagit County, Washington, sports a large number of productive fisheries, including the Skagit River. The Samish River, Big Lake, and Ross Lake reservoir are other popular fishing destinations.
Skagit River trout fishing
The Skagit River is divided into six regions, subject to Department of Fish and Wildlife rules. Fishing is allowed for all trout species in each region except from the mouth of the river to the Memorial Highway bridge from June 1 to March 15. You can fish the river for all trout species from the mouth to the Memorial bridge year around.
Skagit River salmon fisheries
From the Skagit mouth to the Memorial bridge at Mount Vernon, salmon fishing is open from July 9 to Aug. 9 with special rules. From Aug.15 to Dec. 31, fish for salmon from the Memorial bridge to the Dalles bridge at Concrete. Fish the river for salmon from the Dalles bridge at Concrete to the bridge at Rockport from Sept. 16 to Dec. 31. Rules for salmon fishing on the river vary from region to region and from year to year. Be sure to check the WDFW regulations for current openings.
Skagit River game fish
Fishing rules for game fish such as smallmouth bass are the same as for trout.
Big Lake fishing
Fish for crappie, bass, salmon and trout in Big Lake year around, subject to state minimum size and catch limits.
Samish River fishing rules
The Samish River is open for trout and other game fish from the first Saturday in June to March 15. Salmon fishing from the mouth of the river to the Thomas Road bridge is open from July 1 to Dec. 31. From the Thomas Road bridge, fish the river inland to the I-5 bridge from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31.
Lake Ross reservoir
Lake Ross reservoir is open for trout and other game fish from July 1 to Oct. 31.
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