Skagit River Sockeye Season Extended

By on July 15, 2017

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Skagit River Season Extended

Sufficient numbers of sockeye have returned to the Skagit River to allow the fishing season to be extended through July 21, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has announced. Fisheries managers have extended the fishing season for all species, including sockeye salmon, through July 21 on the Skagit River from Highway 536 at Mount Vernon (Memorial Highway Bridge) to the mouth of Gilligan Creek. This section of the river was previously scheduled to close on July 16 for the season.

All rules that were in effect from June 1 to July 15 on the Skagit River from the Highway 536 Bridge in Mount Vernon upstream to Gilligan Creek will remain in effect through the extension. Salmon daily limit is three sockeye only and a night closure is in effect. More information can be found at the WDFW’s  Baker Sockeye webpage.

Oregon Begins High Mountain Fish Stocking

More than 350,000 fingerling trout are being stocked in hundreds of high mountain lakes across the Cascade Range from Mt. Hood to Klamath Falls this week, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) has announced.

Every two years, ODFW releases fingerling trout into Oregon’s high lakes. The trout are transported mostly by helicopter in a custom made shuttle carrying 30 individual canisters that hold a few gallons of water and up to 1,000 fingerling trout. The canisters are opened individually by remote control from inside the cockpit while the chopper hovers over a lake. According to the ODFW, biologists like to use three-inch, juvenile fish because they can load more of them onto the aircraft and make the 100 ft. fall to the lake with less trauma than larger fish, which improves survival rates. Ninety-five percent of the fish survive the long freefall into the lake.

Boats Afloat Show Dates Set

The dates have been set for the South Lake Union Boats Afloat Show . The 39th annual show will get underway on Thursday, September 14 and continue through September 17, 2017. Ski boats, wake, pontoon, trawlers, sail, cruisers and mega yachts, will be on display at this year’s show which runs from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (weekdays), and 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (weekends) at Chandler’s Cover. Tickets go on-sale August 15 here.

Skagit River image courtesy pfly CC BY-SA 2.0

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