There will be a sockeye season on the Skagit River.
The season will run June 16 through July 15 with a daily limit of three salmon. The river will be open from Highway 536 at Mount Vernon (Memorial Highway Bridge) to the mouth of Gilligan Creek.
The season may close before July 15 if catch guidelines are attained.
Night closures are in place but selective gear rules will not be in effect.
During the fishery, WDFW anticipates closing the Skagit River from the mouth to the Highway 530 Bridge at Rockport on specific days to avoid gear conflicts with tribal fisheries. When those dates are determined, the department will announce the area closures through emergency rule changes, which can be found at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/.
Numbers in for local lowland lakes opener
The lowland lakes opener April 28 in Skagit County was a bit slow.
Weather played a major role in the rather low numbers of anglers and fish as the day was cool and soggy.
At Lake Erie, Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife officers checked 29 anglers with a total of 64 fish kept; five were released.
The largest fish checked was a 16-inch rainbow trout.
Heart Lake saw 57 anglers checked with a total of 83 fish kept and 110 released. A 23-inch rainbow trout was the largest fish reported from the lake.
The WDFW said there was a 20-minute limit, but a relatively low effort at Heart Lake due to inclement conditions.
McMurray Lake had 57 anglers checked with a total of 83 kept fish and 47 released. There were plenty of fish caught measuring over 12 inches, including a 17-inch rainbow.
There were 28 anglers checked on Sixteen Lake with a total of 69 fish kept and 132 released. A 14-inch rainbow trout was the largest species recorded and a single derby-tagged fish was also pulled.
WDFW’s annual lowland lakes fishing derby runs through Oct. 31. Anglers who catch one of 1,000 green-tagged trout can claim prizes provided by license dealers and other sponsors located across the state. The total value of prizes is more than $38,000.
For a list of lakes with prize fish and details on how to claim prizes, visit https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/Home/FishingDerby.