Samish River Back to Washington

Fishing Rules

Other Game Fish
Statewide minimum size/daily limit
Jun 02 thru Nov 30
Minimum size 14" Daily Limit 2
Jun 02 thru Nov 30
Minimum size 12" Daily limit 2. Only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained. Release wild COHO.
Aug 01 thru Nov 30
Night closure and only one single-point hook allowed.
Aug 01 thru Nov 30
All Game Fish
Catch-and-release except up to 2 hatchery STEELHEAD may be retained. Selective gear rules.
Dec 01 thru Dec 31


Additional Information


From mouth (Bayview-Edison Rd) to I-5 Bridge (816)

Mandatory Hatchery Steelhead Retention (p. 14)

October 9, 2017 



WDFW to close the lower Samish River to all fishing


Action: Close part of the Samish River to all fishing.
Effective dates: Oct. 10, 2017, until further notice
Species affected: All species.
Location: From the mouth (Bayview-Edison Road) to I-5 Bridge.
Reasons for action: The return of fall chinook to the Samish Hatchery is projected to be below the number needed to meet egg take goals. Closing the fishing season in the lower Samish River will increase the number of hatchery fish available for broodstock and ensure future hatchery returns.
Other information: The season will be reopened when egg take needs are projected to be met, or when the chinook return is over. Please refer to for further information on seasons.

Boat Launch:
Two Poles Allowed:
Kids Only:
County: Skagit State: WA Country: United States

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