Regional Reports-West

Skykomish River

Your steelhead bonanaza is about to happen on the Skykomish River, northeast of Seattle. About 5,000 to 8,000 hatchery-run fish and a wild run of about 3,000 to 4,000 fish will fill the river in the coming weeks. December and January are the prime months to catch hatchery fish, and the wild fish start arriving in February. Anglers can expect to hook four or five fish a day, and the daily limit is two hatchery fish (clipped fin). Steelhead can be caught above the Highway 2 bridge, but most fishing is downriver of there. Best methods include bouncing eggs through the deeper holes, pulling plugs and casting spoons and spinners. Bank access is good at Highway 203. The Skykomish offers about 50 miles of fishable water. The river merges with the Snoqualmie River near Monroe, forming the Snohomish River. A top drift runs from Sultan to Monroe. Contact: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (425-775-1131).