Samish River

Samish River at Memorial HWY

Located in Skagit County, WA


Samish River Fishing:

The Samish river is a great fishery for Salmon and Steelhead. Located not far from Bellingham the Samish provided easy access for the residents of Whatcom and Skagit counties. Although the season is short it’s well worth the trip just keep it clean or they’ll close the season early. For Samish River fishing access, see map below.


Salmonid Species:


Chinook (King Salmon)

Silver Salmon

Coho (Silver Salmon)


Steelhead (Sea Run Rainbow Trout)


When to Fish

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The Samish River generally opens for Salmon in August through November and Steelhead from the beginning till the end of December.

**See Washington State fishing REGS for exact times.


Daily Limits

This fishery generally allows 2 Salmon per day as well as 2 Steelhead per day.
**See Washington State fishing REGS for details.


Preferred Tackle:

One single point barbless hook. Corky and yarn, Jigs or spinners,


Salmon Eggs, Sand Shrimp, and Worms.


Salmon Eggs, Sand Shrimp


Tackle Tips:
Top Recommendation for this location is plunking or drifting sand shrimp or eggs. next possibly a steelhead jig, or corky and yarn and lastly spinners.


Combat Fishing Rating:

Hand to Hand. Eye protection recommended!



Samish River Water levels


USGS Water-data graph for site 12201500


Samish River Discharge Rate


USGS Water-data graph for site 12201500



Samish River Water Levels are provided by the United States Geological Survey data system.


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