Starting Oct. 10, people are allowed to catch three coho salmon per day from the Skagit River, according to a rule change by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The increased limit is in effect through Dec. 31. It applies only to coho salmon in the Skagit River between the mouth and Cascade River Road.

Coho are returning in higher numbers than predicted, according to in-season updates. This led Fish and Wildlife to increase the limit.

Rules for all other species remain the same. Anglers must release chum and chinook salmon. A full list of rules in effect this season is in the 2012/2013 Fishing in Washington sport-fishing rules pamphlet, or the Fishing section of the WDFW website.

The department maintains a hotline for the latest rule information at 360-902-2500.

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license.


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