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Samish River

Main Species: Salmon incl. Chinook and Silver salmon.
Sub Species: Steelhead
Size: Small river
Public Access: Yes
Boat Launch: n/a
Bathrooms: Yes
Opening Date: Varies, see below
Closing date: Dec 31st for Salmon

samish river bridge - bayview edison road

samish river bridge – bayview edison road

Check the regulations http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/

The Samish River mouth is in Samish Bay, Skagit County. The Samish is a small river that flows through the Skagit farmland and is best known for it’s King Salmon runs in August through September. Lots of people flock to the areas near the mouth by the Bayview-Edison bridge near Edison to fish for the incoming King Salmon. Very large Kings can be caught here in the 30+ pound range.
Since fishing is popular here it can often be classifieds as “combat fishing”, or fishing in very close quarters with many other fishermen vying for fishing in the same water.
Popular methods for fishing include drift fishing with beads and yarn, float fishing with jigs, or straight line fishing with jigs.
Steelhead move into the Samish river in late November and December.

When fishing the Samish remember to respect the private land and no trespassing laws. The river flows through private farmland which cannot be crossed over. The best way to access the Samish river is to park at the Bayview – Edison bridge and walk upstream from there.
There are plenty of good fishing holes accessible from this area.




Anti-snagging rule clarified

When in effect, terminal fishing gear is limited
to a lure or bait with one single-point hook.
When fishing from a floating device (boat,
float tube etc.), up to two single-point hooks
may be used. Hooks must measure ¾ inch
or less from point to shank, and must be
attached to or below the lure or bait. Weights
may not be attached below or less than 12”
above the lure or bait.


Reasons for action: This change allows additional recreational opportunity by allowing gear types commonly used in salmon fishing while providing protection to fish from snagging.

Anti- Snagging rule definitions. Taken from the WDFW website. http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regs_seasons.html
Clarification and changes: https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/erule.jsp?id=815

  • Stationary Gear restriction: The line, weight, lure, or bait must be moving (not stationary) while in the water.

6 Responses to Samish River

  1. Robert Avila September 11, 2018 at 5:08 am #

    word to whomever: parking at the bridge will get you ticketed & towed. Park west of bridge at designated parking areas.

    • Santos Cardenas August 5, 2019 at 10:07 pm #

      I’ve never fished the Samish River before.

      Have any suggestions on where to fish and it sounds like to park?

      • Paul June 14, 2020 at 10:25 pm #

        I’ve been fishing here for four years now, and my only advice is get there early. Most of the days that I’ve finished I was in the water before the sun was up. If you come in any later, good luck finding a spot to fish….And actually catch….

  2. Marie September 7, 2020 at 2:42 am #

    Googled and found this site. Outside of Edison earlier today, I was curious why all the parked cars and trucks as I driving towards Hwy 20 junction. Saw guys in hip waders, nets, poles in the water. One guy walking along the side of the road had two large salmon! Definitely a known, popular spot for salmon fishing around Ode Road and doesn’t require a boat, very cool. (Sunday, 9/6/20)

  3. Pat Sisaiyaket October 6, 2020 at 1:33 am #

    I watch the video on youtube, looked fun to catch a big king salmon. Any suggestion for a good spot at the Samish river.

  4. Pat Sisaiyaket October 6, 2020 at 1:38 am #

    How do I get there from I 5 south? Samish river hot spot? what’s the best month for King or Coho salmon? Thanks

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