John's Guide Service Reports Page:
Updated Monday, December 29th, 2014
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Here you will find updated information on Skagit System River Conditions, Seasonal Outlooks and...
- Links to USGS River Levels with relevant gauge links and how to use them.
- NOAA National Weather Service Forecasts
- WDFW Emergency Regulations for the Skagit River Valley.
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Updated Monday, December 29th, 2014
As of this report, 7:00PM

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We here at "John's Guide Service" are looking forward to and already seeing some of the great run forecasts for our 2015 Salmon fishing seasons as well as our late 2015 summer and fall hunting season!!
- January - February 2015; Come get in on some of the last Skagit River Hatchery Winter Steelheading we may see for many years!!
- June - July 2015; "Springer Time" Some of the best King Salmon fishing the Pacific Northwest has to offer right here on the Skagit River along with some great catch and release opportunities on some Wild Steelhead.
- August - October 2015; Looking forward to another great Black Bear Season for 2015 and YEP... It's another Pink Salmon Year!! Break out the Aleeve and Ice Packs!!!
- September - December 2015; "Coho-Mojo" time again...Always great Silver Salmon fishing here on the Skagit River!! Early September is always a great time to get out for some early archery deer hunting as well. Then we have our Modern Firearm Deer Season in October as well. In Late October and November get ready for some great catch and release fishing too on the pound for pound hardest fighting salmon around as our Chum Salmon run returns to the mighty Skagit.
- December - January 2016; Always quite a few Silver Salmon around in December the way things and they will be mixed in with the last of our Hatchery Winter Steelhead returns to the Skagit System for quite some time. Our Skagit River hatchery steelhead returns should start kicking off here around Thanksgiving!

LETS GO FISHING OR HUNTING!! ( We still have a few openings left for all of our above fishing and hunting opportunities!!... Give us a call or drop us an e-mail!)

If you haven't already taken notice our phone number has now changed!!! Our old unreliable line and old answering machine (Some of your calls didn't get returned because quite frankly you sounded like Charlie Brown's school teacher on our old machine) was disconnected last October
Our new number, now plastered all over our site will be my cell phone number at: (360) 708 - 3166... Look forward to hearing from you on it!!
We have also added a few "Associate Guides" to the "John's Guide Service" team to help meet all of your fishing and hunting needs and desired dates.
All "Associate Guides" are reputable area guides and backed 100 percent by us.

Fishing and River Reports:

Skagit River:

River Conditions:

Skagit Above Sauk: Normal flows with unlimited visibility right now.

Skagit Below the Sauk: Normal flows with 4 - 6 feet of visibility right now.

Fishing Report:
Lot's of nice bright "Christmas Coho" still around but we are only allowed to retain them until Dec 31st.
Steelhead have also been making their way into the Skagit and we have been hitting them pretty good between all the significant rainfalls we've had this winter. One day is red hot and then we get a good rainfall and they've all hit the Cascade!

Sauk River:

River Conditions: Normal December flows right now!

Sauk Above the Suiattle: Unlimited visibility currently

Sauk Below the Suiattle: Unlimited visibility

Fishing Report: Reports coming in of some very large Dolly Varden being caught in the Sauk right now!!

Cascade River:

River Conditions: Normal flows with unlimited visibility.

Fishing Report: Wide open for Hatchery Steelhead in the Cascade right now... Literally!! As new emergency regs have been implemented and there is no limit to how many hatchery steelhead may be retained now that we are no longer taking broodstack fish.

Cascade River at Marblemount USGS Real-Time Gauge

Click for Rockport, Washington Forecast
Skagit System USGS River Levels:

Links and how to use them: When fishing the Skagit or Sauk River I always check the flow and gauge height at a number of locations before planning a day of fishing.
Here's the order with Links and why: First I Check Skagit River at Newhalem to see if the Dam is releasing water, and how much. Next I'll check Skagit River at Marblemount to check gauge height. If they are not releasing a bunch of water at Newhalem and the river is on the rise I'll check Bacon Creek Near Marblemount and then Cascade River at Marblemount to check gauge height. If Bacon Creek and the Cascade are on the rise you can figure Illabot Creek and all the other upper Skagit Tributaries are also on the rise and adding color to the Skagit. Next I'll check the Sauk River starting with Sauk River / Whitechuck River Near Darrington to see what the upper Sauk above the Suiattle is doing and to see what will be hitting the Skagit before too long. Next I'll check the Sauk River at Sauk River Near Sauk and Compare the Upper Sauk flows with the lower Sauk flows. This will let you know what the Suiattle is doing, which is also where most of the color will come from. Checking Sauk flows will let you know pretty much what the visibility on the Skagit below the Sauk will be down to Concrete. Next I'll check the Baker River at Baker River at Concrete if fishing the lower Skagit to see how much water they're releasing from the dam there. This will let me know what to expect on the lower Skagit below Concrete and Last I'll Check Skagit River Near Mount Vernon if planning on fishing the lower Skagit and to give a general overview of whats going on on the lower river.

Latest Updates: FISHING RULE CHANGES December, 2014

Click Here For Latest Rule Change effecting the Skagit System... "Hatchery Steelhead Limit Increase On Cascade River"

NOAA National Weather Service Forecast:

For Detailed Skagit River area weather Click HERE

For another great NOAA site with precip forecasts click HERE

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(360) 708 - 3166

To figure out the weight of a fish from measurements taken try out our Fish Calculator:

All you need is the length of your fish and the girth of your fish, and then type the values in the boxes provided below. GIVE IT A TRY!!

How long was your fish (in inches)? Tip of nose to center of tail


What was the girth of your fish (in inches)? Just in front of dorsal fin



Your fish weighed:

This is merely an approximation using a formula devised by the Fish and Wildlife Department from fish that were, weighed and measured.

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