Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

September 9, 2011

Kendall Slough (North Fork Nooksack River) closes to fishing Sept. 12

Action: Close Kendall Slough to all fishing

Effective dates: Sept. 12 through Sept. 30, 2011

Species affected: All Species of Fish

Location: Kendall Slough, on the North Fork Nooksack River, from the mouth of Kendall Creek (Kendall Creek Hatchery outlet) to the markers at the mouth of Kendall Slough.

Reasons for action: A high percentage of Endangered Species Act listed spawning spring chinook are being impacted by anglers that are trout fishing. There is evidence of very high pre-spawn mortality rates due to the associated handling.

Other information: On Oct. 1, 2011, regulations will revert back to permanent rules in effect as listed in the 2011/2012 Fishing in Washington, sport fishing rules pamphlet.

Information Contact: Brett Barkdull 360-466-4345 ext. 270

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

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