Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

November 22, 2011

Closure of the North Fork Nooksack River and Whatcom Creek to Fishing

Actions: 1. A section of the North Fork Nooksack River will close to fishing 2. Whatcom Creek will close to fishing.

Effective dates: December 1, 2011 until further notice.

Species affected: All species of fish.

Location: 1. North Fork Nooksack River from the Mosquito Lake Road Bridge upstream to the yellow post located at the upstream-most corner of the hatchery grounds, approximately 1,000 feet upstream of the mouth of Kendall Creek. 2. Whatcom Creek, from the mouth to Woburn Street Bridge

Reasons for action: The Kendall Creek Hatchery and Whatcom Creek Hatchery winter steelhead programs have had difficulty securing adequate numbers of broodstock fish to meet egg-take goals. Closure of the fisheries, similar to past years, will allow the collection of sufficient numbers of fish to meet production needs.

Other information: When the combined broodstock needs of Kendall Creek Hatchery and Whatcom Creek Hatchery are met, the fisheries may reopen and revert to seasons as listed in the Sport fishing Rules 2011/2012 pamphlet edition, FISHING IN WASHINGTON.

Information contact: Brett Barkdull, 360-466-4345 ext. 270, barkdbcb@dfw.wa.gov Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license. Check the current WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet or the Fishing section of the WDFW webpage at wdfw.wa.gov for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing regulations are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500; press 2 for recreational rules; call the Shellfish Rule Change hotline, (360) 796-3215, or toll free 1 (866) 880-5431.

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)79