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

January 6, 2012

Stillaguamish River system will close to fishing early

Action: Close the Stillaguamish River system to fishing.

Species affected: All game fish.

Locations and effective dates:

- Stillaguamish River: From Marine Drive upstream to forks will be closed to all fishing on February 1, 2012.

- Pilchuck Creek: From mouth to Highway 9 bridge will be closed to all fishing on February 1, 2012.

- North Fork Stillaguamish River: From mouth to mouth of French Creek will be closed to all fishing on February 1, 2012.

- North Fork Stillaguamish River: From mouth of French Creek to Swede Heaven Bridge will be closed to all fishing on February 16, 2012.

- South Fork Stillaguamish River: From mouth to 400 feet below Granite Falls fishway outlet will be closed to all fishing on February 1, 2012.

- Canyon Creek: From mouth upstream will be closed to all fishing February 1, 2012.

Reasons for action: The 2011-2012 forecast of wild steelhead returning to the Stillaguamish River system is well below the spawning goal. These closures will reduce the incidental hooking mortalities of wild steelhead. Puget Sound wild steelhead populations are listed as "Threatened" under the Endangered Species Act.

Other information: Rules re-opening fisheries in the Stillaguamish River basin will be listed in the 2012/2013 Sportfishing Rules Pamphlet.

Information Contact: Jennifer Whitney, District Fish Biologist, (425) 775-1311, Jennifer.Whitney@dfw.wa.gov; Annette Hoffmann, Region 4 Fish Program Manager, (425) 775-1311, Annette.Hoffmann@dfw.wa.gov

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