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

January 11, 2012

North Fork Nooksack River and Whatcom Creek reopen to fishing

Actions: Sections of the North Fork Nooksack River and Whatcom Creek will re-open to fishing.

Effective dates: Jan. 12, 2012

Species affected: All gamefish.

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 are expected to meet broodstock needs from returning hatchery winter steelhead.

Other information: To protect wild steelhead, sections of the North Fork Nooksack River will close in February 2012. The section from Maple Creek to Nooksack Falls will close February 1, 2012; the section from the mouth to Maple Creek will close February 16, 2012.

Whatcom Creek will close 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, 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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