Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
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December 23, 2015

Hatchery steelhead retention reopens in Nooksack River, Whatcom Creek

Action: Open the North and Middle Forks of the Nooksack River to fishing; open the South Fork, mainstem Nooksack River and Whatcom Creek to hatchery steelhead retention.

Effective date: Dec. 25, 2015

Species affected: Steelhead and other gamefish

Locations and specific actions:

The mainstem Nooksack River from Lummi Indian Reservation boundary to the confluence of the North and South Forks: hatchery steelhead retention allowed.

The South Fork Nooksack from mouth to Skookum Creek: Hatchery steelhead retention allowed.

Whatcom Creek from mouth to yellow markers below foot bridge below Dupont Street: Hatchery steelhead retention allowed.

The Middle Fork Nooksack from mouth to city of Bellingham diversion dam: Reopened to all fishing.

The North Fork from mouth to Nooksack Falls: Reopened to all fishing.

Reasons for action: The Kendall Creek Hatchery has met egg take, therefore restrictions are no longer necessary.

Information contact: Mill Creek Regional Office, 425 775-1311

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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