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

May 4, 2016

Many Puget Sound-area freshwater fisheries closed May 1

Action: Close most anadromous waters in Puget Sound to all fishing.

Effective dates: Immediately

Species affected: All fish species.

Closure locations:

Green (Duwamish) River, from 1st. Ave. South Bridge to the water pipeline walk bridge (1/2 mile downstream of Tacoma Headworks Dam)

Big Soos Creek (King Co.) from the mouth to the Hatchery rack

Swamp Creek (Snohomish/King Co.)

North Creek (Snohomish/King Co.)

Little Bear Creek (Snohomish/King Co.)

Sammamish River (Slough) (King Co.) from 68th Ave. NE Bridge to Lake Sammamish

Big Bear Creek (Snohomish/King Co.)

Issaquah Creek (King Co.)

Tibbetts Creek (King Co.)

Thornton Creek (King Co.)

Kelsey Creek (King Co.) (including Mercer Slough)

Coal Creek (tributary to Lake Washington (King Co.)

May Creek (King Co.)

Cedar River (King Co.) from mouth to Landsburg Road Bridge (RM 21.5)

Sammamish, Lake (King Co.)

Washington, Lake (King Co.) including that portion of the Sammamish River from 68th Ave. NE Bridge downstream

Washington Ship Canal, Lake (King Co.) (including Lake Union, Portage Bay, and Salmon Bay) waters east of a north-south line 400' west of the Chittenden (Ballard) Locks to the Montlake Bridge.

Boulder River (Snohomish Co.) from mouth to Boulder Falls

Canyon Creek (Snohomish Co.)(tributary to South Fork Stillaguamish) from mouth to forks (866)

Pilchuck Creek (Skagit/Snohomish Co.) (Stillaguamish system) (870) from mouth to Pilchuck Falls

Raging River (King Co.) (842) from mouth upstream

Skykomish River (Snohomish Co.) (844) mouth to confluence of North and South Forks

Skykomish River, North Fork (Snohomish Co.) (846) from mouth to Deer Falls

Skykomish River, South Fork (King/Snohomish Co.) (848) from mouth upstream

Skykomish River, South Fork (King/Snohomish Co.) (848) all tributaries upstream of Sunset Falls, including their tributaries (includes Beckler, Foss, Rapid, and Miller rivers)

Snohomish River (Snohomish Co.) (850) from mouth (Burlington-Northern Railroad bridges) (including all channels, sloughs, and interconnected waterways, but excluding all tributaries) upstream to confluence of the Skykomish and Snoqualmie rivers (all channels) Snoqualmie River (King/Snohomish Co.) (852) from mouth to Snoqualmie Falls

Squire Creek (Snohomish Co.) (tributary) to North Fork Stillaguamish)

Stillaguamish River (Skagit/Snohomish Co.) (876) from mouth to forks.

Stillaguamish River, North Fork (Snohomish Co.) (872) from mouth to North Fork Falls (approx. one mile upstream of Cascade Creek

Stillaguamish River, South Fork (Snohomish Co.) (874) from mouth upstream

Sultan River (Snohomish Co.) (854) from mouth to diversion dam (river mile 9.7)

Tokul Creek (King Co.) (856) from mouth to hatchery intake

Tolt River (King Co.) (858) from mouth to confluence of North and South forks

Tye River (King Co.)(continuation of South Fork Skykomish River) beginning from Foss River upstream to Alpine Falls

Tye River (King Co.) (continuation of South Fork Skykomish River) all tributaries upstream of Foss River, including their tributaries

Wallace River (Snohomish Co.) (860) from mouth (farthest downstream railroad bridge) to Wallace Falls

All Creek (Skagit/Snohomish Co.)

Alma Creek (Skagit Co.)

Anderson Creek (Whatcom Co.)

Bacon Creek (Skagit Co.)

Baker River (Skagit/Whatcom Co.) from mouth to Hwy. 20 Bridge at Concrete

Bertrand Creek (Whatcom Co)

Boulder Creek (Skagit Co.)

Buck Creek (Skagit/Snohomish Co.) above upper boundary of Buck Creek Campground

California Creek (Whatcom Co.) from mouth (Drayton Harbor Rd. Bridge) Upstream Camp Creek (Snohomish Co.)

Canyon Creek (Snohomish Co.)

Cascade River (Skagit Co.) mouth upstream

Dakota Creek from mouth to Giles Rd. Bridge (Whatcom Co.)

Dan?s Creek (Snohomish Co.)

Diobsud Creek (Skagit Co.)

Downey Creek (Snohomish Co.)

Fisher Slough (Hill Ditch) from mouth to I-5 Bridge (Snohomish Co.)

Fishtrap Creek (Whatcom Co.) from Kok Rd. to Bender Rd.

Found Creek (Skagit Co.)

Friday Creek (Skagit/Whatcom Co.)

Goodell Creek (Skagit Co.)

Hansen Creek (Skagit Co.) and all tributaries

Hilt Creek (Skagit Co.)

Illabot Creek (Skagit Co.)

Jordan Creek (Skagit Co.)

Jones Creek (Skagit Co.)

Kindy Creek (Skagit Co.)

Ladder Creek (Whatcom Co.)

Lime Creek (Snohomish Co.)

Marble Creek (Skagit Co.)

Maple Creek (Whatcom Co.)

Milk Creek (Snohomish Co.)

Newhalem Creek (Whatcom Co.)

Nookachamps Creek (Skagit Co.) and all tributaries

Nooksack River (Whatcom Co.) from Lummi Indian Reservation boundary to confluence of North and South forks

Nooksack River, Middle Fork, mouth to City of Bellingham diversion Dam

Nooksack River, North Fork from mouth to Nooksack Falls

Nooksack River, South Fork from mouth upstream To Skookum Creek

Nooksack River, South Fork upstream of Wanlick Creek, including Wanlick Creek and all tributaries

Olson Creek (Skagit Co.)

Owl Creek (Snohomish Co.)

Pugh Creek (Snohomish Co.)

Racehorse Creek (Whatcom Co.)

Rocky Creek (Skagit Co.)

Samish River (Skagit Co.) From mouth (Bayview-Edison Rd.) upstream

Sauk River (Skagit/Snohomish Co.) from mouth upstream, including North Fork from mouth to North Fork Falls and South Fork from mouth to Elliott Creek

Sauk River, South Fork above Elliott Creek

Silver Creek (Whatcom Co.)

Silver Creek (Skagit/Whatcom Co.)

Skagit River from mouth to Gorge powerhouse at Newhalem

Smith Creek (Whatcom Co.)

Squalicum Creek (Whatcom Co.)

Straight Creek (Snohomish Co.)

Suiattle River

Sulphur Creek (Snohomish Co.)

Tenas Creek (Skagit Co.)

Tenmile Creek (Whatcom Co)

Terrell Creek (Whatcom Co.)

Thomas Creek (Skagit Co.)

Thornton Creek (Whatcom Co.)

Whatcom Creek from mouth to stone bridge at Whatcom Falls Park

White Chuck River

White Creek (Skagit Co.)

Monte Cristo Lake (Snohomish Co.)

Reason for action: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is working to secure the federal permit required to hold salmon fisheries in Puget Sound. Typically, the state and tribes jointly obtain the federal permit for the Sound, where some fish stocks are protected under the federal Endangered Species Act. The current permit expired April 30.

Additional Information: If a permit is obtained from NOAA, fisheries will reopen where permitted.

Information contact: Region 4 Mill Creek at 425-775-1311 ext. 0

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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