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

August 18, 2016

Portion of the South Fork Nooksack River closes to all fishing

Action: Close the South Fork Nooksack from Saxon Bridge upstream to Skookum Creek to all fishing

Species affected: All species.

Location: South Fork Nooksack River from Saxon Bridge to Skookum Creek.

Effective dates: Aug. 19, 2016 one hour after official sunset until further notice.

Reasons for action: To meet conservation needs for hatchery origin spring chinook. Chinook from the recovery program at Skookum Hatchery in South Fork Nooksack are holding in deep pools below the hatchery, making them susceptible to pre-spawning mortality resulting from human activities including fishing. These fish are part of the recovery program for these Endangered Species Act listed chinook, therefore it is important that as many survive to spawn as possible. This closure will allow fish to hold in the river until the chinook are able to move into the hatchery or move upstream to spawn.

Other information: Anglers are reminded that the South Fork Nooksack from Skookum Creek to Wanlick Creek remains closed by permanent rule.

Information Contact: Edward Eleazer (425-775-1311 ext 109 Edward.Eleazer@dfw.wa.gov ) or 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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