Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
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December 28, 2016

Closes the Nooksack River to fishing

Action: Close the Nooksack River and all forks to fishing.

Species affected: All species.

Locations and effective dates:

This closure is in effect beginning Jan. 1, 2017, until further notice in the following locations:

The Nooksack River, from the mouth to the confluence of the North and South Forks.

The North Fork Nooksack, from the mouth to Nooksack Falls.

The Middle Fork Nooksack, from the mouth to city of Bellingham diversion dam.

The South Fork Nooksack, from the mouth to Skookum Creek.

Reasons for action: The Kendall Creek Hatchery is expecting a very low return of hatchery winter steelhead this year as there were no hatchery releases of smolt in 2014 or 2015.

Other information: Salmon fisheries and gamefish fisheries will remain open as describe as listed in the Sport fishing Rules 2016/2017 pamphlet, until Jan. 1, 2017. 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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