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

February 1, 2019

A portion of North Fork Stillaguamish River to re-open to fishing

Action: Re-opens to fishing for hatchery steelhead and other gamefish as listed in 2018/2019 Washington Sport Fishing Pamphlet.

Effective date: Immediately through Feb. 15, 2019.

Species affected: Hatchery steelhead and other gamefish.

Location: North Fork Stillaguamish River, from the mouth of French Creek upstream to Swede Heaven Bridge (includes the Fortson Hole area).

Reason for action: WDFW previously closed the North Fork to allow the Whitehorse Hatchery to complete broodstock collection for early winter steelhead. This opening gives anglers the opportunity to catch any remaining hatchery steelhead now that broodstock collection goals have been met.

Additional information: Anglers are reminded that for this open section the rules are as follows: Trout; statewide min. size/daily limit, except cutthroat trout and wild rainbow trout: min. size 14". Other gamefish (including hatchery steelhead); statewide min. size/daily limit.

The North Fork Stillaguamish downstream of the mouth of French Creek and upstream of the Swede Heaven Bridge remain closed to fishing.

Information contact: Jennifer Whitney, District 13 Fish Biologist, (425) 775-1311, ext. 107.

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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