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

January 21, 2022

Nooksack River sections reopen to gamefish per 2021-22 permanent fishing rules

Action: Reopens gamefish in areas of the Nooksack River under rules listed in the 2021-2022 Washington Sport Fishing Rules Pamphlet.

Effective date: Jan. 22, 2022

Species affected: Gamefish, including hatchery winter steelhead.

Location: Nooksack River mainstem, North Fork, Middle Fork, and South Fork.

Reason for action: The Kendall hatchery steelhead broodstock goal has been met.

Additional information: Fishing seasons were closed throughout the Nooksack River to maximize egg-take for the hatchery winter steelhead return in a year when fewer fish were forecast than what would be needed to make the broodstock goal. The broodstock goal has been met so remaining hatchery winter steelhead are harvestable surplus that can be targeted and retained per the 2021-2022 Washington Sport Fishing Rules. Sections will close per the regulation pamphlet closure dates.

Information contact: Team Mill Creek: 425-775-1311 or TeamMillCreek@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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