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

February 15, 2006

North Fork Stillaguamish River closed to fishing

Action: The North Fork Stillaguamish River will close to all fishing March 1, 2006

Effective date: March 1 through May 31, 2006

Species affected: Steelhead and all other game fish.

Location: North Fork Stillaguamish River from its mouth to Swede Heaven Bridge.

Reason for action: The forecast for Stillaguamish River system wild winter steelhead returning this winter (2005/2006) is approximately 36 percent of the wild spawner escapement goal of 1,800. Due to the low run size forecast this year every effort is being taken to maximize the escapement of wild steelhead. The closure of the spring season will prevent incidental hooking mortality and disturbance of spawning fish.

Additional Information: The North Fork Stillaguamish will reopen June 1, 2006.

Information contact: Chad Jackson, District Fish Biologist, (425) 775-1311, ext. 113

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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