Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
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February 12, 2010

Nooksack River to close to fishing

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

Effective closure dates: Feb 18 through June 4, 2010.

Species affected: All game fish species.

Locations: Nooksack River from the mouth to the confluence of the North and South Forks.

North Fork Nooksack from the mouth to Nooksack Falls.

South Fork Nooksack from the mouth to Skookum Creek.

Middle Fork Nooksack from the mouth to headwaters.

Reasons for action: The closure will reduce incidental hooking mortality on wild steelhead. The Nooksack River basin wild steelhead returns have been trending downward and is thought to be well below escapement goals.

Other information: These rivers will reopen to fishing on June 5, 2010, as will be listed in the 2010/2012 FISHING IN WASHINGTON sport fishing rules pamphlet.

Information Contact: Brett Barkdull, District 14 Fish Biologist, 360-466-4345 x 270, Brett.Barkdull@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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