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

November 24, 2010

Closure of Whatcom Creek to fishing

Action: Closes Whatcom Creek to fishing.

Effective dates: Dec. 1, 2010 until further notice.

Species affected: All gamefish and salmon.

Location: Whatcom Creek from the mouth to Woburn Street Bridge.

Reasons for action: The Kendall Creek Hatchery and Whatcom Creek Hatchery programs in recent years have had difficulty securing sufficient eggs from returning hatchery winter steelhead and chum to meet basin production goals. Closure of the fishery is needed to collect sufficient fish to meet egg take needs.

Other information: When the combined broodstock needs of Kendall Creek Hatchery, and Whatcom Creek Hatchery are met, the fishery will revert to seasons as listed in the Sport fishing Rules 2010/2011 pamphlet edition, FISHING IN WASHINGTON

Information Contact: Brett Barkdull, (360) 466-4345 x 270 barkdbcb@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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