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FISHING CLOSURES ON STILLAGUMISH RIVER & TRIBUTARIES

posted by Mike on 05/07/2019

Sections of the Stillaguamish River, tributaries to remain closed to fishing for trout and gamefish

Action:  Several sections of the Stillaguamish River and its tributaries will not open to fishing for trout and other gamefish on May 25 (as scheduled in the pamphlet) to protect returning wild chinook salmon. 

Effective date: May 25 through Sept. 15, 2019.

Species affected: Trout and other gamefish.

Locations:  The following sections of the Stillaguamish River and its tributaries will remain closed from May 25-Sept. 15, 2019 to fishing for trout and other gamefish. WDFW plans to re-open these sections beginning Sept. 16, under permanent regulations.

  • Boulder River (Snohomish County), from mouth to Boulder Falls: closed to fishing.
  • Canyon Creek (Snohomish County), from mouth to forks: closed to fishing.
  • Pilchuck Creek (Skagit/Snohomish counties), from the mouth to the Highway 9 bridge: closed to fishing. 
  • Squire Creek (Snohomish County): closed to fishing.
  • Stillaguamish River (Snohomish County), from Marine Drive to forks: closed to fishing.
  • Stillaguamish River, North Fork (Snohomish County), from mouth to North Fork Falls (approximately 1 mile above Cascade Creek): closed to fishing.
  • Stillaguamish River, South Fork (Snohomish County), from the mouth to 400 feet below the Granite Falls Fishway outlet: closed to fishing.

The following sections of the Stillaguamish River and Pilchuck Creek (a tributary of the Stillaguamish River) will open/remain open as described in the sportfishing rules pamphlet.

  • Pilchuck Creek (Skagit/Snohomish counties), from the Highway 9 Bridge to Pilchuck Falls will open the Saturday before Memorial Day as described in permanent regulations, with selective gear rules and a 14 inch minimum size for cutthroat and wild rainbow trout. 
  • Stillaguamish River, South Fork from the Mountain Loop Hwy Bridge upstream: trout and other gamefish will open the Saturday before Memorial Day as described in the permanent regulations.
  • Stillaguamish River, mainstem and all sloughs downstream of Marine Drive (south of Stanwood): Open year-round to fishing for trout and gamefish under permanent regulations as described in the sportfishing rules pamphlet.

Reason for action: Restrictions on gamefish seasons are made to minimize impacts on listed Stillaguamish chinook that are forecast to have fewer than 400 wild fish returning this year to spawn. 

Additional information: These changes were agreed to during the North of Falcon process.

NORTH FORK OF STILLAGUMISH CLOSING TO FISHING

posted by Mike on 01/05/2019

North Fork Stillaguamish River to close to fishing

Action:  Closes the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River to fishing.

Effective date:  Jan. 7, 2019 through Feb.15, 2019.

Species affected:  All species.

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

Reason for action:  The Whitehorse Hatchery does not have enough early winter steelhead broodstock on hand to meet egg take goals.  The goal is 130,000 smolt and the hatchery currently has 72,400 eggs on hand.

Additional information: Fishing will reopen when egg take goals have been met. 

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

 

Stillagumish River and tributaries to close to fishing

posted by Mike on 12/02/2016

Stillaguamish River and tributaries to close to fishing

Action: Close the Stillaguamish River, North and South Forks of the Stillaguamish River, and Canyon and Pilchuck Creek, to fishing.

Species affected: Trout and other game fish.

Locations and effective date: 

The closure is in effect Dec. 5, 2016 through Jan. 31, 2017, in the following locations:

  • Stillaguamish River: Closed from Marine Drive (South of Stanwood) upstream to the forks.
  • North Fork Stillaguamish River: Closed from the mouth upstream to the mouth of French Creek.
  • South Fork Stillaguamish River: Closed from the mouth upstream to the Granite Falls Fishway. 
  • Canyon Creek: Closed from mouth to forks.
  • Pilchuck Creek: Closed from mouth to the Highway 9 Bridge. 

Location and effective date:

The closure is in effect Feb. 1 through Feb. 15, 2017, in the following location:

  • North Fork Stillaguamish River: Closed from the mouth of French Creek upstream to Swede Heaven Bridge. 

Reasons for action: The Whitehorse Hatchery is expecting a very low return of hatchery early winter steelhead this year as there were no hatchery releases of smolt in 2014 or 2015. 

Other information: The North Fork Stillaguamish from the mouth of French Creek to the Swede Heaven Bridge is the hatchery terminal area for the Whitehorse Hatchery.  This section of river will remain open through January to allow anglers the opportunity to harvest any remaining hatchery summer steelhead. Trout minimum size 14", daily limit 2; other gamefish statewide minimum size and daily limit.

Information Contact: Mill Creek Regional Office, (425) 775-1311.

Stillagumish River (Main & Northfork) Re Opens For Steelhead, Selective Gear Rules Removed

posted by Mike on 12/23/2015

 

 

 

Steelhead fishing opens, selective gear rules end on Stillaguamish, North Fork Stillaguamish rivers

 

Action: Allow anglers to retain hatchery steelhead and remove selective gear requirements.

Effective Date: Dec. 23, 2015 to Feb 15, 2016

Species affected: Steelhead

Locations: Stillaguamish River from Marine Drive upstream to the forks; and the North Fork Stillaguamish from the mouth to Swede Heaven Bridge.

Reason for action: Egg take goals for early winter steelhead have been met at the Whitehorse Hatchery.

Additional Information: This action removes restrictions put in place in the December 2, 2015 Fishing Rule Change. Rules for the Stillaguamish are as specified in the 2015-16 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet. This year?s hatchery return of Stillaguamish early winter steelhead is forecast to be 22 percent of average for recent years.

Information contacts: Mill Creek Regional Office (425) 775-1311

 

 

 

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