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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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