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LAST DAYS FOR WINTER STEELHEAD FISHING ON MANY PUGET SOUND STREAMS

posted by Mike on 02/14/2019

February 15th will be the last day of Winter steelhead fishing on many of Puget Sound rivers. The last remaining fisheries will close tomorrow, February 15th. These last areas to remain open are those hatchery terminal area such as Reiter Ponds, Wallace River, Fortson Hole and Tokul Creek. These areas were left open for a couple additional weeks to mop up the last of the surplus hatchery steelhead. Make sure to consult your regulation pamphlet to make sure of these changes.

CLARIFICATION OF FISHING REGULATIONS FOR SKYKOMISH & WALLACE RIVERS

posted by Mike on 02/01/2019

Clarifies fishing rules on the Skykomish and Wallace rivers

Action: Clarifies fishing regulations on the Skykomish and Wallace rivers. A rule change dated Jan. 14, 2019, provided confusing information on the use of a floating device in those rivers. The prohibition of the use of a floating device applies only to the Wallace River and one section of the Skykomish River.

Regulations are as listed below.

Effective date: Immediately through Feb. 15, 2019.

Species affected: All species.

Locations and rules:
Skykomish River: Rules as described in the 2018-2019 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet.

  • From mouth to mouth of the Wallace River: closed to fishing.
  • From the mouth of the Wallace River to the forks: Gamefish open: Dolly varden/bull trout; min. size 20", may be retained as part of trout daily limit. Other trout; min. size 8" except cutthroat trout and wild rainbow trout min. size 14". Trout daily limit: 2. In the section from 1,000' downstream to 1,500' upstream of Reiter Ponds outlet fishing from any floating device prohibited.

Wallace River:

  • From the mouth to 200 feet above the hatchery water intake: Gamefish open: Dolly varden/bull trout; min. size 20", may be retained as part of trout daily limit. Other trout; min. size 8" except cutthroat trout and wild rainbow trout min. size 14"'. Trout daily limit: 2. Other gamefish; statewide min. size/daily limit. Fishing from a floating device prohibited.

Reason for action: The Wallace River and Reiter Ponds hatcheries have now collected enough early winter steelhead broodstock to meet egg take goals. The early winter steelhead release goals are 140,000 smolt from Reiter Ponds and 27,600 smolt from the Wallace Hatchery.

Additional information: Wallace River Hatchery grounds are closed dusk through 7 a.m. daily.

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

Fishers must have a current W

SKYKOMISH & WALLACE REOPEN FOR FISHING

posted by Mike on 01/14/2019

Skykomish and Wallace rivers reopen to fishing

Action:  Reopens the Skykomish and Wallace rivers to fishing as described in the 2018-2019 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet.

The Wallace River will also be open from 200 feet downstream to 200 feet upstream of the salmon hatchery water intake with the following rules through Feb. 15:

Gamefish open: Dolly varden/bull trout; min. size 20 inches, may be retained as part of trout daily limit. Other trout; min. size 8 inches except cutthroat trout and wild rainbow trout min. size 14 inches. Trout daily limit: 2. Other gamefish; statewide min. size/daily limit. Fishing from a floating device prohibited.

Effective date:  Immediately through Feb. 15, 2019.

Species affected:  All species.

Location:  

  • Skykomish River, from the mouth to the forks
  • Wallace River, from the mouth to 200 feet above the hatchery water intake. 

Reason for action:  The Wallace River and Reiter Ponds hatcheries have now collected enough early winter steelhead broodstock to meet egg take goals. The early winter steelhead release goals are 140,000 smolt from Reiter Ponds and 27,600 smolt from the Wallace Hatchery. 

Additional information: Wallace River Hatchery grounds are closed dusk through 7 a.m. daily.

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

PORTIONS OF SKYKOMISH & WALLACE RIVERS CLOSING TO FISHING

posted by Mike on 01/05/2019

Portions of Skykomish and Wallace rivers to close to fishing

Action:  Closes the Skykomish and Wallace rivers to fishing.

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

Species affected:  All species.

Location:  

  • Skykomish River, from the mouth to the forks
  • Wallace River, from the mouth to 200 feet above the hatchery water intake. 

Reason for action:  The Wallace River and Reiter Ponds hatcheries currently have less than half of the early winter steelhead broodstock on hand needed to meet egg take goals. The early winter steelhead goals are 140,000 smolt from Reiter Ponds and 27,600 smolt from the Wallace Hatchery. 

Additional information: Fishing will reopen when egg take goals have been met.  The Snoqualmie, Snohomish rivers and tributaries remain open as described in the fishing rules pamphlet. 

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

 

WINTER STEELHEADING

posted by Mike on 11/21/2018

Thanksgiving is the traditional kick off of Winter steelhead season. Many anglers fish the morning in search of a early returning steelhead. Though generally it's not hot fishing by any means, there is at least a chance of bringing home a nice bright Winter fish. So far we have not seen any steelhead that I would call a winter fish but we have heard that there at least have been a few that have made their way back to the Wallace hatchery. If you really want the best chance at early winter fish, then I would head to the Olympic Penn. where we have been hearing of Winter fish for awhile. The best bet would be to fish the Bogachiel or Calawah where they do have early returning hatchery fish. The other choice would be to fish the Salmon River outside the Quinault Reservation. Also consider to hire a tribal guide to fish the Salmon River or Cook Creek on the Reservation, as both streams have a early return of hatchery steelhead. Good Luck!

SALMON & STEELHEAD FISHING TO CLOSE SEPTEMBER 12TH IN PORTION OF COLUMBIA

posted by Mike on 09/12/2018

 

Most of the Columbia River closIng to salmon and steelhead fishing

OLYMPIA – Starting Thursday (Sept. 13), fishing for salmon will be closed on the mainstem Columbia River from Buoy 10 upstream to Hwy 395 in Pasco under new rules approved today by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon

Deep River in Washington and other tributaries in Oregon (Youngs Bay, Tongue Point/South Channel, Blind Slough and Knappa Slough) are also closed to salmon and steelhead angling.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) already prohibited steelhead retention in much of the same area of the Columbia River several weeks ago, and the new emergency rule closes angling for both salmon and steelhead in those waters as well.

Bill Tweit, Columbia River fishery coordinator for WDFW, said the counts of fall chinook at Bonneville Dam are 29 percent below preseason forecasts, and on-going fisheries are approaching the allowable catch limits under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). 

"We recognize that this closure is difficult for anglers, but we have an obligation to meet our ESA goals so that fisheries can continue in the future," he said.

Tweit said the upriver fall chinook run provides the bulk of the harvest opportunity for fall fisheries, but that returns in recent years has been declining due to unfavorable ocean conditions. The preseason forecast for this year is 47 percent of the 10-year average return of upriver bright fall chinook.

The new emergency fishing rule is posted on WDFW's website at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/.

 

STEELHEAD RETENTION TO CLOSE ON A LARGE PORTION OF COLUMBIA RIVER

posted by Mike on 08/24/2018

OLYMPIA – Starting Monday (Aug. 27), anglers must release any steelhead they intercept on a large portion of the Columbia River under a new emergency rule adopted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

The new rule, prompted by a sharp decline in projected returns of upriver summer steelhead, will be in effect until further notice from Buoy 10 at the mouth of the Columbia River to Highway 395 in Pasco.

Ryan Lothrop, Columbia River fishery coordinator for WDFW, said monitoring at Bonneville Dam now indicates that 110,300 upriver steelhead will return to the Columbia this year, down from 182,400 fish projected before the fishing season began.

The new projection is similar to the number of steelhead that returned last year, when fishery managers from Washington and Oregon closed steelhead fishing in the Columbia and many of its tributaries.

Although the new emergency rule does not close fisheries in area tributaries, that may be necessary in the weeks ahead, Lothrop said.

“Many factors are clearly taking a toll on our steelhead populations right now, including difficult ocean conditions,” he said. “We need to do what’s necessary to protect these runs.”

WDFW recently prohibited fishing for salmon or steelhead at night to protect steelhead in the same waters of the Columbia River that will close to all steelhead fishing.

That “night closure” will remain in effect from Buoy 10 to Pasco, and at the Wind River and Drano Lake, two tributaries of the Columbia River.

Lothrop said WDFW will continue to monitor the summer steelhead returns as the season progresses.

The new emergency fishing rule is posted on WDFW’s website at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/.

 

MANDATORY STEELHEAD RELEASE ON GREEN RIVER, EFFECTIVE JUNE 2ND

posted by Mike on 05/25/2018

Action: Anglers must release steelhead in all sections of the Green (Duwamish) River beginning the first Saturday in June until further notice.

Effective dates: June 2, 2018, until further notice.

Species affected: Steelhead.

Location: Green (Duwamish) River (King County). From an east-west line extending through the southernmost tip of Harbor Island to the water pipeline walk bridge (1/2 mile downstream of Tacoma Headworks Dam).

Reasons for action: Low numbers of hatchery summer steelhead are expected to return to the Green River in 2018 due to poor survival of the 2016 hatchery steelhead smolts (caused by high water temperatures) at Soos Creek Hatchery. This regulation will protect returning adult hatchery summer steelhead and increase the likelihood of achieving broodstock collection goals this summer.

Other Information: Steelhead retention will be allowed when hatchery broodstock goals are achieved. Steelhead are defined as sea-run rainbow trout 20" in length and over.

Information contact: Aaron Bosworth, Mill Creek Regional Office, (425) 775-1311 (102).

 

 

 

SKAGIT & SAUK C & R FISHERIES

posted by Mike on 04/17/2018

We have another five days of fishing on the C & R sections of the Skagit and Sauk Rivers this week, Wednesday through Sunday, April 18th - April 22nd. The fishing conditions were less than stellar this past weekend with the Sauk being out of shape and the Skagit from the Sauk downstream also being virtually unfishable. Hopefully, we'll see a tad bit better conditions this week. With better weather we should see the Sauk coming into shape and with it the Skagit from the Sauk's mouth downstream.

 

We did not hear of any fantastic fishing on the Skagit with just a fish here or there being caught. Most fished from Rockport up to Marblemount. If the Sauk does clear up a bit we should see the better fishing coming from here. We did hear of quite a number of Dollies being caught and released in the Rockport to Marblemount section.

SKAGIT & SAUK RIVERS OPEN FOR CATCH & RELEASE STEELHEADING

posted by Mike on 04/12/2018

Catch-and-release steelhead fishery to open on Skagit, Sauk rivers

OLYMPIA – A catch-and-release fishery for wild steelhead will get underway April 14 in sections of the Skagit and Sauk rivers, which have been closed to wild steelhead fishing for several years.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) made the announcement today after receiving approval from NOAA Fisheries on a proposed five-year steelhead fishery plan, developed by state and tribal co-managers to meet shared conservation objectives.

Fishery managers have scheduled openings beginning April 14-15, and continuing April 18-22, and 25-29. The fishery includes the following areas:

  • Skagit River, from the Dalles Bridge in the town of Concrete to the Cascade River Road Bridge in Marblemount. Fishing from a boat that is under power is prohibited.
  • Sauk River, from the mouth to the Sauk Prairie Road Bridge in Darrington. Fishing from a boat equipped with an internal combustion motor is prohibited.

WDFW is taking a conservative approach to the trial fishery by limiting time on the water and requiring anglers to use single-point barbless hooks to reduce injury to steelhead as the fish are released. Anglers should be aware that night closures are in effect and the use of bait is prohibited. More details on the fishery rules are available online at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/erule.jsp?id=2110.

The season is based largely on the number of wild steelhead forecast to return to the basin as well as the level of monitoring and enforcement required for the fishery, said Edward Eleazer, regional fish program manager for WDFW. The fishery could close early or have additional restrictions, so anglers should check the website listed above before heading out.

"Anglers have an incredible opportunity to fish for wild steelhead on one of the renowned rivers of the west coast," Eleazer said. "To ensure there will be steelhead fishing in the basin for years to come, we're asking anglers to comply with all fishery rules and to help keep the river free of litter."

Eleazer noted the cooperation of the Skagit River tribes was essential in the development of a fishery plan and securing federal approval for this year's recreational fishery. The approved plan includes tribal fisheries, but the tribes have not scheduled steelhead fisheries this year in order to limit fishery impacts.

Puget Sound wild steelhead have been listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) since 2007. Lacking an approved fishery management plan, WDFW closed the Skagit Basin to wild steelhead fishing in 2010.

Ongoing efforts by WDFW and the tribes to protect habitat, remove fish passage barriers and improve steelhead survival in Puget Sound have resulted in increasing numbers of wild steelhead returning to the basin in recent years. 

"It's critical that this work continues in order to fully restore wild steelhead – our state fish – to the Skagit Basin," Eleazer said.

WORKSHOP ON SKAGIT BASIN STEELHEAD FISHERY

posted by Mike on 01/10/2018

WDFW to host public workshops on proposed Skagit Basin steelhead fishery

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has scheduled meetings to discuss with the public a proposed recreational steelhead fishery in the Skagit Basin, where rivers have been closed to steelhead fishing for several years.

The public meetings are scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. and include the following dates and locations:

At the meetings, state fish managers will discuss a proposal to allow fisheries for wild steelhead in the Skagit, Sauk and Suiattle rivers. These rivers have been closed to steelhead fishing since 2010 due to low numbers of returning fish. WDFW is proposing catch-and-release recreational fishing for wild steelhead.

"In recent years, we've seen more steelhead returning to the Skagit Basin than before we closed the rivers to fishing," said Edward Eleazer, WDFW regional fish program manager. "Given the low number of steelhead mortalities associated with this sport fishery, we don't expect it will harm efforts to recover steelhead populations."

The Skagit Basin steelhead proposal, developed by state and tribal co-managers, is pending approval from NOAA Fisheries. The federal agency is seeking comments through Jan. 8 on the proposal, which can be found on NOAA's website at http://www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/fisheries/salmon_steelhead/skagit-steelhead_proposed_evalu.html.

If the proposal is approved, the state could allow a sport fishery within the next few months. During public meetings, WDFW will gather feedback on timing for the proposed fishery as well as discuss gear regulations.

TOKUL CREEK OPENS FOR FISHING

posted by Mike on 12/20/2017

Tokul Creek to open early for hatchery steelhead and other gamefish

Action: Open Tokul Creek from the Fish Hatchery Road Bridge to the posted boundary marker downstream of the diversion dam fish ladder for trout and other gamefish.

Effective dates: 7 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017, through Feb. 15, 2018.

Species affected: Trout, hatchery steelhead and other game fish.

Location: Tokul Creek from the Fish Hatchery Road Bridge upstream to the posted boundary marker below the diversion dam fish ladder.

Rules: Tokul Creek is closed to fishing daily from 5 p.m. 7 a.m. Anti-snagging rules are in effect.

Reasons for action: This section of Tokul Creek is closed in the permanent regulations until Jan.15 to allow for winter steelhead broodstock collection at the Tokul Creek Hatchery. The Tokul Creek Hatchery facility has met those egg take goals for winter steelhead, allowing for expanded fishing opportunity in Tokul Creek.

Other information: Tokul Creek remains open from the mouth to the downstream edge of the Fish Hatchery Road Bridge as listed in the fishing rules pamphlet. Tokul Creek will close to fishing Feb. 16, 2018, to protect wild steelhead.

Information contact: WDFW Mill Creek Office, 425-775-1311

DECEMBER IS HERE - START OF THE WINTER STEELHEAD SEASON

posted by Mike on 12/01/2017

Though steelheading isn't what it used to be, there are still some opportunities for thse that are willing to put in some time on a few of the local rivers or to travel to SW Washington or the coast.

Locally, the best chance of hooking up with a steelhead is to fish the Snohomish system, with the Skykomish and the Wallace Rivers producing the best chance at a fish. To a lesser extent the Snoqualimie River will also produce a few hatchery steelhead. These are the only rivers here in North Puget Sound that will give you a chance of catching a hatchery steelhead. Next year we should see some of our areas streams come back on line with some hatchery fish.

Prior to the past high water event we did see a few winter steelhead being caught in the Reiter Ponds section of the Sky as well as an odd fish on the Wallace. However, since the high water we have seen very few fish being caught. Hopefully, we sould see some improvement in the upcoming couple of weeks. Don't expect a real gang buster season as the plant numbers have not been extremely high, nor has been the % of returns upon those plants. Ocean survival has not been very good due to quite a number of factors.

Make sure to read your regulations very carefully this year as there are quite changes that have occured this season.

SECTIONS OF SNAKE RIVER TO OPEN FOR STEELHEAD RETENTION ON OCTOBER 15TH

posted by Mike on 10/11/2017

Sections of Snake River to open Oct. 15 to steelhead
retention;
catch limit to increase on tributaries

OLYMPIA – Beginning Oct. 15, anglers can keep two hatchery steelhead daily in sections of the Snake River and some streams in southeast Washington, state fish managers said today. 

The fishing rule changes announced by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) affect the following areas: 

  • Snake River from the Washington-Idaho state line at Clarkston upstream to the Couse Creek boat ramp will open Oct. 15 for daily retention of two hatchery steelhead (marked with a clipped adipose fin) of less than 28 inches in length.
  • Snake River from Couse Creek to the Idaho-Oregon state line will open Oct. 15 for daily retention of two hatchery steelhead of any size.
  • On the Grand Ronde and Tucannon rivers (Snake River tributaries) and on the Walla Walla and Touchet rivers (Columbia River tributaries), the daily catch limit will increase on Oct. 15 from one hatchery steelhead to two.

Anglers should be aware that the section of the Snake River from the mouth near the Tri-Cities to the Washington-Idaho state line at Clarkston will not open for steelhead retention. Steelhead fishing in this section will remain open only for catch-and-release fishing, said Chris Donley, WDFW eastern region fish program manager. 

Anglers fishing for steelhead in the Snake and Columbia rivers have been allowed to retain only one steelhead or limited to catch-and-release fishing due to low returns of adult steelhead. These restrictions were designed to protect both A-run steelhead (fish smaller than 28 inches) and B-run steelhead (those 28 inches and larger) destined for the Columbia and Snake River basins.

However, A-run steelhead, both wild and hatchery-origin adults, have returned in adequate numbers to allow opening portions of the Snake River to harvest and increasing catch limits on some tributaries, Donley said.

As forecasted, the B-run steelhead are returning at exceptionally low rates, which is why other sections of the Columbia and Snake rivers will remain closed to harvest of steelhead in the coming months, Donley said. WDFW is requiring anglers to release steelhead that are 28-inches or larger in some areas to protect B-run fish. 

"These measures will help ensure that sufficient numbers of wild and hatchery fish return to their natal streams," Donley said. "But we'll continue to monitor the steelhead run over the coming months, and either curtail the harvest of steelhead if needed, or provide more harvest opportunity if possible."

Additional details of these fisheries are available on WDFW's website at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/

WALLACE RIVER REOPENS TO FISHING

posted by Mike on 09/29/2017

Wallace River to reopen to fishing for coho, gamefish

Action: Open the Wallace River to fishing.

Effective dates: Sept. 30 through Nov. 30, 2017. 

Rules: 

From the mouth (farthest downstream railroad bridge) to 200 feet upstream of the water intake for the salmon hatchery.

  • Night closure and anti-snagging rule in effect.
  • Fishing from a floating device prohibited.
  • Salmon: Limit of 3 coho only (release chinook, pink, and chum). 
  • Dolly varden/bull trout: Minimum size 20 inches, may be retained as part of the trout daily limit.
  • Other trout: Minimum size 14 inches, daily limit 2.  
  • Other gamefish: Statewide minimum size/daily limit.

From 200 feet upstream of the water intake for the salmon hatchery upstream to Wallace Falls, opens to fishing Nov. 1, as described in the 2017/2018 Sport Fishing Rules Pamphlet.

Species affected: Coho salmon, gamefish.

Closure locations: The Wallace River from the mouth upstream to Wallace Falls.

Reason for action:  The river was closed Sept. 16 to ensure that chinook broodstock goals were met at the Wallace Hatchery. Chinook broodstock goals have now been met.   

Additional Information: Pink salmon abundance remains below escapement goals, so pink salmon must be released.  Under statewide general rules there is no fishing within 400 feet downstream of the hatchery weir. To insure future generations of fish, avoid stepping on redds (spawning nests) while fishing. 

Information contact: WDFW Region 4 Mill Creek Office, (425) 775-1311.

SKYKOMISH RIVER STEELHEAD & KINGS

posted by Mike on 06/03/2017

The reports that we have been getting from the Reiter Pond section of the Skykomish have been good. There were a number of limits of steelhead caught opening day on both the Reiter side and Highway side of the river. The river was on the high side and pushing a lot of water. With the water as high as it was it did limit folks to where they could fish. We spoke to a couple of the guys that floated from High Bridge down to Sultan and they to also conected to fish. Those that fished between Sultan and Monroe also ended up finding some fish. We heard of a number of steelhead plus a couple of very respectable kings weighing in at 20 & 27 pounds, which are very nice fish by Skykomish standards.

 

Fishing should be good for quite some time to come.

COWLITZ RIVER STEELHEADING HAS BEEN GOOD

posted by Mike on 03/28/2017

Though the steelheading on the Cowlitz River started a bit on the late side this season, the fishing that we have been seeing lately has been quite good. The river has been a tough show for both the bank and boat anglers as the river has been extremely high. With high conditions the river does not lend itsself to the best bank fishing as it limits anglers to a minimum of bank where they can fish and when they do hook a fish the flow is so heavy that most of the fish are lost when one cannot follow their fish. For the boater the flow has also been something to contend with, requiring good boat handling.

 

The size of the fish has been quite good with the smaller fish 7 -9 pounds and many in the mid teens to low twenties.

 

This fishery should continue for at least  a few more weeks before we start to see a slowdown and perhaps it will last later as the fishery started quite late.

STEELHEAD LISENCE PLATE IS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE

posted by Mike on 01/07/2017

Steelhead license plate available for purchase

OLYMPIA – Steelhead enthusiasts can now show support for their favorite species by purchasing a vehicle license plate with an image of Washington's iconic state fish.

The steelhead specialty plate went on sale today and revenue generated from plate sales will be used by the Washington Department Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to help support activities critical to conserving populations of native steelhead.

More than 4,000 people expressed interest in buying a steelhead license plate last year when WDFW collected the signatures required to seek legislative approval to offer a new specialty plate. The 2016 Legislature gave the OK to proceed with steelhead license plate sales.

"We can't wait to see steelhead license plates on vehicles across this state," said Kelly Cunningham, deputy assistant director of WDFW's Fish Program. "This is a great way to help fund efforts to conserve steelhead in Washington."

In much of Washington, wild steelhead are listed for protection under the federal Endangered Species Act. WDFW is currently taking several actions to restore those populations to sustainable levels, including measures that guide fisheries management, hatchery operations, monitoring and habitat-restoration programs.

The initial price of special wildlife-themed background plates ranges from $54 to $72 depending on the vehicle, in addition to the regular license fees. More information on how to purchase a steelhead license plate is available on the Washington Department of Licensing website at http://www.dol.wa.gov/vehicleregistration/specialdesign.html

A high resolution image of the steelhead license plate can be found http://wdfw.wa.gov/license_plates/wildlife.html

 

PORTIONS OF THE SKYKOMISH & WALLACE RIVERS ARE CLOSING TO ALL FISHING

posted by Mike on 12/29/2016

Skykomish near Reiter Ponds and Wallace River to close to fishing

Action: Close part of Wallace and Skykomish rivers to fishing.

Effective date: Fishing to close at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 30, 2016 through Feb. 15, 2017.

Species affected: All species.

Locations:

  • Wallace River: From the railroad trestle (downstream of Hwy 2 bridge) to 200 feet upstream of water intake at Wallace hatchery.
  • Skykomish River at Reiter Ponds: From 1,500 feet upstream to 1,000 feet downstream of Reiter Ponds outlet.

Reasons for action: The return of hatchery winter steelhead to Wallace and Reiter hatcheries for broodstock purposes are well below required numbers. The closures are necessary to protect adult hatchery fish holding near these WDFW hatchery facilities until they can be trapped to meet broodstock needs.

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

NOOKSACK RIVER CLOSES TO FISHING - EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1ST 2017

posted by Mike on 12/27/2016

Nooksack River Closes To Fishing

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

Species affected:  All species.

Locations and effective dates:

This closure is in effect beginning Jan. 1, 2017, until further notice in the following locations:

  • The Nooksack River, from the mouth to the confluence of the North and South Forks.
  • The North Fork Nooksack, from the mouth to Nooksack Falls.
  • The Middle Fork Nooksack, from the mouth to city of Bellingham diversion dam.
  • The South Fork Nooksack, from the mouth to Skookum Creek.

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

Other information: Salmon fisheries and gamefish fisheries will remain open as describe as listed in the Sport fishing Rules 2016/2017 pamphlet, until Jan. 1, 2017.

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

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