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NOOKSACK RIVER CLOSES TO CHUM RETENTION

posted by Mike on 11/27/2018

Nooksack River to close to chum retention

Action: Closes the mainstem Nooksack River and North Fork Nooksack River to chum retention.

Effective date: Nov. 28 through Dec. 31, 2018.

Species affected: Chum salmon.

Location: The Nooksack River from the Lummi Indian Reservation boundary to the confluence of the North and South forks. The North Fork Nooksack from the Highway 9 bridge to Maple Creek.

Reason for action: Chum returns to the Nooksack River and to Kendall Hatchery are not meeting escapement goals. The closure is necessary to ensure natural escapement and hatchery broodstock goals are met.

Additional information: In order to achieve shared conservation goals, the Nooksack Tribe and Lummi Nation are closing their chum fisheries on the Nooksack River as well. Fisheries for other salmon species in the mainstem Nooksack will remain open. Anglers are reminded that the North Fork Nooksack closes to all salmon fishing effective Dec. 1 by permanent rule. Gamefish fisheries will remain open as listed in the 2018/2019 Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet edition.

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

 

WHATCOM CREEK CLOSING TO FISHING EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 15TH

posted by Mike on 11/14/2018

Part of Whatcom Creek to close to fishing

Action: Closes part of Whatcom Creek to all fishing.

Effective date: Nov. 15 until further notice.

Species affected: All species.

Location:  From the mouth to the markers below the footbridge downstream of Dupont St.

Reason for action: The return of chum to Whatcom Creek is currently below the number needed to meet egg-take goals for 2018. Closing the fishing season in Whatcom Creek is necessary to ensure broodstock are available for future hatchery returns.

Additional information: The fishing season will be reopened if egg-take needs are projected to be met. Please refer to https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/ for further information on fishing seasons.

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

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.

 

 
 
 
 
 

NOOKSACK RIVER TO CLOSE FOR CHUM SALMON RETENTION

posted by Mike on 12/01/2017

Nooksack River to close for chum retention

Action: Close the mainstem Nooksack River to chum retention.

Species affected:  Chum

Location: The Nooksack River from the Lummi Indian Reservation boundary to the confluence of the North and South Forks.

Effective dates: Dec. 3 through Dec. 31, 2017

Reasons for action:  Chum returns to the Nooksack River and to Kendall Hatchery are not meeting escapement goals. The closure is necessary to ensure natural escapement and hatchery broodstock goals are met.

Other information: In order to achieve our shared conservation goals, the Nooksack Tribe and Lummi Nation are closing their chum fisheries on the Nooksack River as well. The North Fork Nooksack closes effective Dec. 1 to chum retention per permanent rules. Gamefish fisheries will remain open as listed in the Sport Fishing Rules 2017/2018 pamphlet edition, FISHING IN WASHINGTON

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

Nisqually River Closes To All Fishing Effective January 6,2016

posted by Mike on 01/07/2016

Closure of Nisqually River to recreational fishing

 

Action: Close Nisqually River to recreational angling.

Effective dates: Jan. 6, 2016

Species affected: All species.

Location: Nisqually River (Pierce County) from the mouth to the military tank crossing bridge (located one mile upstream of mouth of Muck Creek).

Reasons for action: Based on spawner surveys and harvest information available to date, WDFW and the Nisqually Indian Tribe are concerned that the winter chum return to the Nisqually River is not as abundant as forecast and has the potential to fall short of our escapement goal. Given this information and the need to achieve our shared conservation goals, both WDFW and the Nisqually Tribe are closing their respective fisheries.

Other information: Anglers should refer to the 2015/2016 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for other ongoing fishing opportunities.

Information Contact: James Losee: (360) 902-2741, james.losee@dfw.wa.gov

Marine Area 10 Opens For Chum Salmon Fishery - October 28 Through January 31, 2015

posted by Mike on 10/27/2015

 

 

 

Marine Area 10 opens to chum salmon retention

 

Action: Fishing for chum salmon opens in Marine Area 10, with a daily limit of 2.

Effective Date: 12:01 a.m., Oct. 28, 2015 through Jan. 31, 2016.

Species affected: Chum salmon

Location: Marine Area 10 within Puget Sound.

Reason for action: Following the emergency closure of Marine Area 10 to all salmon fishing on Oct. 19 (due to estimated total encounters of chinook salmon reaching the allowable limits for the area), WDFW biologists have continued to assess the most recent monitoring data from Area 10. Puget Sound chum salmon runs are predicted to return as forecast. WDFW biologists estimate minimal impacts to chinook by opening to chum salmon retention, with a daily limit of 2 chum salmon through Jan. 31, 2016.

Other information: Anglers are reminded that they must continue to release all chinook and coho salmon in the Marine Area 10 recreational fishery per the emergency rule enacted on Oct.19. Monitoring data collected from Oct.1-18 indicate that the allowable limit of total chinook encounters has been reached for the Area 10 winter mark-selective chinook fishery. Further, Puget Sound coho run sizes are below pre-season forecasts. Therefore, the winter recreational fishery in Area 10 will not reopen for chinook or coho retention.

Information contact: Laurie Peterson (360) 902-2790

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