2016 Nooksack River Fishing Report

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2016 Nooksack River Fishing Report:


Portion of the South Fork Nooksack River closes to all fishing

Action: Close the South Fork Nooksack River from Saxon Bridge upstream to Skookum Creek to all fishing.

Species affected:  All species.

Location: South Fork Nooksack River from Saxon Bridge to Skookum Creek.

Effective dates: Aug. 19, 2016; one hour after official sunset until further notice.  

Reasons for action: To meet conservation needs for hatchery origin spring chinook. Chinook from the recovery program at Skookum Hatchery in South Fork Nooksack are holding in deep pools below the hatchery, making them susceptible to pre-spawning mortality resulting from human activities including fishing. These fish are part of a recovery program for chinook listed under the Endangered Species Act, therefore it is important that as many as possible survive to spawn. This closure will allow fish to hold in the river until the chinook are able to move into the hatchery or move upstream to spawn.

Other information: Anglers are reminded that the South Fork Nooksack River from Skookum Creek to Wanlick Creek remains closed by permanent rule.

Information Contact: Edward Eleazer (425-775-1311, ext. 109; Edward.Eleazer@dfw.wa.gov) or Brett Barkdull (360-466-4345 ext. 270;barkdbcb@dfw.wa.gov).


This concludes our 2016 Nooksack River Fishing Report.


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