Nooksack River

Nooksack River – Ferndale Bridge

Located in Whatcom County, WA


Nooksack River Fishing:

The Nooksack river is one of the true great salmon fisheries in the state offering a multitude of fishing opportunity. Nooksack river fishing access is readily available and can be access from several locations as indicated in the Nooksack river fishing access map below.


Salmonid Species:


Chinook (King Salmon)

Silver Salmon

Coho (Silver Salmon)


Pink (Humpy Salmon)


Chum (Dog Salmon)


Steelhead (Sea Run Rainbow Trout)


When to Fish

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The Nooksack river offers around seven months of great Lunker fishing opportunities starting with Pinks in July, Coho and Kings in the Fall and Winter run Steelhead.

**See Washington State fishing REGS for exact times.


Daily Limits

This fishery generally allows 2-4 Salmon per day depending on the time of the season.

**See Washington State fishing REGS for details.


Preferred Fishing Tackle:

One single point barbless hook. Corky and yarn, Jigs or spinners,



Shrimp, Eggs



Shrimp, Eggs
Tackle Tips:
Top Recommendation for this location is plunking or drifting sand shrimp or eggs. next possibly a steelhead jig, or corky and yarn and lastly spinners.


Combat Fishing Rating:

Sniper! You see other people fishing but you won’t have to fight for a spot.



Nooksack River Water levels


USGS Water-data graph for site 12213100


Nooksack River Discharge Rate


USGS Water-data graph for site 12213100



Nooksack River Water Levels are provided by the United States Geological Survey data system.

Nooksack River Fishing Access:

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