Dismal 2017 Hatchery Steelheed Forecast forces closures on the Nooksack river.

WDFW Fishing Rule Change:


WDFW closes the Nooksack River to all 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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