Steelheading closes early on Nooksack

FOR THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJanuary 7, 2014 

All sections of the Nooksack River and its forks currently open to recreational fishing have been ordered closed as of Thursday, Jan. 9, under an emergency order issued Tuesday, Jan. 7, by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The temporary regulation change is deemed necessary by state fishery managers because of a continued shortage of adult hatchery winter steelhead at Kendall Creek Hatchery located on the system's North Fork.

Both Lummi Nation and the Nooksack Tribe have agreed to cut short and end their targeted commercial and ceremonial and subsistence fisheries for steelhead in the system, too.

This emergency closure will end Friday, Jan. 31, at which time sport fishing will revert to terms of the permanent regulations again. A portion of the North Fork will then be reopen from Feb. 1-15. Other stretches of the river will be closed under the regular rules.

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