Upper NF Stilly Reopened

In an e-reg change sent out this morning, WDFW announced that the 4-mile closure on the upper North Fork Stillaguamish has been lifted.

“The Whitehorse Hatchery facility hatchery winter steelhead broodstock needs have been met,” says the agency.

In announcing the closure in late November, it had said that the hatchery was “significantly below” egg-take needs to meet summer and winter steelhead smolt-release goals.

The affected area had covered the water downstream of the Swede Heaven Bridge to the French Creek confluence.

It went into effect Dec. 1, but starting today, steelheading is a go again.

While the North Fork at Arlington crested at just under 60,000 cubic feet of water per second during flooding earlier this week, it has since fallen to 4,470 cfs, so the river may still be a wee bit high to fish, even in its headwaters. Typical flow this time of year is 2,000 cfs.


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