WDFW Announces Sound, Strait Steelheading Closures

Terminal fisheries will remain open into mid-February, but steelheading and fishing for other game fish in many Puget Sound rivers will be done by this time next week.

The reg tweaks, announced today by WDFW, were not unexpected given low forecasted returns of wild steelhead this winter. Typically, Puget Sound’s natives, which were listed as threatened in 2007, begin returning in larger numbers to river systems such as the Nooksack, Skagit, Stillaguamish, Snohomish and elsewhere in early February.

THE SNOQUALMIE AT TOKUL CREEK IS ONE OF THE AREAS THAT WILL REMAIN OPEN FOR STEELHEADING TO GIVE ANGLERS A CHANCE TO CATCH AS MANY HATCHERY FISH AS POSSIBLE, AN EFFORT TO LIMIT THEM FROM BREEDING WITH WILD FISH. DAMIEN MCBRIDE OF NEARBY SNOQUALMIE CAUGHT THIS ONE IN LATE DECEMBER ON A HOMEMADE JIG. (LAZER SHARP PHOTO CONTEST)

According to WDFW, waters closing to fishing Feb. 1 include:

Nooksack River System

* Nooksack River mainstem from the Lummi Indian Reservation boundary to the confluence of North and South forks.
* North Fork Nooksack River from Maple Creek to Nooksack Falls.
* Middle Fork Nooksack River from the mouth to the City of Bellingham diversion Dam.
* South Fork Nooksack River from the mouth to Skookum Creek.

Snohomish River System

* Snohomish River from the mouth (Burlington Northern railroad bridge) upstream to the confluence of the Skykomish and Snoqualmie rivers.
* Skykomish River from the mouth to the Highway 2 Bridge at the Big Eddy Access.
* Pilchuck River from the mouth to 500 feet downstream of the Snohomish city diversion dam.
* Sultan River from the mouth to 400 feet downstream of diversion dam (river mile 9.7).
* Wallace River from 200 feet upstream of water intake of salmon hatchery to Wallace Falls.
* North Fork Skykomish River from the mouth to 1,000 feet downstream of Bear Creek Falls.
* South Fork Skykomish River from the mouth to 600 feet downstream of Sunset Falls fishway.
* Snoqualmie River from the mouth to the boat ramp at Plumb access.
* Tolt River from the mouth to the USGS trolley cable near confluence of North and South forks.
* Raging River from the mouth to Highway 18 Bridge.

Stillaguamish River System

* Stillaguamish River from Marine Drive upstream to forks.
* Pilchuck Creek from the mouth to the Highway 9 Bridge.
* North Fork Stillaguamish River from the mouth to the mouth of French Creek.
* South Fork Stillaguamish River from the mouth to 400 feet below the Granite Falls fishway outlet.
* Canyon Creek from the mouth upstream.

Skagit River System

* Skagit River mainstem from the mouth to the Highway 530 Bridge at Rockport.
* Skagit River from the mouth of the Cascade River to the Gorge powerhouse at Newhalem.
* Sauk River from the mouth to the Whitechuck River.
* Cascade River from the Rockport-Cascade Road Bridge upstream to headwaters.

Strait of Juan de Fuca

* Dungeness River from the mouth upstream to the forks at Dungeness Forks Campground.
* Morse Creek from the mouth to the Port Angeles Dam.
* Salt Creek from the mouth to the bridge on Highway 112.
* Deep Creek from the mouth upstream.
* Pysht River from the mouth upstream.
* Clallam River from the mouth upstream.
* Sekiu River from the mouth to forks.

Waters closing to fishing Feb. 16 include:

* North Fork Nooksack River from the mouth to Maple Creek.
* Skykomish River from the Highway 2 Bridge at the Big Eddy Access to the confluence of North and South forks.
* Wallace River from the mouth (farthest downstream railroad bridge) to 200 feet upstream of the water intake of salmon hatchery.
* Snoqualmie River from the boat ramp at Plumb access to Snoqualmie Falls.
* Tokul Creek from the mouth to the posted cable boundary marker.
* North Fork Stillaguamish River from the mouth of French Creek to the Swede Heaven Bridge.
* Skagit River from the Highway 530 Bridge at Rockport to the mouth of the Cascade River.
* Cascade River from the mouth to Rockport-Cascade Road Bridge.

The lower Green River and the White, Carbon and upper Puyallup Rivers closed to fishing for steelhead and other game fish Jan. 16.

The upper Green River closes Feb. 1.

The Samish, which has no hatchery return anymore, closed Dec. 1 to protect its wild fish.

Additionally, WDFW also announced today that a number of Strait of Juan de Fuca streams that had otherwise been slated to remain open through the end of February would also close Feb. 1 to protect, err, an unknown number of wild steelhead. They include:

* Dungeness River: From mouth upstream to the forks at Dungeness Forks Campground.
* Morse Creek: From mouth to Port Angeles Dam.
* Salt Creek: From mouth to bridge on Highway 112.
* Deep Creek: From mouth upstream.
* Pysht River: From mouth upstream.
* Clallam River: From mouth upstream.
* Sekiu River: From mouth to forks.

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