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Rule Change Recommendation Short Title
# 50. Increase angling opportunity on the South Fork Nooksack River

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Rules Category
Puget Sound Region Freshwater

Type of Rule Change Proposal
Recreational

County or Location Information
Skagit/ Whatcom counties

Short Description
South Fork Nooksack River and all tributaries, upstream from and including Wanlick Creek. Season first Saturday in June through October. Fly fishing only, catch and release.

Explanation
Salmon and steelhead have never been sighted in the South Fork Nooksack River upstream from Wanlick Creek. The South Fork Nooksack River and Wanlick Creek, as well as all their tributaries, host a mix of native fishes that are abundant into the very headwaters. The aquatic environment there is excellent. Listing this isolated stream system will offer more than 30 miles of excellent and diverse angling opportunities to sport fishermen. This gently sloped valley and the easily waded streams are unusually friendly to outdoor enthusiasts. The drainage encompasses mountain forests and spectacular alpine cirques. It includes a unique, New Zealand like botanical and physical environment that is the largest display of this kind in the western hemisphere. Sport fishermen will be able to wade and fish all the way up the ice fields.

Original Rule Proposal Number(s)
DFW668335

Final Rule Actions

Staff Recommendation
Adopt as proposed.

Commission Action
Adopted as proposed.

Rule Modifications
No


Public Testimony

There were no comments.

Online Public Comments  (10 comments)

KINTZELE, JAMES   October 07, 2012
MOUNT VERNON, WA  
Comments:
If a season is going to be established, limiting it to fly fishing only is not fair to all fisherman of this great state. I have seen too many "fly fisherman" use conventional tackle on a fly rod in a fly fishing only area, greedily abusing the resource for their gain. Barbless only would be a great starting point.
CARVER SR, RUSSELL L  November 29, 2012
LAKETAPPS, WA  
Comments:
Please reject rule change#50 the fly fishery is haveing to big of impact on smolt salmon and steelhead.They are killing large numbers of smolt.The state needs to put a smolt trap and test the waters before opening this stream there are wild trout salmon and steelhead in this stream.It only happens during high water but they are present.
DUIM, BRIAN R  December 11, 2012
BELLINGHAM, WA  
Comments:
This is a terrific idea. The trail along the South Fork in this area is up for reconstruction so the timing is great. Any chance to fish for our native fish is a gift. Add in the great scenic value of the area and you have a winner.
HOFFMAN, SUSAN   December 12, 2012
LAKEWOOD, WA  
Comments:
I agree with this.Please make this happen
COLLINGRIDGE, HER E  December 13, 2012
EDMONDS, WA  
Comments:
we need more c & r rivers
BORDERLINE BASSIN CONTENDERS, ROBERT HARRIMAN   January 15, 2013
BELLINGHAM, WA  
Comments:
We are in favor of this proposal. Thanks for your dedication & thinking of adding this opportunity sincerely, Bob Harriman, legis liaison Borderline Bassin Contenders
BORDERLINE BASSIN CONTENDERS, ROBERT HARRIMAN   January 15, 2013
BELLINGHAM, WA  
Comments:
We are in favor of this proposal, and any others of similar situation. We feel poaching should not be a significant problem due to fly fishing aspect of the proposal. sincerely, Bob Harriman, legis liaison Borderline Bassin Contenders
CLARK, GARY   January 23, 2013
BELLINGHAM, WA  
Comments:
Please open up the South Fork Nooksack River and all tributaries, upstream from and including Wanlick Creek. Season first Saturday in June through October. Fly fishing only, catch and release.
FAVRO, GARY   January 29, 2013
BELLINGHAM, WA  
Comments:
Like this change. Geter done!!!!!!!
SIMMS, RICHARD K  January 29, 2013
MUKILTEO , WA  
Comments:
I support this proposal.

Other Comments Received