Anglers can retain hatchery Chinook in Whatcom Creek

September 14, 2023

Action: Opens Chinook retention.

Effective date: Sept. 15 through Sept. 24, 2023

Species affected: Chinook salmon.

Location: Whatcom Creek (Whatcom Co.), from the mouth (a line from the flashing light at the southwest end of the Port of Bellingham North Terminal to the southernmost point of the dike surrounding the Georgia Pacific treatment pond) to the markers downstream of the footbridge that is downstream of Dupont Street. (CRC 884)

Salmon Rules:

  • Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only.
  • Daily limit 1 hatchery Chinook only. Min. size 12”. Release all salmon other than hatchery Chinook. Night closure in effect.

Reason for action: WDFW and co-managers have forecasted a harvestable surplus of fall Chinook returning to Whatcom Creek.

Additional information: Anglers are reminded that hatchery fish are adipose-fin clipped and have a healed scar in that location. All salmon not to be retained as part of the daily limit should be immediately released unharmed.

Information contact: Mill Creek Regional Office, 425-775-1311

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on definitions and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at 360-902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call toll free 866-880-5431.

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