Fishing to close in the Nooksack River, including all forks

May 21, 2024

Action: Closes all fishing. 

Species affected:All species.

Effective dates and locations:

  • Mainstem Nooksack River from Lummi Indian Reservation boundary to confluence of North and South Forks: May 25 through July 31, 2024.
  • North Fork Nooksack River from the Highway 9 Bridge to Nooksack Falls: May 25 through Sept. 30, 2024.
  • Middle Fork Nooksack River from the mouth to the former City of Bellingham diversion dam: May 25 through Sept. 30, 2024.
  • South Fork Nooksack River from the mouth to Skookum Creek: May 25 through Sept. 30, 2024.

Reason for action:  Necessary for the protection of spring Chinook and wild steelhead. 

Information contact: Team Mill Creek, 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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