With Broodstock Needs Met, Tokul Creek Opening For Steelhead

THE FOLLOWING IS AN EMERGENCY RULE-CHANGE NOTICE FROM THE WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE

Action: Open Tokul Creek from the Fish Hatchery Road Bridge to the posted boundary marker downstream of the diversion dam fish ladder for trout and other gamefish.

TRISTAN BEUTNER SHOWS OFF A NICE STEELHEAD FROM TOKUL CREEK, CAUGHT SEVERAL DECEMBERS AGO. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

Effective dates: 7:00 AM, Sat. Dec. 23, 2017 through Feb. 15, 2018

Species affected: Trout, hatchery steelhead and other game fish.

Location: Tokul Creek from the Fish Hatchery Road Bridge upstream to the posted boundary marker below the diversion dam fish ladder.

Rules: Tokul Creek is closed to fishing daily from 5:00 PM to 7:00 AM. Anti-snagging rules are in effect.

Reasons for action: This section of Tokul Creek is closed in the permanent regulations until Jan.15 to allow for winter steelhead broodstock collection at the Tokul Creek Hatchery. The Tokul Creek Hatchery facility has met their egg take goals for winter steelhead allowing for expanded fishing opportunity in Tokul Creek.

Other information: Tokul Creek remains open from the mouth to the downstream edge of the Fish Hatchery Road Bridge as listed in the fishing rules pamphlet. Tokul Creek will close to fishing Feb. 16, 2018 to protect wild steelhead.

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