Wallace Closing To Fishing, Nooksack Pinks Off Limits

THE FOLLOWING ARE EMERGENCY RULE-CHANGE NOTICES FROM THE WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE

Wallace River to close to fishing

Action: Close the Wallace River from the mouth to Wallace Falls to all fishing.

A BONY WALLACE RIVER FLOWS DURING THE LOW SNOWPACK YEAR OF 2015. (ANDY WALGAMOTT)

Effective dates: Sept. 16 through Nov. 30, 2017

Species affected: All fish species.

Location: The Wallace River from the mouth upstream to Wallace Falls.

Reason for action: Currently the Wallace River is experiencing very low flows and salmon are not moving upstream into the hatchery.

Additional Information: Once conditions improve and chinook and coho hatchery broodstock goals are assured, the river may reopen to fishing.

Information contact: WDFW Region 4 Mill Creek Office, (425) 775-1311

A U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY GAUGE FOR THE SKYKOMISH RIVER, WHICH THE WALLACE FEEDS, SHOWS THE LACK OF RAINFALL IN THE WATERSHED THIS SUMMER. (USGS)

Nooksack River to close to pink salmon fishing

Action: Closes the mainstem Nooksack River to the retention of pink salmon effective Sept. 15. The North and South Forks of the Nooksack River will not open for pink salmon retention as scheduled Oct. 1.

Effective Date: Sept. 15, 2017, until further notice.

Species affected: Pink salmon.

Reason for action: The rule is necessary to protect returning pink runs to the Nooksack River Watershed (permanent regulations are already in place requiring release of wild chinook salmon). In-season run-size assessments conducted by state and tribal co-managers indicate that the run-size is below the escapement goal for pink salmon in the Nooksack River.

Other information: Sections of the North and South forks of the Nooksack River will open to fishing for other species of salmon as scheduled Oct. 1. Check the 2017-18 Fishing Rules Pamphlet for specific regulations.

Information contact: Mill Creek Regional Office: (425) 775-1311.

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