By emergency order, the North Fork Nooksack River between Mosquito Lake Road bridge and a point just above Kendall Creek Hatchery closes to all fishing between Thursday, Jan. 17 and Thursday, Jan. 31.
The reason behind the closure is that Kendall Creek Hatchery has not yet received enough adult hatchery winter-run steelhead to make its 2012-13 egg-take goal and under Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife policy basin-to-basin egg transfers are no longer allowed between facilities to make up such deficits.
The two other north fork steelheading reaches remaining open to angling are from the hatchery boundary upstream to to Maple Creek and the lower North Fork from its confluence with the South Fork upstream to Mosquito Lake Road bridge.
Open to the end of January are the Middle Fork Nooksack up to the City of Bellingham’s diversion and the South Fork Nooksack up to Skookum Creek and the mainstem Nooksack from the Lummi Nation Boundary up to confluence of the north and south forks.
The closure is scheduled to lift Friday, Feb. 1 allowing anglers to close out the North Fork’s season that under permanent regulations will end Friday, Feb.15.