Nooksack River Back to Washington

Fishing Rules

Other Game Fish
Statewide min. size/daily limit.
Jun 02 thru Jan 31
Min. size 14". Daily limit 2.
Jun 02 thru Jan 31
Night closure and anti-snagging rule.
Jun 02 thru Nov 30
Min. size 12". Daily limit 4 PINK only. Bait prohibited. Only 1 singlepoint hook may be used. Hook must measure ½" or less from point to shank.
Jul 16 thru Aug 31
Min. size 12". Daily limit 2 plus 2 additional hatchery COHO. Release wild COHO. Sept. 1-Sept. 30: release wild CHINOOK.
Sep 01 thru Dec 31
Water Quality

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Additional Information


From Lummi Indian Reservation boundary to yellow marker at the FFA high school barn in Deming (794)

Nooksack River to close to pink salmon fishing

Action: Closes the Nooksack River to the retention of pink salmon. 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.

Boat Launch:
Two Poles Allowed:
Kids Only:
County: Whatcom State: WA Country: United States

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