Well, it’s official that some Puget Sound rivers are closing soon to protect wild steelhead, although we weren’t holding out hope that it would be any different this year than previously.
WDFW has announced the closures for February 1st 2012, and February 16th 2012 for certain parts of certain rivers, on the Puyallup, Nooksack, Skagit, Snohomish, Stilliguamish, and some Juan De Fuca coastal rivers.
The Nooksack will close all forks on February 1st, except the the North Fork from the mouth to Maple Creek which will remain open until February 16th.
The Skagit river will close on February 1st except the Rockport to Cascade river mouth stretch which will close on February 16th.
Regardless of this information, remember that the North Fork of the Nooksack river from the Mosquito lake rd. bridge upstream to just above the Kendall hatchery is currently closed by emergency regulations.
Read each specific closure here – https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/rules_current_order_by_date.j