Portions of the Cascade and Stillaguamish rivers will close to fishing
Action: Portions of the Cascade and Stillaguamish rivers will be closed to fishing.
Effective dates: Jan. 6, through Jan. 31, 2014.
Species affected: All species.
The Cascade River, a tributary of the Skagit River, from the Rockport-Cascade Road downstream to the mouth.
The North Fork Stillaguamish River, from the Swede Heaven Bridge downstream approximately 4 river miles to the French Creek confluence. This closure includes the Whitehorse Hatchery intake and Fortson Hole area of the North Fork Stillaguamish.
Reasons for action: The Marblemount and Whitehorse hatcheries have been unable to collect enough returning hatchery winter steelhead broodstock to meet egg take needs. Closing the fisheries is necessary to collect sufficient fish to meet egg take needs.
Other information: On Feb. 1 the fisheries will re-open to fishing as listed in the 2013-14 sport fishing pamphlet or sooner if egg take goals at the hatcheries are met.
Information Contact: Jennifer Whitney, Stillaguamish River 425-775-1311 ext. 107. Brett Barkdull, Skagit River 360-466-4345 ext. 270.