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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

January 3, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Two popular North Puget Sound rivers closing for steelhead fishing

Two northern Puget Sound rivers are closing from Jan. 6-31 for steelhead since hatcheries aren’t meeting winter steelhead spawning escapement goals.

They are the Cascade River- a tributary of the Skagit River – from the Rockport-Cascade Road downstream to the mouth, and the North Fork Stillaguamish River from the Swede Heaven Bridge downstream approximately four river miles to the French Creek confluence.

The closures also cover the Whitehorse Hatchery intake and Fortson Hole area of the North Fork Stillaguamish.

The Marblemount and Whitehorse hatcheries aren’t meeting hatchery winter steelhead egg taking goals.

Beginning Feb. 1, these sections of the rivers will re-open to fishing as listed in the 2013-14 sport fishing pamphlet, and could happen sooner if egg taking goals at the hatcheries are achieved.

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