The state Department of Fish and Wildlife just announced it will close a portion of the North Fork Stillaguamish River starting Monday.
The closure, for all game fish, will run through Jan. 31.
The closed stretch of river runs downstream from the Whitehorse Bridge approximately 4 river miles to the French Creek confluence. This closure includes the Whitehorse Hatchery effluent and Fortson Hole area of the North Fork Stillaguamish.
The state news release said the Whitehorse Hatchery facility is significantly below its egg-take requirements that are needed to achieve the release target of 140,000 hatchery steelhead smolts. The closure of the fishery in this area is necessary in order to collect sufficient fish to meet broodstock needs.
This stretch is scheduled to reopen to recreational fishing Feb. 1. However, if spawning goals are met before then, the department could reopen the river earlier.