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Nooksack

Rating - Fair   

Saturday, Dec 10 2022
The Nooksack River consists of the North Fork, South Fork, and Middle fork rivers which combine near Deming to create the Main Nooksack river. The main species to fish for are Salmon and Steelhead in the fall and winter. Salmon runs start in September with Pink salmon on odd numbered years and Coho, King and Chum salmon. There are summer and winter Steelhead runs and Searun Cutthroat and Dolly Varden (searun Bull trout) as well. Oct. 1 Dec.31 Daily (Lummi Indian Reservation Boundary to yellow marker at the FFA high school barn and to the confluence of North and South Fork: limit 4, of which up to 2 may be wild coho. Release chum. Night closure and anti-snagging rule. Hatchery steelhead closed (broodstock concerns, will open when able); South Fork: limit 6, which includes no more than 2 wild coho, or 2 Chinook or 1 of each. Release Chum. Night closure and one single point hook allowed. Hatchery steelhead closed (broodstock concerns, will open when able); North Fork: Daily limit 4, of which up to 2 may be wild coho. Release chum. Night closure and anti-snagging rule. Hatchery steelhead closed (broodstock concerns, will open when able). There are plenty of shore fishing opportunities for the Nooksack river if you're willing to hike or fish with a lot of other people. Fishing from a drift boat or jet sled is always preferred as you can cover a lot more water that isn't accessible from shore. You can access a good fishing spot off the Saxon Rd. just past the bridge. Generally, there is a strong run of Chum salmon starting in mid October and running through December in the Main and North fork. The North fork has selective gear rules and has special closures so be sure to check the regulations. Nooksack River King salmon like a variety of large lures and baits. A few popular colors are red, orange and yellow. Large size 4 and 5 Mepps and Blue Fox spinners work well. Large tear drop spoons in brass, silver, red, and orange or any combination will also produce well. Floating roe (salmon eggs) or drifting and plunking can work as well. For plunking generally large spin-n-glows with a bit of yarn on the hook to help keep the line from cutting through the bait thats held in the baitholder loop. Large marabou jigs can work well for Nooksack River Chinook as well.The Nooksack river gets a decent hatchery Coho, or silver salmon, run. Only fin clipped hatchery fish may be retained. They tend to like smaller lures than the kings. Popular colors are red, blue, pink, black, green, and chartreuse. Medium sized spinners like size 3 and 4 Mepps and Blue fox work well in a variety of colors. Nooksack river Coho especially like eggs. Popular methods are drifting a chunk of cured roe under a float, or bouncing the bait along the bottom with drift gear. Floating and drifting roe works well for Coho as well as regular drift gear without bait, marabou jigs, and flies will produce Nooksack river silver salmon as well. Marabou and schlappen feather jigs worked under a float along current seams and through deep pools work well. Another fast growing technique is the use of jigs that are cast and retrieved in a hopping motion. This is referred to as twitching jigs and can be deadly on coho salmon. Usually used in slow, deep frog water, you cast a heavier jig out, let it sink to the bottom and then retrieve in a twitch, reel, twitch, reel, twitch twitch, reel, motion. The up and down action of the marabou feathers drives coho mad and can be deadly.




Saturday, Dec 10 2022



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Nooksack


Rating - Fair

The Nooksack River consists of the North Fork, South Fork, and Middle fork rivers which combine near Deming to create the Main Nooksack river. The main species to fish for are Salmon and Steelhead in the fall and winter. Salmon runs start in September with Pink salmon on odd numbered years and Coho, King and Chum salmon. There are summer and winter Steelhead runs and Searun Cutthroat and Dolly Varden (searun Bull trout) as well. Oct. 1 Dec.31 Daily (Lummi Indian Reservation Boundary to yellow marker at the FFA high school barn and to the confluence of North and South Fork: limit 4, of which up to 2 may be wild coho. Release chum. Night closure and anti-snagging rule. Hatchery steelhead closed (broodstock concerns, will open when able); South Fork: limit 6, which includes no more than 2 wild coho, or 2 Chinook or 1 of each. Release Chum. Night closure and one single point hook allowed. Hatchery steelhead closed (broodstock concerns, will open when able); North Fork: Daily limit 4, of which up to 2 may be wild coho. Release chum. Night closure and anti-snagging rule. Hatchery steelhead closed (broodstock concerns, will open when able). There are plenty of shore fishing opportunities for the Nooksack river if you're willing to hike or fish with a lot of other people. Fishing from a drift boat or jet sled is always preferred as you can cover a lot more water that isn't accessible from shore. You can access a good fishing spot off the Saxon Rd. just past the bridge. Generally, there is a strong run of Chum salmon starting in mid October and running through December in the Main and North fork. The North fork has selective gear rules and has special closures so be sure to check the regulations. Nooksack River King salmon like a variety of large lures and baits. A few popular colors are red, orange and yellow. Large size 4 and 5 Mepps and Blue Fox spinners work well. Large tear drop spoons in brass, silver, red, and orange or any combination will also produce well. Floating roe (salmon eggs) or drifting and plunking can work as well. For plunking generally large spin-n-glows with a bit of yarn on the hook to help keep the line from cutting through the bait thats held in the baitholder loop. Large marabou jigs can work well for Nooksack River Chinook as well.The Nooksack river gets a decent hatchery Coho, or silver salmon, run. Only fin clipped hatchery fish may be retained. They tend to like smaller lures than the kings. Popular colors are red, blue, pink, black, green, and chartreuse. Medium sized spinners like size 3 and 4 Mepps and Blue fox work well in a variety of colors. Nooksack river Coho especially like eggs. Popular methods are drifting a chunk of cured roe under a float, or bouncing the bait along the bottom with drift gear. Floating and drifting roe works well for Coho as well as regular drift gear without bait, marabou jigs, and flies will produce Nooksack river silver salmon as well. Marabou and schlappen feather jigs worked under a float along current seams and through deep pools work well. Another fast growing technique is the use of jigs that are cast and retrieved in a hopping motion. This is referred to as twitching jigs and can be deadly on coho salmon. Usually used in slow, deep frog water, you cast a heavier jig out, let it sink to the bottom and then retrieve in a twitch, reel, twitch, reel, twitch twitch, reel, motion. The up and down action of the marabou feathers drives coho mad and can be deadly.


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