Quillayute River. Photo Lonnie Archibald

Fishing Rule Change

  • Thu Dec 9th, 2021 12:21pm
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Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Coastal rivers and tributaries fishing rules update

Updated to clarify that both gamefish and salmon seasons are affected by this fishing rule change.

Action: Updates rules for coastal tributaries regarding fishing seasons for all species, including gamefish and salmon, fishing from a floating device, Selective Gear Rules (Selective Gear Rules prohibit the use of bait including scents or scented materials) with only one single-point barbless hook allowed in all areas open to fishing and requires release of wild rainbow trout. Reduces steelhead daily limit for the Quillayute system (Bogachiel, Quillayute, Calawah, Sol Duc) and Hoh River.

Effective date: Dec. 1, 2021, until further notice; except Palix River upstream of the Middle Fork is not open to fishing until Dec. 16.

Species affected: All species.

Rules:

All species: Fishing from a floating device is prohibited except where otherwise noted in the Quillayute River system. Selective Gear Rules in effect, except only one single-point barbless hook is allowed.

Hatchery steelhead daily limit is 2.

Rainbow trout: Release all wild rainbow trout.

Locations (the following waters will follow the above rules and will close to ALL fishing until further notice beginning on the date listed next to the water; any exceptions to the rule will also be listed next to the water):

Bear River (Pacific Co.): Closed beginning Mar. 1, 2022.

Big River (Clallam Co.), outside Olympic National Park: Closed beginning Mar. 1, 2022.

Black River (Grays Harbor Co.), from mouth to bridge on 128th Ave SW: Closed beginning Dec. 1, 2021.

Bogachiel River (Clallam Co.), from the mouth to Olympic National Park boundary:

Fishing from a floating device is allowed downstream of Highway 101 Bridge, Dec. 1 through Mar. 31, 2022. Closed beginning Apr. 1, 2022.

Calawah River, (Clallam Co.), from the mouth to the forks: Fishing from a floating device is allowed downstream of Highway 101 Bridge, Dec. 1 through Mar. 31, 2022. Closed beginning Apr. 1, 2022.

Calawah River, South Fork (Clallam Co.), from the mouth to Olympic National Park boundary: Closed beginning Mar. 1, 2022.

Cedar Creek (Jefferson Co.), from the mouth to Olympic National Park boundary: Closed beginning Mar. 1, 2022.

Chehalis River (Grays Harbor Co.), from the mouth upstream, including all forks: Closed beginning Dec. 1, 2021.

Clearwater River (Jefferson Co.), from the mouth to Snahapish River: Closed beginning Dec. 1, 2021.

Cloquallum Creek (Grays Harbor/Mason Co.), from the mouth to the outlet at Stump Lake: Closed beginning Dec. 1, 2021.

Copalis River (Grays Harbor Co.): Closed beginning Dec. 1, 2021.

Dickey River (Clallam Co.), from the Olympic National Park boundary upstream including the East and West forks: Closed beginning Apr. 1, 2022.

Elk Creek (Lewis/Pacific Co.): Closed beginning Dec. 1, 2021.

Elk River (Grays Harbor Co.): Closed beginning Dec. 1, 2021.

Fork Creek (Pacific Co.), from Fork Creek Hatchery rack upstream 500 feet at fishing boundary sign: Closed beginning Apr. 1, 2022.

Goodman Creek (Jefferson Co.), outside of Olympic National Park boundary: Closed beginning Mar. 1, 2022.

Hoh River (Jefferson Co.), from Olympic National Park boundary upstream to Olympic National Park boundary below mouth of South Fork Hoh: Closed beginning Apr. 1, 2022.

Hoh River, South Fork (Jefferson Co.), outside of Olympic National Park boundary: Closed beginning Apr. 1, 2022.

Hoquiam River including West and East forks (Grays Harbor Co.): Closed beginning Dec. 1, 2021.

Humptulips River (Grays Harbor Co.), from the mouth to confluence of East and West forks and West Fork from mouth to Donkey Creek: Closed beginning Dec. 1, 2021.

Joe Creek (Grays Harbor Co.), from the mouth to Ocean Beach Rd. Bridge: Closed beginning Dec. 1, 2021.

Johns River (Grays Harbor Co.), from the mouth (Hwy. 105 Bridge) to Ballon Creek: Closed beginning Dec. 1, 2021.

Kalaloch Creek (Jefferson Co.), outside Olympic National Park boundary: Closed beginning Mar. 1, 2022.

Moclips River (Grays Harbor Co.), from the mouth to Quinault Indian Reservation boundary: Closed beginning Dec. 1, 2021.

Mosquito Creek (Jefferson Co.), from Olympic National Park boundary upstream to Goodman 30000 Mainline Bridge: Closed beginning Mar. 1, 2022.

Naselle River (Pacific Co.), from the Hwy. 101 Bridge to the North Fork: Closed beginning Apr. 1, 2022.

Naselle River, South (Pacific Co.), from the mouth to Bean Creek: Closed beginning Mar. 1, 2022.

Nemah River, Middle (Pacific Co.): Closed beginning Mar. 1, 2022.

Nemah River, North (Pacific Co.), from Hwy. 101 Bridge to Cruiser Creek: Closed beginning Mar. 1, 2022.

Nemah River, South (Pacific Co.): Closed beginning Mar. 1, 2022.

Newaukum River, including South Fork (Lewis Co.), from mouth to Hwy. 508 Bridge near Kearny Creek: Closed beginning Dec. 1, 2021.

Newaukum River, Middle Fork (Lewis Co.), from mouth to Taucher Rd. Bridge: Closed beginning Dec. 1, 2021.

Newaukum River, North (Lewis Co.), from mouth to 400’ below Chehalis City water intake: Closed beginning Dec. 1, 2021.

North River (Grays Harbor/Pacific Co.), from the Hwy. 105 bridge to Raimie Creek: Closed beginning Mar. 1, 2022.

Palix River (Pacific Co.): Closed beginning Mar. 1, 2022.

Queets River (Grays Harbor/Jefferson Co.): Contact Olympic National Park for regulations. (360) 565-3000. www.nps.gov/olym/fishing.htm

Quillayute River (Clallam Co.), from Olympic National Park boundary upstream to confluence of Sol Duc and Bogachiel rivers: Closed beginning April 1, 2022. Fishing from a floating device allowed downstream of Highway 101 Bridge.

Quinault River, Upper (Grays Harbor/Jefferson Co.), from the mouth at upper end of Quinault Lake upstream to Olympic National Park boundary: Closed beginning December 1, 2021.

Salmon River (Jefferson Co.), from outside Quinault Indian Reservation and Olympic National Park: Closed beginning December 1, 2021.

Satsop River and East Fork (Grays Harbor Co.), from the mouth to bridge at Schafer State Park, and from 400’ below Bingham Creek Hatchery dam to the dam and all Forks: Closed beginning December 1, 2021.

Satsop River Middle and West forks (Grays Harbor Co.): Closed beginning December 1, 2021.

Skookumchuck River (Lewis/Thurston Co.), from mouth to 100’ below outlet of TransAlta WDFW steelhead rearing pond located at the base of Skookumchuck Dam: Closed beginning December 1, 2021.

Smith Creek (near North River) (Pacific Co.): Closed beginning March 1, 2022.

Sol Duc River (Clallam Co.), from mouth to Hwy. 101 Bridge upstream of Klahowya campground: Closed beginning April 1, 2022.

Sooes River (Clallam Co.), outside of Makah Indian Reservation: Closed beginning March 1, 2022.

Stevens Creek (Grays Harbor Co.), from mouth to Hwy 101 Bridge: Closed beginning December 1, 2021

Thunder Creek (Clallam Co.), from mouth to D2400 Rd.: Closed beginning April 1, 2022.

Van Winkle Creek (Grays Harbor Co.), from mouth to 400’ below outlet of Lake Aberdeen Hatchery: Closed beginning December 1, 2021.

Willapa River (Pacific Co.), from mouth (City of South Bend boat launch) to Hwy. 6 Bridge (near the town of Lebam): Closed beginning April 1, 2022.

Willapa River, South Fork (Pacific Co.): Closed beginning March 1, 2022.

Wishkah River (Grays Harbor Co.), from the mouth to 200’ below the weir at the Whishkah Rearing Ponds and from 150’ upstream to 150’ downstream of the Wishkah adult attraction channel/outfall structure (within the posted fishing boundary): Closed beginning December 1, 2021.

Wynoochee River (Grays Harbor Co.): Closed beginning December 1, 2021.

Information contact: Region 6 – Montesano, 360-249-4628