Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

November 12, 2019

Salmon fishing to close in Willapa Bay and its tributaries

Action: Closes salmon fishing.

Effective date: Nov. 13, 2019 until further notice.

Species affected: Salmon

Locations:

Marine Area 2-1 (Willapa Bay)

Bear River

Forks Creek

Naselle River

Nemah River Middle, North, and South

North River

Smith Creek

Willapa River

Willapa River South Fork

Reason for action: Coho returns to tributaries in the Willapa Bay watershed have been significantly lower than preseason predictions. These conservation measures are being taken to ensure escapement goals are met. Managers will continue to assess coho returns and re-open if warranted.

Additional information: For more information on other Willapa Bay fisheries, see https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations.

Information contact: Region 6 Montesano office, 360-249-4628.

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

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