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

October 2, 2020

Coho salmon fishing to open in Willapa Bay tributaries

Action: Open coho salmon fishing.

Effective date: Oct. 3, 2020 until further notice.

Species affected: Coho Salmon

Locations: Fork Creek, Naselle River, Nemah River Middle, Nemah River North, Nemah River South, Willapa River, Willapa River South Fork, North River, Smith Creek, Bear River.

Rules:

1. Bear River - from mouth (Hwy 101 Bridge) to Lime Quarry Road (approx. 2 river miles) - Open for salmon October 3, 2020 through January 31, 2021. Min. size 12". Daily limit 1. Release wild Chinook.

2. Fork Creek - from Forks Creek Hatchery rack upstream 500? at fishing boundary sign - Open for salmon October 3, 2020 through January 31, 2021. Min. size. 12". Daily limit 3. Only 1 may be a wild coho. Release wild Chinook. Reminder: Open only to anglers with lower extremity disabilities who must permanently use a medically prescribed assistive device every time for mobility as defined in WAC 220-413-150 AND possess a designated harvester companion card.

3. Naselle River - from the Hwy 101 Bridge to the Hwy 4 Bridge - Open for salmon October 3, 2020 through January 31, 2021. Min. size 12". Daily limit 3. Only 1 may be a wild coho. Release wild Chinook.

4. Naselle River ? from the Hwy 4 Bridge to the Crown Mainline (Salme) Bridge - Open to salmon October 16, 2020 through January 31, 2021. Min. size 12". Daily limit 3. Only 1 may be a wild coho. Release wild Chinook.

5. Nemah River, Middle - from mouth upstream to the Department of Natural Resources decommissioned bridge on Middle Nemah A-Line Rd. - Open for salmon October 3, 2020 through January 31, 2021. Min. size 12". Daily limit 1. Release Chinook.

6. Nemah River, North - from Hwy 101 Bridge upstream to bridge on Nemah Valley Road - Open for salmon October 3, 2020 through January 31, 2021. Min. size 12". Daily limit 1. Release Chinook.

7. Nemah River, North - from Nemah Hatchery barrier dam to N700 Rd (46 28.58N, 123 48.54W) - Open for salmon October 3, 2020 through January 31, 2021. Min. size 12". Daily limit 1. Release Chinook.

8. Nemah River, South - from mouth (Lynn Point 117 true to opposite shore) upstream - Open for salmon October 3, 2020 through January 31, 2021. Min. size 12". Daily limit 1. Release Chinook.

9. North River - from the Hwy 105 Bridge to Fall River - Open for salmon October 3, 2020 through January 31, 2021. Min. size 12". Daily limit 1. Release wild Chinook.

10. Smith Creek - from mouth to Hwy 101 Bridge - Open for salmon October 3, 2020 through December 31, 2020. Min. size 12". Daily limit 1. Release wild Chinook.

11. Willapa River - from mouth (City of South Bend boat launch) to Hwy 6 Bridge (near the town of Lebam) - Open for salmon October 3, 2020 through January 31, 2021. Min. size 12". Daily limit 3. Only 1 may be a wild coho. Release wild Chinook.

12. Willapa River, South Fork - from mouth to 400? downstream of falls/fish ladder in Sec. 6 T13N R8W - Open for salmon October 3, 2020 through January 31, 2021. Min. size 12". Daily limit 3. Only 1 may be a wild coho. Release wild Chinook.

13. Willapa River, South Fork - from falls/fish ladder in Sec. 6 T13N R8W to Pehl Rd. Bridge - Open for salmon October 3, 2020 through January 31, 2021. Min. size 12". Daily limit 3. Only 1 may be a wild coho. Release wild Chinook.

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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