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

April 22, 2022

Coastal rivers and tributaries (including Hoko River) fishing rules update

Action: Returns listed locations to permanent rules as listed in the 2021/22 Washington Sport Fishing Pamphlet.

Effective date: May 1, 2022.

Species affected: All species.

Locations:

Bear River (Pacific Co.)

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

Calawah River, (Clallam Co.), from the mouth to the forks

Chehalis River (Grays Harbor Co.), from the mouth upstream, including all forks

Clearwater River (Jefferson Co.), from the mouth to Snahapish River

Dickey River (Clallam Co.), from the Olympic National Park boundary upstream including the East and West forks

Elk Creek (Lewis/Pacific Co.)

Fork Creek (Pacific Co.), from Fork Creek Hatchery rack upstream 500 feet at fishing boundary sign

Hoh River (Jefferson Co.), from Olympic National Park boundary upstream to Olympic National Park boundary below mouth of South Fork Hoh

Hoh River, South Fork (Jefferson Co.), outside of Olympic National Park boundary

Hoko River (Clallam Co.) from mouth to the Ellis Creek Bridge (RM 18.5)

Humptulips River (Grays Harbor Co.), from the mouth to confluence of East and West forks and West Fork from mouth to Donkey Creek

Naselle River (Pacific Co.), from the Hwy. 101 Bridge to the North Fork

Nemah River, Middle (Pacific Co.)

Nemah River, North (Pacific Co.), from Hwy. 101 Bridge to Cruiser Creek

Nemah River, South (Pacific Co.)

Newaukum River, including South Fork (Lewis Co.), from mouth to Hwy. 508 Bridge near Kearny Creek

Newaukum River, Middle Fork (Lewis Co.), from mouth to Taucher Rd. Bridge

Newaukum River, North (Lewis Co.), from mouth to 400' below Chehalis City water intake

Palix River (Pacific Co.)

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

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

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

Skookumchuck River (Lewis/Thurston Co.), from mouth to 100' below outlet of TransAlta WDFW steelhead rearing pond located at the base of Skookumchuck Dam

Sol Duc River (Clallam Co.), from mouth to Hwy. 101 Bridge upstream of Klahowya campground

Thunder Creek (Clallam Co.), from mouth to D2400 Rd.

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

Wynoochee River (Grays Harbor Co.)

Additional information: Most of the listed locations will be closed by permanent rule on May 1 and are set reopen the Saturday before Memorial (May 30). Be sure to check the 2021/22 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for specific openings and rules. The pamphlet can be found at https://www.eregulations.com/washington/fishing/.

Quillayute River and Sol Duc River do have recreational fishing seasons that will open when this rule change goes into effect on May 1 - gamefish and salmon seasons are described in the pamphlet. There are no additional restrictions to those listed in the pamphlet.

Information contact: Region 6 - Montesano, 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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