Season summaries and agreed fisheries

Below is general information on 2021-22 salmon and steelhead fisheries in Washington waters. More details are included in the 2021-22 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet, available here:  https://www.eregulations.com/washington/fishing   

* Please see 2021-22 Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for specific regulations and closures zones for each area

Puget Sound

Puget Sound marine areas

Marine Area 5

Dates

Status

Regulation

Current Status

5/1 – 6/30

Closed

 

* Update 9/20/21

 

Open for Pink 
and Mark Selective
Coho Only

 

Scheduled to close
to all Salmon fishing
10/1/21

7/1 – 8/15

Open

2 fish limit

Chinook – 22” minimum size

Release Chum

Release Wild Coho

Release Wild Chinook

8/16 – 9/30

Open

2 fish limit

Release Chum

Release Wild Coho

Release Chinook

10/1 – 2/28

Closed

 

3/1 – 4/30

Open

2 fish limit

Chinook – 22” minimum size

Release Chum

Release Coho

Release Wild Chinook

5/1 – 5/14

Closed

 

* Please see 2021-22 Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for specific regulations and closures zones for each area

Quotas:

  • Chinook Total (July – September): 7,565
  • Chinook Total (October – April): 1,504

Marine Area 6

Dates​

Status​

Regulation

Current Status

5/1 - 6/30​

Closed​

* Update 9/20/21

 

Open for Pink 
and Mark Selective
Coho Only

 

Scheduled to close
to all Salmon fishing
10/1/21

E. of true N/S line through “2” buoy

 

 

7/1 - 8/15​

Open​

2 fish limit

Release Chum

Release Wild Coho

Release Chinook

8/16 - 9/30​

Open​

2 fish limit​

Release Chum

Release Wild Coho

Release Chinook 

W. of true N/S line through “2” buoy

 

 

7/1 - 8/15​

Open​

2 fish limit

Chinook – 22” minimum size

Release Chum

Release Wild Coho

Release Wild Chinook

8/16 - 9/30​

Open​

2 fish limit​

Release Chum

Release Wild Coho

Release Chinook 

10/1 - 5/14/22​

Closed​

 

* Please see 2021-22 Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for specific regulations and closures zones for each area

Quota: Chinook Total (East and West; July – September): 6,843

Marine Area 7

Dates

Status

Regulation

Current Status

5/1 – 6/30

Closed

 

Closed to all Salmon Fishing

7/1 – 7/31

Open

2 fish limit

1 hatchery Chinook

Chinook – 22” minimum size

Release Chum

Release Wild Coho

Release Wild Chinook

Bellingham and Samish Bay closed to Salmon

8/1 – 8/15

Open

2 fish limit

Release Chum

Release Wild Coho

Release Chinook

Bellingham and Samish Bay closed to Salmon

8/16 – 8/31

Open

2 fish limit

1 hatchery Chinook

Chinook – 22” minimum size

Release Chum

Release Wild Coho

Release Wild Chinook

9/1 – 9/30

Open

2 fish limit

Release Chinook

Release Chum

Release Wild Coho

10/1 – 5/14

Closed

 

* Please see 2021-22 Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for specific regulations and closures zones for each area

Quota: 

  • Chinook Total (July – September): 1,382

Marine Area 8.1

Dates

Status

Regulation

Current Status

5/1 – 7/31

Closed

 

Closed to all Salmon fishing

8/1 – 9/19

Open

2 fish limit

Release Chum

Release Chinook

9/20 – 5/14

Closed

 

 

 

 

Marine Area 8.2

Dates

Status

Regulation

Current Status

5/1 – 8/13

Closed

 

Closed to all Salmon fishing

8/14 – 9/19

Open

2 fish limit

Release Chum

Release Chinook

Release Wild Coho

9/20 – 5/14

Closed

 

Tulalip Bubble

Dates

Status

Regulation

Current Status

5/1 – 5/27

Closed

 

* Updated 9/20/21

 

Closing on 9/27/21

5/28 – 9/7

Open

Open 12:01 AM Friday – 11:59 AM Monday each week

2 fish limit

2-pole endorsement

Chinook 22” minimum size

9/11 – 9/26

 

Open Saturday and Sunday each week

2 fish limit

2-pole endorsement

Chinook 22” minimum size

9/27 – 5/14

Closed

 

Marine Area 9

Dates

Status

Regulation

Current Status

5/1 – 7/15

Closed

 

* Update 9/20/21

 

Open for Pink 
and Mark Selective
Coho Only

 

Scheduled to close
to all Salmon fishing
10/1/21

7/16 – 8/15

Open

2 fish limit

1 hatchery Chinook

Chinook – 22” minimum size

Release Chum

Release Wild Coho

Release Wild Chinook

8/16 – 9/30

Open

2 fish limit

Release Chum

Release Chinook

Release Wild Coho

10/1 – 5/14

Closed

 

* Please see 2021-22 Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for specific regulations and closures zones for each area

Quota:

  • Chinook Total (July – September): 4,700

Marine Area 10

Dates

Status

Regulation

Current Status

5/1 – 6/15

Closed

 

* Update 9/20/21

 

Open for Pink 
and Coho Salmon Only

 

Scheduled to close
to all Salmon fishing
11/1/21

6/16 – 7/15

Open

2 fish limit

Release Chum

Release Chinook

7/16 – 8/31

Open

2 fish limit

1 hatchery Chinook

Chinook – 22” minimum size

Release Chum

Release Wild Chinook

9/1 -- 10/31 Open

2 fish limit

Release Chinook

Release Chum

11/1 – 12/31

Closed

 

1/1 – 3/31

Open

2 fish limit

Chinook – 22” minimum size

Release Chum

Release Wild Chinook

4/1 – 5/14

Closed

 

* Please see 2021-22 Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for specific regulations and closures zones for each area

Quotas: 

  • Chinook Summer Total (July – September): 3,718
  • Chinook Winter Total (October – April): 836

Elliott Bay

Dates

Status

Regulation

5/1 – 6/30

 

Same as Marine Area 10

7/1 – 8/5

Closed

 

8/6 – 8/9

Open

2 fish limit

Release Chum

8/10 – 8/19

Closed

 

8/20 – 8/31

Open

2 fish limit

Release Chum

Release Chinook

9/1 – 5/14

 

Same as Marine Area 10

* Please see 2021-22 Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for specific regulations and closures zones for each area

Quota: 

  • Chinook Summer Total (July – September): 198

 

Sinclair Inlet

Dates

Status

Regulation

5/1 – 7/15

 

Same as Marine Area 10

7/16 – 9/30

Open

3 fish limit

2-pole endorsement

Chinook 22” minimum size

Release Chum

Release Wild Chinook

10/1 – 5/14

 

Same as Marine Area 10

Marine Area 11

Dates

Status

Regulation

Current Status

5/1 – 6/15

Closed

 

* Update 9/20/21

 

Open for Pink 
and Coho Salmon Only

 

 

6/16 – 9/30

Open

2 fish limit

1 hatchery Chinook

Chinook – 22” minimum size

Release Chum

Release Wild Chinook

10/1-10/31

Open

2 fish limit

Release Chum

Release Chinook

11/1 – 12/31

Open

2 fish limit

Chinook – 22” minimum size

Release Coho

Release Chum

Release Wild Chinook

1/1 – 5/14

Closed

 

* Please see 2021-22 Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for specific regulations and closures zones for each area

Quotas: 

  • Chinook Summer Total (May – September): 3,084
  • Chinook Winter Total (October – April): 238

Marine Area 12

Dates

Status

Regulation

Current Status

North of Ayock

 

 

* Update 9/20/21

 

Open as scheduled

5/1 – 7/10

Closed

 

7/11 – 9/30

Open

4 fish limit

Release Chum

Release Chinook

10/1 – 11/30 

Open

4 fish limit

Release Chum through 10/15

Release Chinook

12/1 – 5/14

Closed

 

South of Ayock

 

 

5/1 – 6/30

Closed

 

7/1 – 9/30

Open

4 fish limit

2-pole endorsement

Chinook 20” minimum size

Release Chum

Release Wild Chinook

10/1 – 11/30 

Open

4 fish limit

Release Chum through 10/15

Release Chinook

12/1 – 5/14

Closed

 

Marine Area 13

Dates

Status

Regulation

Current Status 

5/1 – 6/30

Open

2 fish limit

2-pole endorsement

Chinook – 22” minimum size

Release Chum

Release Wild Coho

Release Wild Chinook

Minter Creek mouth closed 4/16 - 9/15

Lower Budd Inlet closure zone 7/16-10/31

* Update 9/20/21

 

Open as scheduled

7/1 – 9/30

Open

2 fish limit

2-pole endorsement

Chinook – 20” minimum size

Release Chum

Release Wild Coho

Release Wild Chinook

Minter Creek mouth closed 4/16 - 9/15

Lower Budd Inlet closure zone 7/16-10/31

10/1 – 5/14

Open

2 fish limit

2-pole endorsement

Chinook – 22” minimum size

Release Chum

Release Wild Coho

Release Wild Chinook

Minter Creek mouth closed 4/16 - 9/15

Lower Budd Inlet closure zone 7/16-10/31

Freshwater

Dungeness River

Locations Dates Regulation

mouth to the forks at Dungeness Forks Campground

10/16-

11/30

 

4 fish limit, hatchery Coho only; 12” min size.

Elwha River

Closed to salmon and gamefish.

Hoko River Recreational

Location Regulation

mouth to cement bridge (mile 7.0) on Hoko/Ozette Hwy.

Closed to salmon

All other STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA REGION freshwater recreational closed to salmon angling.

Nooksack River mainstem and North Fork

Location Dates Regulation

from Lummi Indian Reservation boundary to yellow marker at the FFA high school barn in Deming

8/1 – 9/30

2 fish limit, plus 2 additional Pink salmon or hatchery Coho; 12” min size. Release wild Chinook and Chum. Night closure and anti-snagging rules in effect.

10/1 – 12/31

2 fish limit, plus 2 additional Pink salmon or hatchery Coho; 12” min size. Release wild Chinook and Chum. Night closure and anti-snagging rules in effect.

from yellow marker at the FFA high school barn to confluence of North and South forks

10/1 –

12/31

2 fish limit, plus 2 additional Pink salmon or hatchery Coho; 12” min size. Night closure and anti-snagging rules in effect.

Nooksack River South Fork

Location Dates Regulation

from mouth to Skookum Creek

10/1 –

12/31

2 fish limit, plus 4 additional hatchery Coho; 12” min size. Release wild Chinook 10/1 – 10/15. Night closure and only one single point hook allowed.

Nooksack River North Fork

Location Dates Regulation

from the Hwy. 9 Bridge to the yellow marker at the upstream side of Kendall Hatchery.

5/29 – 6/30

2 fish limit, hatchery Chinook only, 12” min. size; release all other salmon. Night closure and anti-snagging rules in effect.

Hwy 9 bridge to Maple Creek

10/1 – 12/31

2 fish limit, plus 2 additional hatchery Coho; 12” min size. Night closure and anti-snagging rules in effect.

Samish River

Location Dates Regulation

from mouth to Thomas Road Bridge

8/1 – 9/13

2 fish limit, 12” min size. Release wild Coho, Chum, and Pink salmon.

Dakota Creek

Location Dates Regulation

mouth to Giles Road Bridge

5/1/2021 – 5/14/2022

Closed

Whatcom Creek

Location Dates Regulation

mouth to yellow markers below foot bridge below Dupont St. in Bellingham

TBD

To be determined.

All other NOOKSACK/SAMISH TERMINAL REGION freshwater recreational: Closed to salmon angling.

Baker River/Lake

Location Dates Regulation

mouth to Dam

 

Closed to salmon.

Baker Lake

TBD

To be determined.

Cascade River

Location Dates Regulation

mouth to Rockport- Cascade Road

Bridge

6/1 – 7/15

4 fish limit, only 2 may be adults, hatchery Chinook only, 12” min. size. Closed on Sundays and Mondays to avoid gear conflict with treaty fisheries.

9/16 – 10/15

4 fish limit, Coho only, 12” min. size. Closed on Sundays and Mondays to avoid gear conflict with treaty fisheries.

Skagit River

Specific gear conflict closure dates have not been identified but recreational fishing for all species will close two days per week from the mouth to highway 530 bridge in Rockport during weeks 26-29 for Sockeye and weeks 39-41 for Coho.

Location Dates Regulation

Mouth to Hwy 536 at Mt. Vernon (Memorial HWY Bridge)

8/14 – 8/31

4 fish limit, only Pink salmon, release Chinook and Chum. 12” min size

9/1 – 10/15

2 fish limit plus 2 additional Pink salmon, release Chinook and Chum.

from Memorial Hwy Bridge to Gilligan Creek

TBD-5/31

2 fish limit, hatchery Chinook only. (12” min. size)

8/14-8/31

4 fish limit, Pink salmon only (12” min size).

9/1 – 10/15

2 fish limit plus 2 additional Pink salmon, (12” min size). Release Chinook and Chum.

Mouth of Gilligan creek to Dalles Bridge at Concrete

9/1 – 10/15

2 fish limit plus 2 additional Pink salmon, (12” min size). Release Chinook and Chum.

Dalles Bridge at Concrete to Hwy 530 Bridge at Rockport

9/1 – 10/15

2 fish limit plus 2 additional Pink salmon, (12” min size). Release Chinook and Chum.

Hwy 530 Bridge at Rockport to Cascade River Rd

 

6/1 – 7/15

4 fish limit, (12” min size). Only 2 may be adults, Release all salmon other than hatchery Chinook.

9/1 – 10/15

2 fish limit plus 2 additional Pink salmon, (12” min size). Release Chinook and Chum.

All other SKAGIT TERMINAL REGION freshwater recreational closed to salmon angling.

Snohomish River

Location Dates Regulation

mouth to confluence of the Skykomish and Snoqualmie rivers

8/23 – 9/19

4 fish limit, Pink salmon and hatchery Coho only, 12” min. size. Continuation of fishery dependent on ISU.

Snoqualmie River

Location Dates Regulation

mouth to Snoqualmie Falls

5/1/2021 – 5/14/2022

Closed to salmon

Skykomish River

Location Dates Regulation

from mouth to Wallace River

5/29–7/31

4 fish limit, only 2 may be adults, hatchery Chinook only,12” min. size.

mouth to confluence of North and South

forks

8/30-9/19

4 fish limit, Pink salmon and hatchery Coho only, 12” min. size. Continuation of fishery dependent on ISU.

Wallace River

Location Dates Regulation

mouth to 200’ upstream of water intake of salmon hatchery

 10/1 – 11/31

2 fish limit, hatchery Coho only, 12” min. size. Continuation of fishery dependent on ISU.

Stillaguamish River

Location Dates Regulation

mouth to forks

5/1/2021 – 5/14/2022

Closed to salmon.

All other STILLAGUAMISH/SNOHOMISH TERMINAL REGION freshwater recreational closed to salmon angling.

Green River

Location Dates Regulation

From an east-west line extending through the southernmost tip of Harbor Island to Tukwila International Boulevard/Old Hwy. 99

8/20 – 12/31

Daily limit 6. No more than 3 adults may be Coho and Chum, 12” min size, release Chinook.

Tukwila International Boulevard/Old Hwy. 99 to the South 212nd Street Bridge

8/20 – 12/31

Daily limit 6. No more than 3 adults may be Coho, Chum, or Chinook, 12” min size. No more than 2 Chinook may be retained as part of the daily limit; anglers must keep the first 2 Chinook that are landed.

South 212th Street Bridge to Auburn-Black Diamond Road Bridge

9/16 – 12/31

Daily limit 6. No more than 3 adults may be Coho and Chum, 12” min size, release Chinook. Closed within 150’ of the mouth of Big Soos Creek (from the eastbound Bridge of highway 18 to Auburn Black Diamond Road Bridge).

from Auburn-Black Diamond Rd Bridge to Tacoma Headworks Dam

11/1 – 12/31

Daily limit 6. No more than 3 adults may be Coho and Chum, 12” min size, release Chinook, Closed waters - within 150’ of the mouth of Keta (Crisp) Creek. Keta Creek closure includes both banks of the river and extends 150 feet upstream and downstream from a point directly across the river from the mouth of Keta Creek. Also closed upstream of the Tacoma Municipal Watershed Boundary Marker (1.3 miles downstream of the Tacoma Headworks Dam).

 Soos Creek

Closed to salmon.

Lake Washington Recreational

Dates Regulation

August-October

Closed to salmon. Re-opening dependent upon ISU (lock counts) and co-manager agreement. Potential fishery starting date to be determined: Coho: 12” min. size. 4 fish limit, Coho only.

Lake Sammamish

Dates Regulation

10/1 – 11/30

 

Fishery dependent upon ISU (lock counts) and co-manager agreement. 4 fish limit, Coho only.12” min size.

12/1 – 5/31

Landlocked salmon rules apply. Hatchery Coho may be retained as part of the trout daily limit. 12-inch minimum size.

 

All other SOUTH SOUND AREA 10 REGION freshwater: Closed to salmon angling

Puyallup River

Location Dates Regulation

from 11th St. Bridge to E. Main Bridge

8/16 – 11/30

Closed Sundays 8/15-8/31. Closed Sunday – Tuesday 9/1-9/31. 6 fish limit, 4 adults of which only 2 adults may be Chinook or Coho, 12” min size, release Chum and wild Chinook.

From E. Main Bridge to Carbon R.

8/16 – 11/30

6 fish limit, 4 adults of which only 2 adults may be Chinook or Coho, 12” min size, release chum and wild Chinook.

Carbon River

Location Dates Regulation

From mouth to Voight Creek

9/1 – 11/30

6 fish limit, 2 adults, 12” min size, release Chum and wild Chinook.

All other SOUTH SOUND AREA 11 REGION freshwater recreational Closed to salmon angling.

Deschutes River

Location Dates Regulation

Capitol Lake (from outlet to 400’ below lowest Tumwater Falls (Deschutes River) fish ladder).

5/1/2021-5/14/2022

Closed.

from Old Hwy 99 Bridge on Capitol Blvd in Tumwater upstream

Year round

6 fish limit, 2 adults, 12” min size, release Coho.

Kennedy Creek

Location Regulation

mouth to northbound Hwy. 101 Bridge

Closed to salmon.

McLane Creek

Location Regulation

from a line 50’ north of and parallel to the Mud Bay Rd. Bridge to a line 100’ upstream of and parallel to the south bridge on Hwy.101

Closed to salmon.

Minter Creek

Location Dates Regulation

mouth to 50’ downstream of hatchery rack

9/1 –

12/31

6 fish limit, 4 adults of which only 2 adults may be Chinook or Coho, release wild Coho,12” min size.

Nisqually River

Location Dates Regulation

mouth to the military tank crossing bridge, one mile upstream of the mouth of Muck Creek

7/1 – 11/15

6 fish limit, 2 adults, 12” min. size; release Chum, wild Coho, and wild Chinook. Closed Sundays and Mondays 8/22-9/6 and 10/1-11/15.

11/16-1/31

Closed to salmon angling. May open pending Yelm Escapement ISU. Open to Chum: 6 fish limit, 2 adults, release wild Coho and wild Chinook, 12” min size.

 

 

McAllister Cr. - mouth to Olympia- Steilacoom Rd Bridge

7/1 – 11/30

6 fish limit, 2 adults, 12” min size.  Release wild Chinook, wild Coho, and Chum.

All other SOUTH SOUND AREA 13 REGION freshwater recreational closed to salmon angling.

Dewatto River

Location Regulation

mouth to Dewatto-Holly Rd. Bridge

Closed to salmon.

Dosewallips River

Location Dates Regulation

mouth to ONP boundary

11/1 –

12/15

2 fish limit, 12” min size, Chum only.

Duckabush River

Location Dates Regulation

mouth to ONP Boundary

11/1 –

12/15

2 fish limit, 12” min size, Chum only.

Quilcene River

Location Dates Regulation

Rodgers St. to Hwy 101 Bridge

8/16 –

10/31

6 fish limit, 4 adults, 12” min size, Coho only. Night closure.

Skokomish River

Closed to salmon.

Tahuya River

Closed to salmon.

All other HOOD CANAL REGION freshwater recreational closed to salmon angling.

Columbia River

Summer salmon fisheries 

All fisheries are subject to change based on catch rates, run size and other unforeseen circumstances.  

The summer Chinook season on the mainstem Columbia River will be open from June 16 through July 5 for waters from the Astoria-Megler Bridge to Bonneville Dam. Upstream of Bonneville Dam to Hwy. 395 Bridge at Pasco will be open June 16 through July 31. The daily adult limit is 2 fish, of which no more than 1 may be a hatchery steelhead and 1 sockeye.  Release all wild Chinook.  Regulations for waters upstream of Hwy. 395 are not included but are expected to have typical summer Chinook and sockeye retention seasons. 

Fall salmon fisheries 

All fisheries are subject to change based on catch rates, run size and other unforeseen circumstances. Salmon fisheries are open Aug. 1 through Dec. 31 and have different allowable harvest by area. 

  • The Buoy 10 fishery will be open to Chinook retention Aug. 1 through Sept. 6, with only hatchery Chinook allowed to be kept Aug. 1 through Aug 10. The daily adult limit is two salmon with no more than one Chinook; release wild Chinook from Aug. 1 through Aug. 10 and wild coho the entire season. From Sept. 7 through Dec. 31, the daily adult limit is three salmon, but all Chinook and wild coho must be released. 

  • Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to the Lewis River will be open to Chinook retention Aug. 1 through Sept. 9; the daily adult limit is two salmon with no more than one Chinook; release wild coho. From Sept. 10 through Dec. 31, the daily adult limit is two salmon, but all Chinook and wild coho must be released. 

  • Lewis River upstream to Bonneville Dam will be open to Chinook retention Aug. 1 through Oct. 31; the daily adult limit is two salmon with no more than one Chinook; release wild coho.  From Nov. 1 through Dec. 31, the daily adult limit is two salmon, but all Chinook and wild coho must be released. 

  • Bonneville Dam upstream to the Hwy. 395 Bridge at Pasco will be open to Chinook retention Aug. 1 through Dec. 31 with a daily adult limit of two salmon with no more than one Chinook; release wild coho downstream of the Hood River Bridge.    

  • Hanford Reach and Snake River fisheries are not included but are expected to have typical Chinook retention seasons. 

Steelhead 

All fisheries are subject to change based on catch rates, run size and other unforeseen circumstances. Summer steelhead daily limit is one hatchery fish when open as part of the adult limit, as described below.  

Chart of steelhead regulations on the Columbia River for 2021-22

Coastal fisheries (includes Grays Harbor & Willapa Bay)

Grays Harbor Area

The 2021 recreational salmon fishing season in Grays Harbor (Marine Area 2-2) west of buoy 13 is concurrent with the ocean rules for salmon (Area 2 rules apply). 2021 recreational salmon fishing seasons in Grays Harbor east of buoy 13 are: 

  • North Bay: from Aug. 1 – Sept. 23, anglers can keep one salmon, but must release wild Chinook and wild coho; 

  • East Bay: from Oct. 1 – Nov. 30, anglers can keep one salmon, but must release all Chinook. 

Humptulips River recreational salmon fishing season and adult limits for 2021 are as follows: 

  • September: anglers can keep two salmon, and must release wild Chinook and wild coho. 

  • October: anglers can keep one salmon, and must release wild Chinook and wild coho. 

  • November and December:  anglers can keep one salmon, and must release all Chinook and wild coho. 

Chehalis watershed, south bay rivers and Hoquiam river recreational salmon fishing season and adult limits for 2021 are as follows: 

  • Chehalis River from Hwy 101 Bridge to Hwy 107 Bridge: from Aug. 1 – Sept. 23, anglers must release all adult salmon.  From Oct. 1 – Nov. 30  anglers may retain one adult salmon but must release Chinook.  From Dec. 1 – 31, anglers may retain one adult salmon but must release all Chinook and wild coho. 

  • Chehalis River from Hwy 107 to South Elma Bridge: from Aug. 1-Sept. 23, anglers must release all adult salmon.  From Oct. 1- Dec. 31 anglers may retain one adult salmon but must release all Chinook and wild coho. 

  • Johns, Elk, Hoquiam, Wishkah, Chehalis (upstream of South Elma Bridge), Wynoochee, Satsop, and Black rivers will be open October through December, anglers may retain one adult salmon but  must release all Chinook and wild coho. The Skookumchuck and Newaukum rivers will open Oct. 16 – December, anglers may retain one adult salmon, but  must release all Chinook and wild coho. 

Willapa Bay Area

The recreational salmon fishing season in Willapa Bay (Marine Area 2-1) is scheduled from June 19 through July 31, 2021, concurrent with the ocean rules for salmon (Area 2 rules apply).  

From Aug. 1, 2021 - Jan. 31, 2022, anglers may retain two adult salmon and must release wild, unmarked Chinook and wild, unmarked coho. The Willapa Bay Control Zone will also be open at that time and the North River Area Closure will be in effect from Aug. 1 through Sept. 30, 2021.  

The freshwater rivers in the Willapa Bay watershed may retain two adult salmon and must release wild, unmarked Chinook and wild, unmarked coho. 

  • North River, Smith Creek, Palix River, and Bear River will be Closed to salmon angling.  

  • South Fork Willapa River and Middle, North, and South Nemah rivers will close to salmon angling Oct. 1, 2021.  

  • The section from Hwy 4 to 300’ below the upstream entrance of the hatchery attraction channel in the Naselle River will be closed to salmon angling from Aug. 1 – Oct. 15, 2021. This section will re-open Oct. 16, 2021. The remainder of salmon regulations in the Naselle River will be similar to the 2020 fishery season. 

  • Regulations for Willapa River and Fork Creek will have similar opening and closing dates similar to the 2020 fishery season.  

Washington's ocean waters (Marine areas 1-4)

Catch quotas 

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) approved a recreational Chinook catch quota of 27,250 fish, similar to last year’s quota. The PFMC, which establishes fishing seasons in ocean waters 3 to 200 miles off the Pacific coast, also adopted a quota of 70,000 hatchery coho for this year's recreational ocean fishery. This represents an increase over last year’s initial coho quota of 26,500 due to predicted strong runs of Columbia River coho.  

Fishing seasons 

Recreational ocean salmon fisheries will be open daily beginning June 19 with the following regulations: 

  • Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco): June 19-26, open seven days per week with a daily limit of one salmon; no coho may be retained. Beginning June 27, the area is open for all salmon species seven days per week with a daily bag limit of two salmon, no more than one of which may be a Chinook. Chinook minimum size is 22 inches. Coho minimum size is 16 inches, and anglers must release wild coho. 

  • Marine Area 2 (Westport): June 19-26, open seven days per week with a daily limit of one salmon; no coho may be retained. Beginning June 27, the area is open for all salmon species Sundays-Thursdays  with a daily bag limit of two salmon, no more than one of which may be a Chinook.  The area is closed to salmon fishing Fridays and Saturdays. Chinook minimum size is 22 inches. Coho minimum size is 16 inches, and anglers must release wild coho. 

  • Marine Area 3 (La Push): June 19-July 3, open seven days per week with a daily limit of two salmon; no coho may be retained. Beginning July 4, the area is open for all salmon species seven days per week with a daily bag limit of two salmon. Chinook minimum size is 24 inches. Coho minimum size is 16 inches, and anglers must release wild coho. 

  • Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay): June 19-July 3, open seven days per week with a daily limit of one salmon; no coho may be retained. Beginning July 4, the area is open for all salmon species seven days per week with a daily bag limit of two salmon. Chinook minimum size is 24 inches. Coho minimum size is 16 inches, and anglers must release wild coho. 

 Each area will close Sept. 15 or when their individual catch quota is met.  

State/Tribal Agreements

The list of agreed fisheries (LOAF) is an annual document that includes a detailed list of fishing seasons and fishery agreements for treaty and non-treaty salmon fisheries in Puget Sound marine and freshwater areas.