Season summaries and agreed fisheries

Below is general information on 2022-23 salmon and steelhead fisheries in Washington waters. All fisheries are subject to change. These season summaries are not meant to be comprehensive regulations; more details and regulations for each area will be included in the 2022-23 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet, which should be released in early summer. Anglers should also check for any emergency regulation changes for changes to fisheries before heading out. 

Puget Sound marine areas

Marine Area 5

Mouth of the Sekiu River east to Low Point, mouth of the Lyre River.

WATER

SEASON

MIN.

SIZE

DAILY

LIMIT

ADDITIONAL RULES

Entire area

July 1 – Aug. 15

22”

2

Chinook - min. size 22". Other salmon species - no min. size. Daily limit 2 fish. Only 1 hatchery Chinook may be retained. Release chum, wild coho, and wild Chinook. Season may close earlier if Chinook guideline is attained. 

Entire area

Aug. 16 – Sept. 28

N/A

2

No min. size. Daily limit 2. Release Chinook, chum, and wild coho.

Entire area

Mar. 1 – Apr. 30

22”

2

Chinook - min. size 22". Other salmon species - no min. size. Daily limit 2 fish. Only 1 hatchery Chinook may be retained. Release coho and wild Chinook

Marine Area 6

Low Point east to the Partridge Point – Point Wilson line north to the line from Trial Island (near Victoria B.C.) – Vessel Traffic Separation Buoy “R” – Smith Island to the Lawson Reef Buoy to Northwest Island to the Initiative 77 marker on Fidalgo Island and west of the line from Reservation Head to West Point.

WATER

SEASON

MIN.

SIZE

DAILY

LIMIT

ADDITIONAL RULES

Chinook Selective Fishery – West of a true north/south line through the #2 Buoy immediately east of Ediz Hook.

 

July 1 – Aug. 15

22”

2

Chinook - min. size 22". Other salmon species - no min. size. Daily limit 2 fish. Only 1 hatchery Chinook may be retained. Release chum, wild coho, and wild Chinook. Season may close earlier if Chinook guideline is attained

Chinook Release Area – East of a true north/south line through the #2 Buoy immediately east of Ediz Hook.

 

July 1 – Aug. 15

None

2

No min. size. Daily limit 2. Release Chinook, chum, and wild coho.

Entire Area

Aug. 16 – Sept. 28

None

2

No min. size. Daily limit 2. Release Chinook, chum, and wild coho.

Dungeness Bay Fishery - Waters of Dungeness Bay inside of a line from Dungeness Spit Lighthouse to the #2 Red Buoy, then to the Port Williams boat ramp

Oct 1. – Oct. 31

None

2

No min. size. Daily limit 2 hatchery coho only. Release wild coho.

Marine Area 7

All marine waters north of the Trial Island line described under Area 6 to the United States-Canada boundary.

WATER

SEASON

MIN.

SIZE

DAILY

LIMIT

ADDITIONAL RULES

Entire Area

 Jul. 14 – Jul 16

22”

2

Chinook - min. size 22". Other salmon species - no min. size. Daily limit 2. Only 1 hatchery Chinook may be retained. Release chum, wild coho, and wild Chinook.  Additional days may be added based on in-season updates.

Entire Area

 Aug. 16 – Sept. 30

 

2

No min. size. Daily limit 2. Release chum, wild coho, and Chinook.

Bellingham Bay Fishery - Waters of Bellingham and Padilla bays south and east of a line from Sandy Pt. to the northern most point of Lone Tree Island, easterly to the northeast point of Sinclair Island, then from the southeastern most point on Sinclair Island to Clark Pt. and true west from Yellow Bluff (southwest corner of Guemes Island) to Yellow Bluff Reef Range Marker to Washington State Dept. of Transportation ferry terminal dock east of Shannon Pt. and north of the railroad bridges at Swinomish Slough.

Aug. 16 – Sept. 30

22”

4

Chinook - min. size 22". Other salmon species - no min. size. Daily limit 4. Up to 2 Chinook may be retained.

Marine Area 8-1

From West Point to Reservation Head eastward through Deception Pass, including all waters of Swinomish Slough and Skagit Bay, and the portion of Saratoga Passage north and west of a line from East Point Light to light on Camano Island (Saratoga Pass light #4 FI Red 4 Sec).

WATER

SEASON

MIN.

SIZE

DAILY

LIMIT

ADDITIONAL RULES

Entire Area

Aug. 1 – Oct. 9

None

2

No min. size. Daily limit 2. Release Chinook and chum.

Marine Area 8-2

East of East Point Light-Camano Island Light line (described in Area 8-1) and north of the Possession Point-Shipwreck line.

WATER

SEASON

MIN.

SIZE

DAILY

LIMIT

ADDITIONAL RULES

Entire Area - Fishing for salmon limited to the area south and west of a line between Clinton and Mukilteo ferry docks.

Aug. 13 – Sept. 19

None

2

No min. size. Daily limit 2. Release Chinook, chum, and wild coho.

Tulalip Terminal Area Fishery - Waters west of a line from Mission Point to Hermosa Point and contained within 2,000' off shore between the pilings at Old Bowers Resort (48°02.88'N, 122°16.42'W) to 2,000' from shore (48°02.63'N, 122°16.79'W) and north to 2,000' from shore (48°04.36'N, 122°19.06'W) of the boundary marker approximately 1.4 miles north of Hermosa Point (48°04.57'N, 122°18.64'W)

May 27 – Sept. 5, 2022

22”

2

Open Fridays through Noon Mondays ONLY. Chinook - min. size 22". Other salmon species - no min. size. Daily limit 2. Anglers may fish with two poles with Two-Pole Endorsement. July 15 – August 15, intermittent closures may be needed to hatchery broodstock goals.

Sept. 10 – Sept. 25

22”

2

Open Saturdays and Sundays only. Chinook - min. size 22". Other salmon species - no min. size. Daily limit 2. Anglers may fish with two poles with Two-Pole Endorsement.

Marine Area 9

All waters inside and south of the Partridge Point – Point Wilson line, south and west of a line from Possession Point 110° true to shipwreck, north of the Hood Canal Bridge, and north of the Apple Cove Point-Edwards Point line.

WATER

SEASON

MIN.

SIZE

DAILY

LIMIT

ADDITIONAL RULES

Entire Area

Jul. 14 – Jul. 23

22”

2

Open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday only.  Chinook - min. size 22". Other salmon species - no min. size. Daily limit 2. Only 1 Chinook may be retained. Release chum, wild coho, and wild Chinook. Season may close earlier if Chinook quota is attained.

Entire Area

July 28 – Aug. 15

22”

2

Chinook - min. size 22". Other salmon species - no min. size. Daily limit 2. Only 1 Chinook may be retained. Release chum, wild coho, and wild Chinook. Season may close earlier if Chinook quota is attained.

Entire Area

Aug. 16 – Sep. 25

 

2

No min. size. Daily limit 2. Release Chinook, chum, and wild coho.

Edmonds Public Fishing Pier

Year-round

22”

2

Chinook - min. size 22". Other salmon species - no min. size. Daily limit 2. Only 1 Chinook may be retained. Aug. 1-Sept. 30: release chum.

Marine Area 10

From the Apple Cove Point-Edwards Point to a line projected true east-west through the north tip of Vashon Island.

WATER

SEASON

MIN.

SIZE

DAILY

LIMIT

ADDITIONAL RULES

Entire Area

June 16 – July 13

None

2

No min. size. Daily limit 2. Release Chinook and chum.

Entire Area

July 14 – Aug. 31

22”

2

Chinook - min. size 22". Other salmon species - no min. size. Daily limit 2. Only 1 Chinook may be retained. Release chum and wild Chinook. Season may close earlier if Chinook quota is attained.

Entire Area

Sept. 1 – Oct. 31

None

2

No min. size. Daily limit 2. Release chum and Chinook. Sept. 1-Sept. 15: release chum.

Entire Area

Feb. 1 – Mar. 31

22”

2

Chinook - min. size 22". Other salmon species - no min. size. Daily limit 2. Only 1 hatchery Chinook may be retained. Release wild Chinook. Season may close earlier if Chinook guideline is attained.

East Elliot Bay Fishery -Waters of Elliott Bay east of a line from Duwamish Head to Pier 91 up to the mouth of the Duwamish River including Harbor Island (Duwamish Waterways)

Aug. 5 – Aug. 8

22”

2

Chinook - min. size 22". Other salmon species - no min. size. Daily limit 2. Release chum. Additional openings may occur.

Sinclair Inlet Fishery - Waters of Sinclair Inlet and Port Orchard south of the Manette Bridge in Bremerton, south of a line drawn true west from Battle Point, and west of a line drawn true south from Point White

July 16 – Sept. 30

22”

3

Chinook - min. size 22". Other salmon species - no min. size. Daily limit 3. Release wild Chinook. Aug. 1-Sept. 15: release chum. Anglers may fish with two poles with Two-Pole Endorsement.

Bremerton Boardwalk, Illahee State Park Pier, Seacrest Pier, and Waterman Pier

Year-round

22”

2

Chinook – min. size 22”. Other salmon species – no min. size. Daily limit 2. Only 1 Chinook may be retained. Aug. 1-Sept. 15: release chum.

Marine Area 11

From the north tip of Vashon Island to the Northernmost Tacoma Narrows Bridge.

WATER

SEASON

MIN.

SIZE

DAILY

LIMIT

ADDITIONAL RULES

Entire Area

June 1 – Sept. 30

22”

2

Chinook - min. size 22". Other salmon species - no min. size. Daily limit 2. Only 1 Chinook may be retained. Release chum and wild Chinook. Season may close earlier if Chinook quota is attained.

Entire Area

Oct 1. – Oct. 31

None

2

No min. size. Daily limit 2. Release chum and Chinook.

Entire Area

Nov. 1 – Dec. 31

22”

2

Chinook - min. size 22". Other salmon species - no min. size. Daily limit 2. Only 1 Chinook may be retained. Release chum, coho and wild Chinook. Season may close earlier if Chinook quota is attained.

Dash Point Dock, Des Moines Pier, Les Davis Pier, Point Defiance Boathouse Dock, and Redondo Pier

Year-round

22”

2

Chinook - min. size 22". Other salmon species - no min. size. Daily limit 2. Only 1 Chinook may be retained.

Marine Area 12

All waters south of the Hood Canal Bridge.

WATER

SEASON

MIN.

SIZE

DAILY

LIMIT

ADDITIONAL RULES

North of Ayock Point – Quilcene Bay Only

Aug. 1 – Aug. 31

None

4

No min. size. Daily limit 4. Release chinook and chum.

North of Ayock Point

Sept. 1 – Sept. 30

None

4

No min. size. Daily limit 4. Release chinook and chum.

South of Ayock Point

July 1 – Sept. 30

20”

4

Chinook - min. size 20". Other salmon species - no min. size. Daily limit 4. Release chum and wild Chinook. Anglers may fish with two poles with Two-Pole Endorsement.

Entire Area

Oct. 1 – Nov. 30

None

4

No min. size. Daily limit 4. Release Chinook. Oct. 1-Oct. 15:.

Hoodsport Hatchery Zone - Waters within a 2,000' arc seaward of the yellow marker buoys at the mouth of Finch Creek

July 1 – Nov. 30

None

4

No min. size. Daily limit 4. Release wild Chinook. Night closure. July 1-Oct. 15: release chum. Oct. 1-Nov. 30: release Chinook.

Marine Area 13

All waters south of northernmost Tacoma Narrows Bridge.

WATER

SEASON

MIN.

SIZE

DAILY

LIMIT

ADDITIONAL RULES

Entire Area

July 1 – Sept. 30.

20”

2

Chinook - min. size 20". Other salmon species - no min. size. Daily limit 2. Release wild coho and wild Chinook. Anglers may fish with two poles with Two-Pole Endorsement.

Entire Area

Oct. 1 – June 30

22”

2

Chinook - min. size 22". Other salmon species - no min. size. Daily limit 2. Release wild coho, wild Chinook and chum. Anglers may fish with two poles with Two-Pole Endorsement

Fox Island Public Fishing Pier

Year-round

22”

2

Chinook - min. size 22". Other salmon species - no min. size. Daily limit 2. Only 1 Chinook may be retained.

Puget Sound Freshwater

Nooksack

Nooksack River – Lummi Indian Reservation boundary to yellow marker at the FFA high school barn in Deming

Aug. 1 – Sept. 31

12”

4

Daily limit 4, of which up to 2 may be wild coho. Release wild Chinook and chum.  Night closure and anti-snagging rule.

Oct. 1 – Dec.31

12”

4

Daily limit 4, of which up to 2 may be wild coho. Release chum. Night closure and anti-snagging rule. Hatchery steelhead closed (broodstock concerns, will open when able).

Nooksack River – Yellow marker at the FFA high school barn in Deming to confluence of North and South forks

Oct. 1 – Dec. 31

12”

4

Daily limit 4, of which up to 2 may be wild coho. Release chum.  Night closure and anti-snagging rule. Hatchery steelhead closed (broodstock concerns, will open when able).

Nooksack River, South Fork – mouth to Skookum Creek

Oct. 1 – Oct.15

12”

6

Daily limit 6, which includes no more than 2 wild coho, or 2 hatchery Chinook or 1 of each.  Release chum.  Release wild Chinook Oct. 1-15.  Night closure and one single point hook allowed. Hatchery steelhead closed (broodstock concerns, will open when able).

Oct. 16- Dec.31

12”

6

Daily limit 6, which includes no more than 2 wild coho, or 2 Chinook or 1 of each. Release Chum. Night closure and one single point hook allowed. Hatchery steelhead closed (broodstock concerns, will open when able).

Nooksack River, North Fork

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

Saturday before Memorial Day (5/28) – June 12

12”

2

Daily limit 2 hatchery Chinook. Release all other salmon. Night closure and anti-snagging rules. Fishery will be fully monitored by WDFW staff and will be extended if fishery is still within catch and conservation guidelines.

Nooksack River, North Fork

– Hwy. 9 Bridge to Maple Creek

Oct. 1 – Nov. 30

12”

4

Daily limit 4, of which up to 2 may be wild coho. Release chum.  Night closure and anti-snagging rule. Hatchery steelhead closed (broodstock concerns, will open when able).

Samish River – mouth (Bayview Edison rd.) to Thomas Rd. Bridge

Aug. 1 – Sept. 13

12”

2

Daily limit 2.  Release wild coho and chum. Only one single point hook allowed. Only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained. Night closure.

Sept. 14 – Sept. 30

 

 

Closed waters

Samish River – from the Thomas Rd. Bridge to I-5 Bridge.

 

 

 

Closed waters

Skagit

Skagit River – Mouth to Hwy. 536 at Mt. Vernon (Memorial Hwy. Bridge)

 

Sept. 1 – Oct. 31

 

12”

 

2

 

Daily limit 2. Release Chinook and chum. Night closure.

Skagit River – Hwy. 536 at Mt. Vernon (Memorial Hwy. Bridge) to mouth of Gilligan Creek

May 1 – May 31

12”

2

Daily limit 2 hatchery Chinook. Release all other species. Night closure.

 June 16- July 15

12”

2

Daily limit 2 sockeye. Release all other salmon. Night closure. Maximum sockeye harvest in Skagit River sport fisheries will be 20% of state share. (80% harvestable share for Baker Lake). Expect occasional closure days from Hwy 9 to Baker River for treaty fisheries. Will provide as much advance notice as able and will reopen as soon as able.

Sept. 1 – Oct. 31

12”

2

Daily limit 2. Release Chinook and chum. Night closure. Expect occasional closure days from Hwy 9 to Baker River for treaty fisheries. Will provide as much advance notice as able and will reopen as soon as able.

Skagit River – Mouth of Gilligan Creek to the Dalles Bridge at Concrete

June 16-July 15

12”

2

Daily limit 2 sockeye. Release all other salmon. Night closure. Maximum sockeye harvest in Skagit River sport fisheries will be 20% of state share. (80% harvestable share for Baker Lake). Expect occasional closure days from Hwy 9 to Baker River for treaty fisheries. Will provide as much advance notice as able and will reopen as soon as able.

Sept. 1 – Oct. 31

12”

2

Daily limit 2. Release Chinook and chum. Night closure.

Expect occasional closure days from Hwy 9 to Baker River for treaty fisheries. Will provide as much as advance notice as able and will reopen as soon as able.

Skagit River – Dalles Bridge at Concrete to Highway 530 bridge at Rockport

Sept. 1 – Oct. 31

12”

2

Daily limit 2. Release Chinook and chum. Night closure.

Skagit River – Highway 530 bridge at Rockport to Cascade River Rd

June 1 – July 15

 

 

 

12”

 

 

 

4

 

 

 

Daily limit 4 hatchery Chinook, only 2 may be adults. Release all salmon other than hatchery Chinook. Night closure.

 

Sept. 1 – Oct. 31

12”

2

Daily limit 2. Release Chinook and chum. Night closure.

Baker Lake

July 9 – Aug. 31

18”

2

Daily limit 2 sockeye. Each angler aboard a vessel may deploy salmon angling gear until the daily limit for all anglers aboard has been achieved.

Cascade River – mouth to Rockport-Cascade Rd. bridge

June 1 – July 15

12”

4

Daily limit 4 hatchery Chinook, only 2 can be adult hatchery Chinook. Release wild Chinook. Night closure and anti-snagging. Open seven days per week June 1 - July 15 per emergency rule update.

 

Sept. 16 – Oct. 31

Open Wednesdays through Saturdays.

12”

4

Daily Limit 4 coho only. Night closure and anti-snagging rule. Open Wednesdays through Saturdays. Closed Sundays through Tuesdays.

 

Stillaguamish

Stillaguamish River – mouth to forks

Sept 1-Nov 15

12”

2

Daily limit 2. Coho only.

Snohomish

Skykomish River – Mouth to Wallace River

May 28 – July 31

12”

4

Daily limit 4 Chinook.  2 adults. Release wild Chinook.  Night closure and anti-snagging rule upstream of Lewis Str. Bridge in Monroe.

Wallace River – Mouth to 200’ upstream of intake at salmon hatchery

Sept. 16 – Nov. 30

12”

2

Daily limit 2.  Release Chinook, chum, and wild coho.  Night closure and anti-snagging rule.  Fishing prohibited from any floating device Nov. 1 – Feb. 15.

Snoqualmie River – Mouth to Falls

 

 

 

Closed to salmon fishing 

Lake Washington

Lake Washington – north Hwy. 520 Bridge and east on the Montlake Bridge

Sept. 16 – Oct. 31

12”

4

Two-Pole not allowed. Daily limit 4. Release all salmon other than coho.

Lake Sammamish

Oct. 1 – Nov. 30

12”

4

Two-Pole not allowed. Daily limit 4. Release all salmon other than coho.

Dec 1. – May 31

12”

 

Two-Pole not allowed. Release all salmon other than hatchery coho. Salmon count as part of trout daily limit. No Catch Record Card required.

Green/Duwamish

Green River – East-West line extending through the southernmost tip of Harbor Island to Old Hwy. 99/Tukwilla Intl. Blvd.

Sep. 1 – Dec. 31

12”

6

Night closure and Anti-snagging rule. Daily limit 6. Up to 3 may be adults. Release Chinook.

Green River – Old Hwy. 99/Tukwilla Intl. Blvd. to South 212th St. Bridge

Sep. 1 – Dec. 31

12”

6

Night closure and Anti-snagging rule. Daily limit 6.  Up to 2 adult Chinook may be retained; up to 3 adult chum may be retained; up to 3 adult coho may be retained. No more than 3 of any combination of adult chum, adult coho, and adult Chinook may be retained. Must retain the first 2 Chinook caught.

Green River – South 212th St. Bridge to the Hwy. 18 Eastbound Bridge

Oct. 1 – Dec. 31

12”

6

Night closure and Anti-snagging rule. Daily limit 6. No more than 3 may be adults. Release Chinook.

Green River – Hwy. 18 Eastbound Bridge to the Auburn Black Diamond Rd. Bridge

 

 

 

CLOSED WATERS

Green River – Auburn-Black Diamond Road Bridge to the  Tacoma Municipal boundary marker (1.3 miles downstream of Tacoma Headworks Dam)

Nov. 1 – Dec. 31

12”

6

Night closure and Anti-snagging rule. Daily limit 6, of which only 3 may be adults. Release Chinook. Closed within 150’ of the mouth of Keta Creek.

Puyallup

Puyallup River – 11th St. Bridge to East Main Street Bridge

Aug. 16 – Sep. 30 (Closed Sundays-Tues  8/16 - Sep.30)

12”

6

Daily limit 6.  2 adults.  Release wild Chinook and chum.  Night closure, anti-snagging rule, barbless hooks.

Puyallup River – East Main Street Bridge to Carbon River

Aug. 16 – Sep. 30 (Closed Sundays-Tues 8/16-Sep.30)

12”

6

Daily limit 6.  2 adults. Release wild Chinook and chum.  Night closure, anti-snagging rule, barbless hooks. 

Carbon River – mouth to Voight Creek

Sept. 1 – Sep. 30 (Closed Sundays-Tues. Sept. 1 – Sep.30)

12”

6

Daily limit 6.  2 adults.  Release wild Chinook and chum. Night closure, anti-snagging rule and barbless hooks.

Nisqually

Chambers Creek – Mouth (Burlington-Northern RR Bridge) to markers 400’ below the Boise-Cascade Dam.

July 1 – Nov. 15

12”

6

Daily limit 6.  4 adults.  Release wild Chinook, wild coho and chum.  Night closure.

Nisqually River – Mouth to Tank Crossing

July 1 – Nov. 15

Closed Sunday –Tuesday 8/7-8/30. Closed 8/24, 8/31, and 9/1. Closed Sunday-Monday 9/4-11/7.

12”

6

Daily limit 6.  2 adults.  Release wild Chinook, wild coho, and chum.  Night closure, anti-snagging rule, and barbless hooks. 

McCallister Creek – mouth to Olympia-Steilacoom Rd. bridge

July 1 – Nov. 15

12”

6

Daily limit 6.  2 adults.  Release wild Chinook, wild coho, and chum.  Night closure, anti-snagging rule, and barbless hooks. 

Deep South Sound

Deschutes River – Henderson Blvd. bridge upstream

Year-round

12”

6

Daily limit 6.  2 adults.  Release coho.

Kennedy Creek – mouth to northbound Hwy. 101 bridge

 

 

 

Closed to salmon fishing.

Minter Creek – mouth to hatchery rack

Sept. 1 – Dec. 31

12”

6

Daily limit 6. 4 adults of which only 2 adults may be Chinook or coho. Release wild coho.  Night closure, anti-snagging rule.

Hood Canal

Skokomish River – Mouth to Tacoma Powerlines (Potlach Line)

July 1-September 30

 

 

Free-flowing fresh waters including all channels are closed to salmon fishing.

Skokomish River – Tacoma Powerlines to Hwy. 101.

 

 

 

Closed, TBD

Dewatto River – mouth to Dewatto-Holly Rd. bridge

Oct. 1 – Oct. 31

 

 

Closed to salmon fishing.

Duckabush River – mouth to Mason Co. PUD #1 overhead electrical distribution line

Nov. 1 – Dec. 15

12”

2

Daily limit 2 chum only.

Dosewallips River – mouth to Hwy. 101 bridge

Nov. 1 – Dec. 15

12”

2

Daily limit 2 chum only.

Big Quilcene River – Rodgers St. to Hwy 101

Aug. 16 – Oct. 31

12”

4

Daily limit 4 coho only.  Anti-snagging rule and night closure.

Strait of Juan de Fuca

Dungeness River – Mouth to Gray Wolf River at Dungeness Forks Campground

Oct. 16 – Nov. 30

12”

4

Daily limit 4 coho only. Release all salmon other than hatchery coho.

North Coast

Hoh River– Olympic NP boundary upstream to Dept. Natural Resource’s Oxbow Campground boat launch

Sept. 16 – Nov. 30

12”

2

Internal combustion motors prohibited. Only 1 single point barbless hook allowed. Daily limit 2. Only 1 adult may be retained. Release wild coho.

Hoh River–Dept. Natural Resource’s Oxbow Campground boat launch to Morgan’s Crossing boat launch

Oct. 16 – Nov. 30

12”

2

Internal combustion motors prohibited. Only 1 single point barbless hook allowed. Daily limit 2. Only 1 adult may be retained. Release wild coho.

Sol Duc River– Mouth to concrete pump station at Sol Duc Hatchery

May 1 – July 31

12”

4

Internal combustion motors prohibited. Only 1 single point barbless hook allowed. Daily limit 4. Up to 2 adults may be retained. Release wild adult Chinook, wild adult coho and sockeye.

Sept. 16 – Nov. 30

12”

6

Internal combustion motors prohibited. Only 1 single point barbless hook allowed. Daily limit 6. Up to 3 adults may be retained of which 1 may be a wild Chinook. Release wild adult coho and sockeye.

Bogachiel River – Mouth to Hwy. 101 Bridge

July 1 – July 31

12”

4

Internal combustion motors prohibited. Only 1 single point barbless hook allowed. Bait prohibited. Daily limit 4. Up to 2 adults may be retained. Release wild adult Chinook and wild adult coho.

Sept. 16 – Nov. 30

12”

3

Internal combustion motors prohibited. Only 1 single point barbless hook allowed. Daily limit 3. Up to 1 adult may be retained. Release wild adult coho.

Quillayute River – Olympic NP boundary upstream to confluence of Sol Duc and Bogachiel rivers  

May 1 – July 31

12”

4

Internal combustion motors prohibited. Only 1 single point barbless hook allowed. Daily limit 4. Up to 2 adults may be retained. Release wild adult Chinook, wild adult coho and sockeye. Closure to avoid gear conflict with treaty fisheries 1-2 days a week Sept 16-Oct 15 (days TBD, likely Monday and Tuesday)

Sept. 16 – Nov. 30

12”

6

Internal combustion motors prohibited. Only 1 single point barbless hook allowed. Daily limit 6. Up to 3 adults may be retained of which 1 may be a wild Chinook. Release wild adult coho and sockeye.

Calawah River

July 1 – July 31

12”

4

Internal combustion motors prohibited. Only 1 single point barbless hook allowed. Bait prohibited. Daily limit 4. Up to 2 adults may be retained. Release wild adult Chinook and wild adult coho.

Sept. 16 – Nov. 30

12”

 

3

Internal combustion motors prohibited. Only 1 single point barbless hook allowed. Daily limit 3. Up to 1 adult may be retained. Release wild adult coho.

Dickey River

 

July 1 – July 31

12”

4

Internal combustion motors prohibited. Only 1 single point barbless hook allowed. Bait prohibited.  Daily limit 4. Up to 2 adults may be retained. Release wild adult Chinook and wild adult coho.

Sept. 16 – Nov. 30

12”

3

Internal combustion motors prohibited. Only 1 single point barbless hook allowed. Daily limit 3. Up to 1 adult may be retained. Release wild adult coho.

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 June 22 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.  Release all sockeye and wild Chinook. 

Fall salmon fisheries  

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

  • Buoy 10 through West Puget Island fishery will be open to Chinook retention Aug. 1 through Sept. 7, with only hatchery Chinook allowed to be kept Aug. 1 through Aug 24. The daily adult limit is two salmon with no more than one Chinook; release wild Chinook from Aug. 1 through Aug. 24 and wild coho the entire season. From Sept. 8 through Dec. 31, the daily adult limit is three salmon, all wild coho must be released; release Chinook Sept. 8 through Sept. 30.  

  • West Puget Island upstream to the Lewis River will be open to Chinook retention Aug. 1 through Sept. 7; the daily adult limit is two salmon with no more than one Chinook; release wild coho. From Sept. 8 through Sept. 30, salmonid angling is closed.  Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, the daily adult limit is two salmon with no more than one Chinook, but wild coho must be released.  

  • Lewis River upstream to Bonneville Dam will be open to Chinook retention Aug. 1 through Sept. 13; the daily adult limit is two salmon with no more than one Chinook; release wild coho. From Sept. 14 through Sept. 30, salmonid angling is closed.  Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, the daily adult limit is two salmon with no more than one Chinook, but 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.

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. 

Columbia River summer steelhead seasons

Coastal fisheries (includes Grays Harbor & Willapa Bay)

Proposed season summaries for salmon and steelhead fishing in coastal fisheries (including Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay) for the 2022-23 season . For information about the 2021-22 season, see the Fishing Rules pamphlet.

Willapa Bay

Marine Area 2-1

  • July 2 - July 31, 2022:  The recreational salmon fishing season is scheduled from July 2 through July 31, 2022, concurrent with the ocean rules for salmon (Area 2 rules apply).
  • Aug. 1, 2022 - Jan. 31, 2023: Daily limit of 6 fish with 2 adult salmon allowed to be retained and wild Chinook must be released. 2-Pole Endorsement allowed.  
    • The Willapa Bay Control Zone CLOSURE will be in effect beginning Aug. 1
    • The North River Area Closure will be in effect from Aug. 1 through Sept. 30, 2022.

Freshwater Systems

  • Willapa River, South Fork Willapa River, Fork Creek, North River, Smith Creek, North Nemah River, Naselle River, and Bear River:  
    • These rivers have a daily limit of 6 fish with 2 adult salmon allowed to be retained, only 1 may be a wild coho.
    • Release wild Chinook
  • Palix River, Middle Nemah River, and South Nemah River
    • These rivers have a daily limit of 6 fish with 2 adult salmon allowed to be retained.
    • Release wild Chinook and wild coho
  • Niawiakum River will remain closed to salmon angling.
  • Naselle River:  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, 2022. This section will re-open Oct. 16, 2022.  

Grays Harbor 

Marine Area 2-2 

  • Aug. 1 – Sept. 15, 2022: Open only in the North Bay for 1 salmon to be retain and wild coho must be released. 
  • Sept 16 – Oct. 31, 2022: Open only in the East Bay for 2 salmon to be retain and Chinook must be released. 
  • Nov. 1 – Nov. 30, 2022: Open only in the East Bay for 1 salmon to be retain and Chinook must be released. 

Freshwater Systems 

Chehalis (Hwy 101 Bridge to South Elma Bridge): 

  • Aug. 1 – Sept. 15, 2022: Daily limit of 6 fish and adult salmon must be released.  The 2-Pole Endorsement is allowed until the end of December.

Chehalis River (Hwy 101 Bridge to Fuller Bridge): 

  • Sept. 16 – Oct. 31, 2022: Daily limit of 6 fish with 2 adult salmon allowed to be retained and adult Chinook must be released. 
  • Nov. 1 – Nov. 30, 2022: Daily limit of 6 fish with 1 adult salmon allowed to be retained and all Chinook must be released. 
  • Dec. 1 – Dec. 31, 2022: Daily limit of 6 fish with 1 adult salmon allowed to be retained and all Chinook and wild coho must be released. 

Chehalis River (upriver of Fuller Bridge), Hoquiam, Wishkah, Wynoochee, Satsop, Black, Johns, and Elk rivers: 

  • Oct 1 – Oct. 31, 2022: Daily limit of 6 fish with 2 adult salmon allowed to be retained and adult Chinook must be released. 
  • Nov. 1 – Nov. 30, 2022: Daily limit of 6 fish with 1 adult salmon allowed to be retained and all Chinook must be released. 
  • Dec. 1 – Dec. 31, 2022: Daily limit of 6 fish with 1 adult salmon allowed to be retained and all Chinook and wild coho must be released. 

Skookumchuck and Newaukum rivers: 

  • Oct 16 – Oct. 31, 2022: Daily limit of 6 fish with 2 adult salmon allowed to be retained and adult Chinook must be released. 
  • Nov. 1 – Nov. 30, 2022: Daily limit of 6 fish with 1 adult salmon allowed to be retained and all Chinook must be released. 
  • Dec. 1 – Dec. 31, 2022: Daily limit of 6 fish with 1 adult salmon allowed to be retained and all Chinook and wild coho must be released. 

Humptulips River: 

  • Sept. 1 – Sept. 30, 2022: Daily limit of 6 fish with 2 adult salmon allowed to be retained and wild coho must be released. 
  • Oct. 1 – Oct. 31, 2022: Daily limit of 6 fish with 2 adult salmon allowed to be retained, of which only 1 can be a Chinook and wild Chinook and wild coho must be released. 
  • Nov. 1 – Dec. 31, 2022: Daily limit of 6 fish with 1 adult salmon allowed to be retained and all Chinook and wild coho must be released. 

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

Catch quotas

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) approved a recreational Chinook catch quota of 27,000 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 168,000 hatchery coho for this year's recreational ocean fishery. This represents a significant increase over last year’s initial coho quota of 70,000.  

Fishing seasons 

Recreational ocean salmon fisheries open at different times depending on the area: 

  • Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco): Opens June 25. Open seven days per week with a daily limit of two salmon, no more than one of which may be a Chinook. Chinook minimum size is 22 inches. Anglers must release wild coho. 

  • Marine Area 2 (Westport): Opens July 2. Open seven days per week with a daily limit of two salmon, no more than one of which may be a Chinook. Chinook minimum size is 22 inches. Anglers must release wild coho. 

  • Marine Area 3 (La Push): Opens June 18. Open seven days per week with a daily limit of two salmon; no chum may be retained after Aug. 1. Chinook minimum size is 24 inches. Anglers must release wild coho. 

  • Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay): Opens June 18. Open seven days per week with a daily limit of two salmon; no chum may be retained after Aug. 1. Chinook minimum size is 24 inches. Anglers must release wild coho. Also beginning Aug. 1, no Chinook retention allowed east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line.

 Each area will close Sept. 30 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.