Coastal rivers and tributaries fishing rules update

April 27, 2023

Coastal rivers and tributaries fishing rules update

Action: Returns listed locations to permanent rules as listed in the 2022/23 Washington Sport Fishing Pamphlet.

Effective date: May 1, 2023.

Species affected: All species.


  • Bear River (Pacific Co.)
  • Big River (Clallam Co.)
  • Black River (Grays Harbor/Thurston Co.)
  • Bogachiel River (Clallam Co.)
  • Calawah River, (Clallam Co.)
  • Cedar Creek (Jefferson Co.)
  • Chehalis River (Grays Harbor Co.)
  • Clearwater River (Jefferson Co.)
  • Cloquallum Creek (Grays Harbor/Mason Co.)
  • Copalis River (Grays Harbor Co.)
  • Dickey River (Clallam Co.)
  • Elk Creek (Lewis/Pacific Co.)
  • Elk River (Grays Harbor Co.)
  • Fork Creek (Pacific Co.)
  • Goodman Creek (Jefferson Co.)
  • Hoh River (Jefferson Co.)
  • Hoh River, South Fork (Jefferson Co.)
  • Hoquiam River including East and West forks (Grays Harbor Co.)
  • Humptulips River (Grays Harbor Co.)
  • Joe Creek (Grays Harbor Co.)
  • Johns River (Grays Harbor Co.)
  • Kalaloch Creek (Jefferson Co.)
  • Moclips River (Grays Harbor Co.)
  • Mosquito Creek (Jefferson Co.)
  • Naselle River (Pacific Co.)
  • Nemah River, Middle (Pacific Co.)
  • Nemah River, North (Pacific Co.)
  • Nemah River, South (Pacific Co.)
  • Newaukum River, including South Fork (Lewis Co.)
  • Newaukum River, Middle Fork (Lewis Co.)
  • Newaukum River, North (Lewis Co.)
  • North River (Grays Harbor/Pacific Co.)
  • Palix River (Pacific Co.)
  • Quillayute River (Clallam Co.)
  • Quinault River, Upper (Grays Harbor/Jefferson Co.)
  • Salmon River (Jefferson Co.)
  • Satsop River including East Fork, West Fork, and Middle Fork (Grays Harbor Co.)
  • Skookumchuck River (Lewis/Thurston Co.)
  • Smith Creek (near North River) (Pacific Co.)
  • Sol Duc River (Clallam Co.)
  • Sooes River (Clallam Co.)
  • Stevens Creek (Grays Harbor Co.)
  • Thunder Creek (Clallam Co.)
  • Van Winkle Creek (Grays Harbor Co.)
  • Willapa River including South Fork (Pacific Co.)
  • Wishkah River (Grays Harbor Co.)
  • Wynoochee River (Grays Harbor Co.)

Additional information: Most of the listed locations will be closed by permanent rule on May 1 and are set to reopen on Saturday (May 27) before Memorial Day. Be sure to check the 2022/23 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for specific openings and rules. The pamphlet can be found at

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 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 definitions 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 toll free 866-880-5431.

Request this information in an alternative format or language at, 833-885-1012, TTY (711), or