Deep River salmon and steelhead fisheries return to permanent rules

May 31, 2023

Action:  Returns salmon and hatchery steelhead seasons to permanent rules as listed in the 2022/23 Washington Sportfishing rules pamphlet.

Species affected:  Spring Chinook, hatchery steelhead

Effective date:  June 1, 2023, until further notice.

Location:  Deep River (Wahkiakum Co.)

Rules (as listed in rules pamphlet):

  •  Hatchery steelhead:  Min. size 20”. Daily limit 3.
  • Salmon:  Min. size 12”. Daily limit 6, including no more than 2 adults. Release all salmon other than hatchery Chinook and hatchery coho.

Reason for action:  The mainstem Columbia River recreational spring Chinook season closed June 1 through June 15.  Throughout the 2023 recreational spring Chinook season, the daily bag limits were aligned when the adjacent mainstem Columbia was open.

Additional information:  All other permanent regulations apply. The 2022/23 Washington Sportfishing rules pamphlet can be found at

Information contact:  Region 5: (360) 696-6211

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.

Individuals who need to receive this information in an alternative format, language, or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact the Title VI/ADA Compliance Coordinator by phone at 360-902-2349, TTY (711), or email (