Deep River spring Chinook season updated

May 24, 2023

Action: Extends spring Chinook season.

Species affected: Spring Chinook, hatchery steelhead

Effective date: Immediately through June 4, 2023

Location: Deep River (Wahkiakum Co.)

Rule: May 24 through June 4: Salmon and steelhead: Daily limit 6, up to 2 adults may be retained of which no more than 1 may be an adult Chinook. Release all salmon other than hatchery Chinook. Release wild steelhead. Salmon min. size 12 inches.

Reason for action: Aligns the 2023 spring Chinook and steelhead daily limits in Deep River with the Columbia River consistent with the Compact Action of Feb. 22, April 4, May 17 and May 24, 2023. This fishery was set within allowable catch levels for upriver spring Chinook and to minimize impacts to other stocks of concern. 

Additional information: All other permanent regulations apply.

Staff will monitor the fishery in-season. After the closure of the fishery, staff will review catches and determine if additional fishing opportunity is warranted.

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.

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