Elochoman River fisheries return to permanent rule

December 6, 2023

Action: Restores the salmon and steelhead angling rules for the Elochoman River to those in the 2023-24 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet; all other permanent rules remain in effect.

Effective date: December 7, 2023.

Species affected: Salmon.

Location: Elochoman River from the mouth to upstream.

Reason for action: Salmon retention on the Elochoman River was closed below Beaver Creek Hatchery (BCH) in early November to help ensure that broodstock collection goals for hatchery coho programs would be achieved. Recent rainfall has recruited more coho to BCH and the broodstock collection goal is expected to be achieved. Therefore, the salmon fishery closure is no longer needed.

Additional information: Anglers should continue to check emergency regulations for new and changing seasons or sign up for email notifications on any rule change at https://wdfw.wa.gov/about/lists. In addition, anglers are reminded to refer to the 2023/2024 Washington Sport Fishing Rules Pamphlet for other rules and regulations.

Information contact: Matt Gardner, District Fish Biologist, 360-906-6746.

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 wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/requests-accommodation, 833-855-1012, TTY (711), or CivilRightsTeam@dfw.wa.gov.