North coast stream closures

October 6, 2022

Action:  Closes all fishing.

Effective date:  Beginning October 8, 2022, until further notice.

Species affected:  All Species.

Locations (includes all tributaries to listed areas):  

  1. Bear Creek (Clallam Co.) (Bogachiel Tributary)
  2. Bear Creek (Clallam Co.) (Sol Duc Tributary)
  3. Beaver Creek (Clallam Co.)
  4. Big River (Clallam Co.), outside of Olympic National Park.
  5. Bogachiel River (Clallam Co.), from the mouth to Olympic National Park boundary.
  6. Calawah River, (Clallam Co.), including North and South Forks, from the mouth upstream to the Olympic National Park boundary. 
  7. Cedar Creek (Jefferson Co.), outside of Olympic National Park.
  8. Clearwater River (Jefferson Co.), from the mouth to Snahapish River.
  9. Dickey River (Clallam Co.), from the Olympic National Park boundary upstream including the East and West forks. 
  10. Goodman Creek (Jefferson Co.), outside of Olympic National Park boundary.
  11. Hoh River (Jefferson Co.), from Olympic National Park boundary upstream to Olympic National Park boundary below mouth of South Fork Hoh.
  12. Hoh River, South Fork (Jefferson Co.), outside of Olympic National Park boundary. 
  13. Kalaloch Creek (Jefferson Co.) outside Olympic National Park boundary.
  14. Mosquito Creek (Jefferson Co.) from Olympic National Park boundary upstream
  15. Ozette Lake Tributaries (Clallam Co.), outside of Olympic National Park.
  16. Queets River (Grays Harbor/Jefferson Co.):  Contact Olympic National Park for regulations.  (360) 565-3000. www.nps.gov/olym/fishing.htm.
  17. Quillayute River  (Clallam Co.), from Olympic National Park boundary upstream to confluence of the Sol Duc and Bogachiel rivers.
  18. Quinault River, Upper (Grays Harbor/Jefferson Co.), from the mouth at upper end of Quinault Lake upstream to Olympic National Park boundary.
  19. Salmon River (Jefferson Co.), from outside Quinault Indian Reservation and Olympic National Park.
  20. Sitkum River (Clallam Co.)
  21. Sol Duc River (Clallam Co.), from mouth upstream to the National Park Boundary.
  22. Sooes River (Tsoo-Yess River) (Clallam Co.), outside of the Makah Indian Reservation.
  23. Thunder Creek (Clallam Co.)

Reason for action:  These closures are necessary to protect salmon returning to coastal rivers. Fishing will reopen when flows increase, or stock assessment information suggests that salmon have resumed their upstream migration.

Additional information:  This conservation measure follows regulation changes by comanagers for their respective fisheries.  The National Park Service has closed their corresponding fisheries in associated waterbodies, as well.

Anglers can be notified of in-season rule changes as they are announced by signing up for WDFW Regulation Updates at wdfw.wa.gov/about/lists.

Information contact:  Region 6 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 360-796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

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 (Title6@dfw.wa.gov).