Queets, Quinault, and Grays Harbor rivers and tributaries fishing rules update

November 30, 2023

Action:  Closes fishing seasons for both gamefish and salmon.

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

Species affected:  All species.

Rules:  Closed to all fishing.

Locations (The following waters are closed, from the mouth upstream, to all fishing):

  • Black River (Grays Harbor Co.).
  • Chehalis River (Grays Harbor Co.).
  • Clearwater River (Jefferson Co.).
  • Cloquallum Creek (Grays Harbor/Mason Co.).
  • Copalis River (Grays Harbor Co.).
  • Elk Creek (Lewis/Pacific Co.). (will not open January 1 through March 31, 2024 as noted in the pamphlet.)
  • Elk River (Grays Harbor Co.).
  • Hoquiam River including West and East forks (Grays Harbor Co.).
  • Humptulips River including West and East forks (Grays Harbor Co.)
  • Joe Creek (Grays Harbor Co.).
  • Johns River (Grays Harbor Co.).
  • Moclips River (Grays Harbor Co.).
  • Newaukum River, including all forks (Lewis Co.).
  • Queets River (Grays Harbor/Jefferson Co.):  Contact Olympic National Park for regulations.  (360) 565-3000. https://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/fishing.htm
  • Quinault River, Upper (Grays Harbor/Jefferson Co.), from the mouth at upper end of Quinault Lake upstream to Olympic National Park boundary.
  • Salmon River (Jefferson Co.), outside of Quinault Indian Reservation and Olympic National Park.
  • Satsop River, including all forks (Grays Harbor Co.).
  • Skookumchuck River (Lewis/Thurston Co.).
  • Stevens Creek (Grays Harbor Co.).
  • Van Winkle Creek (Grays Harbor Co.).
  • Wishkah River (Grays Harbor Co.).
  • Wynoochee River (Grays Harbor Co.).

Information contact:  Region 6 - Montesano, 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.

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