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Salmon season gets under way in several popular Washington fishing areas



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It’s that time of year, dust off your hip waders, and gear up because several of Washington’s top fishing destinations are opening to salmon retention.

 

Freshwater Areas


Chambers Creek – Fishing regulation area (714) from mouth (Burlington-Northern RR Bridge) to the markers 400′ below the Boise-Cascade Dam.

SALMON July 1st – Nov. 15th Min. size 12″. Daily limit 6. Up to 4 adults may be retained. Release wild COHO.


Nisqually River – Fishing regulation area (786) from mouth to the military tank crossing
bridge (located one mile upstream of mouth of Muck Creek.)

SALMON July 1st – Oct. 31st Min. size 12″. Daily limit 6. Up to 3 adults plus 1 additional PINK of which only 2 may be any combination of COHO and CHUM. Release wild CHINOOK.


Mcallister Creek – Fishing regulation area (770) from mouth to Olympia-Steilacoom Rd.Bridge

SALMON July 1st – Nov. 30st Min. size 12″. Daily limit 6. Up to 2 adults may be retained.


Deschutes River – Fishing regulation area (728) from the Old Hwy. 99 Bridge on Capitol
Blvd. in Tumwater upstream.

SALMON July 1-Oct. 15 Min. size 12″. Daily limit 6. Up to 2 adults may be retained. Release COHO.


Skokomish River – Fishing regulation area (834) from Hwy. 106 Bridge to Hwy. 101 Bridge.

SALMON July 24th – Sept. 1st Min. size 12″. Daily limit 2. Anglers must retain the first 2 salmon, if legal to do so, and stop fishing. Release CHUM and wild CHINOOK. Aug. 3-Aug. 21:

Note: CLOSED Monday- Thursday each week. New bobber rule will be in effect.


Dickey River – Fishing regulation area (402) from Olympic National Park boundary upstream to the confluence of the East and West forks.

SALMON July 1st – Aug. 31st Min. size 12″. Daily limit 6. Up to 2 adults may be retained. Release wild adult CHINOOK and wild adult COHO.


Bogachiel River –  Fishing regulation area (398) from mouth to Hwy. 101 Bridge

SALMON July 1st – Aug. 31st Min. size 12″. Daily limit 6. Up to 2 adults may be retained. Release wild adult CHINOOK and wild adult COHO.


Calawah River – Fishing regulation area (400) from mouth to Hwy. 101 Bridge.

SALMON July 1st – Aug. 31st Min. size 12″. Daily limit 6. Up to 2 adults may be retained. Release wild adult CHINOOK and wild adult COHO.


Quinault River – Fishing regulation area (412) from the mouth at upper end of Quinault Lake
upstream to Olympic National Park boundary.

SALMON July 1st – Sept. 30st Min. size 12″. Daily limit 6. JACKS only. Single-point barbless hooks
required.


Chehalis River – Fishing Regulation area (317) from mouth (Hwy. 101 Bridge in Aberdeen) upstream to South Elma Bridge (Wakefield Rd.) including all channels, sloughs, and interconnected waterways.

SALMON July 1st – Nov. 30st Min. size 12″. Daily limit 6. Up to 3 adults may be retained. Release
adult CHINOOK.


Columbia River – Fishing regulation area (537,539) from Priest Rapids Dam to Rock
Island Dam.

SALMON July 1st – Aug. 31st  Min. size 12″. Daily limit 8. Up to 2 may be adult hatchery CHINOOK
and up to 6 may be SOCKEYE. Release COHO and wild adult
CHINOOK.

Areas (537,539) from Priest Rapids Dam to Rock Island Dam.

SALMON July 1st – Aug. 31st  Min. size 12″. Daily limit 8. Up to 2 may be adult hatchery CHINOOK
and up to 6 may be SOCKEYE. Release COHO and wild adult CHINOOK.

Areas (541,543) from Rock Island Dam to Wells Dam

SALMON July 1st – Oct. 15th Min. size 12″. Daily limit 8. Up to 2 may be adult hatchery CHINOOK
and up to 6 may be SOCKEYE. Release COHO and wild adult CHINOOK.

Area (545) from Wells Dam to Hwy. 173 Bridge at Brewster.

SALMON July 16th – Aug. 31st Min. size 12″. Daily limit 8. Up to 2 may be adult hatchery CHINOOK and up to 6 may be SOCKEYE. Release COHO and wild adult CHINOOK.

Area (545) from Hwy. 173 Bridge at Brewster to Chief Joseph Dam. 

SALMON July 1st – Oct. 15th Min. size 12″. Daily limit 8. Up to 2 may be adult hatchery CHINOOK
and up to 6 may be SOCKEYE. Release COHO and wild adult CHINOOK.


Chelan River –  Regulation area (552) from the railroad bridge to the Chelan P.U.D. safety barrier below the power house.

SALMON July 1st – Oct. 15th Min. size 12″. Daily limit 8. Up to 2 may be adult hatchery CHINOOK
and up to 6 may be SOCKEYE. Release COHO and wild adult CHINOOK. Anti-snagging rule and night closure.


Okanogan River – Regulation area (627) from mouth to Hwy. 97 Bridge immediately upstream of mouth.

SALMON July 1st – Oct. 15th Min. size 12″. Daily limit 8. Up to 2 may be adult hatchery CHINOOK
and up to 6 may be SOCKEYE. Release COHO and wild adult CHINOOK. July 1-Oct. 15: anglers may fish with two poles with Two- Pole Endorsement.

Area (627) from Hwy. 97 Bridge upstream. 

SALMON July 1st – Sept. 15th Min. size 12″. Daily limit 8. Up to 2 may be adult hatchery CHINOOK
and up to 6 may be SOCKEYE. Release COHO and wild adult CHINOOK.


 

 

 

Saltwater Areas

 


 

Marine Area 5 – From mouth of the Sekiu River east to Low Point, mouth of the Lyre River

SALMON – July 1st – Aug. 15th CHINOOK – min. size 22″. Other SALMON species – no min. size. Daily limit 2 (combined) plus 2 additional PINK. Release wild CHINOOK, wild COHO, and CHUM.

See Kydaka Point Closure in WDFW reg book. Season may close earlier if CHINOOK
guideline is attained.


Marine Area 6 – From Low Point east to the Partridge Point – Point Wilson line north to the line from Trial Island (near Victoria B.C.) – Vessel Traffic Separation Buoy “R” – Smith Island to the Lawson Reef Buoy to Northwest Island to the Initiative 77 marker on Fidalgo Island and west of the line from Reservation Head to West Point.

SALMON – July 1st – Aug. 15th No min. size. Daily limit 2 (combined) plus 2 additional PINK. Release CHINOOK, wild COHO, and CHUM. See WDFW Regs for closures.


 

Marine Area 7 – All marine waters north of the Trial Island line described under Area 6 to the United States-Canada boundary)

SALMON – July 1st – July 31st CHINOOK – min. size 22″. Other SALMON species – no min. size. Daily limit 2 (combined) plus 2 additional PINK. Only 1 CHINOOK may be retained. See Southern Rosario Strait/Eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca Closure below. See Bellingham Bay
Closure and Fishery, Samish Bay Closure, and Yellow and Low Islands Preserve in Reg Book.


Marine Area 8.2 – Tulalip Terminal Area Fishery (see WDFW Regs page for boundaries)

 

SALMON – July 1st – Sept. 7th : Daily limit may include 2 additional PINK. Anglers may fish with two poles with Two-Pole Endorsement.


 

Marine Area 9 – All waters inside and south of the Partridge Point – Point Wilson line, south and west of a line from Possession Point 110° true to shipwreck, north of the Hood Canal Bridge, and north of the Apple Cove Point-Edwards Point line.)

SALMON – July 1st – July 15th  No min. size. Daily limit 2 (combined) plus 2 additional PINK. Release CHINOOK and CHUM.


 

Marine Area 10 – From the Apple Cove Point-Edwards Point to a line projected true east-west through the north tip of Vashon Island.

SALMON- July 1st – Aug. 31st  No min. size. Daily limit 2 (combined) plus 2 additional PINK. Release CHINOOK and CHUM. See Duwamish Waterways Special Rules, Shilshole Bay Closure, Elliott Bay Fishery and Closure, Sinclair Inlet Fishery, and Mouth Closures.

See WDFW Regulation book page 120.


 

Marine area 12 – All waters south of the Hood Canal Bridge.

SALMON – July 1st -Oct. 15th No min. size. Daily limit 4 (combined). Release CHINOOK and CHUM. July 1st – July 31st : bait prohibited and only 1 single-point barbless hook measuring ½” or less from point to shank may be used.


 

For other Washington fishing information such as fishing maps and area biographys and more check out The Lunker’s Guide