WDFW Closes Down Salmon Fishing in Grays Harbor and Tributaries

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Salmon fishing to close Oct. 26 in Grays Harbor and its tributaries


OLYMPIA – Salmon fishing in Grays Harbor and its tributaries will close Monday, Oct. 26, to help protect wild coho salmon, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced today.

The early closures include sport and commercial salmon fisheries within Grays Harbor and recreational salmon fishing in all tributaries of the harbor. Recreational salmon fishing was scheduled to run through Jan. 31 in most of the affected fisheries.

Catch data suggests the return of coho is significantly lower than the pre-season forecast, said Steve Thiesfeld, regional fish program manager for WDFW.

With such a low return, we need to take this step now to help us reach spawning goals and other conservation objectives,” Thiesfeld said.

The major rivers – and their tributaries – that will close include the:

Humptulips River 

Hoquiam River 

Chehalis River 

Wishkah River 

Wynoochee River 

Satsop River 

Black River 

Skookumchuck River 

Johns River

Elk River 

Newaukum river

Van Winkle Creek

For more details, anglers should check the fishing rule change at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/erule.jsp?id=1711.

Thiesfeld noted that the department will continue to monitor returning coho and could re-open fisheries if the run size improves.



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