Chehalis River Back to Washington

Fishing Rules

Min. size 12". Daily limit 1.
Apr 16 thru Jun 30
Catch-and-release. Fishing for STURGEON allowed 24 hours a day.
May 01 thru Apr 15
Other Game Fish
Statewide min. size/daily limit.
Jun 02 thru Apr 15
Min. size 14". Daily limit 2. No min. size for hatchery TROUT.
Jun 02 thru Apr 15
Min. size 12". Daily limit 6. Release adults.
Aug 01 thru Sep 15
Single-point barbless hooks required.
Aug 01 thru Nov 30
Min. size 12". Daily limit 6. Only 1 adult may be retained. Release wild CHINOOK and wild COHO.
Sep 16 thru Jan 01
Water Quality

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Additional Information


From mouth (Hwy. 101 Bridge in Aberdeen) upstream to South Elma Bridge (Wakefield Rd.) including all channels, sloughs, and interconnected waterways (317).

Mandatory Hatchery Steelhead Retention (p. 14)


Chehalis River will open to spring chinook fishing

Action: Open Chehalis River to spring chinook fishing.
Effective dates: May 1 through June 30, 2018.
Location: Chehalis River, from the mouth (Hwy 101 Bridge) to the Hwy 6 Bridge in the town of Adna in Grays Harbor, Thurston and Lewis counties.
Daily limit: Daily limit is one chinook. Minimum size of salmon: 12 inches.
Reason for action: The forecasted abundance of spring chinook returning to the Chehalis River basin is sufficient to support this fishery.
Other information: Steelhead and other gamefish fisheries will remain as described in the 2017-18 Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet.

Boat Launch:
Two Poles Allowed:
Kids Only:
County: Grays Harbor/ Thurston/Lewis State: WA Country: United States

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