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Willipa Bay And All Tributaries Close To All Salmon Fishing, Effective Today November 13th

Salmon fishing to close in Willapa Bay and its tributaries

Action: Closes salmon fishing.

Effective date: Nov. 13, 2019 until further notice.

Species affected: Salmon


  • Marine Area 2-1 (Willapa Bay)
  • Bear River
  • Forks Creek
  • Naselle River
  • Nemah River Middle, North, and South
  • North River
  • Smith Creek
  • Willapa River
  • Willapa River South Fork

Reason for action: Coho returns to tributaries in the Willapa Bay watershed have been significantly lower than preseason predictions. These conservation measures are being taken to ensure escapement goals are met. Managers will continue to assess coho returns and re-open if warranted.

Additional information: For more information on other Willapa Bay fisheries, see

Information contact: Region 6 Montesano office, 360-249-4628.


Thank you once again WDFW for your timely notification on this closure. I am sure that we will see additional closures shortly as we have not been hearing of outstanding fishing on most all of the coastal streams. Seems these closures have become the norm the past few years.

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