Fishery reopening delayed on the Quillayute and Sol Duc rivers

Sol Duc River - (Clallam County)

by WA Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Action: Closes the Quillayute and Sol Duc rivers to all fishing.  

Effective date: Sept. 16, 2021 until further notice.

Species affected: All species. 


  • Quillayute River (Clallam Co.), from Olympic National Park Boundary upstream to confluence of Bogachiel and Sol Duc rivers
  • Sol Duc River (Clallam Co.), from mouth to the Olympic National Park Boundary

Reason for action: This closure is necessary to protect wild summer coho returning to the system. The pre-season forecast was for an expected return of less than 300 adults. The Quillayute watershed is experiencing record low flows, causing fish to remain in the lower river. Fishing will reopen when flows increase, or stock assessment information suggests that wild summer coho have started their upstream migration.  

Additional information: The Quileute Tribe and WDFW have agreed to close their respective fisheries until river flows increase. 

Please see the 2021-22 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for additional rules, or visit the WDFW website at and continue to check for emergency regulations in the affected area. 

Information contact: Region 6 office, 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 fishing seasons 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 360-796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

Individuals who need to receive this information in an alternative format, language, or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact the Title VI/ADA Compliance Coordinator by phone at 360-902-2349, TTY (711), or email ([email protected]). For more information, see