Sol Duc spring Chinook fishing to open May 1

Sol Duc River - (Clallam County)

by WA Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

OLYMPIA – Fishery managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Washington (WDFW) today announced a May 1, 2022, opener for spring Chinook fishing on the Sol Duc and Quillayute rivers.

“We recognize that anglers have been anticipating fishing for spring Chinook in the coastal region and we are looking forward to getting folks back out on the water,” said James Losee, fish program manager for WDFW’s coastal region.

The Quillayute and Sol Duc rivers will open for the following dates and locations:

  • May 1 through August 31, 2022: Quillayute River (Olympic National Park boundary upstream to confluence of Sol Duc and Bogachiel rivers) and Sol Duc River (mouth to concrete pump station at hatchery)
  • As described in the sport fishing rules pamphlet: Daily limit 4 salmon, only 2 of which may be adults. Release wild adult Chinook, wild adult coho, and all sockeye. Only one single point barbless hook is allowed. 

Gamefish on the Sol Duc and Quillayute rivers will also open on May 1 with rules as described in the sport fishing rules pamphlet. Fishing from a boat is allowed but internal combustion motors are prohibited. Bait is allowed on the Quillayute and allowed on the Sol Duc through July 15.

As always, anglers should review the rules for the waters they plan to fish in the Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet at, as well as any emergency rule changes, available at

For more information and detailed tips on salmon fishing, visit the WDFW salmon fishing webpage at

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife works to preserve, protect, and perpetuate fish, wildlife and ecosystems while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial opportunities.

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