Fishing Regulation Changes In Washington

Washington anglers should be aware that some of the state fishing regulations have been modified, closing some of the local rivers early.


The White, Green, Carbon and Upper Puyallup rivers were closed due to a low return of wild steelhead. The WDWF made the ruling to reduce the hooking moralities, giving the species a chance to recover.

The Green River is scheduled to reopen June 4, 2011 and the Puyallup River basin rivers re-opening schedule will be released in the 2011/2012 Sportfishing Rules Pamphlet.

Location Details

  • White River: from mouth to R Street Bridge in Auburn will be closed to all fishing.
  • Carbon River: from mouth to Hwy 162 Bridge in Auburn will be closed to all fishing.
  • Upper Puyallup River: from mouth of Carbon River upstream will be closed to all fishing.
  • Green River
    • From the 1st Ave. South Bridge in Seattle upstream to the South 277th Bridge in Auburn will be closed to all fishing on Jan. 16, 2011.
    • From the 277th Bridge in Auburn upstream to the Tacoma Headworks Dam will be closed to all fishing on Feb. 1, 2011.
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