Action: Add barbless hook restrictions to sections of Willapa Bay tributaries where anti-snagging rules are currently in place.


  • North River from Salmon Creek up to Fall River;
  • South Fork Willapa River from mouth to bridge on Pehl Road;
  • Naselle River from Hwy. 101 bridge to Hwy. 4 bridge;
  • Bear River from mouth (Hwy. 101 bridge) to Lime Quarry Road.

Effective dates: Aug. 1 through Nov. 30, 2012, for South Fork Willapa and Naselle rivers, and Aug. 16 through Nov. 30, 2012, for Bear and North rivers.

Species affected:  Salmon.

Daily limits:  Daily limits for salmon are listed in WDFW’s 2012-2013 Sport Fishing Rules Pamphlet.

Reason for action:  All river sections listed above require the release of wild chinook and chum.  Barbless hooks provide greater ease for releasing fish.

Other information: Anglers should refer to WDFW’s 2012-2013 Sport Fishing Rules Pamphlet for other ongoing fishing opportunities.

Information Contact: Information Contact:  Mike Scharpf, (360) 249-1205,; or Kirt Hughes (360) 249-1204,

Logo courtesy of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

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