Part 1 – Gold Prospecting Rules – 2022 Washington GOLD & FISH Pamphlet. Without Timing Restrictions

Part 1 – Gold Prospecting Rules – 2022 Washington GOLD & FISH Pamphlet. Without Timing Restrictions

***Important*** Check comment section for updated rules and regulations. I will update when new info is given and this will be a great place to stay up to date! Thanks

6 June 2022 – Update – DNR entrusted lands (for example: Waddell Creek) are not allowing mineral prospecting of any kind. I called a DNR manager to confirm and this is legit. They review these rules and if it changes, I will update here. This change happened in the recent pass and was due to Salmon runs. Prospecting was allowed in the past but recently has been shut down. More to come. Thanks

In the video I’ll explain the 2022 Washington State GOLD and FISH Pamphlet, specifically the section on pages 12 thru 13 explaining Mineral Prospecting Without Timing Restrictions.

So, if you’re a current resident that needs a refresher or a visitor from out of state wanting to test the waters here in Washington, this is the one video you should probably check out.

Stay tuned for Part 2 where I’ll explain the rest of this publication dealing with Timing Restrictions,

Let me know what you think… Enjoy!

Audio – ‘Darkfall’ by Karl Casey @ White Bat Audio. Dude is FIRE!


  1. Rev.316 on October 14, 2022 at 9:13 am

    I don’t understand why you can’t recirculate water from an already collected water container so if you bring a tub with you and filled it with water why can’t you recirculate that water down your sluice to process it’s not hurting the Stream

  2. Graveyard Prospecting on October 14, 2022 at 9:13 am

    Not everything is about Washington

  3. helen stokes on October 14, 2022 at 9:14 am

    They try and keep usfrom finding gold. We ain’t babies. Who made these rules’

  4. Travis MICKELSON on October 14, 2022 at 9:14 am

    A miner has a right to mine his claim.

  5. TheMikeFlanders on October 14, 2022 at 9:20 am

    Do these rules apply to the Washington state’s ocean Beaches?

  6. LeRoy Jenkinz on October 14, 2022 at 9:23 am

    I watch Dan Hurd a lot&since I live in WA state I was looking into how to get the newest gold&fish pamphlet,which brought me here! Since I’m completely ignorant you’re videos are amazing & exactly what I need. My dream is to do exactly this for a living from a converted campervan full time. So thank you for the instructional videos &I look forward to other’s in the future.

  7. D PAGE on October 14, 2022 at 9:23 am

    The mining laws of 1886 trump all these rules in the state. Sad that no one stood up for them.

  8. GS Prospecting on October 14, 2022 at 9:25 am

    Cool info fam. Just get in a gold club claim fam. Avoid the BS out here lol. Keep on having fun getting that au and living the dream fam. Gold Squad Out!!!

  9. Gold Hunter on October 14, 2022 at 9:25 am

    Fish will line up behind your sluice looking for periwinkles. If you are fishing, fish just down stream of someone sluicing.

  10. Travis MICKELSON on October 14, 2022 at 9:27 am

    A federal mining claim owner has the mining rights to enjoy all of everything with in his mining claim. So tgese laws in Washington are illegal. State cab not Trump federal law.

  11. helen stokes on October 14, 2022 at 9:31 am

    But they do.

  12. lynn burson on October 14, 2022 at 9:35 am

    Stoney Creek Sparkchaser >>> with all the restrictions there is one that the state of Washington did not put in and that is if you find lead or mercury just throw it back in to the creek and that’s ok to do. F#CK Washington state gold laws ! just go out and have some fun and don’t get caught doing it , stay away from where people go and deep in the woods and take a gun with you ! 🙈🙉🙊👍

  13. Jeff Canlas on October 14, 2022 at 9:35 am

    Excellent job explaining the unexplainable my friend!!!
    I’m super glad the simplified the rules for us… NOT!

  14. Travis MICKELSON on October 14, 2022 at 9:36 am

    I can not believe thar miners in Washington have no idea what there mining rights are. This is what happens when authorities are not kept in check. This guy only person in Washington state that gas figured out what all the laws are.

  15. Travis MICKELSON on October 14, 2022 at 9:37 am

    Absolutely ridiculous to hear you explain all these rules. Washington has over stepped its authority!

  16. S.D.I Prospecting on October 14, 2022 at 9:41 am

    Rediculous rules based on faulty science. I wont be going to Washington anytime soon,such a shame to because Washington is a great state to prospect.

  17. Shawn Nielsen on October 14, 2022 at 9:43 am

    Thank you very much for the video. It’s very informative. You should post more about this all new people don’t make mistakes

  18. DropRIGHTin on October 14, 2022 at 9:46 am

    Can you run an electric recirculating system on the high benches away from the river/creek?

  19. Big Country Vet on October 14, 2022 at 9:47 am

    TOO many rules!

  20. Travis MICKELSON on October 14, 2022 at 9:47 am

    Washington is out of course. So I own a claim in liberty Washington and according to Washington law its illegal to ever use any mining equipment with a motor. I’m sorry but a gold pan or a stream sluice is not mining its prospecting. I am a miner not a prospector. So Washington state has over regulated and over permitted to the point that they have unlimited placer mining all together in the state. That’s illegal!

  21. Anthony on the Gold on October 14, 2022 at 9:51 am

    Everytime I go to a sporting good section in Walmart,fredmyer etc they never have any pamphlets, I got it downloaded on my phone tho. I know they want people to have a hard copy but how can we if these places don’t have them and of you have no printer

  22. Jarrod Durham on October 14, 2022 at 9:51 am

    Thanks for this! I live north of Seattle and buy the paydirt bags to pan as a hobby and was wondering about going to beach and panning. I will print up a copy and read it!

  23. helen stokes on October 14, 2022 at 9:54 am

    The government is not allowed to hog all the gold in the treasury. And take peopes lands with gold.

  24. Hmm, what's that? on October 14, 2022 at 9:57 am

    Screw the fish.

  25. Travis MICKELSON on October 14, 2022 at 9:59 am

    You know that the us army corps of engineers just finished a survey on the columbia River for a massive dredging operation determining their was no significant impacts. The dredging is approved and ready to go. So it’s ok for a huge dredge to cone in to clear out massive amounts of river bottom with no significant impacts but gold dredging is not allowed anywhere in the state were gold is present. Someone please explain to me how this makes sense. I printed out this article and will be ready to sue the state if anyone tries to take away my mining rights!

  26. Sloth's Workshop on October 14, 2022 at 10:00 am

    Glad I found this. Been looking to getting into prospecting, and wasn’t really sure where to begin. Live in Bremerton, can’t wait to get out and play in some rivers with my kids while prospecting.

  27. Brandon Clum on October 14, 2022 at 10:00 am

    What if you use a recirculating pump and a bin to keep your water in? I’m hung up on that

  28. WheezinGeezerTV on October 14, 2022 at 10:06 am

    Awesome brother! I’m from Washington state (Spokane), and didn’t know the actual rules. Awesome information.

  29. Stoney Creek Sparkchaser on October 14, 2022 at 10:07 am

    ***Important*** about DNR land prospecting —> Thanks to a person who commented (no name given) I looked into prospecting on DNR entrusted land and made some phone calls to DNR (so for an example, capitol state forest), you can’t prospect on. You used to in the past but it’s closed down. So thank you to the person that brought this up. I really appreciate it and this is how we all get to know the right information so we stay in compliance. When it updates, I’ll let you all know. From what I was told, this will be reviewed from time to time and restrictions may change. Thanks

  30. YIDIDIT on October 14, 2022 at 10:09 am

    Thank you!

  31. Dar Cam on October 14, 2022 at 10:11 am

    Washington State sure declare war on the recreational gold prospecting crowd, with rules like these did they take any consideration when making these rules about individuals who may have handicap issues? taking away access of motorized helping equipment sure seems like they don’t care about people who are elderly or handicap?
    this also inhibits clubs or groups, if you have to maintain 50ft separation on a sluice, that’s a huge disadvantage for a group dig trying to work together.

  32. Cold Boulder Mining on October 14, 2022 at 10:11 am

    Download it to your phone

  33. helen stokes on October 14, 2022 at 10:11 am

    Why don’t we not live. They’d have us follow stupid rules ‘I’ll stand where I want.

  34. Travis MICKELSON on October 14, 2022 at 10:11 am

    Dredging for gold does nit harm fish. It takes gravel from the river wahes it threw a sluice box and it goes back into the river. Dredging cleans the river of toxic fishing weights, mercury, metal and any other heavy toxic items. This mat seem crazy to everyone but fisherman kill fish not gold dredgers

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