Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

November 30, 2012

Fishing to close on Hoko River downstream from the hatchery

Action: Close to fishing - from boats and both banks - the portion of the Hoko River from the hatchery fish ladder downstream for 100 feet.

Effective Dates: Dec. 3 through Dec. 31, 2012

Species affected: Returning adult steelhead

Location: Hoko River at the Makah tribal fish hatchery

Reason for action: The Hoko Hatchery is far short of broodstock program needs. Closing the portion of the river outside the fish ladder will allow steelhead to aggregate outside the ladder and move up into the facility without disturbance from fishing activity.

Other information: The closed portion of the bank area on the northwest side of the Hoko River (opposite the hatchery) is the bank area between the posted signs.

Information Contact: Mike Gross; (360) 249-1210.

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.

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