Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

December 3, 2014

Closure of the Hoko River near the hatchery fish ladder

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

Effective Dates: Dec. 8, 2014 through Jan.15, 2015

Species affected: Steelhead

Location: Hoko River at the Makah tribal fish hatchery

Reason for action: Closing the portion of the river near the fish ladder will allow hatchery employees to work safely in the area, and allow steelhead to aggregate outside the ladder and move up into the facility to ensure egg take requirements are met.

Other information: The portion of the river to be closed around the fish ladder is smaller than the standard 400 foot closure for such structures, but is sufficient to provide a safe working environment and will allow hatchery steelhead to aggregate and move into the hatchery. The closed portion on the southwest bank of the Hoko River (opposite the hatchery) is the 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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