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

August 28, 2015

Hoh River fall salmon fishery requiring selective gear and release of chinook

Action: Selective gear and release of all chinook required during the fall salmon fishery on the lower Hoh River (Jefferson Co.) outside Olympic National Park.

Effective date: Sept. 1, 2015, until further notice.

Species affected: All species

Location: The lower Hoh River from the DNR Oxbow Campground boat launch downstream to the Olympic National Park boundary near the mouth of the Hoh.

Reason for action: The continued presence of summer chinook in the lower Hoh River necessitates extending the current protections for this depressed stock, including releasing all chinook, and requiring selective gear to discourage targeting of chinook. These requirements will remain in place until river flows increase sufficiently to enable the summer chinook to move up river.

Information contact: Mike Gross, District 16 fish biologist, (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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