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

October 13, 2017

Hoh River to close Oct. 16 due to low river flows impeding salmon migration

Action: Closes the Hoh and South Fork Hoh Rivers outside of Olympic National Park to all fishing.

Effective date: Oct. 16, 2017 until further notice.

Species affected: All species.

Location: The Hoh River System

Reason for action: Unusually low river flows in recent weeks have created difficult migrating conditions for returning salmon, impeding their movement upstream. The closure is intended to protect these fish until flow conditions change sufficiently to enable normal salmon migration and the attainment of escapement goals. These rivers will re-open when flows have normalized sufficiently to allow consistent, unimpeded migration.

Further Information: The Hoh Tribe is closing fisheries until river flows improve and Olympic National Park is closing waters within the park boundaries.

Information contact: Region 6 Office: (360) 249-4628.

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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