Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
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December 11, 2019

Anglers must release all steelhead in the Hoko River

Action: Requires the release of all steelhead in the Hoko River.

Effective date: Dec. 12, 2019, until further notice.

Species affected: Hatchery steelhead.

Locations: Hoko River (Clallam County), from the mouth to the Ellis Creek Bridge (river mile 18.5).

Reason for action: Preseason expectations of hatchery-origin steelhead are low, requiring the release of hatchery steelhead to meet hatchery broodstock goals.

Additional information: If broodstock goals are met, the river may reopen to hatchery steelhead retention. Anglers should refer to the 2019-20 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for other ongoing fishing opportunities. The pamphlet is available online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/.

Information contact: Region 6 Montesano 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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