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

May 28, 2021

Hoh River to open for gamefish

Action: Opens the lower Hoh River (below the Oxbow Boat Launch) to gamefish.

Effective date: June 1, through June 30, 2021

Species affected: Gamefish

Location: Hoh River (Jefferson Co.), from Olympic National Park boundary near the mouth upstream to the Department of Natural Resources Hoh Oxbow Campground boat launch.

Rules: Statewide minimum size and daily limit except release wild rainbow trout and cutthroat minimum size 14".

Only one single point barbless hook allowed. Bait prohibited. Release all wild steelhead.

Fishing from a boat allowed but no fishing from a floating device with an internal combustion motor.

Reason for action: Provide opportunity for gamefish while protecting spring/summer-run Chinook salmon.

Additional information:

Permanent regulations that go into effect July 1 will extend the fishing season.

Fishing remains closed on the Hoh River upstream of the Oxbow boat launch to the Olympic National Park boundary and on the South Fork of the Hoh River outside of the Olympic National Park boundaries. These sections are scheduled to reopen July 1 under permanent regulations and remain open through August 31.

Fishing regulations for waters within the Olympic National Park can be found at, http: //www.windsox.us/VISITOR/ONPS_Fishing/Fishing_Regulations.html

Closed to salmon fishing.

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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