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

August 1, 2005

Hoh River salmon fishing closed Aug.3-31, 2005

Effective dates: Aug. 3-Aug. 31, 2005

Species affected: All salmon

Location: The Hoh River from the mouth upstream to the mouth of Willoughby Creek.

Reasons for action: Catches of wild spring/summer Chinook in the tribal and recreational fisheries in the Hoh River are little more than half of what was expected pre-season, leading biologists to conclude that the run is likely significantly lower than forecast. The number of wild Chinook spawners is projected to be below the targeted spawning escapement goal. Closing the river to retention of Chinook during the month of August will allow additional needed Chinook escapement.

Other information: The area which has been closed to salmon remains open for trout and other game fish as listed in the 2005/2006 Sportfishing Rules Pamphlet. Anglers should contact the Olympic National Park (ONP) regarding potential changes to fishing regulations in ONP waters.

Information contact: WDFW: Mike Gross, 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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