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

March 27, 2008

Fishing closure for the Hoh, South Fork Hoh rivers

Action: Sport fishing closure in the Hoh and South Fork Hoh Rivers

Effective dates: April 3, 2008.

Species affected: All species

Location: The Hoh River from the mouth to the Olympic National Park boundary below the mouth of the South Fork Hoh. The South Fork Hoh River from its mouth to Olympic National Park boundary.

Reasons for action: In order to meet the wild steelhead escapement goal for the Hoh River (2,400), the State's sport fishery must close earlier than expected. The entire Hoh and South Fork Hoh will be closed to all sport fishing to avoid incidental impacts to wild steelhead.

Other information: The closure of the Hoh and South Fork Hoh Rivers to all sport fishing is being implemented jointly by the Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife and the National Park Service for those fisheries under their jurisdiction.

Information contact: WDFW: Mike Gross, Biologist, 360-249-1210

Olympic Nat'l. Park: Sam Brenkman, Biologist, 360-565-3081

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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