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August 01, 2005
Contact: Mike Gross (360) 249-1210

Low numbers of returning chinook
lead to Hoh River salmon closure

OLYMPIA – Sportfishing for salmon will be closed for the rest of August on the Hoh River because of low numbers of returning spring/summer chinook, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced today.

The sports fishery closure, from Aug. 3 to 31, is aimed at increasing the number of spring/summer chinook reaching their spawning grounds.

“To date, the catch by sport and tribal fisheries has been only about half of what was expected,” said Mike Gross, WDFW fish biologist, “indicating that the run size could be significantly lower than anticipated before the season began. Based on what we’ve been seeing, we’re going to be hard pressed to meet our escapement goal this year,” Gross said.

Other regulations remain unchanged, leaving the Hoh open to fishing for trout and hatchery steelhead, which are marked by a clipped adipose fin. Consult Olympic National Park for any changes to regulations in park waters.