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March 27, 2008
Contact: Bill Freymond, (360) 249-1225

Hoh River will close to protect wild steelhead

OLYMPIA – The Hoh River and the South Fork Hoh River on the north coast of the Olympic Peninsula will close to all sport fishing April 3 to protect wild steelhead, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced today.

The closure will take place at 12:01 a.m. on April 3 and the rivers will not re-open through the remainder of the season. The Olympic National Park also will close portions of the two rivers that lie within the park’s boundary.

The fishery closure is needed to meet the wild steelhead spawning escapement goal of 2,400 fish, said Bill Freymond, WDFW regional fish manager.

Other rivers regulated by WDFW on the Olympic Peninsula will remain open for fishing as listed in the WDFW 2007-08 Fishing in Washington pamphlet http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations. Information on other fishing opportunities within Olympic National Park is available at http://www.nps.gov/olym/fishing.htm.

Fishing on the Hoh and South Fork Hoh rivers had been scheduled through April 15. Future regulations will be announced later this spring when WDFW’s new 2008-09 Fishing in Washington pamphlet is published, Freymond said.