Hoh River and South Fork Hoh River to open July 1 for trout and steelhead

Action: The Hoh River and South Fork Hoh River outside of Olympic National Park will open.

Effective date: July 1 through Aug. 31, 2017.

Species affected: Trout and other game fish.

Location: The Hoh River and South Fork Hoh River outside the boundaries of Olympic National Park.

Reason for action: The continuing need to conserve spring/summer chinook in the Hoh River led to this delayed opening of the Hoh.

Other information: Daily limit of 2 trout over 14 inches, except no size limit on hatchery origin (adipose clipped) trout, and anglers are required to release wild (unclipped) rainbow trout.

Use of bait is prohibited, and only one barbless hook with up to three points may be used. Anglers are required to release any Chinook and coho salmon encountered, and any wild steelhead.

Fishing from a floating device equipped with an internal combustion motor is prohibited. Fishing for other game fish is open under statewide minimum size and daily limit regulations.

These regulations are listed in the 2017-2018 “Washington Sport Fishing Rules” pamphlet.

Information contact: Mike Gross, District 16 fish 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 (See: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/) 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.