As expected, the Hoh River and the South Fork Hoh River on the Olympic Peninsula will close to all sport fishing April 3 to protect wild steelhead, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced this afternoon. The runs this year have not been as strong as they typically are.
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 closure is needed to meet the wild steelhead spawning escapement goal of 2,400 fish, said Bill Freymond, the state’s regional fish manager.
Fishing on the Hoh and South Fork Hoh rivers had been scheduled through April 15.
Other rivers regulated by the department on the Olympic Peninsula will remain open as listed in the 2007-08 Fishing in Washington pamphlet.