Recreational fishing in upper Hoh and South Fork Hoh closed

Recreational fishing in the upper Hoh River, the South Fork Hoh and all their tributaries has been closed through Oct. 15. Fisheries managers at Olympic National Park made the announcement Wednesday afternoon, citing concerns about the status, trends and escapement of Hoh River chinook salmon.

The upper Hoh and South Fork Hoh are scheduled to reopen on Oct. 16.

The emergency closure is intended to maximize protection of spawning chinook, said a park news release. The Hoh spring/summer chinook population has failed to meet the minimum escapement goal in six of the last seven years and remains at low levels. Additionally, the number of spawning fish this year is projected to be below the escapement level. Spawning for this population of wild fish primarily occurs in Olympic National Park.

For more information about fishing in the park, including a complete copy of the current fishing regulations, go to nps.gov/olym/fishing.htm.