West End: All fishing halted on Quillayute River

LAPUSH — Extremely low Quillayute River flow levels have led the Quileute tribe to curtail net fishing for salmon until rains replenish the waterway.

The announcement Saturday ends a week of controversy in which West End sport fishermen and fishing guides protested tribal net fishing after the state closed the Quileute River to sport salmon angling Oct. 19.

In addition to the tribe’s curtailment of net fishing, all fishing in the Quillayute River system has been halted until state and tribal fisheries managers determine flow levels have risen enough to allow salmon to move upstream.

Effective today, all sport fisheries will close until further notice on the Bogachiel, Calawah, Dickey and Sol Duc rivers — all tributaries to the Quillayute River system — state Department of Fish and Wildlife officials said.

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