OUTDOORS: Salmon limit reduced for area rivers

OLYMPIA — The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced this week that daily limit for salmon will be reduced beginning today on Olympic Peninsula rivers.

The reduction will remain in effect through Dec. 15. For all the fisheries, the minimum size of all salmon is 12 inches.

According to the WDFW, in-season data shows that Chinook and coho salmon are returning to the Quillayute watershed and Hoh River below preseason forecasts. This action is necessary to meet conservation guidelines and minimum spawner escapement goals.

There is a limit of one fish per day and all sockeye must be released on these rivers:

• Bogachiel River from its mouth upriver to the U.S. Highway 101 bridge.

• Calawah River from its mouth upriver to the U.S. Highway 101 bridge.

• Dickey River from the Olympic National Park boundary upstream to the confluence of the east and west forks.

• Quillayute River from the Olympic National Park boundary upstream to the confluence of Bogachiel and Sol Duc rivers.

• Sol Duc River from its mouth to the concrete pump station at the Sol Duc Hatchery.

For the Hoh River from the Olympic National Park boundary upstream to the Morgan’s Crossing boat lunch, the daily limit is one salmon until Nov. 30. From Dec. 1 to Dec. 15, all salmon other than coho must be released.

Permanent regulations include only one single-point barbless hook allowed. Internal combustion motors are prohibited for fishing on this rivers.

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