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Due to conservation concerns about wild fall Chinook salmon and current harvest levels, Olympic National Park is closing the Quillayute and Dickey River mouths to fishing from October 29 to November 6. This closure also includes portions of each river within the boundaries of the park.
The National Park Service consulted with the Quileute Tribe and the State Department of Fish and Wildlife to determine the need for this closure. “The National Park Service provides diverse fishing opportunities to park visitors, but we have significant concerns about the wild Chinook in the Quillayute River” said Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum. The emergency closure will maximize the protection of migrating wild fall Chinook salmon through the end of the run.
The portions of rivers within Olympic National Park are expected to re-open to sport fishing on November 6, 2017. Olympic National Park regulations require the release of all wild steelhead, salmon, and trout and allow for the harvest of up to three hatchery adult salmon in the Quillayute River and one hatchery adult salmon in the Dickey River.
This is the second emergency closure during the month of October in the Quillayute River. The first closure occurred from October 16 to 20 to protect migrating salmon during extreme low river flows.
For more information about fishing in the park, including a complete copy of the current fishing regulations, please visit the park website at http://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/fishing.htm.