Contact: Dave Reynolds, 360-565-2985
Contact: Barb Maynes, 360-565-3005
Olympic National Park invites recreational anglers and other interested members of the public to provide input regarding proposed changes to the park's recreational fishing regulations.
These proposed changes apply only to non-tribal, recreational fisheries within Olympic National Park. The park requests comments or additional information which may not have been considered in developing these proposals.
To be considered in the final decision regarding implementation of these proposals, comments must be received by March 24, 2011. The fishing regulations, which take effect on May 1, 2011 are available at the Olympic National Park website at https://www.nps.gov/olym/, Olympic National Park Visitor Center in Port Angeles, local sporting goods stores, and are posted in many districts throughout the park.
The proposed changes and a brief explanation are presented below.
The proposed change would clarify the existing regulation and allow retention of two adipose clipped, hatchery Chinook salmon in the Queets and Salmon Rivers from September 1 to November 30. The retention of hatchery Chinook salmon minimizes ecological or genetic risks of these hatchery fish on wild Chinook salmon. Additionally, the retention of hatchery Chinook in the Salmon and Queets Rivers improves consistency among several other Olympic National Park rivers, where retention of hatchery fish is promoted.
The fishing closure is designed to protect fish populations from harvest and incidental hooking mortality during dam removal and promote recolonization of the Elwha River system by salmonids and other fish species immediately after dam removal.
Lake Mills was closed to fishing in November 1, 2010 in preparation for the removal of the dams. The middle Elwha River (between the dams) and the upper river and associated tributaries in Olympic National Park will close to fishing on November 1, 2011 (Table 1). Fishing opportunities may reopen in 2017 depending on numbers of returning salmonids. These proposed changes do not include Lake Sutherland, which is outside park boundaries. High lakes in the Elwha basin within Olympic National Park are not affected by this moratorium and will remain open to recreational fishing each year from the last Saturday in April to October 31.
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Last updated: February 28, 2015