September Chinook on the Hoh River

Thomas Mitchell

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For Washington land law it's working as designed. Reliction and accretion are two other words one should know when contemplating owning near the river.
LOL Indeed! We are in the process of buying a place on my favorite river and I've been reading about just those issues in relation to what happens when the river moves.

A very interesting situation is all the new beach land at the mouth of the Elwha...
 

speedbird49

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Didn't they shut the hoh down early last year? C&R or something?
For God knows what reason, there is a Spring barbed hook bait fishery for "dip in" hatchery kings that accidentally head into the Hoh during the Spring run. The problem with that is that these fish are rare, and anglers targeting them harm the depleted Spring/Summer wild run. I believe this is what was closed
 

Thomas Mitchell

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For God knows what reason, there is a Spring barbed hook bait fishery for "dip in" hatchery kings that accidentally head into the Hoh during the Spring run. The problem with that is that these fish are rare, and anglers targeting them harm the depleted Spring/Summer wild run. I believe this is what was closed
The closure was due to low escapement estimates for summer kings - came in 96 short of the already horrible 804 escapement number.


Barbed hooks are never allowed, even during bait season.

Bait season on the Hoh was from 4/16 to 6/1 and the originally planned 1 month salmon season for hatchery kings started the day bait closed. It was a stupid season and it's not there this year. Neither the season nor the closure made much sense for the stated objective as far as I can tell. The bigger danger was accidental (?) by-catch by the summer steelhead anglers and with limited enforcement, easier to close the whole thing.

I don't understand why anyone would go try to catch a unicorn hatchery springer on the Hoh in June when they could drive less far and fish the river that actually has the hatchery when bait was still open on that river. Worried about all the guys swinging flies on the lower Hoh I guess...
 

dustinchromers

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LOL Indeed! We are in the process of buying a place on my favorite river and I've been reading about just those issues in relation to what happens when the river moves.

A very interesting situation is all the new beach land at the mouth of the Elwha...

It's a thing. It matters how the land description is written. It's kinda like land casino. You can win big and lose big. The real legal test is in a situation where all land is abolished or relicted in said description. Read carefully my friend. Understand the little things as they are not little when concerning this issue. I highly suggest enlisting the consult of a well respected surveyor with experience in such matters. It will be the best investment you possibly make when concerning said parcel. Not to mention your sleep should the river not flow your way.
 

speedbird49

Active Member
The closure was due to low escapement estimates for summer kings - came in 96 short of the already horrible 804 escapement number.


Barbed hooks are never allowed, even during bait season.

Bait season on the Hoh was from 4/16 to 6/1 and the originally planned 1 month salmon season for hatchery kings started the day bait closed. It was a stupid season and it's not there this year. Neither the season nor the closure made much sense for the stated objective as far as I can tell. The bigger danger was accidental (?) by-catch by the summer steelhead anglers and with limited enforcement, easier to close the whole thing.

I don't understand why anyone would go try to catch a unicorn hatchery springer on the Hoh in June when they could drive less far and fish the river that actually has the hatchery when bait was still open on that river. Worried about all the guys swinging flies on the lower Hoh I guess...
Only reason I can think of is that the Hoh just looks so much prettier than most of the hatchery rivers. If I had a choice of not catching fish on the Green and not catching fish on the Hoh I know which one I'm choosing.
 

Thomas Mitchell

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Only reason I can think of is that the Hoh just looks so much prettier than most of the hatchery rivers. If I had a choice of not catching fish on the Green and not catching fish on the Hoh I know which one I'm choosing.
Never fished the Green but paddled it in WW kayak a number of time before I got smarter. Always seemed quite scenic in the parts I paddled.

Enjoy your trip. Here's a fall king I caught while fishing for coho a couple years back. Big dark toothy monsters that I'd usually rather avoid. LOL

Fall_King
 
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