Dalles Pool sturgeon season to close effective Jan. 20th

  CLACKAMAS, Ore. – The recreational sturgeon season in The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam) will close effective 12:01 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, under rules announced today by fishery managers from Oregon and Washington. The states decided to close the sturgeon sports fishery based on catch projections which indicate the 100 fish …

WDFW Commission to consider simplified sportfishing rules

  OLYMPIA – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will take action on proposed simplified recreational fishing rules for Washington rivers, streams and lakes during its public meeting Jan. 18-20 in Ridgefield. The commission also will receive a briefing, and potentially provide guidance, on a proposed management plan for harvesting Puget Sound chinook salmon. The …

WDFW seeks public comments on Willapa Bay salmon priorities

  OLYMPIA – State fishery managers will hold a public workshop Jan. 23 in Raymond to solicit public comments on priorities for upcoming sport and commercial salmon-fishing seasons in Willapa Bay. The workshop, sponsored by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. at the Raymond Elks Club on 326 Third St. Annette Hoffmann, …

WDFW Commission to receive briefing on proposed plan for Puget Sound chinook salmon

  OLYMPIA – State fish managers will update the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission during a conference call Jan. 12 on a proposed management plan for harvesting Puget Sound chinook salmon. The commission, a citizen panel appointed by the governor to set policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), will convene the call at 2 …

Fly Fishing: What Is the Hatch Pattern and Why Should I Care?

If you had to guess about the most exciting part of fly fishing, what would you say? Some anglers would probably say the thrill of catching that big trout is the best part of a day of fishing. But more than likely, the average fly fisher finds the hatch pattern a lot more fascinating and …

Razor clam digs set for December 1st in Washington

  OLYMPIA – Razor clam diggers will have the opportunity to fill their limits during a four-day dig beginning Dec. 1 on various ocean beaches. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the Dec. 1-4 dig on evening tides after marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat. No digging will be allowed before noon. Some …

Positions open on Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Recreational Anglers Board

  OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking nominations for four vacant positions on a citizen advisory group responsible for reviewing proposals to maintain and improve sportfishing opportunities for salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River and its tributaries. The Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Recreational Anglers Board’s primary role …

Affordable fly fishing gear any fly fisherman will love

  As many fly fishermen know, when it comes to finding good fly fishing equipment at an affordable price, it’s easier said than done. With most fly fishing gear averaging a couple hundred dollars to couple thousand, the occasional trip to the tackle shop can get very expensive, fast.  Since most of us need to …

Salmon fishing to temporarily close in marine areas 8-1, 8-2 and 9

  WDFW FISHING RULE CHANGE   Action: Marine areas 8-1, 8-2 and 9 closed to salmon fishing, excluding year-round piers. Effective Date:  Nov. 13, 2017, until further notice. Species affected: Salmon. Location:  Marine areas 8-1 (Deception Pass, Hope Island and Skagit Bay), 8-2 (Port Susan and Port Gamble), and 9 (Admiralty Inlet) within Puget Sound, excluding year-round piers. Reason for …

Entire Oregon coast re-opens to mussel harvesting

  The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announce the reopening of recreational and commercial mussel harvesting from the south jetty of the Columbia River to the north jetty of Yaquina Bay at Newport. Shellfish samples taken from the area indicate levels of the paralytic shellfish toxin (PST) have …