Commission supports WDFW’s attention to orcas’ needs in crafting fishing seasons

  OLYMPIA – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has signaled its support for state fishery managers’ plans to consider the dietary needs of endangered orcas when they set this year’s salmon-fishing seasons. The commission, a citizen panel appointed by the governor to set policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), directed …

California Sea lion euthanization underway at Willamette Falls

  Due to the significant overpopulation of the California Sea Lion over the last decade, there has been a steady decline in the numbers of salmon making there way back to spawn in the Columbia River System. Recently legislation was passed allowing for the killing of sea lions in an attempt to help prevent the continued …

Washington, Oregon fish and wildlife commissioners will meet to discuss Columbia River salmon reform

  OLYMPIA – The public is invited to attend a meeting scheduled this month by members of the Washington and Oregon fish and wildlife commissions to discuss next steps in reforming salmon management on the Columbia River. The meeting is set for Jan. 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Oregon Fish and …

The best fishing gloves – Perfect Gifts for your Angler Friend

  Fishing is one healthy and fun activity, but it’s not always easy. Fishing in cold waters takes some strength and determination and while it’s always the determination that takes you to the other end; there is stuff that can help you enjoy your fishing expedition. Fishing gloves are one such utility gear that comes …

WDFW finds 2.75 million chinook fry to help replace fish lost at Minter Creek Hatchery

  OLYMPIA – Up to 2.75 million fall chinook fry are headed to the Minter Creek Hatchery in Pierce County in an effort to replace salmon lost during a Dec. 14 power outage at the facility. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) received approval Friday from NOAA Fisheries – the agency that oversees …

6.2 Million Chinook salmon fry lost after power outage at the Minter Creek Hatchery

  OLYMPIA – As many as 6.2 million chinook salmon fry died last weekend when a windstorm cut power to the Minter Creek Hatchery in Pierce County and the facility’s backup generator failed. The fry were in incubators at the Minter Creek Hatchery operated by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). The pump …

Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission vote to increase hunting and fishing license fee

  OLYMPIA – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is proposing a 15-percent boost in recreational hunting and fishing license fees for 2019, with caps on the increase for people who buy multiple licenses in “bundled” packages. The commission, a citizen board appointed by the governor to set policy for the Washington Department of Fish …

WDFW authorizes transfer of Atlantic salmon into Puget Sound net pens

  OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has authorized Cooke Aquaculture to transport about 800,000 juvenile Atlantic salmon from the company’s hatchery in Rochester, Wash., to existing net-pen facilities in Puget Sound. WDFW issued the fish transport permit this week after working to ensure Cooke had met all of the state’s …

WDFW announces fall chinook harvest will be allowed in the Snake River

  WDFW FISHING RULE CHANGE Action:  The Snake River will open for harvest of fall chinook: Daily limit 6. Release all salmon other than adult hatchery chinook and jack chinook. Salmon minimum length 12 inches. Washington licensed anglers must cease fishing for salmon and steelhead once their adult daily limit for either steelhead or salmon has …

The Ultimate Fishing Beads for Salmon, Trout and Steelhead.

  Fishing beads are among some of the most populate lures on the marketing for fishing for salmon trout and steelhead. For generations, anglers have been fishing beads with hopes of catching the big one. The trick is to find beads that most closely resemble a natural salmon egg! Beads that look like natural roe …