Razor clam digging closed for the season on 3 beaches; Dig at Mocrocks depends on toxin tests

  OLYMPIA – Three of Washington’s ocean beaches will remain closed to razor clam digging for the rest of the season while a potential dig at Mocrocks depends on additional toxin tests. Test results on razor clams dug at both Long Beach and Twin Harbors beaches indicate levels of domoic acid exceed the threshold (20 …

Oregon Fish Restoration and Enhancement Board set to meet in Madras

  SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Fish Restoration and Enhancement Board will meet on Friday, May 12 in Madras. The board will meet from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Inn at Cross Keys Station located at 66 NW Cedar Street in Madras to review 13 project proposals. The …

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to release 6,000 trout for Vernonia Lake fishing event

  TILLAMOOK, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife invites new anglers to take part in its Family Fishing Event Saturday, May 6 at Vernonia Lake from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free to the public and open to all. ODFW staff, and volunteers from the Association of Northwest Steelheaders …

Puget Sound marine salmon corrections to the 2016-17 Washington sport fishing pamphlet

  WDFW Fishing Rule Change    Effective Date:  May 1 through June 30, 2017. Species affected: Salmon. Location and Action:  Tulalip Terminal Area fishery: Both hatchery and wild coho and chinook may be kept as part of the salmon daily limit starting May 26on Fridays through noon Mondays.  Closed June 17. Area 10:  Closed June 1 …

Poaching leads to fishing closures on Gilbert River in Oregon

  CLACKAMAS, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has adopted a year-round ban on sturgeon fishing in the Gilbert River as well as additional seasonal angling closures. Under temporary rules that take effect Monday, April 24, the Gilbert River closes to sturgeon fishing, including catch-and-release, year around, and closes to fishing for …

WDFW Anounces Marine Area 7 recreational salmon season set to close

Photo courtesy of Big King Salmon Charters   WDFW Fishing Rule Change   Action: Marine Area 7 (San Juan Islands) will close to salmon fishing at the end of the day April 21. Effective Date:  12: 01 a.m. April 22 through April 30, 2017. Species affected: Salmon. Location:  Marine Area 7. Reason for action: Preliminary estimates and …

Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission to meet at the Running Y Ranch Resort in Klamath Falls April 21st.

  SALEM, Ore.—The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission meets April 21 in Klamath Falls at the Running Y Ranch, 500 Running Y Road. The meeting starts at 8 a.m. and follows this agenda http://www.dfw.state.or.us/agency/commission/minutes/ The meeting will be livestreamed via ODFW’s Periscope and Twitter accounts. ODFW staff will present the 2016 Annual Wolf Report and …

Washington Halibut season set to open May 4th with higher catch quotas

Photo courtesy of Aarron Schmidt of Schmidtys Guide Service   OLYMPIA – Anglers fishing for halibut will notice a change this year with consistent halibut seasons across all Puget Sound and ocean areas, except marine waters near the mouth the Columbia River. The scheduled season dates are May 4, 6, 11, 21 and 25, and June …

Latest Trout Stocking Reports from the WDFW

  Trout stocking crews active across Washington, Preparations continue for April 22 opening day.   OLYMPIA–Trout stocking crews are working to plant fish throughout the state in preparation for April 22, when several hundred lowland lakes open for a six-month fishing season. Although many lakes are open year-round, the fourth Saturday in April marks the …

Washington State salmon fisheries regulations now set for 2017

  SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Washington anglers can expect a mixed bag of salmon fisheries this year with slightly increased opportunities in the ocean, seasons similar to last year in the Columbia River, and continued restrictions in Puget Sound.  The state’s 2017 salmon fishing seasons, developed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and …