WDFW issues permit to Cooke Aquaculture to transport juvenile Atlantic salmon

  OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has authorized Cooke Aquaculture to transport about 1 million juvenile Atlantic salmon from the company’s hatchery in Rochester, Wash., to an existing net-pen facility in Puget Sound. Eric Kinne, manager of WDFW’s hatchery division, said the transport permit is not related to the company’s …

A great product to help anglers keep it together, Reed’s Pole Wraps

  All great ideas start with a problem, when you find the solution to that problem you hit a home run. In my case I was having problems with the never ending rattle of my fishing poles clanging together as I was driving down the road to go fishing. I don’t know about you, but …

How to Choose the Best Saltwater Baitcasting Reel

  Spinning reels are extremely versatile and relatively easy to use but there’s no true substitute for the accuracy of a bait casting reel that an experienced angler can achieve.  Although requiring hours of practice, bait casting reels can allow professional anglers to cast their lures precisely and stop their lures swiftly to catch bad …

Pacific Halibut all-depth fishery from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain ends for the year

  NEWPORT, Ore.—Oregon’s recreational summer all-depth halibut season in the Central Coast subarea has ended for the year because the quota has been reached. The nearshore halibut fishery (inside of the 40-fathom line) for the Central Coast subarea will remain open. Anglers may no longer catch or retain halibut in the Central Coast subarea (between …

WDFW proposes simplified freshwater fishing regulations, seeks public comment

  OLYMPIA – State fishery managers are seeking public comment on a proposed package of simplified recreational fishing regulations for freshwater species, such as steelhead, trout and warmwater fish. As part of that effort, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has scheduled six workshops to discuss the proposed changes with the public. To …

Wind River to remain closed to fishing above Shipherd Falls

  Action: The Wind River from 100 feet above Shipherd Falls to Moore Bridge will remain closed to fishing. Effective dates: Sept. 16 through Nov. 30, 2017 Species affected: All gamefish Location: Wind River from 100 feet above Shipherd Falls to Moore Bridge Reason for action: A minimum escapement of 500 wild summer steelhead is needed to allow for the …

Game fish daily limits and size restrictions to be suspended on 5 eastern Washington lakes

  WDFW Fishing Rule Change    Action:  Remove size and daily limits and extend the season for game fish on three lakes in Stevens County and two lakes in Spokane County that scheduled for rehabilitation. Species affected: Trout and other game fish Stevens County: Effective dates and locations: Effective immediately through Oct. 15, 2017, Rigley, Rocky and Williams lakes (Stevens County) are open to …

WDFW encourages anglers to fish for escaped Atlantic salmon

  OLYMPIA – State salmon managers are encouraging anglers to fish for thousands of Atlantic salmon that escaped recently from a salmon farm near the San Juan Islands. Cooke Aquaculture notified the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) of a net pen failure on Aug. 19 that caused the release of Atlantic salmon from …

Ocean salmon fishery off Ilwaco and Westport to close early

  WDFW Fishing Rule Change   Action:   Close Marine Areas 1 (Ilwaco) and 2 (Westport) to salmon fishing. Effective Dates:  Effective 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 22. Species affected:  All salmon. Locations:  Marine Areas 1 (Ilwaco) and 2 (Westport), Cape Falcon, Oregon to Queets River, Washington. Reason for action: Estimates indicate that anglers will reach quotas for coho salmon by …

WDFW Clarifies regulations for the Elliott Bay salmon fishery

  WDFW Fishing Rule Changes    Action: Clarifies rules within 2017-18 Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for Elliott Bay salmon fisheries within Marine Area 10 (Seattle/Bremerton) through Oct. 31. Effective Date: Immediately through Oct. 31, 2017. Species affected:  Salmon. Locations and dates: Elliott Bay (waters east of a line form West Point to Alki Point, excluding Harbor Island/Duwamish Waterway) is open to …