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 …

ODFW to have special April 13th meeting on blue/black rockfish permits

  Salem, Ore. – The Commercial Fisheries Permit Board will meet on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 10 a.m. to prepare the final order in the limited entry blue/black rockfish permits contested case for Firstco Marine LLC, Raymond Carel. Public wishing to listen to the meeting may do so at the Oregon Department of Fish and …

Spring chinook fishery extended four days below Bonneville Dam on the Columbia river

Photo courtesy of Swannys Guided Fishing! Call Bill Swann at 206-755-1204 and book your trip today! 03/30/2017 – John Snyder – Northwest Fishing News    OLYMPIA – State fishery managers have extended the initial sportfishing season for spring chinook salmon on the lower Columbia River by four days in response to poor fishing conditions caused by …

Hatchery reared coho retention now allowed on Lake Sammamish

03/28/2017 – John Snyder – NW Fishing News   WDFW Fishing Rule Change  Action: Institutes landlocked salmon rules, allowing retention of marked hatchery-origin coho salmon. Adds a 12-inch minimum size to any marked hatchery-origin coho salmon. Location: Lake Sammamish (King Co.) Effective dates: Immediately through May 31, 2017. Species affected: Hatchery-origin coho salmon. Reasons for …

Marine Area 7 salmon season re-opening on March 25th

03/23/2017 – John Snyder – Northwest Fishing News    Action: Marine Area 7 (San Juan Islands) will reopen to salmon fishing March 25. The daily limit for hatchery chinook salmon in Marine Area 7 will be one chinook, with an overall two-salmon daily limit. All coho and wild chinook salmon must be released. Effective Date: March …

WDFW approves razor clam dig for March 24

  OLYMPIA – State shellfish managers have approved a razor clam dig beginning March 24 with openings alternating between Mocrocks and Copalis beaches for three days. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the opening on evening tides after marine toxin tests confirmed the clams on those two beaches are safe to eat. …