Fishing and Hunting Fee Hikes Reduced

Henry Miller, Statesman Journal – 06/17/2015   The sting of fee increases for fishing and hunting licenses might not smart as much as originally proposed. Thanks to some pointed discussions and lengthy negotiations that resulted in amendments and modifications to several bills in the Oregon Legislature, the cost hikes to go fishing and hunting could …

2015-2016 Washington Fishing Regulations Pamplet Finally Here!

Just in time for summer, the WDFW 2015-2016 Fishing Regs are at the printing press and being prepared for distribution. For those who can’t wait a digital version can be obtained online at the WDFW website. Key changes in the Regs for this year is the bobber Rule for the Skokomish river, Tahuya River has been closed to sport fishing for …

Lampreys Falling From The Sky In Alaska

Washington Post – June, 2015 It all began outside of Value Village in Fairbanks, Alaska. Somehow, a strange-looking eel-like fish — equipped with teeth perfect for latching onto another animal and sucking its blood — ended up in the thrift store’s parking lot last week. Oh, and the fish was alive. So store employees put …

Fishing The Northwest This Father’s Day!

Dave Graybill, Fishin Magician, Friday, June 12, 2015  It’s Father’s Day Weekend on June 20th, and many families have plans to get together with Dad. This will be my first Father’s Day without my father, who passed away a short time ago. It was a tradition for my brother Rick and I to take him …

ADFG Relaxes Regs Due To Strong Salmon Returns

ADN – Mike Campbell, Beth Bragg, June 11, 2015  Boats crowd the mouth of the Deshka River to fish for king salmon in this June 15, 2007 file photo. Strong early returns of king salmon mean restrictions there and on the Anchor River will be eased. These are giddy days for Southcentral king salmon anglers, who …

Coast Guard rescues fishing boat in violent Alaska waters

CBS News – 06/11/2015 The crew of an Alaska fishing boat is safe after a dramatic rescue at sea. Coast Guard video shows the four men plunging into the six-foot seas from the sinking boat near Alaska’s Lituya Bay, CBS News’ Elaine Quijano reports. As the ship’s crew dealt with Alaska’s extreme environment, something on …

Washington State Record Tiger Trout Caught By Priest River Angler

NICK IVIE, Hagadone News Network, June 11, 2015   TONASKET, Wash. – Longtime Priest River resident Kelly Flaherty has a whopper of a fish story to tell, only this experienced angler has the proof and backing of the state fish and wildlife department to keep his account from becoming just another fisherman’s tale. Flaherty, 53, reeled …

2015 Halibut bycatch limit significantly reduced in Bering Sea

Associated Press, June 8, 2015 JUNEAU — The North Pacific Fishery Management Council is asking pollock and cod trawlers in the Bering Sea to cut halibut bycatch by a fourth. Sunday afternoon’s 6-3 vote didn’t give halibut fisherman the 41-percent reduction they wanted and frustrated trawlers targeting other fish who say they’ve voluntarily put measures in place …

New Oregon fishing regs could open Hyatt and Howard Prairie in winter

By Mark Freeman, Mail Tribune June 10. 2015 9:57AM Hyatt and Howard Prairie lakes could become year-round fishing spots, and special rules for largemouth bass in Applegate Lake could disappear under new plans to simplify Oregon’s often confusing and inconsistent trout and warmwater fishing rules. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is in the midst …

U.S Plans Columbia River Treaty Talks To Push Environmental Issues.

By Rob Hotakainen, McClatchy Washington Bureau June 10, 2015 WASHINGTON — After a long delay, the Obama administration has signaled that it’s ready to launch talks with Canada to renew the 51-year-old Columbia River Treaty, a controversial pact that created dams for electricity and flood control in the Pacific Northwest. But there will be one big …