Federal fisheries regulators close West Coast sardine season to prevent overfishing

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Federal regulators have approved an early closure of commercial sardine fishing off Oregon, Washington and California to prevent overfishing. They’re hoping to save the West Coast sardine fishery from the kind of collapse that led to the demise of Cannery Row, made famous by John Steinbeck’s novel of the same …

Snake River Spring Chinook Fishery Opens 04/19/2015

OLYMPIA – Two sections of the Snake River, below Ice Harbor Dam near Pasco and below Lower Granite Dam, will open to fishing for spring chinook salmon Sunday, April 19. Two other sections of the river – below Little Goose Dam and Clarkston – will open Thursday, April 23. Each section of the river is …

Fishing vest gone militant!

Attention Serious anglers it’s time to get tactical, as in tactical vest. When it comes to combat fishing there’s no better way to store your gear than a good old fashion military issue tactical vest. Modern ammo/tactical vests are very versatile allowing users to change pocket sizes and adjust them for comfort and ease of use as …

New Fishing Access Location Opens in Pocetello, ID

Pocatello Wellness Pond – A New Fishing Hole/Recreational Area Opening 2015. Pocatello will receive a new urban fishing water this coming fall with the opening of the Portneuf Wellness Complex. The 7-acre pond will be stocked with fish and ready for anglers when the park opens to the public. Last week, our staff were busy …

Cowlitz River Rule Change

Effective date: April 1, 2015, until further notice. Species affected: Steelhead. Location: Cowlitz River from boundary markers at the mouth upstream to 400 feet (or posted markers) below the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery barrier dam. Reason for action: There has been a strong showing of late winter run hatchery steelhead on the Cowlitz to date. The …

Forecast of Adult Returns for coho salmon and Chinook Salmon

The Northwest Fisheries Science Center a division of NOAA Fisheries reports that the expected Salmon returns for the Northwest region may be lower than normal. Researchers indicate that 2014 offered a low abundance of winter fish larvae that develop into salmon prey in the spring. Also moderate catches of juvenile spring Chinook salmon during the …

2015 Lower Cowlitz River Steelhead Retention Rule Change

Action: Cowlitz River anglers may retain up to 3 hatchery steelhead. Effective date: April 1, 2015, until further notice. Species affected: Steelhead. Location: Cowlitz River from boundary markers at the mouth upstream to 400 feet (or posted markers) below the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery barrier dam. Reason for action: There has been a strong showing of …

Columbia River Closes to Spring Chinook

Portland, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) in cooperation with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) have reached a joint decision to close the Columbia River to fishing for spring Chinook salmon. Jim Unsworth, director of WDFW, stated in an email to the AP this morning that these actions …

NOAA plans increased 2015 Arctic nautical charting operations

Coordinating with Coast Guard for safe shipping route from Unimak Pass through Bering Strait March 17, 2015 NOAA survey ships and the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy are coordinating transits to and from the Arctic, to collect depth measurements along the proposed shipping corridor. (Credit: NOAA) As commercial shipping traffic increases in the Arctic, NOAA is taking …