$34 million in fish threatened by state government shutdown

Michael Konopasek, KING 5 News June 26, 2015 SEATTLE – Millions of dollars in fish could be at stake if state lawmakers can’t agree on a budget and avoid a government shutdown. Dozens of hatcheries across Washington, where fish are raised, could be temporarily closed. There are millions of fish being raised by the Department …

Alaska trollers outraged by low king salmon quota set by Pacific Salmon Commission

SitNews June , 26, 2015 Quota of 237,000 Chinook salmon shows broken forecast system   Juneau, Alaska – Members of the Alaska Trollers Association are expressing outrage that the Pacific Salmon Commission (PSC) has capped Alaska’s harvest of king salmon this summer at 237,000 fish. With the summer troll season set to begin this week, …

Oregon changes Umpqua River fishing Rules due to drought

By Associated Press Published – Jun 23, 2015 at 12:55 PM PDT ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has imposed emergency restrictions to protect steelhead in the mainstem of the Umpqua River due to the drought. District biologist Greg Huchko said Tuesday flows are 50 percent of normal, and temperatures are approaching …

NOAA Looks to Hijack Emergency Fishermens Funds

Gloucester Daily Times Tuesday, June 23, 2015 10:11 am The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has in recent weeks been casting about for a pool of money to tap for its controversial on board fishing vessel monitoring program. Efforts to make fishermen pay directly for the program — yet another unfunded federal mandate — have so …

Russian River bag limit doubled to 6 sockeye salmon

Alaska Dispatch News, June 22, 2015 Think the popular Russian River is crowded with anglers?  Just wait. Beginning Tuesday morning, the bag limit will double to six fish, 12 in possession. The affected area is from Skilak Lake upstream on the Kenai River to a Fish and Game marker about 300 yards upstream of the Sportsman’s …

WDFW closes the Tahuya river to salmon retention and redefines access to Chico and Gorst creek.

J. W. Snyder, NWFN – June 18, 2015   Olympic Peninsula – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has closed down Salmon retention on the Tahuya river located in Kitsap county and further restricts access to Gorst and Chico creeks. Kitsap county has taken a hit for the 2015 salmon season with one of the county’s most …

Groundbreaking event to celebrate Skagit Bay restoration project

WDFW – June 17, 2015   OLYMPIA – A groundbreaking celebration is scheduled June 30 to mark the start of a two-year construction project in the Skagit River Delta that will support salmon recovery, protect farmland, and improve access to a popular bird-watching destination. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is sponsoring the …

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 …