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 …

Feds release new plans to protect Snake River sockeye

Associated Press – June 08, 2015  BOISE — Federal authorities have released their final recovery plan for Snake River sockeye salmon, a species that teetered on the brink of extinction in the early 1990s. Authorities say the plan released Monday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will create a self-sustaining population of sockeye over the next …

Wild Olympics and Scenic Rivers act makes another run.

June 5, 2015 PT Leader   The Wild Olympics Coalition are cheering the introduction of the Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act by U.S. Senator Patty Murray and U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer, according to a press release sent from from the Wild Olympics Campaign in Quilcene. This act permanently protects more than …

2015 Grande Ronde River spring chinook fisheries to open

Grande Ronde River spring chinook fisheries to open WDFW, 06/05/2015 Action / Species affected:  Spring chinook salmon fishing opens on the Grande Ronde River. Locations:  Grande Ronde River from mouth of Buford Creek (approximately ½ mile downstream of the Highway 129 Bridge at Boggan’s Oasis) upstream to the Washington/Oregon state line. Dates:  June 13, 2015, …

Washington Reduces 4 Day Razor Clam Dig

Razor clam dig reduced to one day this week WDFW 05/27/1970 OLYMPIA – Three days of a four-day razor clam dig have been canceled on all ocean beaches because of public health concerns, state shellfish managers said today. The opening will continue as planned Thursday on Long Beach and Twin Harbors beaches after state health …

Skykomish River Closed For Summer Hatchery Chinook

Skykomish River hatchery Chinook fishery will not open June 1, 2015 WDFW 05/07/2015 Action: Close the Skykomish River to the retention of hatchery chinook salmon. Effective date: June 1 through July 31, 2015. Species affected: Hatchery chinook salmon. Location: The Skykomish River from the mouth upstream to the mouth of the Wallace River. Reason for …

Lower Snake River Chinook Season to Close

Chinook fisheries on two sections of the lower Snake River set to close Action: Spring chinook salmon fishing closes on the Snake River below Ice Harbor and Little Goose dams, but remains unchanged in the Lower Granite and Clarkston areas. Species affected:   Chinook salmon. Snake River fishery zones to close.    Below Ice Harbor …

Strong spring Chinook run extends season above and below the Bonneville

OLYMPIA – With spring chinook salmon passing Bonneville Dam in higher numbers than expected, fish managers from Washington and Oregon today agreed to extend the fishing season on the Columbia River for miles below and above the dam. In the lower river, the fishery will reopen Saturday, May 9, for one day, and again from …

Razor Clam dig open for 4 days on WA Coast

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – State officials have approved four days of razor clam digging on the several ocean beaches. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife gave its approval for the dig after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat. The digs begin Thursday on morning tides. Most digs were approved for …