Positions open on Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Recreational Anglers Board

  OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking nominations for four vacant positions on a citizen advisory group responsible for reviewing proposals to maintain and improve sportfishing opportunities for salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River and its tributaries. The Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Recreational Anglers Board’s primary role …

Salmon fishing to temporarily close in marine areas 8-1, 8-2 and 9

  WDFW FISHING RULE CHANGE   Action: Marine areas 8-1, 8-2 and 9 closed to salmon fishing, excluding year-round piers. Effective Date:  Nov. 13, 2017, until further notice. Species affected: Salmon. Location:  Marine areas 8-1 (Deception Pass, Hope Island and Skagit Bay), 8-2 (Port Susan and Port Gamble), and 9 (Admiralty Inlet) within Puget Sound, excluding year-round piers. Reason for …

Entire Oregon coast re-opens to mussel harvesting

  The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announce the reopening of recreational and commercial mussel harvesting from the south jetty of the Columbia River to the north jetty of Yaquina Bay at Newport. Shellfish samples taken from the area indicate levels of the paralytic shellfish toxin (PST) have …

November trout fishing in Washington

  OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is offering anglers opportunities for tight lines rather than long lines on the day after Thanksgiving. The “holiday specials” include thousands of large trout averaging 15 to 16 inches in length and weighing up to three pounds. The department is currently preparing to stock …

WDFW seeks public’s help to simplify freshwater sport fishing rules

  OLYMPIA – State fishery managers are inviting the public to comment on proposals to simplify recreational fishing rules for Washington rivers, streams and lakes. Proposals are based upon general policies for freshwater species – including trout, steelhead, bass, walleye, panfish, sturgeon, and shad – that the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) put …