Sockeye season to open on the Columbia River

  Starting July 1st, anglers can catch and keep sockeye salmon on the Columbia River, but will be required to release any chinook salmon they intercept downriver from Bonneville Dam. Fishery managers from Washington and Oregon today agreed to modify fishing rules in joint waters of the Columbia, and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife …

WDFW denies permit for company to place 800,000 Atlantic salmon into Puget Sound net pens

  OLYMPIA – Citing the risk of fish disease transmission, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has denied permission for Cooke Aquaculture to transport 800,000 juvenile Atlantic salmon from its hatchery near Rochester to net pens at Rich Passage in Kitsap County. In late April, Cooke applied for permission to move juvenile non-native salmon …

WDFW invites public comments on conservation of river and stream banks

  OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking public comment on its recommendations for the management of “riparian ecosystems” along the banks of rivers and streams throughout the state. Terra Rentz, the department’s ecosystem services manager, said WDFW will accept written comments through mid-July on the recommendations contained in Riparian Ecosystems, …

2018 halibut seasons to open in May in Washington’s waters

  OLYMPIA – Anglers fishing for halibut in Washington waters will see a similar season structure as compared to 2017 when fishing gets underway in May. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) establishes halibut seasons using catch quotas adopted by the International Pacific Halibut Commission for coastal fisheries from California to Alaska. Washington …

Public to comment on Columbia River policy review at advisory group meetings

  OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is inviting people to share their views at four upcoming meetings in Ridgefield on a draft assessment of a state policy that guides the management of salmon fisheries in the lower Columbia River. The policy, adopted in 2013 by the Washington Fish and Wildlife …

States set 2018 summer and fall salmon seasons

  CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Oregon and Washington fishery managers have announced the 2018 summer and fall fisheries for the Columbia River. This year, anglers will see changes to daily bag limits and fewer fishing days for Chinook salmon due to lower harvest guidelines resulting from below-average salmon and steelhead forecasts. For the summer season, adult …

WDFW Clarifies Recreational Bottomfish Limits for 2018

  WDFW FISHING RULE CHANGE   Action:  Canary rockfish retention will be allowed in marine areas 3 (La Push) and 4 (Neah Bay) beginning May 9. Anglers can keep up to two canary rockfish as part of the seven rockfish daily limit. This rule change also clarifies that recreational anglers in all coastal marine areas west of …

Washington’s Coastal recreational bottomfish limits changed

  WDFW FISHING RULE CHANGE   Actions:  Increases the daily limit for canary rockfish to two fish (from one) in marine areas 1 (Ilwaco) and 2 (Westport). Establishes a daily limit of three flatfish (excluding halibut), such as sole, flounder or sanddab, in all coastal marine areas west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line (marine areas 1 – …

Hundreds of lowland lakes open April 28th

  OLYMPIA–Trout fishing in Washington reaches full speed April 28 when hundreds of lowland lakes – stocked with millions of fish – open for a six-month season. To prepare for the opener, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (WDFW) fish hatchery crews have been stocking more than 12 million trout and kokanee in lakes statewide. “Although many …

Boat inspection stations open around Oregon, Vehicles hauling boats must stop for free inspection

  SALEM, Ore – Boating season is starting and people hauling both motorized and non-motorized boats must stop at watercraft inspection stations opening around Oregon next week. Large orange “Boat Inspection Ahead” signs followed by “Inspection Required for All Watercraft” alert motorists. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife inspection stations in Ashland and Ontario are now …