Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission vote to increase hunting and fishing license fee

  OLYMPIA – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is proposing a 15-percent boost in recreational hunting and fishing license fees for 2019, with caps on the increase for people who buy multiple licenses in “bundled” packages. The commission, a citizen board appointed by the governor to set policy for the Washington Department of Fish …

WDFW authorizes transfer of Atlantic salmon into Puget Sound net pens

  OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has authorized Cooke Aquaculture to transport about 800,000 juvenile Atlantic salmon from the company’s hatchery in Rochester, Wash., to existing net-pen facilities in Puget Sound. WDFW issued the fish transport permit this week after working to ensure Cooke had met all of the state’s …

WDFW announces fall chinook harvest will be allowed in the Snake River

  WDFW FISHING RULE CHANGE Action:  The Snake River will open for harvest of fall chinook: Daily limit 6. Release all salmon other than adult hatchery chinook and jack chinook. Salmon minimum length 12 inches. Washington licensed anglers must cease fishing for salmon and steelhead once their adult daily limit for either steelhead or salmon has …

Salmon fishing to close in Marine Areas 1 and 4

WDFW FISHING RULE CHANGE   Action: Close Marine Areas 1 and 4 to salmon fishing beginning Monday, Aug. 13. Effective date: Aug. 13, 2018. Species affected: Salmon. Location: Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco) and Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay). Reason for action: Estimates indicate that anglers will reach quotas for coho salmon in areas 1 and 4. Closing the salmon fisheries …

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 …