Recreational salmon fishery opens June 24 in the salt

  OLYMPIA – Sport anglers will have the opportunity to reel in salmon off the Washington coast starting Saturday, June 24. That’s when marine areas 1 (Ilwaco), 3 (La Push) and 4 (Neah Bay) open daily for salmon fishing. Marine Area 2 (Westport) will open a week later on July 1. Fish managers expect slightly …

Daily limit of 4 chinook starting July 1 south of Ayock in Marine Area 12

Photo Courtesy of Big King Salmon Charters WDFW Fishing Rule Change   Action: Anglers can keep 4 chinook daily south of Ayock Point in Marine Area 12 (Hood Canal) beginning July 1. Effective Date: July 1 through Sept. 30, 2017. Species affected: Chinook salmon. Location: South of Ayock Point within Marine Area 12. Reason for …

Recreational halibut fishing to open June 4 in Neah Bay, La Push and Puget Sound

Photo Courtesy of Danny Stonedahl of River Chrome Guide Service   WDFW Fishing Rule Change   Action:  Marine Areas 3 (La Push), 4 (Neah Bay), and 5-10 (Puget Sound) will be open to recreational halibut fishing Sunday, June 4. WDFW previously announced halibut fishing will be open in these same areas on Thursday, June 1. …

Razor clam digging closed for the season on 3 beaches; Dig at Mocrocks depends on toxin tests

  OLYMPIA – Three of Washington’s ocean beaches will remain closed to razor clam digging for the rest of the season while a potential dig at Mocrocks depends on additional toxin tests. Test results on razor clams dug at both Long Beach and Twin Harbors beaches indicate levels of domoic acid exceed the threshold (20 …

Chinook fishing and bag limit reduced on lower Willamette

  CLACKAMAS, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife today announced that salmon and steelhead anglers will be limited to a three-day-per-week schedule and a one Chinook bag limit in the lower Willamette River, effective Monday, May 8. Under the new rules, until further notice Chinook and steelhead retention will be open three …

Oregon Fish Restoration and Enhancement Board set to meet in Madras

  SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Fish Restoration and Enhancement Board will meet on Friday, May 12 in Madras. The board will meet from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Inn at Cross Keys Station located at 66 NW Cedar Street in Madras to review 13 project proposals. The …

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to release 6,000 trout for Vernonia Lake fishing event

  TILLAMOOK, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife invites new anglers to take part in its Family Fishing Event Saturday, May 6 at Vernonia Lake from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free to the public and open to all. ODFW staff, and volunteers from the Association of Northwest Steelheaders …

Puget Sound marine salmon corrections to the 2016-17 Washington sport fishing pamphlet

  WDFW Fishing Rule Change    Effective Date:  May 1 through June 30, 2017. Species affected: Salmon. Location and Action:  Tulalip Terminal Area fishery: Both hatchery and wild coho and chinook may be kept as part of the salmon daily limit starting May 26on Fridays through noon Mondays.  Closed June 17. Area 10:  Closed June 1 …

Poaching leads to fishing closures on Gilbert River in Oregon

  CLACKAMAS, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has adopted a year-round ban on sturgeon fishing in the Gilbert River as well as additional seasonal angling closures. Under temporary rules that take effect Monday, April 24, the Gilbert River closes to sturgeon fishing, including catch-and-release, year around, and closes to fishing for …

WDFW Anounces Marine Area 7 recreational salmon season set to close

Photo courtesy of Big King Salmon Charters   WDFW Fishing Rule Change   Action: Marine Area 7 (San Juan Islands) will close to salmon fishing at the end of the day April 21. Effective Date:  12: 01 a.m. April 22 through April 30, 2017. Species affected: Salmon. Location:  Marine Area 7. Reason for action: Preliminary estimates and …