WDFW approves razor clam dig at Copalis, Mocrocks beaches

  OLYMPIA – Copalis and Mocrocks beaches will open later this week for razor clam digging along with Long Beach and Twin Harbors. Shellfish managers gave the OK today for digging at Copalis and Mocrocks after marine toxin test results indicated clams from those beaches are safe to eat. Last week, the Washington Department of …

WDFW issues permit to Cooke Aquaculture to transport juvenile Atlantic salmon

  OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has authorized Cooke Aquaculture to transport about 1 million juvenile Atlantic salmon from the company’s hatchery in Rochester, Wash., to an existing net-pen facility in Puget Sound. Eric Kinne, manager of WDFW’s hatchery division, said the transport permit is not related to the company’s …

WDFW proposes simplified freshwater fishing regulations, seeks public comment

  OLYMPIA – State fishery managers are seeking public comment on a proposed package of simplified recreational fishing regulations for freshwater species, such as steelhead, trout and warmwater fish. As part of that effort, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has scheduled six workshops to discuss the proposed changes with the public. To …

Wind River to remain closed to fishing above Shipherd Falls

  Action: The Wind River from 100 feet above Shipherd Falls to Moore Bridge will remain closed to fishing. Effective dates: Sept. 16 through Nov. 30, 2017 Species affected: All gamefish Location: Wind River from 100 feet above Shipherd Falls to Moore Bridge Reason for action: A minimum escapement of 500 wild summer steelhead is needed to allow for the …

Game fish daily limits and size restrictions to be suspended on 5 eastern Washington lakes

  WDFW Fishing Rule Change    Action:  Remove size and daily limits and extend the season for game fish on three lakes in Stevens County and two lakes in Spokane County that scheduled for rehabilitation. Species affected: Trout and other game fish Stevens County: Effective dates and locations: Effective immediately through Oct. 15, 2017, Rigley, Rocky and Williams lakes (Stevens County) are open to …

WDFW encourages anglers to fish for escaped Atlantic salmon

  OLYMPIA – State salmon managers are encouraging anglers to fish for thousands of Atlantic salmon that escaped recently from a salmon farm near the San Juan Islands. Cooke Aquaculture notified the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) of a net pen failure on Aug. 19 that caused the release of Atlantic salmon from …

Ocean salmon fishery off Ilwaco and Westport to close early

  WDFW Fishing Rule Change   Action:   Close Marine Areas 1 (Ilwaco) and 2 (Westport) to salmon fishing. Effective Dates:  Effective 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 22. Species affected:  All salmon. Locations:  Marine Areas 1 (Ilwaco) and 2 (Westport), Cape Falcon, Oregon to Queets River, Washington. Reason for action: Estimates indicate that anglers will reach quotas for coho salmon by …

WDFW Clarifies regulations for the Elliott Bay salmon fishery

  WDFW Fishing Rule Changes    Action: Clarifies rules within 2017-18 Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for Elliott Bay salmon fisheries within Marine Area 10 (Seattle/Bremerton) through Oct. 31. Effective Date: Immediately through Oct. 31, 2017. Species affected:  Salmon. Locations and dates: Elliott Bay (waters east of a line form West Point to Alki Point, excluding Harbor Island/Duwamish Waterway) is open to …

Anglers may retain un-clipped chinook on the Entiat River beginning Aug. 18

  WDFW Fishing Rule Change    Action:  Allow the retention of un-clipped chinook as part of the salmon daily limit.  Effective dates:  One hour before official sunrise on Aug. 18, 2017, through Sept. 30, 2017. Location:  Entiat River, from the mouth (railroad bridge) to boundary marker(s) located approximately 1,500 feet upstream of the Upper Roaring Creek Road …

Fall salmon seasons kick off Aug. 1 with mixed forecasts

Photo Courtesy of St Laurent Guide Service   CLACKAMAS, Ore. – The popular Buoy 10 fishery at the mouth of the Columbia River opens on Tuesday, Aug. 1 with a mixed forecast for Chinook, coho and steelhead returns. The biggest change for the 2017 fall season are restrictions on steelhead retention which include area-specific, 1-2 month steelhead retention closures …