Key Steelhead fishing spots closing on the Skykomish and Wallace

  Skykomish near Reiter Ponds and Wallace River to close to fishing Action: Close part of Wallace and Skykomish rivers to fishing. Effective date: Fishing to close at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 30, 2016 through Feb. 15, 2017. Species affected: All species. Locations: Wallace River: From the railroad trestle (downstream of Hwy 2 bridge) …

State Approves Razor Clam digs on Mocrocks and Copalis Beaches!

  OLYMPIA – Razor clam diggers can mark the year’s end with digs scheduled Dec. 30 and 31 at Copalis and Mocrocks beaches. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the two-day dig after marine toxin tests confirmed the clams on those two beaches are safe to eat. “Diggers can fill their buckets …

Puget Sound sport crabbing to close December 31st.

  OLYMPIA – Puget  Sound marine areas currently open for recreational winter crabbing will close at 5 p.m. on Dec. 31, after which all sport crabbers licensed to fish for Dungeness crab in the Sound will have through Feb. 1 to report their winter results. Crabbers who plan to report their catch online should be …

Coos Bay and Winchester Bay now open for recreational crabbing

12/16/2016 – John Snyder NWFN   SALEM, Ore.—The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announce that additional areas have been added to the ocean and bay recreational crab fishery along the southern Oregon coast. The recreational crab fishery is now open from the north jetty of the Umpqua River …

Oregon opens a portion of the coast for commercial Dungeness crabbing, extends recreational opening

12/10/2016 – J. W. Snyder – NW Fishing News    NEWPORT, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) and the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) announce the opening of the commercial crab season from Cape Blanco (just north of Port Orford) to the OR/CA border is set for Dec. 18. “We have …

WDFW prepares to launch new recreational licensing system

  OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will launch a new system later this month to sell fishing and hunting licenses and the Discover Pass. “We are very excited to launch the new system,” said Peter Vernie, WDFW’s licensing division manager.  “It will be more user-friendly than the current system and …

Commission invites public comments at hearing on Columbia salmon policy

  OLYMPIA – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will invite public comments on proposed options for implementing the state’s reform policy on Columbia River salmon management during a meeting scheduled Dec. 9-10 in Olympia. In addition, the commission is scheduled to take action on a variety of new saltwater fishing rules as well as …

Hatchery Research Center Board to meet Dec. 6

11/29/2016 – John Snyder – NW Fishing News   ALSEA, Ore. — The Oregon Hatchery Research Center Board will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Oregon Hatchery Research Center, 2418 East Fall Creek Road, Alsea OR 97324. The agenda includes a discussion of the OHRC Outreach Plan, an …

WDFW seeks comments on management plan for Scotch Creek and Sinlahekin wildlife areas

11/29/2016 – John Snyder – NWFN   OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking public comments on a draft management plan for the Scotch Creek and Sinlahekin wildlife areas in north central Washington. WDFW also will host a public meeting next month to discuss the plan. The meeting is scheduled …

Fish and Wildlife Commission to hear Columbia River Fisheries Reform update and recommendations

11-01/2016 – John Snyder – NW Fishing News    SALEM, Ore.—The Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet Wednesday Nov. 9, in Salem to be updated on research, evaluation and implementation of the Commission’s Columbia River fisheries reform policy. The meeting agenda and supporting materials are online at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/agency/commission/minutes/16/11_nov/index.asp. The meeting begins 8 a.m., at HQ …