WDFW to provide 2016 salmon forecast during meeting in Olympia

February 9, 2016 –  J. W. Snyder – Northwest Fishing News (NWFN)   Public meeting on salmon forecasts, Season-setting process scheduled on March 1 OLYMPIA – Anglers, commercial fishers and others interested in Washington state salmon fisheries can get a preview of this year’s salmon returns and potential fishing seasons during a public meeting March …

Steelhead season gets extended on the Wenatchee and Icicle rivers.

02/03/2016 – J. W. Snyder – Northwest Fishing News      Steelhead fishing expands on Wenatchee River and Icicle River   Actions: Open the Icicle River and an additional section of the Wenatchee River above Leavenworth on February 4, 2016 to fishing for hatchery steelhead.  Species affected: Steelhead Areas that will open to fishing for …

WDFW says no need to wait until spring to catch fish

02/02/2016 – J. W. Snyder – Northwest Fishing News   Washington and Oregon anglers alike can’t hardly wait for spring chinook season on the Columbia Temperatures are warming, birds are singing and the lower Columbia River will soon be teeming with spring chinook salmon. Spring is still a ways off, but February offers plenty of …

Anglers speak out about fears of losing access to a popular fishing spot in Gladstone

  01/08/2015 – Bill Monroe – The Oregonian/OregonLive   GLADSTONE, OR – Upset anglers have drawn a line at the lower Willamette River’s most popular and accessible bank-fishing hole and asked – not dared – the City of Gladstone and the Port of Portland to not step across. It’s not rhetoric. They’ve painted a white …

Opening day of newly approved razor clam dig at Copalis and Long Beach

01/07/2016 – J. W. Snyder – NWFN    WDFW approves razor clam digs at Copalis and Long Beach OLYMPIA – State shellfish managers have approved razor clam digs starting later this week at Long Beach and Copalis Beach. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) confirmed the digs after marine toxin tests showed the …

Puget Sound shrimp season set to open in May for 2016

January 7, 2016 – J. W. Snyder – NWFN  Puget Sound recreational shrimp fishery will open May 14 OLYMPIA – Recreational spot shrimp fishing in Puget Sound will open Saturday, May 14 – one week later than usual, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced today. Shellfish managers are delaying the popular shrimp …

Tempers fly in the port of Astoria over sea lions impact on commercial fishing industry.

The Daily Astorian , Edward Stratton – 01/06/2015   A full range of emotions regarding sea lions was on display Tuesday at the Port of Astoria.   Port of Astoria Commissioner Bill Hunsinger marshaled his fellow commercial fishermen Tuesday to talk about what the agency can do to stop sea lions from ruining fishing on …

New Year! Spells new rules for Northwest Anglers

01/01/2016 – Robert Deen – Angers Club Magazine   New Year, New Rules –  A new year means it’s time to buy a fishing license.  New licenses are required on January 1 in most states. The New Year also means new regulations. Here is a round up of significant changes for California, Idaho, Oregon, Washington. …

Willamette River spring chinook run forecast improves from 2015

12/14/2015 – J. W. Snyder – NWFN   Today the Oregon Department of fish and wildlife released the Willamette river spring chinook run forecast for 2016. Estimates of approximately 70,000 springers are expected to hit the Willamette with 8000 of them being on their way to the Clackamas. In 2015 the runs size was estimated …

Kalama River Salmon Hatchery Loses 2.4 million Chinook fry due to floods

12/14/2015 – J. W. Snyder – NWFN    All 2.4 million fall chinook salmon fry at the Fallert Creek Hatchery on the lower Kalama River were lost when floodwaters inundated the facility last week, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Tuesday. This is the first report on fisheries loses from flooding caused by …