Salmon season gets under way in several popular Washington fishing areas

Deal of the Week! Use Promo Code LUNKER and save 20% off when booking with Water West   It’s that time of year, dust off your hip waders, and gear up because several of Washington’s top fishing destinations are opening to salmon retention.   Freshwater Areas Chambers Creek – Fishing regulation area (714) from mouth …

WDFW closes the Tahuya river to salmon retention and redefines access to Chico and Gorst creek.

J. W. Snyder, NWFN – June 18, 2015   Olympic Peninsula – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has closed down Salmon retention on the Tahuya river located in Kitsap county and further restricts access to Gorst and Chico creeks. Kitsap county has taken a hit for the 2015 salmon season with one of the county’s most …

Fishing and Hunting Fee Hikes Reduced

Henry Miller, Statesman Journal – 06/17/2015   The sting of fee increases for fishing and hunting licenses might not smart as much as originally proposed. Thanks to some pointed discussions and lengthy negotiations that resulted in amendments and modifications to several bills in the Oregon Legislature, the cost hikes to go fishing and hunting could …

Lampreys Falling From The Sky In Alaska

Washington Post – June, 2015 It all began outside of Value Village in Fairbanks, Alaska. Somehow, a strange-looking eel-like fish — equipped with teeth perfect for latching onto another animal and sucking its blood — ended up in the thrift store’s parking lot last week. Oh, and the fish was alive. So store employees put …

Washington State Record Tiger Trout Caught By Priest River Angler

NICK IVIE, Hagadone News Network, June 11, 2015   TONASKET, Wash. – Longtime Priest River resident Kelly Flaherty has a whopper of a fish story to tell, only this experienced angler has the proof and backing of the state fish and wildlife department to keep his account from becoming just another fisherman’s tale. Flaherty, 53, reeled …

Wild Olympics and Scenic Rivers act makes another run.

June 5, 2015 PT Leader   The Wild Olympics Coalition are cheering the introduction of the Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act by U.S. Senator Patty Murray and U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer, according to a press release sent from from the Wild Olympics Campaign in Quilcene. This act permanently protects more than …

2015 Grande Ronde River spring chinook fisheries to open

Grande Ronde River spring chinook fisheries to open WDFW, 06/05/2015 Action / Species affected:  Spring chinook salmon fishing opens on the Grande Ronde River. Locations:  Grande Ronde River from mouth of Buford Creek (approximately ½ mile downstream of the Highway 129 Bridge at Boggan’s Oasis) upstream to the Washington/Oregon state line. Dates:  June 13, 2015, …

Washington Reduces 4 Day Razor Clam Dig

Razor clam dig reduced to one day this week WDFW 05/27/1970 OLYMPIA – Three days of a four-day razor clam dig have been canceled on all ocean beaches because of public health concerns, state shellfish managers said today. The opening will continue as planned Thursday on Long Beach and Twin Harbors beaches after state health …

Skykomish River Closed For Summer Hatchery Chinook

Skykomish River hatchery Chinook fishery will not open June 1, 2015 WDFW 05/07/2015 Action: Close the Skykomish River to the retention of hatchery chinook salmon. Effective date: June 1 through July 31, 2015. Species affected: Hatchery chinook salmon. Location: The Skykomish River from the mouth upstream to the mouth of the Wallace River. Reason for …

Lower Snake River Chinook Season to Close

Chinook fisheries on two sections of the lower Snake River set to close Action: Spring chinook salmon fishing closes on the Snake River below Ice Harbor and Little Goose dams, but remains unchanged in the Lower Granite and Clarkston areas. Species affected:   Chinook salmon. Snake River fishery zones to close.    Below Ice Harbor …