Tacoma Powers 2015 Cowlitz River Fish Report

12/14/2015 – J.W. Snyder – NWFN   Tacoma Powers Fish Report  Last week Tacoma Power recovered 505 coho adults, 175 jacks, six summer-run steelhead, six winter run steelhead and six cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator. During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 79 coho adults, 68 …

Wild Steelhead Coalition claims victory for wild steelhead

  12/11/2015 – J. W. Snyder – Northwest Fishing News   Today the Wild Steelhead Coalition announced victory due to recent rule changes that affect the Olympic Peninsula’s wild steelhead sport fishery. This victory comes as a results of a three year assault directed at forcing the Washington Department of Fishing and Wildlife to change …

State releases 2016 spring chinook forecast!

Al Thomas, Columbian Outdoors Reporter 12/11/2016   State, federal and tribal biologists are forecasting that 188,800 spring chinook salmon will enter the Columbia River in 2016 destined for waters upstream of Bonneville Dam, a 100,000 drop from this year. However, an excellent run of 93,300 summer chinook also is predicted, although that, too, is down …

Devistating report indicated only 10 percent of Snake River Sockeye survived in 2015

12/07/2015 – Courtney Flatt – Northwest Public Radio This year’s hot summer and low river flows devastated Snake River sockeye. “We had August-like temperatures in late June, square on the shoulders of the sockeye migration,” said Ritchie Graves, with NOAA Fisheries. It turns out 90 percent of Snake River sockeye were dead before they reached …

Current NOAA review of the Washington steelhead hatchery program could be the death of Washington’s steelhead fishery

12/08/2015 – J. W. Snyder – NWFN   IF YOU FISH FOR STEELHEAD IN WASHINGTON, TAKE ACTION NOW! WE NEED TO JOIN TOGETHER AND CONTACT NOAA SO THAT OUR VOICES ARE HEARD! LIKE AND SHARE THIS POST WITH EVERYONE YOU CAN. THE LIFES BLOOD OF THE WASHINGTON STEELHEAD SPORT FISHERY IS AT STAKE!   Here …

WDFW awards $8.2 Million for habitat restoration around the Puget Sound.

  12/07/2015 – J. W. Snyder – NWFN  Here is the press release provided by the WDFW with the list of organizations and dollar amounts they will receive.  OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has begun distributing $8.2 million in funding for 12 local projects designed to protect and restore the …

WDFW to allow public comment on lower Columbia river hatchery reform plan.

December 4, 2015 – J. W. Snyder – NWFN The state has decided to extent the courtesy of public comment on the current hatchery reform plan for the lower Columbia River.  OLYMPIA – The public is invited to comment on a new plan designed to align state fisheries and hatchery operations to support the recovery of …

Still no go for Coho on the Chehalis River

DECEMBER 1, 2015 ANDY WALGAMOTT- northwest sportsman Citing less than adequate numbers of wild coho back into the Grays Harbor system, a state salmon manager says there won’t be a reopener anytime soon. “We’re going to hold where we’re at at the moment,” WDFW’s Steve Thiesfeld in Montesano said this afternoon, disappointing guides and anglers …

State closes Marine Area 10 to salmon fishing, crying foul hook as a result of catch and release death rates.

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – Fisheries managers are concerned about the impact catch-and-release is having on endangered chinook salmon and have closed salmon fishing two months early in the central Puget Sound. The Kitsap Sun reports that even when anglers toss them back, many salmon end up dying from the encounter. The season was scheduled to …

Idaho anglers get triples bag limits!

Doug Lindley – Idaho State Journal 11/28/2015 The Idaho Fish and Game Commission recently approved changes to the state’s fishing rules for the 2016, 2017 and 2018 seasons. The new rules will go into effect on Jan. 1. Among the new rules is a new statewide possession limit, which will be three times the daily bag …