Strong spring Chinook run extends season above and below the Bonneville

OLYMPIA – With spring chinook salmon passing Bonneville Dam in higher numbers than expected, fish managers from Washington and Oregon today agreed to extend the fishing season on the Columbia River for miles below and above the dam. In the lower river, the fishery will reopen Saturday, May 9, for one day, and again from …

Razor Clam dig open for 4 days on WA Coast

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – State officials have approved four days of razor clam digging on the several ocean beaches. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife gave its approval for the dig after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat. The digs begin Thursday on morning tides. Most digs were approved for …

Barbed Hooks to be Allowed on the Wind River and Drano

Anglers may use barbed hooks at Wind River, Drano Lake to fish for hatchery chinook and steelhead Action: The barbless hook restriction is rescinded through June.   Species affected: Chinook and steelhead Location and effective dates:     Wind River from mouth (boundary line markers) upstream to 400 feet below Shipherd Falls: April 24 through June 30; …

Washington’s salmon fisheries set for 2015

ROHNERT PARK, CALIF. – State and tribal co-managers today agreed on a package of salmon fisheries that meets conservation goals for wild salmon populations and provides fishing opportunities on healthy stocks. Washington’s 2015 salmon fishing seasons, developed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and treaty tribal co-managers, were finalized during the Pacific …

Federal fisheries regulators close West Coast sardine season to prevent overfishing

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Federal regulators have approved an early closure of commercial sardine fishing off Oregon, Washington and California to prevent overfishing. They’re hoping to save the West Coast sardine fishery from the kind of collapse that led to the demise of Cannery Row, made famous by John Steinbeck’s novel of the same …

Snake River Spring Chinook Fishery Opens 04/19/2015

OLYMPIA – Two sections of the Snake River, below Ice Harbor Dam near Pasco and below Lower Granite Dam, will open to fishing for spring chinook salmon Sunday, April 19. Two other sections of the river – below Little Goose Dam and Clarkston – will open Thursday, April 23. Each section of the river is …

New Fishing Access Location Opens in Pocetello, ID

Pocatello Wellness Pond – A New Fishing Hole/Recreational Area Opening 2015. Pocatello will receive a new urban fishing water this coming fall with the opening of the Portneuf Wellness Complex. The 7-acre pond will be stocked with fish and ready for anglers when the park opens to the public. Last week, our staff were busy …

Cowlitz River Rule Change

Effective date: April 1, 2015, until further notice. Species affected: Steelhead. Location: Cowlitz River from boundary markers at the mouth upstream to 400 feet (or posted markers) below the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery barrier dam. Reason for action: There has been a strong showing of late winter run hatchery steelhead on the Cowlitz to date. The …