WDFW invites public to attend meeting on 2017 salmon forecasts

02/13/2017 – John Snyder – NWFN   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 at a public meeting Feb. 28 in Olympia. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will present initial forecasts compiled by …

WDFW reduces catch limits for 2017 ocean bottomfish fishery

02/17/2017 – John Snyder – Northwest Fishing News    OLYMPIA – Anglers can expect changes to recreational bottomfish fisheries when ocean marine areas re-open March 11 to fishing for species such as lingcod and rockfish. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is making the changes to help ensure rockfish catches align with harvest …

ODWF Commission addressed on Columbia River Fisheries

02/10/2017 – John Snyder – NWFN   SALEM, Ore.—The Fish and Wildlife Commission approved a land acquisition that will add 95 acres to the Coquille Valley Wildlife Area in Coos County during their meeting in Tigard today. The wildlife area provides wetland habitat for wildlife and outdoor recreation opportunities. The Nature Conservancy is providing funds …

Marine Area 9 salmon season set to re-open February 16th

Photo courtesy of Big King Salmon Charters   WDFW FISHING RULE CHANGE   Action: Marine Area 9 will re-open Feb.16. The daily limit for hatchery chinook salmon in Marine Area 9 will be 1 chinook, with an overall 2-salmon limit. All coho and wild chinook salmon must be released. Effective Date: Feb 16 through April 15, 2017. …

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Seeking Candidates for Fish Passage Task Force

02/08/2017 – J. W. Snyder – NWFN   SALEM – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife seeks three members, each to represent one of three stakeholder groups represented on the state’s Fish Passage Task Force. Applications will be accepted through March 17, 2017. The nine volunteer members of the Fish Passage Task Force are …

ODFW Commission to meet in Tigart Oregon at the Embessey Suites on Feb 10th

  SALEM, Ore.—The Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet Friday, Feb. 10 in Tigard at the Embassy Suites Washington Square, Metolius River Ballroom, 900 SW Washington Blvd. The meeting begins at 8 a.m. and follows this agenda. Members of the public who can’t attend should be able to watch a livestream of portions of the …

ODFW seeking feedback from industry and public to help shape commercial anchovy fishery

2/02/2017 – J. W. Snyder – Northwest Fishing News    NEWPORT, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host a public meeting on Feb. 15 to get input on the commercial fishery for anchovy in the ocean and the mouth of the Columbia River for 2017 and beyond. Commercial fishers, processors of …

Fishery managers delay decisions on Cowlitz smelt and other Columbia fisheries

02/01/2017 – John Snyder – NW Fishing News    OLYMPIA – Washington state fishery managers have delayed setting a recreational smelt-fishing season on the Cowlitz River until they can better gauge the size of this year’s run. In a joint meeting Tuesday with their Oregon counterparts, they also postponed setting an end date for sturgeon …

ODFW Closes Recreational crabbing from the Coos Bay North Jetty to Heceta Head

02/01/2017 – John Snyder- NWFN   NEWPORT, Ore.— The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced today the immediate closure of the recreational crab fishery from the Coos Bay North Jetty to Heceta Head, north of Florence, due to elevated levels of domoic acid. This closure includes Winchester Bay …

Nominees sought to represent Oregon in the Pacific fisheries council

01/25/2017 – John Snyder – NW Fishing News    NEWPORT, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is accepting nominations for a seat on the Pacific Fishery Management Council. The deadline to request nomination materials is Feb. 13, 2017 and the three-year term begins August 2017. The Council manages about 119 species of …