Washington State salmon fisheries regulations now set for 2017

  SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Washington anglers can expect a mixed bag of salmon fisheries this year with slightly increased opportunities in the ocean, seasons similar to last year in the Columbia River, and continued restrictions in Puget Sound.  The state’s 2017 salmon fishing seasons, developed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and …

ODFW to have special April 13th meeting on blue/black rockfish permits

  Salem, Ore. – The Commercial Fisheries Permit Board will meet on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 10 a.m. to prepare the final order in the limited entry blue/black rockfish permits contested case for Firstco Marine LLC, Raymond Carel. Public wishing to listen to the meeting may do so at the Oregon Department of Fish and …

Spring chinook fishery extended four days below Bonneville Dam on the Columbia river

Photo courtesy of Swannys Guided Fishing! Call Bill Swann at 206-755-1204 and book your trip today! 03/30/2017 – John Snyder – Northwest Fishing News    OLYMPIA – State fishery managers have extended the initial sportfishing season for spring chinook salmon on the lower Columbia River by four days in response to poor fishing conditions caused by …

Hatchery reared coho retention now allowed on Lake Sammamish

03/28/2017 – John Snyder – NW Fishing News   WDFW Fishing Rule Change  Action: Institutes landlocked salmon rules, allowing retention of marked hatchery-origin coho salmon. Adds a 12-inch minimum size to any marked hatchery-origin coho salmon. Location: Lake Sammamish (King Co.) Effective dates: Immediately through May 31, 2017. Species affected: Hatchery-origin coho salmon. Reasons for …

Marine Area 7 salmon season re-opening on March 25th

03/23/2017 – John Snyder – Northwest Fishing News    Action: Marine Area 7 (San Juan Islands) will reopen to salmon fishing March 25. The daily limit for hatchery chinook salmon in Marine Area 7 will be one chinook, with an overall two-salmon daily limit. All coho and wild chinook salmon must be released. Effective Date: March …

WDFW approves razor clam dig for March 24

  OLYMPIA – State shellfish managers have approved a razor clam dig beginning March 24 with openings alternating between Mocrocks and Copalis beaches for three days. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the opening on evening tides after marine toxin tests confirmed the clams on those two beaches are safe to eat. …

Upper Columbia River and Lower Snake River Fisheries Meeting set for March 28-30

Photo provided by Fishing With Dave Guide Service 03/21/2017 – John Snyder – NW Fishing News   OLYMPIA – Anglers have three opportunities in March to meet with state fishery managers to talk about salmon fisheries in the mid- and upper Columbia River and lower Snake River before this year’s seasons are set. The Washington …

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announces free fishing days

Photo courtesy of St. Laurent Guide Service  03/16/2017 – John Snyder – NWFN   SALEM, Ore. – Anglers and would-be anglers can enjoy a weekend of free fishing on April 22 and 23. On these two days, Oregonians and visitors can fish, crab and clam for free anywhere in Oregon without a license, tag or …

Sturgeon season set to on March 25 in Bonneville, The Dalles pools

Photo provided by Great NW Rivers Guide Service 03/14/2017 – John Snyder – Northwest Fishing News      CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Recreational sturgeon seasons in Bonneville and The Dalles pools will close effective Saturday, March 25, under rules announced today by fishery managers from Oregon and Washington. The states decided to close these two sturgeon …

Pacific Fishery Management Council adopts three options for state ocean salmon fisheries

03/14/17 – John Snyder – N.W. Fishing News     VANCOUVER, Wash. – Salmon managers have developed options for ocean salmon fisheries that reflect concerns over poor projected returns of coho salmon this year. Three alternatives for ocean salmon fisheries were approved Monday for public review by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC), which establishes …