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 …

ODFW Commission updates Columbia River Fisheries policies

01/20/2017 – John Snyder – Northwest Fishing News     SALEM, Ore.—The Commission met today in Salem and adopted a plan for implementation of the Columbia River Fisheries Reform that will continue to allow commercial gill net fishing on the mainstem of the Columbia River during the summer and fall and increases commercial fishing in …

WDFW Closes Marine Area 10 to salmon retention

01/19/2017 – John Snyder – Northwest Fishing News    Action: Closes Marine Area 10 (Seattle/Bremerton) to salmon fishing. Effective Date:  Jan. 23, 2017 through Feb. 28, 2017. Species affected: Salmon. Location:  Marine Area 10 within Puget Sound, excluding year-round piers. Reason for action: Before the salmon fishing season started, WDFW and tribal co-managers agreed to a limited …

Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission meets Jan. 20 in Salem

  SALEM, Ore.—The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet Friday, Jan. 20 at ODFW Headquarters in Salem (4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE) to consider changes to the Columbia River Fishery Reform program. The meeting begins at 8 a.m. and follows this agenda http://www.dfw.state.or.us/agency/commission/minutes/17/01_jan/index.asp The Commission is expected to: Consider rulemaking for long-term implementation of …

WDFW Commission updates Columbia River salmon policy

01/14/2017 – John Snyder – Northwest Fishing News   VANCOUVER, Wash. – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission today voted to implement the next phase of the state’s reform policy on Columbia River salmon management, including updates to provisions for fall chinook salmon. The updated policy builds on a joint strategy by Washington and Oregon …

Washington State steelhead license plate now available for purchase

01/03/2016 – John Snyder – Northwest Fishing News    OLYMPIA – Steelhead enthusiasts can now show support for their favorite species by purchasing a vehicle license plate with an image of Washington’s iconic state fish. The steelhead specialty plate went on sale today and revenue generated from plate sales will be used by the Washington …

New WDFW hunting and fishing license system is up and running

  OLYMPIA – The state’s new recreational license sales system became operational this week, and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) officials say the switch from the old system went as smoothly as possible. The new system began selling hunting and fishing licenses and the Discover Pass on the evening of Dec. 18, several …

Coos Bay and Winchester Bay now open for recreational crabbing

12/16/2016 – John Snyder NWFN   SALEM, Ore.—The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announce that additional areas have been added to the ocean and bay recreational crab fishery along the southern Oregon coast. The recreational crab fishery is now open from the north jetty of the Umpqua River …

Hatchery Research Center Board to meet Dec. 6

11/29/2016 – John Snyder – NW Fishing News   ALSEA, Ore. — The Oregon Hatchery Research Center Board will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Oregon Hatchery Research Center, 2418 East Fall Creek Road, Alsea OR 97324. The agenda includes a discussion of the OHRC Outreach Plan, an …

Chinook salmon limits increase at Westport

Photo Courtesy of Big King Salmon Charters 07/20/2016 John Snyder – NWFN    Anglers can keep two chinook off Westport beginning July 23 Action:  Anglers will be allowed to keep two salmon daily in Marine Area 2 (Westport). Anglers will be allowed to keep up to two chinook daily but must release coho. Effective date: July …