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 …

Oregon Hatchery Research Center Board set to meet on the 7th of March

02/27/2017 – J. W. Snyder – Northwest Fishing News   ALSEA, Ore. — The Oregon Hatchery Research Center Board will meet on Tuesday, March 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Oregon Hatchery Research Center, 2418 East Fall Creek Road, Alsea OR 97324. The agenda includes updates on the OHRC Outreach and Research …

States set Columbia spring Chinook seasons

  CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Fishery managers from Oregon and Washington set spring Chinook salmon seasons for the Columbia River Thursday during a joint state hearing in Vancouver, Wash. The recreational springer season on the Columbia River from the mouth upstream to Bonneville Dam is scheduled to be open from March 1 – April 6, with …

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 …

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 …