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. …

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 …

ODFW Commission will be meeting in Corvallis on March 17th

03/10/2017 – J. W. Snyder – Northwest Fishing News    SALEM, Ore.—The Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet Friday, March 17 at the Benton County Fairgrounds (Guerber Hall, 110 SE 53rd Street, Corvallis) to reconsider their rules on Columbia River Fisheries Reform adopted Jan. 20. Friday’s meeting starts at 8 a.m. and follows this agenda …

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 …

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 …