Restrictions Coming in 2018 to Southeast Alaska Chinook Fisheries

  (Juneau) — Chinook (king) salmon fisheries in Southeast Alaska are facing restrictions in 2018 as fisheries managers work to increase escapement and rebuild stocks affected by several years of poor marine survival. The restrictions — to be shared by commercial, sport, personal use, and subsistence fisheries — are needed as forecasts project record-low Chinook …

Anglers can keep 2 hatchery chinook per day in Marine Area 9 beginning March 30th

Photo Courtesy of Big King Salmon Charters   WDFW Fishing Rule Change   Action: Increases the daily limit for salmon to two fish in Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet). Effective Date: March 30 through April 15, 2018. Species affected: Chinook salmon. Location: Marine Area 9, excluding year-round fishing piers. Reason for action: Preliminary estimates through March 18 indicate that the …

Steelhead daily limit to increase on the lower Hanford Reach, and Ringold bank fishery

Photo courtesy of Dave’s Guide Service   WDFW Fishing Rule Change   Area 1: Columbia River from Hwy.395 Bridge at Pasco to the old Hanford townsite wooden powerline towers: Effective date: Immediately through March 31, 2018 Daily limit: Two (2) hatchery steelhead Area 2: Ringold area bank fishery Effective date: Immediately through April 15, 2018 Daily limit: Two (2) …

Tribal fisherman sentenced for selling sturgeon and salmon

  RIDGEFIELD – A Klickitat County Superior Court judge has sentenced a Columbia River tribal fisherman to four months in jail and fined him $1,050 for illegally selling sturgeon and chinook salmon, concluding a case sparked by a tip to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). Donnell Frank, 46, of Portland, Ore., pleaded …

Salmon leave Leaburg, to be sent to other hatcheries

  SALEM, Ore.—Many of the 1.75 million juvenile fish evacuated from Cascade Hatchery in Cascade Locks after last year’s Eagle Creek Fire in the Gorge are now on their way from the Pacific Northwest’s rivers to the Columbia River and eventually, the Pacific Ocean. The evacuation was due to the threat of debris flow when storms passed …

WDFW Commission will hear comments on hunting seasons, Columbia River fisheries at Wenatchee meeting March 15th-17th

  OLYMPIA – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will invite public comments on 2018-2020 hunting season proposals, Columbia River fisheries policy, and other issues during a public meeting March 15-17 in Wenatchee. The commission, a citizen panel appointed by the governor to set policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), will convene in …

Low returns expected to restrict Washington’s salmon fisheries

  OLYMPIA – Projected poor returns of several salmon stocks are expected to limit fishing opportunities in Washington’s waters this year, state salmon managers announced today. Forecasts for chinook, coho, sockeye, and chum salmon – developed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and treaty Indian tribes – were released during a public …

Razor clam digs set for December 1st in Washington

  OLYMPIA – Razor clam diggers will have the opportunity to fill their limits during a four-day dig beginning Dec. 1 on various ocean beaches. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the Dec. 1-4 dig on evening tides after marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat. No digging will be allowed before noon. Some …

Pacific Halibut all-depth fishery from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain ends for the year

  NEWPORT, Ore.—Oregon’s recreational summer all-depth halibut season in the Central Coast subarea has ended for the year because the quota has been reached. The nearshore halibut fishery (inside of the 40-fathom line) for the Central Coast subarea will remain open. Anglers may no longer catch or retain halibut in the Central Coast subarea (between …

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 …