Salmon fishing to temporarily close in marine areas 8-1, 8-2 and 9

  WDFW FISHING RULE CHANGE   Action: Marine areas 8-1, 8-2 and 9 closed to salmon fishing, excluding year-round piers. Effective Date:  Nov. 13, 2017, until further notice. Species affected: Salmon. Location:  Marine areas 8-1 (Deception Pass, Hope Island and Skagit Bay), 8-2 (Port Susan and Port Gamble), and 9 (Admiralty Inlet) within Puget Sound, excluding year-round piers. Reason for …

Entire Oregon coast re-opens to mussel harvesting

  The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announce the reopening of recreational and commercial mussel harvesting from the south jetty of the Columbia River to the north jetty of Yaquina Bay at Newport. Shellfish samples taken from the area indicate levels of the paralytic shellfish toxin (PST) have …

November trout fishing in Washington

  OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is offering anglers opportunities for tight lines rather than long lines on the day after Thanksgiving. The “holiday specials” include thousands of large trout averaging 15 to 16 inches in length and weighing up to three pounds. The department is currently preparing to stock …

WDFW seeks public’s help to simplify freshwater sport fishing rules

  OLYMPIA – State fishery managers are inviting the public to comment on proposals to simplify recreational fishing rules for Washington rivers, streams and lakes. Proposals are based upon general policies for freshwater species – including trout, steelhead, bass, walleye, panfish, sturgeon, and shad – that the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) put …

Washington and Oregon seek nominations for Columbia River fishery advisory groups

  OLYMPIA – Fishery managers in Washington and Oregon are seeking candidates to fill positions on advisory committees that provide guidance on sport and commercial fishing issues on the Columbia and Snake rivers. The two states’ fish and wildlife departments will accept nominations for three-year terms to their joint advisory groups for Columbia River sport …

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 …

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 …