Sport fishing for bottomfish closes off Washington coast through March 10

Photo Courtesy of Danny Stonedahl of River Chrome Guide Service 01/06/2017 – John W. J. Snyder – Northwest Fishing News    WDFW Fishing Rule Change   Action: Close recreational bottomfishing in Marine Areas 1-3 and Marine Area 4 (west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line) through March 10, 2017. Reopen the coastal recreational bottomfish fishery the second …

Teanaway Community Forest Advisory Committee to begin recreation planning

01/05/2017 – J. W. Snyder – Northwest Fishing News    OLYMPIA – The Teanaway Community Forest Advisory Committee will begin developing a recreation plan for the forest when it meets on Thursday, Jan. 12, in Cle Elum. The meeting, which will be open to the public, will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. at …

Razor clam dig approved on Kalaloch beach for January 8th through 9th

  OLYMPIA – Clam diggers have a green light to proceed with a razor clam dig Jan. 8 and 9 at Kalaloch beach. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig on evening tides after marine toxin tests showed the clams at Kalaloch are safe to eat. Digging is not allowed on …

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 fishing rules in effect on Lake Roosevelt to protect redband rainbow trout

SPOKANE – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) reminds Lake Roosevelt anglers that new fishing rules are in effect to protect wild native redband rainbow trout on Lake Roosevelt and the Spokane and Sanpoil Arms of the 150-mile reservoir. Anglers must now release any trout with an intact adipose fin in Lake Roosevelt …

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 …

Month long razor calm dig approved at longbeach

01/29/2016 – J. W. Snyder – Northwest Fishing News    WDFW approves month-long razor clam dig at Long Beach OLYMPIA – Razor clam diggers can look forward to more than a month of razor clam digging opportunities at Long Beach on the Washington coast. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig, …