Fall salmon seasons kick off Aug. 1 with mixed forecasts

Photo Courtesy of St Laurent Guide Service   CLACKAMAS, Ore. – The popular Buoy 10 fishery at the mouth of the Columbia River opens on Tuesday, Aug. 1 with a mixed forecast for Chinook, coho and steelhead returns. The biggest change for the 2017 fall season are restrictions on steelhead retention which include area-specific, 1-2 month steelhead retention closures …

WDFW Meetings scheduled on planned rotenone treatments of eastern Washington waters

  OLYMPIA – State fishery managers will host five public meetings in mid-July to discuss plans to treat several lakes and two streams in eastern Washington with rotenone, a naturally occurring pesticide commonly used to remove undesirable and illegally stocked fish species from lakes and streams. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is …

Fishing heats up in July for salmon, steelhead and crab

  Washington summer fishing seasons are now in full swing, requiring anglers to make some tough decisions about how to spend their time on the water. Scores of lakes and streams throughout the state are open for trout and other species, while salmon fisheries are underway in Washington’s ocean waters and several marine areas of …

Recreational salmon fishery opens June 24 in the salt

  OLYMPIA – Sport anglers will have the opportunity to reel in salmon off the Washington coast starting Saturday, June 24. That’s when marine areas 1 (Ilwaco), 3 (La Push) and 4 (Neah Bay) open daily for salmon fishing. Marine Area 2 (Westport) will open a week later on July 1. Fish managers expect slightly …

Daily limit of 4 chinook starting July 1 south of Ayock in Marine Area 12

Photo Courtesy of Big King Salmon Charters WDFW Fishing Rule Change   Action: Anglers can keep 4 chinook daily south of Ayock Point in Marine Area 12 (Hood Canal) beginning July 1. Effective Date: July 1 through Sept. 30, 2017. Species affected: Chinook salmon. Location: South of Ayock Point within Marine Area 12. Reason for …

Recreational halibut fishing to open June 4 in Neah Bay, La Push and Puget Sound

Photo Courtesy of Danny Stonedahl of River Chrome Guide Service   WDFW Fishing Rule Change   Action:  Marine Areas 3 (La Push), 4 (Neah Bay), and 5-10 (Puget Sound) will be open to recreational halibut fishing Sunday, June 4. WDFW previously announced halibut fishing will be open in these same areas on Thursday, June 1. …

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 …