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, …

Seasons set for spring chinook, sturgeon, smelt in Columbia River Basin.

  01/28/2016 – J. W. Snyder – NWFN States set seasons for spring chinook, sturgeon, smelt in Columbia River Basin VANCOUVER, Wash. – Anticipating a return of 299,200 adult spring chinook salmon, fishery managers from Washington and Oregon today set this year’s initial fishing season to run through April 9 on the lower Columbia River. …

Washington State Hatcheries under Attack by Wild Fish Conservancy

01/19/2016 – C.C.A. Washington    In a disturbing turn of events, Wild Fish Conservancy (WFC), Washington State’s most outspoken anti-hatchery organization, has issued a 60-day Notice of Intent to sue the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) – an agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce — over the Columbia River’s 62 Mitchell Act salmon hatchery …

Get your clam gun ready! WDFW approved seven day razor clam dig starting Thursday!

01/19/2016 – J. W. Snyder – Northwest Fishing News    Seven days of razor clam digging starts Thursday OLYMPIA – Razor clam diggers can return to Long Beach and Copalis Beach later this week, state shellfish managers announced today. Digs at both beaches are on evening tides and include a seven-day opening (Jan. 21 through …

Wild fish activist groups file suit targeting the Puyallup river

01/15/2016 – J. W. Snyder – NWFN   Due to the recent success of wild fish activist groups in the court room, wild fish groups are now rapid firing law suits across the state.   Today the Northwest Treaty Tribe released a posted on their website indicating that wild fish activist groups, here in Washington …

WDFW to host meeting for public discussion on Columbia river Wild Steelhead Gene banks

1/11/2016 – J. W. Snyder – NWFN    Meeting called on siting gene banks for wild steelhead on Columbia River   OLYMPIA – State fish managers will hold a public meeting Jan. 21 in Cathlamet to discuss two options for establishing a wild steelhead gene bank in rivers and streams near the mouth of the Columbia …