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 …

This young angler catches his first Coho on the Quilcene river.

First time angler Kirill Perfilev of Bremerton Washington lands his first Coho on the Big Quilcene River. New to the area young Perfilev joined friends and family for a day of fishing in Quilcene.  As school after school of Chum went swimming bye, only a few silvers had been seen, Perfilev never lost hope. After several …

Warm water killing fish across Oregon

By Bill Monroe | For The Oregonian/OregonLive  6/27/2015 In 1990, the late Charlie White brought his then-innovative underwater cameras to Oregon, filming fish in numerous locations as we dangled baits and lures for them to bite. While filming smallmouth bass with the late Denny Hannah on the Umpqua River during warm, summer water temperatures, we were startled …

Kenai River to allow king salmon fishing with restrictions

Peninsula Clarion By Rashah McChesney June 26, 2015 Anglers will soon be able to target Kenai River king salmon, but with restrictions. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game on Thursday released a batch of emergency orders designed to allow limited king salmon fishing on the Kenai and Kasilof rivers. In July, anglers must fish no-bait and …

$34 million in fish threatened by state government shutdown

Michael Konopasek, KING 5 News June 26, 2015 SEATTLE – Millions of dollars in fish could be at stake if state lawmakers can’t agree on a budget and avoid a government shutdown. Dozens of hatcheries across Washington, where fish are raised, could be temporarily closed. There are millions of fish being raised by the Department …

Alaska trollers outraged by low king salmon quota set by Pacific Salmon Commission

SitNews June , 26, 2015 Quota of 237,000 Chinook salmon shows broken forecast system   Juneau, Alaska – Members of the Alaska Trollers Association are expressing outrage that the Pacific Salmon Commission (PSC) has capped Alaska’s harvest of king salmon this summer at 237,000 fish. With the summer troll season set to begin this week, …

Oregon changes Umpqua River fishing Rules due to drought

By Associated Press Published – Jun 23, 2015 at 12:55 PM PDT ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has imposed emergency restrictions to protect steelhead in the mainstem of the Umpqua River due to the drought. District biologist Greg Huchko said Tuesday flows are 50 percent of normal, and temperatures are approaching …