WDFW proposes simplified freshwater fishing regulations, seeks public comment

  OLYMPIA – State fishery managers are seeking public comment on a proposed package of simplified recreational fishing regulations for freshwater species, such as steelhead, trout and warmwater fish. As part of that effort, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has scheduled six workshops to discuss the proposed changes with the public. To …

Game fish daily limits and size restrictions to be suspended on 5 eastern Washington lakes

  WDFW Fishing Rule Change    Action:  Remove size and daily limits and extend the season for game fish on three lakes in Stevens County and two lakes in Spokane County that scheduled for rehabilitation. Species affected: Trout and other game fish Stevens County: Effective dates and locations: Effective immediately through Oct. 15, 2017, Rigley, Rocky and Williams lakes (Stevens County) are open to …

WDFW encourages anglers to fish for escaped Atlantic salmon

  OLYMPIA – State salmon managers are encouraging anglers to fish for thousands of Atlantic salmon that escaped recently from a salmon farm near the San Juan Islands. Cooke Aquaculture notified the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) of a net pen failure on Aug. 19 that caused the release of Atlantic salmon from …

Ocean salmon fishery off Ilwaco and Westport to close early

  WDFW Fishing Rule Change   Action:   Close Marine Areas 1 (Ilwaco) and 2 (Westport) to salmon fishing. Effective Dates:  Effective 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 22. Species affected:  All salmon. Locations:  Marine Areas 1 (Ilwaco) and 2 (Westport), Cape Falcon, Oregon to Queets River, Washington. Reason for action: Estimates indicate that anglers will reach quotas for coho salmon by …

WDFW Clarifies regulations for the Elliott Bay salmon fishery

  WDFW Fishing Rule Changes    Action: Clarifies rules within 2017-18 Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for Elliott Bay salmon fisheries within Marine Area 10 (Seattle/Bremerton) through Oct. 31. Effective Date: Immediately through Oct. 31, 2017. Species affected:  Salmon. Locations and dates: Elliott Bay (waters east of a line form West Point to Alki Point, excluding Harbor Island/Duwamish Waterway) is open to …

Anglers may retain un-clipped chinook on the Entiat River beginning Aug. 18

  WDFW Fishing Rule Change    Action:  Allow the retention of un-clipped chinook as part of the salmon daily limit.  Effective dates:  One hour before official sunrise on Aug. 18, 2017, through Sept. 30, 2017. Location:  Entiat River, from the mouth (railroad bridge) to boundary marker(s) located approximately 1,500 feet upstream of the Upper Roaring Creek Road …

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 …