Razor clam digs set for December 1st in Washington

  OLYMPIA – Razor clam diggers will have the opportunity to fill their limits during a four-day dig beginning Dec. 1 on various ocean beaches. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the Dec. 1-4 dig on evening tides after marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat. No digging will be allowed before noon. Some …

Positions open on Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Recreational Anglers Board

  OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking nominations for four vacant positions on a citizen advisory group responsible for reviewing proposals to maintain and improve sportfishing opportunities for salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River and its tributaries. The Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Recreational Anglers Board’s primary role …

Salmon fishing to temporarily close in marine areas 8-1, 8-2 and 9

  WDFW FISHING RULE CHANGE   Action: Marine areas 8-1, 8-2 and 9 closed to salmon fishing, excluding year-round piers. Effective Date:  Nov. 13, 2017, until further notice. Species affected: Salmon. Location:  Marine areas 8-1 (Deception Pass, Hope Island and Skagit Bay), 8-2 (Port Susan and Port Gamble), and 9 (Admiralty Inlet) within Puget Sound, excluding year-round piers. Reason for …

November trout fishing in Washington

  OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is offering anglers opportunities for tight lines rather than long lines on the day after Thanksgiving. The “holiday specials” include thousands of large trout averaging 15 to 16 inches in length and weighing up to three pounds. The department is currently preparing to stock …

WDFW seeks public’s help to simplify freshwater sport fishing rules

  OLYMPIA – State fishery managers are inviting the public to comment on proposals to simplify recreational fishing rules for Washington rivers, streams and lakes. Proposals are based upon general policies for freshwater species – including trout, steelhead, bass, walleye, panfish, sturgeon, and shad – that the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) put …

Washington and Oregon seek nominations for Columbia River fishery advisory groups

  OLYMPIA – Fishery managers in Washington and Oregon are seeking candidates to fill positions on advisory committees that provide guidance on sport and commercial fishing issues on the Columbia and Snake rivers. The two states’ fish and wildlife departments will accept nominations for three-year terms to their joint advisory groups for Columbia River sport …

WDFW approves razor clam dig at Copalis, Mocrocks beaches

  OLYMPIA – Copalis and Mocrocks beaches will open later this week for razor clam digging along with Long Beach and Twin Harbors. Shellfish managers gave the OK today for digging at Copalis and Mocrocks after marine toxin test results indicated clams from those beaches are safe to eat. Last week, the Washington Department of …

WDFW issues permit to Cooke Aquaculture to transport juvenile Atlantic salmon

  OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has authorized Cooke Aquaculture to transport about 1 million juvenile Atlantic salmon from the company’s hatchery in Rochester, Wash., to an existing net-pen facility in Puget Sound. Eric Kinne, manager of WDFW’s hatchery division, said the transport permit is not related to the company’s …

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 …

Wind River to remain closed to fishing above Shipherd Falls

  Action: The Wind River from 100 feet above Shipherd Falls to Moore Bridge will remain closed to fishing. Effective dates: Sept. 16 through Nov. 30, 2017 Species affected: All gamefish Location: Wind River from 100 feet above Shipherd Falls to Moore Bridge Reason for action: A minimum escapement of 500 wild summer steelhead is needed to allow for the …