WDFW awards $8.2 Million for habitat restoration around the Puget Sound.

  12/07/2015 – J. W. Snyder – NWFN  Here is the press release provided by the WDFW with the list of organizations and dollar amounts they will receive.  OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has begun distributing $8.2 million in funding for 12 local projects designed to protect and restore the …

WDFW to allow public comment on lower Columbia river hatchery reform plan.

December 4, 2015 – J. W. Snyder – NWFN The state has decided to extent the courtesy of public comment on the current hatchery reform plan for the lower Columbia River.  OLYMPIA – The public is invited to comment on a new plan designed to align state fisheries and hatchery operations to support the recovery of …

Still no go for Coho on the Chehalis River

DECEMBER 1, 2015 ANDY WALGAMOTT- northwest sportsman Citing less than adequate numbers of wild coho back into the Grays Harbor system, a state salmon manager says there won’t be a reopener anytime soon. “We’re going to hold where we’re at at the moment,” WDFW’s Steve Thiesfeld in Montesano said this afternoon, disappointing guides and anglers …

State closes Marine Area 10 to salmon fishing, crying foul hook as a result of catch and release death rates.

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – Fisheries managers are concerned about the impact catch-and-release is having on endangered chinook salmon and have closed salmon fishing two months early in the central Puget Sound. The Kitsap Sun reports that even when anglers toss them back, many salmon end up dying from the encounter. The season was scheduled to …

Roche Harbor Salmon Classic taking place in the San Juan Island region Jan. 21-23

The Roche Harbor Salmon Classic Invitational held Jan. 21-23 on San Juan Island has just 10 spots left available. This derby is limited to 100 boats with a maximum of four anglers per boat. Cost is $810.75, and includes tax, all dinners for registered anglers and moorage. First place is $10,000, second place is $5,000, …

Swift Reservoir to remain open for another month

J. W. Snyder NWFN 11-23-2015 WDFW FISHING RULE CHANGE   Action:  Swift Reservoir anglers will be able to fish the entire month of December. Species affected:  Hatchery rainbows and landlocked coho and chinook salmon. Effective dates and locations:  From Swift Dam upstream to Eagle Cliff Bridge through Dec. 31, 2015. Reason for action:  Nearly 52,000 catchable size …

Fishing is a way of life for the Lummi nation

By RALPH SCHWARTZ – Associated Press – Sunday, November 22, 2015   LUMMI RESERVATION, Wash. (AP) – Members of Lummi Nation say that for them, fishing is different. Tribal and nontribal fishers alike must keep to the seasons and mind their catch quotas. Still, for most Washington residents, fishing is a privilege granted by the state …

Tacoma Power stocks the upper Cowlitz and tributaries.

09/28/2015 Report provided by Tacoma Power   Last week Tacoma Power recovered 1,040 fall Chinook adults, 95 jacks, 203 summer-run steelhead, 137 coho adults, 75 jacks, 17 spring Chinook adults, one jacks, and 12 cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator. During the past week Tacoma Power employees released …

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

First time angler Kirill Perfilev of Bremerton Washington lands his first Coho of the year. New to the area young Perfilev joined friends and family for a day of fishing on the Quilcene.  As school after school of Chum went swimming by with only a few silvers to be seen, Perfilev never lost hope. cast after …

Salmon fishing gets hot on the Cowlitz river.

08/28/2015 – J. W. Snyder – NWFN Good number of Chinook and Coho being caught at the mouth of the Toutle on the Cowlitz. This angler Amir proudly displays two bright chrome fish as a reward for his efforts. The fishing is hot right now if your looking to hit the Cowlitz and mouth of …