WDFW closes salmon season on April 4 in Marine Areas 8-1 and 8-2

04/01/2016 – John Snyder – NWFN   Salmon season closes April 4 in Marine Areas 8-1 and 8-2 Action: Closes fishing for salmon in Marine Area 8-1 and 8-2. Effective Date:  April 4 through April 30, 2016. Species affected:  Salmon. Location:  Marine Areas 8-1 (Deception Pass, Hope Island, and Skagit Bay) and 8-2 (Ports Susan …

Meetings set for March 22-24 on salmon fisheries in sections of Columbia and Snake rivers

03/17/2016 – J. W. Snyder – NWFN    OLYMPIA – Anglers have three opportunities in March to meet with state fishery managers to talk about salmon fisheries in the mid- and upper Columbia River and lower Snake River before this year’s seasons are set. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has scheduled three …

WDFW Designates The Last of the Wild Steelhead Gene Bank rivers For The Lower Columbia River

03/16/2016 – John Snyder – NWFN   OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will no longer release hatchery-reared steelhead in the Grays River to help preserve the wild steelhead population near the mouth of the Columbia River. The Chinook River, which flows into the Columbia 15 miles farther downstream, will also …

Fishery managers consider closing ocean salmon seasons due to poor projected coho returns

  03/14/2016 – J. W. Snyder – NWFN    OLYMPIA – Poor forecasts for returning coho salmon are prompting state and tribal fishery managers to consider closing all salmon fisheries in Washington’s ocean waters this year as part of a federal season-setting process for the west coast. State, tribal and federal fishery managers have developed …

WDFW approves razor clam digs at Mocrocks and Copalis beaches

03/12/2016 – J. W. Snyder – NWFN   OLYMPIA – Razor clam diggers can return to Mocrocks and Copalis beaches for a three-day dig beginning March 18, state shellfish managers said today. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the opening at Mocrocks and Copalis after marine toxin tests showed the clams are …

WDFW Removes Limits for Bass, Channel Catfish and Walleye on the Columbia

03/02/2016 – John W. J. Snyder – NW Fishing News     WDFW suspends fishing limits for bass, walleye, channel catfish on Columbia River   OLYMPIA – Starting March 3, anglers can fish for bass, walleye and channel catfish without daily catch or size limits from the mouth of the Columbia River 545 miles upstream to …

WDFW Commission to discuss Willapa Bay, Grays Harbor salmon fisheries

02/18/2016 – J. W. Snyder – Northwest Fishing News    Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor salmon fisheries are on the slate for this coming commission meeting     OLYMPIA – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is scheduled to take action on the protective status of four wildlife species at a public meeting Feb. 26-27 …

WDFW to provide 2016 salmon forecast during meeting in Olympia

February 9, 2016 –  J. W. Snyder – Northwest Fishing News (NWFN)   Public meeting on salmon forecasts, Season-setting process scheduled on March 1 OLYMPIA – Anglers, commercial fishers and others interested in Washington state salmon fisheries can get a preview of this year’s salmon returns and potential fishing seasons during a public meeting March …

Steelhead season gets extended on the Wenatchee and Icicle rivers.

02/03/2016 – J. W. Snyder – Northwest Fishing News      Steelhead fishing expands on Wenatchee River and Icicle River   Actions: Open the Icicle River and an additional section of the Wenatchee River above Leavenworth on February 4, 2016 to fishing for hatchery steelhead.  Species affected: Steelhead Areas that will open to fishing for …

WDFW says no need to wait until spring to catch fish

02/02/2016 – J. W. Snyder – Northwest Fishing News   Washington and Oregon anglers alike can’t hardly wait for spring chinook season on the Columbia Temperatures are warming, birds are singing and the lower Columbia River will soon be teeming with spring chinook salmon. Spring is still a ways off, but February offers plenty of …