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 …

Month long razor calm dig approved at longbeach

01/29/2016 – J. W. Snyder – Northwest Fishing News    WDFW approves month-long razor clam dig at Long Beach OLYMPIA – Razor clam diggers can look forward to more than a month of razor clam digging opportunities at Long Beach on the Washington coast. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig, …

Seasons set for spring chinook, sturgeon, smelt in Columbia River Basin.

  01/28/2016 – J. W. Snyder – NWFN States set seasons for spring chinook, sturgeon, smelt in Columbia River Basin VANCOUVER, Wash. – Anticipating a return of 299,200 adult spring chinook salmon, fishery managers from Washington and Oregon today set this year’s initial fishing season to run through April 9 on the lower Columbia River. …

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 …