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 …

Opening day of newly approved razor clam dig at Copalis and Long Beach

01/07/2016 – J. W. Snyder – NWFN    WDFW approves razor clam digs at Copalis and Long Beach OLYMPIA – State shellfish managers have approved razor clam digs starting later this week at Long Beach and Copalis Beach. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) confirmed the digs after marine toxin tests showed the …

Puget Sound shrimp season set to open in May for 2016

January 7, 2016 – J. W. Snyder – NWFN  Puget Sound recreational shrimp fishery will open May 14 OLYMPIA – Recreational spot shrimp fishing in Puget Sound will open Saturday, May 14 – one week later than usual, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced today. Shellfish managers are delaying the popular shrimp …

New Year! Spells new rules for Northwest Anglers

01/01/2016 – Robert Deen – Angers Club Magazine   New Year, New Rules –  A new year means it’s time to buy a fishing license.  New licenses are required on January 1 in most states. The New Year also means new regulations. Here is a round up of significant changes for California, Idaho, Oregon, Washington. …

Kalama River Salmon Hatchery Loses 2.4 million Chinook fry due to floods

12/14/2015 – J. W. Snyder – NWFN    All 2.4 million fall chinook salmon fry at the Fallert Creek Hatchery on the lower Kalama River were lost when floodwaters inundated the facility last week, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Tuesday. This is the first report on fisheries loses from flooding caused by …