WDFW closes the Tahuya river to salmon retention and redefines access to Chico and Gorst creek.

J. W. Snyder, NWFN – June 18, 2015   Olympic Peninsula – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has closed down Salmon retention on the Tahuya river located in Kitsap county and further restricts access to Gorst and Chico creeks. Kitsap county has taken a hit for the 2015 salmon season with one of the county’s most …

2015-2016 Washington Fishing Regulations Pamplet Finally Here!

Just in time for summer, the WDFW 2015-2016 Fishing Regs are at the printing press and being prepared for distribution. For those who can’t wait a digital version can be obtained online at the WDFW website. Key changes in the Regs for this year is the bobber Rule for the Skokomish river, Tahuya River has been closed to sport fishing for …

Fishing The Northwest This Father’s Day!

Dave Graybill, Fishin Magician, Friday, June 12, 2015  It’s Father’s Day Weekend on June 20th, and many families have plans to get together with Dad. This will be my first Father’s Day without my father, who passed away a short time ago. It was a tradition for my brother Rick and I to take him …

Washington State Record Tiger Trout Caught By Priest River Angler

NICK IVIE, Hagadone News Network, June 11, 2015   TONASKET, Wash. – Longtime Priest River resident Kelly Flaherty has a whopper of a fish story to tell, only this experienced angler has the proof and backing of the state fish and wildlife department to keep his account from becoming just another fisherman’s tale. Flaherty, 53, reeled …

Forecast of Adult Returns for coho salmon and Chinook Salmon

The Northwest Fisheries Science Center a division of NOAA Fisheries reports that the expected Salmon returns for the Northwest region may be lower than normal. Researchers indicate that 2014 offered a low abundance of winter fish larvae that develop into salmon prey in the spring. Also moderate catches of juvenile spring Chinook salmon during the …

2015 Lower Cowlitz River Steelhead Retention Rule Change

Action: Cowlitz River anglers may retain up to 3 hatchery steelhead. Effective date: April 1, 2015, until further notice. Species affected: Steelhead. Location: Cowlitz River from boundary markers at the mouth upstream to 400 feet (or posted markers) below the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery barrier dam. Reason for action: There has been a strong showing of …