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 …

Tacoma Powers 2015 Cowlitz River Fish Report

12/14/2015 – J.W. Snyder – NWFN   Tacoma Powers Fish Report  Last week Tacoma Power recovered 505 coho adults, 175 jacks, six summer-run steelhead, six winter run steelhead and six cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator. During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 79 coho adults, 68 …

Wild Steelhead Coalition claims victory for wild steelhead

  12/11/2015 – J. W. Snyder – Northwest Fishing News   Today the Wild Steelhead Coalition announced victory due to recent rule changes that affect the Olympic Peninsula’s wild steelhead sport fishery. This victory comes as a results of a three year assault directed at forcing the Washington Department of Fishing and Wildlife to change …

State releases 2016 spring chinook forecast!

Al Thomas, Columbian Outdoors Reporter 12/11/2016   State, federal and tribal biologists are forecasting that 188,800 spring chinook salmon will enter the Columbia River in 2016 destined for waters upstream of Bonneville Dam, a 100,000 drop from this year. However, an excellent run of 93,300 summer chinook also is predicted, although that, too, is down …

Current NOAA review of the Washington steelhead hatchery program could be the death of Washington’s steelhead fishery

12/08/2015 – J. W. Snyder – NWFN   IF YOU FISH FOR STEELHEAD IN WASHINGTON, TAKE ACTION NOW! WE NEED TO JOIN TOGETHER AND CONTACT NOAA SO THAT OUR VOICES ARE HEARD! LIKE AND SHARE THIS POST WITH EVERYONE YOU CAN. THE LIFES BLOOD OF THE WASHINGTON STEELHEAD SPORT FISHERY IS AT STAKE!   Here …

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 …