Washington State salmon fisheries regulations now set for 2017

  SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Washington anglers can expect a mixed bag of salmon fisheries this year with slightly increased opportunities in the ocean, seasons similar to last year in the Columbia River, and continued restrictions in Puget Sound.  The state’s 2017 salmon fishing seasons, developed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and …

Spring chinook fishery extended four days below Bonneville Dam on the Columbia river

Photo courtesy of Swannys Guided Fishing! Call Bill Swann at 206-755-1204 and book your trip today! 03/30/2017 – John Snyder – Northwest Fishing News    OLYMPIA – State fishery managers have extended the initial sportfishing season for spring chinook salmon on the lower Columbia River by four days in response to poor fishing conditions caused by …

Hatchery reared coho retention now allowed on Lake Sammamish

03/28/2017 – John Snyder – NW Fishing News   WDFW Fishing Rule Change  Action: Institutes landlocked salmon rules, allowing retention of marked hatchery-origin coho salmon. Adds a 12-inch minimum size to any marked hatchery-origin coho salmon. Location: Lake Sammamish (King Co.) Effective dates: Immediately through May 31, 2017. Species affected: Hatchery-origin coho salmon. Reasons for …

Marine Area 7 salmon season re-opening on March 25th

03/23/2017 – John Snyder – Northwest Fishing News    Action: Marine Area 7 (San Juan Islands) will reopen to salmon fishing March 25. The daily limit for hatchery chinook salmon in Marine Area 7 will be one chinook, with an overall two-salmon daily limit. All coho and wild chinook salmon must be released. Effective Date: March …

WDFW approves razor clam dig for March 24

  OLYMPIA – State shellfish managers have approved a razor clam dig beginning March 24 with openings alternating between Mocrocks and Copalis beaches for three days. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the opening on evening tides after marine toxin tests confirmed the clams on those two beaches are safe to eat. …

Upper Columbia River and Lower Snake River Fisheries Meeting set for March 28-30

Photo provided by Fishing With Dave Guide Service 03/21/2017 – John Snyder – NW Fishing News   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 …

Pacific Fishery Management Council adopts three options for state ocean salmon fisheries

03/14/17 – John Snyder – N.W. Fishing News     VANCOUVER, Wash. – Salmon managers have developed options for ocean salmon fisheries that reflect concerns over poor projected returns of coho salmon this year. Three alternatives for ocean salmon fisheries were approved Monday for public review by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC), which establishes …

Washington State fishery managers set meetings for public opinion on this seasons salmon fisheries

03/10/2017 – John Snyder – Northwest Fishing News    OLYMPIA – State fishery managers have scheduled more than a dozen public meetings through mid-April – including three in eastern Washington –as they continue to develop this year’s salmon fishing seasons. The public meetings are opportunities for anglers, commercial fishers and others interested in salmon to …

WDFW Approves Razor Clam Digs on several coastal beaches to begin on March 7th

    OLYMPIA – Twin Harbors beach will be open March 7 for a week of razor clam digging, during which Copalis and Mocrocks beaches will each be open for two of those days. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the opening on three ocean beaches after marine toxin tests confirmed the …

Projections indicate Washington salmon fisheries will again be manipulated by low coho runs

  OLYMPIA – Returns of hatchery chinook and coho salmon to Washington’s rivers and ocean waters are expected to vary this year, but low returns of wild salmon projected to several rivers will again make setting fisheries a challenge.  That was the prediction of fishery managers at a public meeting today, when forecasts for chinook, …