Hundreds of lowland lakes open April 28th

  OLYMPIA–Trout fishing in Washington reaches full speed April 28 when hundreds of lowland lakes – stocked with millions of fish – open for a six-month season. To prepare for the opener, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (WDFW) fish hatchery crews have been stocking more than 12 million trout and kokanee in lakes statewide. “Although many …

Washington’s salmon fishing seasons set for 2018

  OLYMPIA – With low returns of chinook and coho salmon expected back to numerous rivers in Washington, state and tribal co-managers Tuesday agreed on a fishing season that meets conservation goals for wild fish while providing fishing opportunities on healthy salmon runs. The 2018-19 salmon fisheries, developed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) …

State law makers and tribes to host public discussion on salmon in Lynnwood

  OLYMPIA – Anglers, commercial fishers, and others interested in salmon in Washington can take part in an informal discussion with state and tribal fish managers on April 3. The public meeting is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at the Lynnwood Embassy Suites, 20610 44th Ave. W., Lynnwood. The plenary session takes place during the annual salmon season-setting …

Anglers can keep 2 hatchery chinook per day in Marine Area 9 beginning March 30th

Photo Courtesy of Big King Salmon Charters   WDFW Fishing Rule Change   Action: Increases the daily limit for salmon to two fish in Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet). Effective Date: March 30 through April 15, 2018. Species affected: Chinook salmon. Location: Marine Area 9, excluding year-round fishing piers. Reason for action: Preliminary estimates through March 18 indicate that the …

Steelhead daily limit to increase on the lower Hanford Reach, and Ringold bank fishery

Photo courtesy of Dave’s Guide Service   WDFW Fishing Rule Change   Area 1: Columbia River from Hwy.395 Bridge at Pasco to the old Hanford townsite wooden powerline towers: Effective date: Immediately through March 31, 2018 Daily limit: Two (2) hatchery steelhead Area 2: Ringold area bank fishery Effective date: Immediately through April 15, 2018 Daily limit: Two (2) …

Tribal fisherman sentenced for selling sturgeon and salmon

  RIDGEFIELD – A Klickitat County Superior Court judge has sentenced a Columbia River tribal fisherman to four months in jail and fined him $1,050 for illegally selling sturgeon and chinook salmon, concluding a case sparked by a tip to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). Donnell Frank, 46, of Portland, Ore., pleaded …

WDFW approves Two-day razor clam dig in the beginning March 16th

  OLYMPIA – Razor clam diggers can return to various ocean beaches for a two-day opening beginning March 16. State shellfish managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig on evening low tides after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat. “Last weekend, we had a great turnout …

WDFW Commission will hear comments on hunting seasons, Columbia River fisheries at Wenatchee meeting March 15th-17th

  OLYMPIA – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will invite public comments on 2018-2020 hunting season proposals, Columbia River fisheries policy, and other issues during a public meeting March 15-17 in Wenatchee. The commission, a citizen panel appointed by the governor to set policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), will convene in …

Low returns expected to restrict Washington’s salmon fisheries

  OLYMPIA – Projected poor returns of several salmon stocks are expected to limit fishing opportunities in Washington’s waters this year, state salmon managers announced today. Forecasts for chinook, coho, sockeye, and chum salmon – developed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and treaty Indian tribes – were released during a public …

States set initial fishing seasons for Columbia River spring chinook

  PORTLAND – Salmon managers from Washington and Oregon have approved sportfishing seasons for spring chinook salmon on the Columbia River, setting the stage for the first major salmon fishery of the year. Anglers are already catching a few spring chinook in the lower Columbia below the Interstate 5 bridge, but the bulk of the …