Fishery managers delay decisions on Cowlitz smelt and other Columbia fisheries

02/01/2017 – John Snyder – NW Fishing News    OLYMPIA – Washington state fishery managers have delayed setting a recreational smelt-fishing season on the Cowlitz River until they can better gauge the size of this year’s run. In a joint meeting Tuesday with their Oregon counterparts, they also postponed setting an end date for sturgeon …

WDFW Closes Marine Area 10 to salmon retention

01/19/2017 – John Snyder – Northwest Fishing News    Action: Closes Marine Area 10 (Seattle/Bremerton) to salmon fishing. Effective Date:  Jan. 23, 2017 through Feb. 28, 2017. Species affected: Salmon. Location:  Marine Area 10 within Puget Sound, excluding year-round piers. Reason for action: Before the salmon fishing season started, WDFW and tribal co-managers agreed to a limited …

WDFW Commission updates Columbia River salmon policy

01/14/2017 – John Snyder – Northwest Fishing News   VANCOUVER, Wash. – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission today voted to implement the next phase of the state’s reform policy on Columbia River salmon management, including updates to provisions for fall chinook salmon. The updated policy builds on a joint strategy by Washington and Oregon …

Puget Sound marine Area 9 salmon season reopening delayed

Photo Courtesy of Big King Salmon Charters 01/09/2017 – John Snyder – NW Fishing News    Marine Area 9 salmon season reopening delayed Action: Marine Area 9 will not reopen on Jan.16, as scheduled. Effective Date:  Jan. 16, 2017, until further notice. Species affected: Salmon Location:  Marine Area 9 within Puget Sound, excluding year-round piers. Reason …

Sport fishing for bottomfish closes off Washington coast through March 10

Photo Courtesy of Danny Stonedahl of River Chrome Guide Service 01/06/2017 – John W. J. Snyder – Northwest Fishing News    WDFW Fishing Rule Change   Action: Close recreational bottomfishing in Marine Areas 1-3 and Marine Area 4 (west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line) through March 10, 2017. Reopen the coastal recreational bottomfish fishery the second …

Teanaway Community Forest Advisory Committee to begin recreation planning

01/05/2017 – J. W. Snyder – Northwest Fishing News    OLYMPIA – The Teanaway Community Forest Advisory Committee will begin developing a recreation plan for the forest when it meets on Thursday, Jan. 12, in Cle Elum. The meeting, which will be open to the public, will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. at …

Razor clam dig approved on Kalaloch beach for January 8th through 9th

  OLYMPIA – Clam diggers have a green light to proceed with a razor clam dig Jan. 8 and 9 at Kalaloch beach. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig on evening tides after marine toxin tests showed the clams at Kalaloch are safe to eat. Digging is not allowed on …

Washington State steelhead license plate now available for purchase

01/03/2016 – John Snyder – Northwest Fishing News    OLYMPIA – Steelhead enthusiasts can now show support for their favorite species by purchasing a vehicle license plate with an image of Washington’s iconic state fish. The steelhead specialty plate went on sale today and revenue generated from plate sales will be used by the Washington …

New fishing rules in effect on Lake Roosevelt to protect redband rainbow trout

SPOKANE – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) reminds Lake Roosevelt anglers that new fishing rules are in effect to protect wild native redband rainbow trout on Lake Roosevelt and the Spokane and Sanpoil Arms of the 150-mile reservoir. Anglers must now release any trout with an intact adipose fin in Lake Roosevelt …

Key Steelhead fishing spots closing on the Skykomish and Wallace

  Skykomish near Reiter Ponds and Wallace River to close to fishing Action: Close part of Wallace and Skykomish rivers to fishing. Effective date: Fishing to close at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 30, 2016 through Feb. 15, 2017. Species affected: All species. Locations: Wallace River: From the railroad trestle (downstream of Hwy 2 bridge) …