WDFW announces steelhead fishery changes on some Snake River tributaries

Photo courtesy of Dave’s Guide Service   Action: WDFW is rescinding emergency rule changes on the Grande Ronde, Walla Walla, and Touchet rivers that limited steelhead retention to two hatchery fish. Beginning Feb. 1, the daily limit for hatchery steelhead in those rivers will increase to three fish, as listed in the 2017/2018 Washington Sport Fishing Rules …

WDFW makes changes to Tucannon River steelhead and other gamefish fisheries

Actions and locations: Tucannon River, downstream of the Tucannon Hatchery Bridge Extend the fishery for gamefish, including steelhead, through April 15. The fishery previously was scheduled to close Feb. 28. Increase the daily limit on hatchery steelhead to three (from two) fish. Mandatory hatchery steelhead retention is required. Barbless hooks are required while fishing for steelhead and …

Sport clam season extended on Point Whitney Tidelands

  WDFW Fishing Rule Change    Action:  The sport clam season will be extended on this public beach based on results from population, harvest and effort assessments. Effective dates:  Immediately through April 30, 2018. Species affected: All clams. Location: Point Whitney Tidelands, located in Jefferson County on the west side of Hood Canal near Brinnon. Reason for action:  Surveys at Point …

Washington State investigation finds Cooke’s negligence was primary cause of Atlantic salmon net pen collapse

  OLYMPIA – State investigators have determined that an excessive buildup of mussels and other marine organisms on nets – caused by Cooke Aquaculture’s failure to properly clean them – led to the August 19 collapse of the company’s net pen at Cypress Island. An investigative report – authored by the departments of Natural Resources (DNR), Ecology, …

WDFW Commission to consider simplified sportfishing rules

  OLYMPIA – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will take action on proposed simplified recreational fishing rules for Washington rivers, streams and lakes during its public meeting Jan. 18-20 in Ridgefield. The commission also will receive a briefing, and potentially provide guidance, on a proposed management plan for harvesting Puget Sound chinook salmon. The …

WDFW seeks public comments on Willapa Bay salmon priorities

  OLYMPIA – State fishery managers will hold a public workshop Jan. 23 in Raymond to solicit public comments on priorities for upcoming sport and commercial salmon-fishing seasons in Willapa Bay. The workshop, sponsored by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. at the Raymond Elks Club on 326 Third St. Annette Hoffmann, …

WDFW Commission to receive briefing on proposed plan for Puget Sound chinook salmon

  OLYMPIA – State fish managers will update the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission during a conference call Jan. 12 on a proposed management plan for harvesting Puget Sound chinook salmon. The commission, a citizen panel appointed by the governor to set policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), will convene the call at 2 …

Razor clam digs set for December 1st in Washington

  OLYMPIA – Razor clam diggers will have the opportunity to fill their limits during a four-day dig beginning Dec. 1 on various ocean beaches. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the Dec. 1-4 dig on evening tides after marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat. No digging will be allowed before noon. Some …

Positions open on Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Recreational Anglers Board

  OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking nominations for four vacant positions on a citizen advisory group responsible for reviewing proposals to maintain and improve sportfishing opportunities for salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River and its tributaries. The Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Recreational Anglers Board’s primary role …

Salmon fishing to temporarily close in marine areas 8-1, 8-2 and 9

  WDFW FISHING RULE CHANGE   Action: Marine areas 8-1, 8-2 and 9 closed to salmon fishing, excluding year-round piers. Effective Date:  Nov. 13, 2017, until further notice. Species affected: Salmon. Location:  Marine areas 8-1 (Deception Pass, Hope Island and Skagit Bay), 8-2 (Port Susan and Port Gamble), and 9 (Admiralty Inlet) within Puget Sound, excluding year-round piers. Reason for …