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WDFW says no need to wait until spring to catch fish


02/02/2016 – J. W. Snyder – Northwest Fishing News

 

Washington and Oregon anglers alike can’t hardly wait for spring chinook season on the Columbia

Temperatures are warming, birds are singing and the lower Columbia River will soon be teeming with spring chinook salmon. Spring is still a ways off, but February offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.

State fishery managers expect about 299,000 adult spring chinook to the Columbia River this year. The fishery is open now below the Interstate 5 Bridge, but it usually doesn’t catch fire until March when fishing expands upriver to Bonneville Dam and beyond. For information about the spring chinook season, see the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (WDFW) website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/news/jan2816b/

Meanwhile, there are several other great fisheries and outdoor events available this month including:

  • Blackmouth salmon: More areas of Puget Sound are opening to fishing for blackmouth chinook salmon, including Hood Canal, Marine Area 11 (Tacoma-Vashon) and – later in the month – Sekiu.
  • Rainbow trout: Anglers fishing Lake Roosevelt in northeast Washington have been reeling in some nice rainbow trout. Anglers at many other lakes open to trout fishing also are doing well.
  • Sport shows:  A trio of sport shows are scheduled in the coming weeks, including the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show, Feb. 10-14 in Portland; the Central Washington Sportsmen Show, Feb. 19-21 in Yakima; and the Wenatchee Valley Sportsmen Show, Feb. 26-28 in Wenatchee. WDFW will have booths at all three events.
  • Great Backyard Bird Count: Birders of all levels of experience are invited to count the number of birds they see in a 15-minute period and enter their tally, by species, online at http://gbbc.birdcount.org/ Participants can conduct their count Feb. 12-15 in their own backyards, in a neighborhood park or anywhere they choose.