Sturgeon season set to on March 25 in Bonneville, The Dalles pools

Photo provided by Great NW Rivers Guide Service 03/14/2017 – John Snyder – Northwest Fishing News      CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Recreational sturgeon seasons in Bonneville and The Dalles pools will close effective Saturday, March 25, under rules announced today by fishery managers from Oregon and Washington. The states decided to close these two sturgeon …

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 …

Marine Area 9 salmon season set to re-open February 16th

Photo courtesy of Big King Salmon Charters   WDFW FISHING RULE CHANGE   Action: Marine Area 9 will re-open Feb.16. The daily limit for hatchery chinook salmon in Marine Area 9 will be 1 chinook, with an overall 2-salmon limit. All coho and wild chinook salmon must be released. Effective Date: Feb 16 through April 15, 2017. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Oregon opens a portion of the coast for commercial Dungeness crabbing, extends recreational opening

12/10/2016 – J. W. Snyder – NW Fishing News    NEWPORT, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) and the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) announce the opening of the commercial crab season from Cape Blanco (just north of Port Orford) to the OR/CA border is set for Dec. 18. “We have …

Elwha, Nisqually rivers designated gene banks to protect wild steelhead

08/15/2016 – John Snyder- NWFN    OLYMPIA –The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) today designated the Nisqually and Elwha rivers as wild steelhead gene banks to help conserve wild steelhead populations. Under that designation, both rivers will be off-limits to releases of steelhead raised in state hatcheries, which can pose risks to native …