Game fish daily limits and size restrictions to be suspended on 5 eastern Washington lakes

  WDFW Fishing Rule Change    Action:  Remove size and daily limits and extend the season for game fish on three lakes in Stevens County and two lakes in Spokane County that scheduled for rehabilitation. Species affected: Trout and other game fish Stevens County: Effective dates and locations: Effective immediately through Oct. 15, 2017, Rigley, Rocky and Williams lakes (Stevens County) are open to …

WDFW encourages anglers to fish for escaped Atlantic salmon

  OLYMPIA – State salmon managers are encouraging anglers to fish for thousands of Atlantic salmon that escaped recently from a salmon farm near the San Juan Islands. Cooke Aquaculture notified the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) of a net pen failure on Aug. 19 that caused the release of Atlantic salmon from …

WDFW Meetings scheduled on planned rotenone treatments of eastern Washington waters

  OLYMPIA – State fishery managers will host five public meetings in mid-July to discuss plans to treat several lakes and two streams in eastern Washington with rotenone, a naturally occurring pesticide commonly used to remove undesirable and illegally stocked fish species from lakes and streams. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is …

Fishing heats up in July for salmon, steelhead and crab

  Washington summer fishing seasons are now in full swing, requiring anglers to make some tough decisions about how to spend their time on the water. Scores of lakes and streams throughout the state are open for trout and other species, while salmon fisheries are underway in Washington’s ocean waters and several marine areas of …

Recreational salmon fishery opens June 24 in the salt

  OLYMPIA – Sport anglers will have the opportunity to reel in salmon off the Washington coast starting Saturday, June 24. That’s when marine areas 1 (Ilwaco), 3 (La Push) and 4 (Neah Bay) open daily for salmon fishing. Marine Area 2 (Westport) will open a week later on July 1. Fish managers expect slightly …

Recreational halibut fishing to open June 4 in Neah Bay, La Push and Puget Sound

Photo Courtesy of Danny Stonedahl of River Chrome Guide Service   WDFW Fishing Rule Change   Action:  Marine Areas 3 (La Push), 4 (Neah Bay), and 5-10 (Puget Sound) will be open to recreational halibut fishing Sunday, June 4. WDFW previously announced halibut fishing will be open in these same areas on Thursday, June 1. …

Oregon Fish Restoration and Enhancement Board set to meet in Madras

  SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Fish Restoration and Enhancement Board will meet on Friday, May 12 in Madras. The board will meet from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Inn at Cross Keys Station located at 66 NW Cedar Street in Madras to review 13 project proposals. The …

Poaching leads to fishing closures on Gilbert River in Oregon

  CLACKAMAS, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has adopted a year-round ban on sturgeon fishing in the Gilbert River as well as additional seasonal angling closures. Under temporary rules that take effect Monday, April 24, the Gilbert River closes to sturgeon fishing, including catch-and-release, year around, and closes to fishing for …

Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission to meet at the Running Y Ranch Resort in Klamath Falls April 21st.

  SALEM, Ore.—The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission meets April 21 in Klamath Falls at the Running Y Ranch, 500 Running Y Road. The meeting starts at 8 a.m. and follows this agenda http://www.dfw.state.or.us/agency/commission/minutes/ The meeting will be livestreamed via ODFW’s Periscope and Twitter accounts. ODFW staff will present the 2016 Annual Wolf Report and …

Washington Halibut season set to open May 4th with higher catch quotas

Photo courtesy of Aarron Schmidt of Schmidtys Guide Service   OLYMPIA – Anglers fishing for halibut will notice a change this year with consistent halibut seasons across all Puget Sound and ocean areas, except marine waters near the mouth the Columbia River. The scheduled season dates are May 4, 6, 11, 21 and 25, and June …