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 …

Daily limit of 4 chinook starting July 1 south of Ayock in Marine Area 12

Photo Courtesy of Big King Salmon Charters WDFW Fishing Rule Change   Action: Anglers can keep 4 chinook daily south of Ayock Point in Marine Area 12 (Hood Canal) beginning July 1. Effective Date: July 1 through Sept. 30, 2017. Species affected: Chinook salmon. Location: South of Ayock Point within Marine Area 12. Reason for …

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. …

Chinook fishing and bag limit reduced on lower Willamette

  CLACKAMAS, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife today announced that salmon and steelhead anglers will be limited to a three-day-per-week schedule and a one Chinook bag limit in the lower Willamette River, effective Monday, May 8. Under the new rules, until further notice Chinook and steelhead retention will be open three …

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 …

Puget Sound marine salmon corrections to the 2016-17 Washington sport fishing pamphlet

  WDFW Fishing Rule Change    Effective Date:  May 1 through June 30, 2017. Species affected: Salmon. Location and Action:  Tulalip Terminal Area fishery: Both hatchery and wild coho and chinook may be kept as part of the salmon daily limit starting May 26on Fridays through noon Mondays.  Closed June 17. Area 10:  Closed June 1 …

WDFW Anounces Marine Area 7 recreational salmon season set to close

Photo courtesy of Big King Salmon Charters   WDFW Fishing Rule Change   Action: Marine Area 7 (San Juan Islands) will close to salmon fishing at the end of the day April 21. Effective Date:  12: 01 a.m. April 22 through April 30, 2017. Species affected: Salmon. Location:  Marine Area 7. Reason for action: Preliminary estimates 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 …

Latest Trout Stocking Reports from the WDFW

  Trout stocking crews active across Washington, Preparations continue for April 22 opening day.   OLYMPIA–Trout stocking crews are working to plant fish throughout the state in preparation for April 22, when several hundred lowland lakes open for a six-month fishing season. Although many lakes are open year-round, the fourth Saturday in April marks the …