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 …

Fall salmon seasons kick off Aug. 1 with mixed forecasts

Photo Courtesy of St Laurent Guide Service   CLACKAMAS, Ore. – The popular Buoy 10 fishery at the mouth of the Columbia River opens on Tuesday, Aug. 1 with a mixed forecast for Chinook, coho and steelhead returns. The biggest change for the 2017 fall season are restrictions on steelhead retention which include area-specific, 1-2 month steelhead retention closures …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Washington State salmon fisheries regulations now set for 2017

  SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Washington anglers can expect a mixed bag of salmon fisheries this year with slightly increased opportunities in the ocean, seasons similar to last year in the Columbia River, and continued restrictions in Puget Sound.  The state’s 2017 salmon fishing seasons, developed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and …