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 …

Spring chinook fishery extended four days below Bonneville Dam on the Columbia river

Photo courtesy of Swannys Guided Fishing! Call Bill Swann at 206-755-1204 and book your trip today! 03/30/2017 – John Snyder – Northwest Fishing News    OLYMPIA – State fishery managers have extended the initial sportfishing season for spring chinook salmon on the lower Columbia River by four days in response to poor fishing conditions caused by …

Hatchery reared coho retention now allowed on Lake Sammamish

03/28/2017 – John Snyder – NW Fishing News   WDFW Fishing Rule Change  Action: Institutes landlocked salmon rules, allowing retention of marked hatchery-origin coho salmon. Adds a 12-inch minimum size to any marked hatchery-origin coho salmon. Location: Lake Sammamish (King Co.) Effective dates: Immediately through May 31, 2017. Species affected: Hatchery-origin coho salmon. Reasons for …

Marine Area 7 salmon season re-opening on March 25th

03/23/2017 – John Snyder – Northwest Fishing News    Action: Marine Area 7 (San Juan Islands) will reopen to salmon fishing March 25. The daily limit for hatchery chinook salmon in Marine Area 7 will be one chinook, with an overall two-salmon daily limit. All coho and wild chinook salmon must be released. Effective Date: March …

Projections indicate Washington salmon fisheries will again be manipulated by low coho runs

  OLYMPIA – Returns of hatchery chinook and coho salmon to Washington’s rivers and ocean waters are expected to vary this year, but low returns of wild salmon projected to several rivers will again make setting fisheries a challenge.  That was the prediction of fishery managers at a public meeting today, when forecasts for chinook, …

$34 million in fish threatened by state government shutdown

Michael Konopasek, KING 5 News June 26, 2015 SEATTLE – Millions of dollars in fish could be at stake if state lawmakers can’t agree on a budget and avoid a government shutdown. Dozens of hatcheries across Washington, where fish are raised, could be temporarily closed. There are millions of fish being raised by the Department …