Swift Reservoir to remain open for another month

J. W. Snyder NWFN 11-23-2015 WDFW FISHING RULE CHANGE   Action:  Swift Reservoir anglers will be able to fish the entire month of December. Species affected:  Hatchery rainbows and landlocked coho and chinook salmon. Effective dates and locations:  From Swift Dam upstream to Eagle Cliff Bridge through Dec. 31, 2015. Reason for action:  Nearly 52,000 catchable size …

Fishing is a way of life for the Lummi nation

By RALPH SCHWARTZ – Associated Press – Sunday, November 22, 2015   LUMMI RESERVATION, Wash. (AP) – Members of Lummi Nation say that for them, fishing is different. Tribal and nontribal fishers alike must keep to the seasons and mind their catch quotas. Still, for most Washington residents, fishing is a privilege granted by the state …

The New Shakespeare Ugly Stik Elite Salmon and Steelhead Rods

John W. Snyder 11/20/2015 NWFN   When it comes to getting the best value for your dollar, it’s hard to beat an Ugly Stik! We reviewed these two poles and they are now among our favorites for salmon and steelhead fishing. The 8″6″ medium heavy Ugly Elite spinning model in my opinion is worth far more …

NOAA Caught Distorting Fisheries Economics Picture (Again)

11/04/2015 J. W. Snyder NWFN    From the Website of CCA– Pacific North West  With a press release announcing the new 2014 FISHERIES OF THE UNITED STATES (FUS), NOAA Fisheries has continued to present a distorted picture of the nation’s fisheries and who generates value from them. The release touts the importance of healthy fisheries …

Tacoma Power stocks the upper Cowlitz and tributaries.

09/28/2015 Report provided by Tacoma Power   Last week Tacoma Power recovered 1,040 fall Chinook adults, 95 jacks, 203 summer-run steelhead, 137 coho adults, 75 jacks, 17 spring Chinook adults, one jacks, and 12 cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator. During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released …

This young angler catches his first Coho on the Quilcene river.

First time angler Kirill Perfilev of Bremerton Washington lands his first Coho on the Big Quilcene River. New to the area young Perfilev joined friends and family for a day of fishing in Quilcene.  As school after school of Chum went swimming bye, only a few silvers had been seen, Perfilev never lost hope. After several …

Salmon fishing gets hot on the Cowlitz river.

08/28/2015 – J. W. Snyder – NWFN Good number of Chinook and Coho being caught at the mouth of the Toutle on the Cowlitz. This angler Amir proudly displays two bright chrome fish as a reward for his efforts. The fishing is hot right now if your looking to hit the Cowlitz and mouth of …

Colwitz river King salmon fishing at it’s best.

J. W. Snyder – Northwest Fishing News 08/28/2015 Cowlitz King Avid angler Amir Kalabic proudly displays his second King of a two king a day limit for the Cowlitz river. The Cowlitz has been offering up some very good fishing, even with the warmer than  normal temperatures. Anglers are turning in excellent catch count numbers making the Cowlitz …

Jessica Weigel gives program on fishing the Pacific Northwest

Jeffery P. Mayor – The Olympian 08/19/2015   Jessica Weigel, co-owner of Waters West Guide Service, will talk about guided fishing trips in the Pacific Northwest during Wednesday’s meeting of the Olympia Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Weigel and her husband, Casey Weigel, live on the Wynoochee River in Montesano. They met while Casey was doing a …

2015 Puyallup River salmon season opener offering up some decent numbers.

J. W. Snyder NWFN , August 3, 2015 Pierce County, WA – Northwest anglers are getting in on the early Puyallup river salmon fishing. So far the Salmon are coming up in small schools and decent numbers of Pinks and a few Chinook are being landed. There have also been a few rumors of the occasional Puyallup river …