Coast Guard rescues fishing boat in violent Alaska waters

CBS News – 06/11/2015 The crew of an Alaska fishing boat is safe after a dramatic rescue at sea. Coast Guard video shows the four men plunging into the six-foot seas from the sinking boat near Alaska’s Lituya Bay, CBS News’ Elaine Quijano reports. As the ship’s crew dealt with Alaska’s extreme environment, something on …

Washington State Record Tiger Trout Caught By Priest River Angler

NICK IVIE, Hagadone News Network, June 11, 2015   TONASKET, Wash. – Longtime Priest River resident Kelly Flaherty has a whopper of a fish story to tell, only this experienced angler has the proof and backing of the state fish and wildlife department to keep his account from becoming just another fisherman’s tale. Flaherty, 53, reeled …

2015 Halibut bycatch limit significantly reduced in Bering Sea

Associated Press, June 8, 2015 JUNEAU — The North Pacific Fishery Management Council is asking pollock and cod trawlers in the Bering Sea to cut halibut bycatch by a fourth. Sunday afternoon’s 6-3 vote didn’t give halibut fisherman the 41-percent reduction they wanted and frustrated trawlers targeting other fish who say they’ve voluntarily put measures in place …

New Oregon fishing regs could open Hyatt and Howard Prairie in winter

By Mark Freeman, Mail Tribune June 10. 2015 9:57AM Hyatt and Howard Prairie lakes could become year-round fishing spots, and special rules for largemouth bass in Applegate Lake could disappear under new plans to simplify Oregon’s often confusing and inconsistent trout and warmwater fishing rules. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is in the midst …

U.S Plans Columbia River Treaty Talks To Push Environmental Issues.

By Rob Hotakainen, McClatchy Washington Bureau June 10, 2015 WASHINGTON — After a long delay, the Obama administration has signaled that it’s ready to launch talks with Canada to renew the 51-year-old Columbia River Treaty, a controversial pact that created dams for electricity and flood control in the Pacific Northwest. But there will be one big …

Feds release new plans to protect Snake River sockeye

Associated Press – June 08, 2015  BOISE — Federal authorities have released their final recovery plan for Snake River sockeye salmon, a species that teetered on the brink of extinction in the early 1990s. Authorities say the plan released Monday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will create a self-sustaining population of sockeye over the next …

Wild Olympics and Scenic Rivers act makes another run.

June 5, 2015 PT Leader   The Wild Olympics Coalition are cheering the introduction of the Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act by U.S. Senator Patty Murray and U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer, according to a press release sent from from the Wild Olympics Campaign in Quilcene. This act permanently protects more than …

2015 Grande Ronde River spring chinook fisheries to open

Grande Ronde River spring chinook fisheries to open WDFW, 06/05/2015 Action / Species affected:  Spring chinook salmon fishing opens on the Grande Ronde River. Locations:  Grande Ronde River from mouth of Buford Creek (approximately ½ mile downstream of the Highway 129 Bridge at Boggan’s Oasis) upstream to the Washington/Oregon state line. Dates:  June 13, 2015, …

Washington Reduces 4 Day Razor Clam Dig

Razor clam dig reduced to one day this week WDFW 05/27/1970 OLYMPIA – Three days of a four-day razor clam dig have been canceled on all ocean beaches because of public health concerns, state shellfish managers said today. The opening will continue as planned Thursday on Long Beach and Twin Harbors beaches after state health …

Skykomish River Closed For Summer Hatchery Chinook

Skykomish River hatchery Chinook fishery will not open June 1, 2015 WDFW 05/07/2015 Action: Close the Skykomish River to the retention of hatchery chinook salmon. Effective date: June 1 through July 31, 2015. Species affected: Hatchery chinook salmon. Location: The Skykomish River from the mouth upstream to the mouth of the Wallace River. Reason for …