Columbia River Spring Chinook season constrained due to low projections

  VANCOUVER, Wash. – Fishery managers from Washington and Oregon today approved a sports fishery, for spring chinook salmon on the Columbia River that reflects a significant reduction in the number of fish available for harvest this year. According to preseason projections, about 99,300 upriver spring chinook will reach the Columbia this year, down 14 …

SHIMANO’S ‘PACIFIC NORTHWEST SPORTSMEN’S SHOW’ EFFORTS OFFER REEL SERVICE CLINICS TO KEEP FISHING REELS PERFORMING AT THEIR BEST

LADSON, S.C. – February 2019 – Anglers throughout the greater Portland, Ore. area will be offered Shimano reel service clinics, where Shimano service techs will show the proper steps to ‘clean and lube’ fishing reels. The clinics will be conducted throughout all five days of the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show on Feb. 6-10, 2019, within a …

Commission to take public input on hatchery reform, salmon management policies

  OLYMPIA – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will take public input on various topics – including hatchery reform, salmon management in Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay, and several land transactions – during an upcoming meeting in Olympia. The commission, a citizen panel appointed by the governor to set policy for the Washington Department …

WDFW approves three-day razor clam dig beginning Feb. 1st

  OLYMPIA – Razor clam diggers can return to various ocean beaches for a three-day opening beginning Friday, Feb. 1. State shellfish managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig on evening low tides after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat. No digging will be allowed …

Commission supports WDFW’s attention to orcas’ needs in crafting fishing seasons

  OLYMPIA – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has signaled its support for state fishery managers’ plans to consider the dietary needs of endangered orcas when they set this year’s salmon-fishing seasons. The commission, a citizen panel appointed by the governor to set policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), directed …

California Sea lion euthanization underway at Willamette Falls

  Due to the significant overpopulation of the California Sea Lion over the last decade, there has been a steady decline in the numbers of salmon making there way back to spawn in the Columbia River System. Recently legislation was passed allowing for the killing of sea lions in an attempt to help prevent the continued …

Washington, Oregon fish and wildlife commissioners will meet to discuss Columbia River salmon reform

  OLYMPIA – The public is invited to attend a meeting scheduled this month by members of the Washington and Oregon fish and wildlife commissions to discuss next steps in reforming salmon management on the Columbia River. The meeting is set for Jan. 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Oregon Fish and …

WDFW finds 2.75 million chinook fry to help replace fish lost at Minter Creek Hatchery

  OLYMPIA – Up to 2.75 million fall chinook fry are headed to the Minter Creek Hatchery in Pierce County in an effort to replace salmon lost during a Dec. 14 power outage at the facility. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) received approval Friday from NOAA Fisheries – the agency that oversees …