Devistating report indicated only 10 percent of Snake River Sockeye survived in 2015

12/07/2015 – Courtney Flatt – Northwest Public Radio This year’s hot summer and low river flows devastated Snake River sockeye. “We had August-like temperatures in late June, square on the shoulders of the sockeye migration,” said Ritchie Graves, with NOAA Fisheries. It turns out 90 percent of Snake River sockeye were dead before they reached …

Current NOAA review of the Washington steelhead hatchery program could be the death of Washington’s steelhead fishery

12/08/2015 – J. W. Snyder – NWFN   IF YOU FISH FOR STEELHEAD IN WASHINGTON, TAKE ACTION NOW! WE NEED TO JOIN TOGETHER AND CONTACT NOAA SO THAT OUR VOICES ARE HEARD! LIKE AND SHARE THIS POST WITH EVERYONE YOU CAN. THE LIFES BLOOD OF THE WASHINGTON STEELHEAD SPORT FISHERY IS AT STAKE!   Here …

WDFW awards $8.2 Million for habitat restoration around the Puget Sound.

  12/07/2015 – J. W. Snyder – NWFN  Here is the press release provided by the WDFW with the list of organizations and dollar amounts they will receive.  OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has begun distributing $8.2 million in funding for 12 local projects designed to protect and restore the …

The future of Skagit river steelhead is uncertain

12/06/2015 – KIMBERLY CAUVEL – SKAGIT VALLEY HERALD   The future of Skagit River steelhead is at a crossroads.   In the year since the Marblemount Fish Hatchery’s steelhead program was shut down because of a lawsuit, the state Department of Fish & Wildlife has been weighing options for steelhead management. The agency is considering …

WDFW to allow public comment on lower Columbia river hatchery reform plan.

December 4, 2015 – J. W. Snyder – NWFN The state has decided to extent the courtesy of public comment on the current hatchery reform plan for the lower Columbia River.  OLYMPIA – The public is invited to comment on a new plan designed to align state fisheries and hatchery operations to support the recovery of …

Still no go for Coho on the Chehalis River

DECEMBER 1, 2015 ANDY WALGAMOTT- northwest sportsman Citing less than adequate numbers of wild coho back into the Grays Harbor system, a state salmon manager says there won’t be a reopener anytime soon. “We’re going to hold where we’re at at the moment,” WDFW’s Steve Thiesfeld in Montesano said this afternoon, disappointing guides and anglers …

State closes Marine Area 10 to salmon fishing, crying foul hook as a result of catch and release death rates.

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – Fisheries managers are concerned about the impact catch-and-release is having on endangered chinook salmon and have closed salmon fishing two months early in the central Puget Sound. The Kitsap Sun reports that even when anglers toss them back, many salmon end up dying from the encounter. The season was scheduled to …

Idaho anglers get triples bag limits!

Doug Lindley – Idaho State Journal 11/28/2015 The Idaho Fish and Game Commission recently approved changes to the state’s fishing rules for the 2016, 2017 and 2018 seasons. The new rules will go into effect on Jan. 1. Among the new rules is a new statewide possession limit, which will be three times the daily bag …

There’s Monster Walleye called Zander, lurking in Netherlands waters.

When it come to fishing for pike-perch, Amsterdam in the Netherlands is offering up some world-class trophy sized Zander. Closely related to the Walleye pike the Zander is like a Walleye on steroids. For those not familiar with fishing in the Netherlands, Amsterdam is well-known as a pike-perch fishing hot spot, and is considered by many …

Roche Harbor Salmon Classic taking place in the San Juan Island region Jan. 21-23

The Roche Harbor Salmon Classic Invitational held Jan. 21-23 on San Juan Island has just 10 spots left available. This derby is limited to 100 boats with a maximum of four anglers per boat. Cost is $810.75, and includes tax, all dinners for registered anglers and moorage. First place is $10,000, second place is $5,000, …