Blake Bernier catches his second salmon on the Big Quil River

Nine year old Blake Bernier from Fife, Washington caught the second salmon of his young life today on the Big  Quilcene river. Blake was giving fishing lessons to allot of the folks on the water who where swinging away trying to snag fish but coming up empty handed.  Blake had his rig set up with …

Joint Staff report on current status of Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead fisheries

One June 25 both Washington and Oregon closed the Columbia river for Sockeye and Steelhead retention from the mouth all the way to McNary Dam. Harvest goals were met forcing the closure. At 1pm on Tuesday the Washington/Oregon joint (PRC) committee held a compact hearing is regards to treaty summer commercial fisheries and the recreational …

Washington State set to kill bass and walleye in favor of Orcas

Walleye Teeth by Oakley Originals Walleye & Bass are being Reduced by State Agencies in WA States Columbia River.   There is a WA State directed effort to reduce walleye and bass populations in certain sections of the Columbia river. State Agencies have and are killing walleye and bass in certain sections of the Columbia …

Gov. Jay Inslee announced the reopening of sports fishing in Washington beginning May 5th 2020

Today Governor Jay Inslee announced the partial reopening of Washington’s sport fishery. This came as a result of significant political pressure from several protests throughout the state. The latest of these protest known as the “Let Us Fish rally” lead by Tim Eyman. had the streets lined with fishing enthusiasts holding signs demanding the reopening. …

Nichole’s Guided Fishing

  When it comes to fishing the Northwest, if you are looking for some of the the best salmon, steelhead and sturgeon fishing on the Columbia give Nicholes Guided Fishing a call. The Columbia River is hands down the most consistent and highest volume steelhead fishery we have, typical days see 15-35+ chances at fish …

Washington salmon season tentatively set for 2020-2021

  OLYMPIA – Continued low returns of some key Chinook salmon stocks are expected to limit numerous Washington salmon fisheries in the upcoming season, state fishery managers announced today. The state’s 2020-21 salmon fishing seasons, developed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and treaty tribal co-managers, were tentatively set today during the …

The Columbia River 2020 Spring chinook season is on it’s way

  Salmon: The spring Chinook season doesn’t officially get underway on the lower Columbia River until March, but anglers can fish for ocean-fresh early arrivals under current rules throughout the month of February. Hatchery steelhead are also available in several rivers below Bonneville Dam. The daily limit for salmon on the mainstem Columbia River is two …

WDFW Revises Barbed Hooks Allowed Zones

  Action: Revises the list of waters where barbless hooks are now voluntary for salmon and steelhead directed fisheries in the mainstem Columbia River from Buoy 10 to Chief Joseph Dam, and Columbia River tributaries from Buoy 10 to McNary Dam. Effective date: June 11, 2019. Species affected: Salmon and steelhead. Rule and Location:   A)  Barbed hooks are …

Recreational halibut fishing to open for additional days in coastal areas

  Action: Opens recreational halibut fishing on Saturday, June 15 in Marine Areas 3 and 4 (Neah Bay and La Push). Opens recreational halibut fishing Thursday, June 20 in Marine Area 2 (Westport) and Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco and Chinook). Opens the nearshore area in Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco and Chinook) seven days per week beginning …

Barbless hooks to become voluntary on much of Columbia River and tributaries

  OLYMPIA – Anglers on a large portion of the Columbia River and many of its tributaries will no longer be required to use barbless hooks when fishing for salmon and steelhead beginning June 1. In March, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission directed the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to make the …