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DRANO LAKE REOPENS TO FISHING

posted by Mike on 11/15/2019

Drano Lake fisheries reopen

Action: Returns Drano Lake to permanent rule as listed in the 2019-20 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet.

Effective date: Immediately.

Species affected: All species.

Location: In the waters downstream of markers on point of land downstream and across from Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery and upstream of the Highway 14 Bridge.

Reason for action: Drano Lake was closed to angling in late September to increase the number fall Chinook available for broodstock at Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery. Hatchery managers have recently indicated that broodstock collection is on track to meet program goals and the fishery closure is no longer needed.

Additional information: Please see the 2019-20 Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for angling rules specific to Drano Lake.

Information contact: Matthew Gardner, district fish biologist, 360-906-6746.

Tags: Drano Lake

MINTER CREEK TO REOPEN FOR SALMON ANGLING

posted by Mike on 11/15/2019

Salmon angling to reopen in Minter Creek

Action:  Reopens salmon angling under permanent rule as listed in the 2019-20 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet.

Effective date: Nov.16, 2019.     

Species affected: Salmon.

Location: Minter Creek (Pierce Co.).

Reason for action: Minter Creek Hatchery is now expected to meet hatchery egg-take goals. The previously instituted conservation measures are no longer needed.

Additional information: 

Minter Creek salmon rules through Dec. 15, 2019: Min. size 12”. Daily limit 6. Up to 2 adults may be retained. Release wild coho.

Please refer to the 2019-20 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for additional rules, also found at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations.

Information contact: David Stormer, Puget Sound recreational salmon manager, 360-902-0058; or Mark Baltzell, Puget Sound salmon manager, 360-902-2807.

SALMON FISHING TO CLOSE AT HOODSPORT HATCHERY

posted by Mike on 11/15/2019

almon fishing closed at Hoodsport; anglers must release chum in the rest of Marine Area 12

Action: Closes salmon fishing in the Hoodsport Hatchery Zone; anglers must release chum in the rest of Marine area 12 (Hood Canal).

Effective date: Nov. 18, 2019 until further notice.

Species affected: Salmon.

Locations:  

  1. Marine Area 12 (except the Hoodsport Hatchery Zone)
  2. Hoodsport Hatchery Zone: Waters within a 2,000’ arc seaward of the yellow marker buoys at the mouth of Finch Creek.

Reason for action: Hatchery returns are below projections. This conservation measure is necessary to ensure that hatchery broodstock goals are met.

Additional information: Please refer to https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/ and the 2019-20 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for further information on seasons.

Information contact: David Stormer, Puget Sound recreational salmon manager, 360-902-0058, or Mark Baltzell, Puget Sound salmon manager, 360-902-2807.

SALMON LIMITS REDUCED FROM THE HOH TO GRAYS HARBOR STREAMS

posted by Mike on 11/13/2019

Adult portion of salmon daily limits reduced in coastal freshwater systems from Hoh River south to Grays Harbor basin and Marine area 2-2

Action: Reduces the adult portion of salmon daily limit to no more than 1 adult fish.

Effective date: Nov. 16, 2019, until further notice.

Species affected: Salmon.

Locations:

  • Marine Area 2-2 (Grays Harbor)
  • Black River (Grays Harbor/Thurston Co.), from mouth to bridge on 128th Ave. SW.
  • Chehalis River (Grays Harbor Co.), from mouth (Hwy. 101 Bridge in Aberdeen) to the high bridge on Weyerhaeuser 1000 line.
  • Copalis River (Grays Harbor Co.), from mouth to Carlisle Bridge.
  • Elk River (Grays Harbor Co.), from mouth (Hwy. 105 Bridge) to the confluence of Middle Branch.
  • Hoh River (Jefferson Co.), from Olympic National Park boundary upstream to Morgans Crossing boat launch. 
  • Hoquiam River, including West Fork (Grays Harbor Co.), from mouth (Hwy. 101 Bridge on Simpson Ave) to Dekay Rd. Bridge (West Fork).
  • Hoquiam River, East Fork (Grays Harbor Co.), from mouth to confluence of Berryman Creek.
  • Johns River (Grays Harbor Co.), from mouth (Hwy. 105 Bridge) to Ballon Creek.
  • Moclips River (Grays Harbor Co.), from mouth to Quinault Indian Reservation boundary.
  • Newaukum River, including South Fork (Lewis Co.), from mouth to Leonard Rd. near Onalaska.
  • Quinault River, Upper (Clallam Co.), from mouth at upper end of Quinault Lake upstream to Olympic National Park boundary.
  • Salmon River (Jefferson Co.) outside Quinault Indian reservation and Olympic National Park.
  • Satsop River and East Fork (Grays Harbor Co.), from mouth to bridge at Schafer State Park; and from 400' below Bingham Creek Hatchery to the dam.
  • Skookumchuck River (Lewis/Thurston Co.), from mouth to 100 feet below outlet of TransAlta WDFW steelhead rearing pond located at the base of Skookumchuck Dam.
  • Wishkah River (Grays Harbor Co.), from mouth to 200' below the weir at the Wishkah Rearing Ponds; and from 150' upstream to 150' downstream of the Wishkah adult adult attraction channel/outfall structure (within the posted fishing boundary).
  • Wynoochee River (Grays Harbor Co.), from mouth to WDFW White Bridge access site.

Reason for action: Coho returns to tributaries along the coast from Hoh River south to Grays Harbor appear to be significantly lower than preseason predictions. These conservation measures are being taken to ensure escapement goals are met.

Additional information: Once the adult portion of the salmon daily limit has been retained, anglers may not continue to fish for salmon.

Anglers should refer to the 2019-20 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for other ongoing fishing opportunities available online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/

Refer to updated regulations in waters within the Olympic National Park online at http://www.windsox.us/VISITOR/ONPS_Fishing/Fishing_Regulations.html.

Information contact: Region 6 Montesano office, 360-249-4628.

WILLIPA BAY AND ALL TRIBUTARIES CLOSE TO ALL SALMON FISHING, EFFECTIVE TODAY NOVEMBER 13TH

posted by Mike on 11/13/2019

Salmon fishing to close in Willapa Bay and its tributaries

Action: Closes salmon fishing.

Effective date: Nov. 13, 2019 until further notice.

Species affected: Salmon

Locations:  

  • Marine Area 2-1 (Willapa Bay)
  • Bear River
  • Forks Creek
  • Naselle River
  • Nemah River Middle, North, and South
  • North River
  • Smith Creek
  • Willapa River
  • Willapa River South Fork

Reason for action: Coho returns to tributaries in the Willapa Bay watershed have been significantly lower than preseason predictions. These conservation measures are being taken to ensure escapement goals are met. Managers will continue to assess coho returns and re-open if warranted.

Additional information: For more information on other Willapa Bay fisheries, see https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations.

Information contact: Region 6 Montesano office, 360-249-4628.

 

Thank you once again WDFW for your timely notification on this closure. I am sure that we will see additional closures shortly as we have not been hearing of outstanding fishing on most all of the coastal streams. Seems these closures have become the norm the past few years.

SMELT FISHING CORONET BAY

posted by Mike on 11/12/2019

Smelt fishing has picked up the past week or so at Coronet Bay. Up until recently the fishing has been almost non existant this Fall. Folks had some fairly impressive catches of these tasty little fish this past week. The best tide has been the last of the incoming to the high tide. This should be the start of the season and should go through the Winter and into the Spring.

This is a very simple fishery requiring the minimum of tackle. A typical trout spinning rod with 6 - 8 pound line, a Gamakatsu Smelt/Herring Jig in a size 4 or 5 and a 1/2 - 3/4 ounce bell or cannonball sinker will round out your outfit. Throw in a bucket for your catch and your ready to go.

When you drive into Coronet Bay State Park you will see a T shaped dock just past the bathroom complex which is one dock that you can fish from. A little further there is boat launch and the adjoining docks that you can also fish from. If you do fish from these, Make sure you do not cause any proplems with the boaters that are trying to launch or retrive their boats as this is what these docks are designed for.

Make sure to take your Discovery Pass with you, as you will need it to park and use the State Park facilities.

If you have any questions, feel free to stop by and we'll be more than happy to fill you in on this fishery. It's a great one to take the kids on.

SALMON FISHING CLOSES IN MARINE AREA 10, GREEN RIVER, KENEDY CREEK & MINTER CREEEK

posted by Mike on 11/12/2019

almon fishing to close in Marine Area 10, part of Marine Area 13, the Green River, and Minter and Kennedy creeks

Action: Closes salmon fishing in areas listed, except in Marine Area 13 EAST of a line from the southernmost point of Devil’s Head to the eastern boundary of Tolmie State Park, where salmon fishing remains open, all chum must be released in addition to wild Chinook and wild coho.

Effective date: Nov. 12, 2019, until further notice.

Species affected: Salmon.

Locations:
Marine Area 10 (Seattle/Bremerton Area).

Marine Area 13 (South Puget Sound) waters EAST of a line from the southernmost point of Devil’s Head (at the southern end of Key Peninsula) to the eastern boundary of Tolmie State Park.

Marine Area 13 (South Puget Sound) waters WEST of a line from the southernmost point of Devil’s Head (at the southern end of Key Peninsula) to the eastern boundary of Tolmie State Park. (This includes Case Inlet, Henderson Inlet, Budd Inlet, Eld Inlet, Totten Inlet, Hammersly Inlet, and Oakland Bay.)

The Green (Duwamish) River, and Kennedy and Minter Creeks.

Reason for action: In-season information indicates lower than expected returns of chum salmon to south Puget Sound waters. WDFW is implementing this rule to meet chum salmon conservation and escapement objectives. 

Additional information:
Year-round fishing piers (as listed in the Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet) are excepted from this rule change and remain open as listed.

Salmon fishing remains open in the eastern portion of Marine Area 13, east of a line from the southernmost point of Devil’s Head (at the southern end of Key Peninsula) to the eastern boundary of Tolmie State Park, as part of the 2 salmon daily limit. Chinook-min. size 22”. Other salmon species no min. size. Release all wild Chinook, wild coho, and chum. View a map of the area at https://wdfw.wa.gov/sites/default/files/2019-11/marine_-_area13_11-8-19.pdf

Please see the 2019-20 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for additional rules or visit the WDFW website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations.

Information contact:  David Stormer, Puget Sound recreational salmon manager, 360-902-0058; or Mark Baltzell, Puget Sound salmon manager, 360-902-2807

SEVEN DAYS OF RAZOR CLAM DIGGING STARTING NOVEMBER 11TH

posted by Mike on 11/05/2019

 

WDFW approves seven-day razor clam dig on ocean beaches, starting Veterans Day

OLYMPIA - Razor clam diggers can return to ocean beaches for a seven-day opening beginning on Veterans Day, November 11.

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.

The upcoming dig is for the following dates and low tides:

  • Nov. 11, Monday, 5:51 pm, 0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • Nov. 12, Tuesday, 6:27 pm, -0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Nov. 13, Wednesday, 7:03 pm, -0.5 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • Nov. 14, Thursday, 7:41 pm, -0.6 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Nov. 15, Friday, 8:22 pm, -0.5 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • Nov. 16, Saturday, 9:08 pm, -0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Nov. 17, Sunday, 9:59 pm, -0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis

No digging is allowed before noon for allowed digs, when low tide occurs in the evening.

"We are encouraging people to get out there with family and friends to experience razor clam digging, one of Washington's oldest and greatest traditions, " said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager

For a list of proposed razor clam digs on Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks beaches through December, please see: https://wdfw.wa.gov/news/wdfw-announces-additional-tentative-razor-clam-digs-through-december

Final approval of the tentatively scheduled openings in November and December will depend on whether results of marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat.

Additional safety considerations are important to those who engage in digs near dusk and at night.

"Diggers want to be sure to come prepared with good lighting devices and always keep an eye on the surf, particularly at this time of year when low tides come at dusk and after dark," said Ayres.

WDFW is also asking for razor clam fans around the state to weigh in on the perennial question: Which is better, clam or shovel? To register support for a favored digging method, clam diggers can post a photo or video, complete with hashtag #TeamClamShovel or #TeamClamGun on any social media before the end of the season

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2019-20 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW's website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.

Under state law, diggers at open beaches can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger's clams must be kept in a separate container.

WDFW is the state agency tasked with preserving, protecting and perpetuating fish, wildlife and ecosystems, while providing sustainable fishing, hunting and other outdoor recreation opportunities.

QUILLAYUTE RIVER AND ALL TRIBUTARIES CLOSE TO ALL FISHING

posted by Mike on 11/02/2019

Quillayute River and tributaries (Sol Duc, Dickey, Bogachiel, and Calawah rivers) to close to fishing

Action: Closes to all fishing.

Effective date: Nov. 4, 2019 through Nov. 22, 2019.

Species affected: All fish species.

Location: Quillayute River and tributaries (including Sol Duc, Dickey, Bogachiel and Calawah rivers).

Reason for action: Early season abundance indicators confirm the returning Quillayute River wild coho salmon run is below harvestable levels. This conservation measure is necessary to allow more fish to reach the spawning grounds in order to meet wild escapement goals.

Additional information:  The Quileute Tribe, Olympic National Park, and WDFW have agreed to close their respective fisheries to protect wild coho. The rivers will re-open to fishing on Nov. 23, 2019, when coho have cleared the fishing area.  See special rules for each river in the Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet. Wild coho release will remain in effect for all rivers.

Please see the 2019-20 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for additional rules, or visit the WDFW website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations and continue to check for emergency regulations in the affected area.

Information contact: Region 6 office, 360-249-4628

MANY LOWLAND LAKES CLOSE TO FISHING ON THRURSDAY, OCTOBER 31ST

posted by Mike on 10/30/2019

Make sure that you check your WDFW regulations to make sure the lake you intend to fish remains open after Octover 31st. A great many of our lowland lakes do close after tomorrow, October 31st. There are a good number that are open year around that will supply you lots of angling on a year around basis. Just make sure that you check your regulations.

FISHING SEASON EXTENDED AT PADDEN AND STEEL LAKES THROUGH JANUARY 5TH

posted by Mike on 10/30/2019

Gamefish season extended at Padden Lake (Whatcom County) and Steel Lake (King County)

Action: Extends open gamefish season to Jan. 5, 2020. 

Effective date: Nov. 1, 2019 to Jan. 5, 2020.

Species affected: All gamefish.

Location: Padden Lake (Whatcom Co.) and Steel Lake (King Co.).

Reason for action: The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) stocked catchable-size rainbow trout in both lakes in late October and will again prior to Black Friday (Nov. 29). These fish and the extension of the fishing season will provide exciting fishing opportunities through the holidays for these lakes.

Additional information: Padden Lake and Steel Lake will be closed to fishing on Jan. 5, 2019. Both lakes will re-open to fishing on the fourth Saturday in April. 

No internal combustion motors are allowed on Padden Lake and Steel Lake.

Anglers should also be aware that invasive New Zealand mudsnails (Potamopyrgus antipodarum) were recently discovered in Padden Lake. To prevent the spread of this prohibited species to other water bodies, WDFW urges anyone coming into contact with Lake Padden to inspect and follow the Clean/Drain/Dry strategy on all clothing, gear, and watercraft. For more details on the prevention methods, visit https://wdfw.wa.gov/species-habitats/invasive/prevention.

Information contact: Region 4 office, 425-775-1311.

TWIN HARBORS & LONG BEACH ADDED TO RAZOR CLAM DIGS

posted by Mike on 10/25/2019

Razor clam digs get go-ahead at Twin Harbors and Long Beach

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced today that razor clam digging will move ahead at Twin Harbors and Long Beach this weekend, after tests revealed that shellfish from these coastal beaches are safe to eat.

Testing conducted by the Washington Department of Health (WDOH) on Thursday showed domoic acid levels were low enough for the digs to go ahead, said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager.

"The health and safety of clam diggers is always our first concern, so we appreciate people's patience while we worked with our partners at WDOH to confirm that these clams are safe to eat," Ayres said. "We hope that everyone is able to get out and enjoy safe, productive digs at these beaches."

The upcoming digs are scheduled for the following days and low tides:

  • Oct. 26, Saturday, 5:59 pm, 0.0 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • Oct. 27, Sunday, 6:47 pm, -0.8 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Oct. 28, Monday, 7:33 pm, -1.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • Oct. 29, Tuesday, 8:18 pm, -1.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Oct. 30, Wednesday, 9:03 pm, -1.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • Oct. 31, Thursday, 9:50 pm, -0.8 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Nov. 1, Friday, 10:38 pm, -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis

COASTAL RAZOR CLAM DIGGING COMMENCES OCTOBER 26TH

posted by Mike on 10/22/2019

WDFW announces seven days of digging for razor clams, beginning Oct. 26

OLYMPIA - Razor clam diggers can return to Mocrocks and Copalis beaches for a seven-day opening beginning Oct. 26.

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 on Copalis and Mocrocks beaches.

At this time, Twin Harbors and Long Beach remain tentative and not approved, but additional domoic acid tests conducted by the Washington Department of Health (WDOH) will provide a final determination on those beaches by Friday morning.  WDFW will announce whether these beaches have also been approved on Friday as well.

"In the last few days, we've seen increasing levels of the algae that can cause domoic acid in ocean water at Long Beach and Twin Harbors," said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. "Our first priority is safety, and we, working alongside the Department of Health, are reserving judgment on opening of these areas in order to ensure safety for all those who enjoy this activity."

While an unexpected increase in domoic acid in razor clams has been observed in clam samples collected from the surf zones at Long Beach and Twin Harbors, similar increases have not been observed in samples collected at Copalis and Mocrocks.

The upcoming dig is for the following dates and low tides as of Tuesday.

  • October 26, Saturday, 5:59 pm, 0.0 feet; Copalis
  • October 27, Sunday, 6:47 pm, -0.8 feet; Mocrocks
  • October 28, Monday, 7:33 pm, -1.2 feet; Copalis
  • October 29, Tuesday, 8:18 pm, -1.4 feet; Mocrocks
  • October 30, Wednesday, 9:03 pm, -1.2 feet; Copalis
  • October 31, Thursday, 9:50 pm, -0.8 feet; Mocrocks
  • November 1, Friday, 10:38 pm, -0.2 feet; Copalis

No digging is allowed before noon for allowed digs, where low tide occurs in the evening.

For a list of proposed razor clam digs on Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks beaches through December, please see WDFW's razor clam website. Final approval of the tentatively scheduled openings of all digs depends on whether results of marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat.

Additional safety considerations are important to those who engage in digs near dusk and at night.

"Diggers want to be sure to come prepared with good lighting devices and always keep an eye on the surf, particularly at this time of year when low tides come at dusk and after dark," said Ayres.

WDFW is also asking for razor clam fans around the state to weigh in on the perennial question: Which is better, clam or shovel? To register support for a favored digging method, clam diggers can post a photo or video, complete with hashtag #TeamClamShovel or #TeamClamGun on any social media before the end of the season.

"Razor clam digs are a major source of livelihood for coastal communities, bringing out hundreds of thousands of tourists each year to enjoy all we have to offer, including terrific nature, food, entertainment and fun on the beach for the whole family," said Andi Day, Executive Director at Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau. "We value and appreciate WDFW's work to manage this terrific resource for our communities."

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2019-20 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW's website and from license vendors around the state.

Under state law, diggers at open beaches can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger's clams must be kept in a separate container.

WDFW is the state agency tasked with preserving, protecting and perpetuating fish, wildlife and ecosystems, while providing sustainable fishing, hunting and other outdoor recreation opportunities. To watch a video showing how WDFW maintains sustainable razor clam populations visit https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfishing-regulations/razor-clams.

SQUIDDING - IT'S TIME

posted by Mike on 10/21/2019

Squidding has been fairly good throughout Puget Sound over the past few weeks. We have seen good catches coming locally off the Edmonds pier, as it's the closest to our local. We have had squid catches from the pier this season since mid summer but has become more consistant recently. The Seattle waterfront and Seacrest has also been producing for quite some time. We have recently been hearing of catches all the way to Tacoma. We have also been hearing of squid being taken on the Kitsap side of the sound. Generally, we can look forward to consistant squidding from now through the end of the year.

We have a good selection of squid jigs in stock at the present. If you haven't participated in this fishery before, stop by and we'll be glad to help you get set up and give you the run down.

CRABBING TO CLOSE IN MARINE AREAS 8-1 & 8-2

posted by Mike on 10/19/2019

Recreational winter crab seasons to close in Marine Areas 8-1 and 8-2

Action: Closes recreational crab harvest.

Effective date: Oct. 24, 2019.

Species affected: Dungeness, red rock, and Tanner crab.

Location: Marine Areas 8-1 and 8-2.

Reason for action: The state quota share has been exceeded in these areas.

Additional information: Marine Area 4 east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line, Marine Area 5, Marine Area 6, Marine Area 7, and Marine Area 9 except those waters between the Hood Canal Bridge to a line connecting Foulweather Bluff to Olele Point, will remain open for winter crabbing. Crabbing is allowed seven days a week through Dec. 31 in these areas.

The daily limits in all open Marine Areas is: Five crabs per day for Dungeness crabs, min. size 6 1/4”, males only, and in hardshell condition. Six crabs per day for Red Rock crabs, min. size 5”, either sex. Six crabs per day for Tanner crabs, min. size 4 1/2”, either sex, and in hardshell condition. 

All Dungeness crabs retained during this time must be recorded on a winter catch record card.

Information contact: Don Velasquez, Mill Creek Regional Office, 425-775-1311 ext. 112.

PORTION OF COLUMBIA RIVER TO REOPEN FOR COHO RETENTION

posted by Mike on 10/17/2019

Hatchery coho retention reopening in portions of the Columbia River mainstem

Action: Reopens hatchery coho retention from Tongue Point to the Dalles Dam.

Effective date: Oct. 18 through Oct. 31, 2019.

Species affected: Salmon and steelhead.

Location: Columbia River, from a line projected from Rocky Point on the Washington bank through Red Buoy 44 to red navigation marker 2 at Tongue Point on the Oregon bank to Bonneville Dam (Rocky Point/Tongue Point Line) to the Dalles Dam.

Salmon and steelhead rules by location:

  • From the Rocky Point/Tongue Point Line to the Hood River Bridge:  Min. size 12”. Daily limit 6, up to 2 adults may be retained. Release all steelhead and salmon other than hatchery coho.
  • From the Hood River Bridge to the Dalles Dam:  Min. size 12”. Daily limit 6, up to 2 adults may be retained. Release all steelhead and salmon other than coho.

Reason for action: Opportunity to target hatchery coho is available in the Columbia River mainstem. Impacts to listed steelhead and Chinook are expected to be minimal and within allowed impact limits.

Additional information: Hatchery coho and hatchery steelhead fisheries downstream of Bonneville are anticipated to follow permanent rules starting Nov. 1, as listed in the 2019-20 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet. Fishery managers will continue to monitor the run and evaluate for possible future openings. Anglers can follow emergency rule changes at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/.

Please see the 2019-20 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for additional rules or visit the WDFW website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations.

Information contact: Region 5 Ridgefield office, 360-696-6211; Region 3 Yakima Office, 509-575-2740.

TWO MORE STURGEON RETENTION DAYS FOR COLUMBIA RIVER

posted by Mike on 10/17/2019

Sport white sturgeon retention allowed for two days on the Columbia River

Action: Allows a limited sturgeon retention fishery. White sturgeon from 44-inches minimum to 50-inches maximum fork length may be retained.

Effective dates: Saturday, Oct. 19 and Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, only.

Species affected: White Sturgeon

Locations: Mainstem Columbia River from the Wauna powerlines upstream to Bonneville Dam and the Cowlitz River.

Reason for action: The legal-size population is large enough to allow for a conservative retention fishery within the lower Columbia River.

Additional information: Fork length is measured in a straight line from the tip of the nose to the fork in the caudal fin (tail) with the fish laying on its side on a flat surface, with the tape measure/ruler positioned flat under the fish.

Catch-and-release fishing for sturgeon will continue to be allowed on all non-retention days.

Daily white sturgeon limit: One fish

Annual white sturgeon limit: Two fish

Retention of green sturgeon is prohibited.

Information contact: Region 5 office; 360-696-6211.

WALLACE RIVER TO REOPEN FOR COHO FISHING

posted by Mike on 10/17/2019

Wallace River re-opens to fishing for hatchery coho

Action:  Opens hatchery coho retention.

Effective dates:  October 17 through December 31, 2019.

Species affected:  Salmon.

Location:  Wallace River:  From the mouth (farthest downstream railroad bridge) to 200 feet upstream of the water intake to the salmon hatchery.

Rules: 

  • Salmon:  Min. size 12".  Daily limit 2 hatchery coho, release all other salmon.
  • Night closure and anti-snagging rule in effect through November 30.
  • Fishing from a floating device is prohibited beginning November 1.

Reason for action:  Coho broodstock goals have been met at the Wallace Hatchery and the remainder of hatchery coho are available for harvest.  

Additional information:  Gamefish rules remain as described in the pamphlet.  To ensure future generations of fish please avoid stepping on redds while fishing. 

Information contact: WDFW Region 4 Mill Creek Office, (425) 775-1311

PORTION OF SKAGIT RIVER TO CLOSE TO ALL FISHING

posted by Mike on 10/11/2019

Part of Skagit River to close two days to all fishing

Action: Closes part of the Skagit River to all fishing.

Effective date: Oct. 14 through Oct. 15, 2019.

Species affected: All Species.

Location: Skagit River (Skagit Co.); from the Highway 9 Bridge to the Baker River.

Reason for action: This section of the Skagit River will close to all fishing to avoid gear conflicts with treaty fisheries scheduled on those dates.

Additional information: Anglers can find the 2019-20 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet on the WDFW website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations.

Anglers are reminded to always check for emergency rule changes prior to fishing. Rule changes can be found on the website at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/ or by calling the fishing hotline at 360-902-2500.

Information contact: Team Mill Creek, 425-775-1311.

ADDITIONAL DAY OF WHITE STURGEON FISHING BELOW BONNEVILLE DAM

posted by Mike on 10/08/2019

White sturgeon retention to open for 1 day on portion of Columbia River

Action: Allows a limited sturgeon retention fishery. White sturgeon from 44 inches minimum to 50 inches maximum fork length may be retained.

Effective dates: Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, only.

Species affected: White sturgeon.

Locations: Mainstem Columbia River from the Wauna powerlines upstream to Bonneville Dam, and the Cowlitz River.

Reason for action: The legal-size population is large enough to allow for a conservative recreational retention fishery within the lower Columbia River.

Additional information: Fork length is measured in a straight line from the tip of the nose to the fork in the caudal fin (tail) with the fish laying on its side on a flat surface, with the tape measure/ruler positioned flat under the fish.

Catch-and-release fishing for sturgeon will continue to be allowed on all non-retention days.

Daily white sturgeon limit: One fish

Annual white sturgeon limit: Two fish

Retention of green sturgeon is prohibited.

Information contact: Region 5 office; 360-696-6211.

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