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MANDATORY STEELHEAD RELEASE ON GREEN RIVER, EFFECTIVE JUNE 2ND

posted by Mike on 05/25/2018

Action: Anglers must release steelhead in all sections of the Green (Duwamish) River beginning the first Saturday in June until further notice.

Effective dates: June 2, 2018, until further notice.

Species affected: Steelhead.

Location: Green (Duwamish) River (King County). From an east-west line extending through the southernmost tip of Harbor Island to the water pipeline walk bridge (1/2 mile downstream of Tacoma Headworks Dam).

Reasons for action: Low numbers of hatchery summer steelhead are expected to return to the Green River in 2018 due to poor survival of the 2016 hatchery steelhead smolts (caused by high water temperatures) at Soos Creek Hatchery. This regulation will protect returning adult hatchery summer steelhead and increase the likelihood of achieving broodstock collection goals this summer.

Other Information: Steelhead retention will be allowed when hatchery broodstock goals are achieved. Steelhead are defined as sea-run rainbow trout 20" in length and over.

Information contact: Aaron Bosworth, Mill Creek Regional Office, (425) 775-1311 (102).

 

 

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON "NO GO" ZONE ON WEST SIDE OF SAN JUAN ISLAND

posted by Mike on 05/25/2018

Voluntary “No-Go” Whale Protection Zone for Southern Resident Killer Whales
 
To Recreational and Commercial License Holders:
 
As you may have heard, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), working with NOAA Fisheries, recently proposed actions through the North of Falcon salmon season setting process to promote protection for Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKWs). The purpose of this email is to request that recreational and commercial boats—fishing or otherwise—comply with a voluntary “No-Go” Whale Protection Zone to reduce disturbance and noise related to boating activities in an area routinely used by SRKWs to forage and socialize.
 
The voluntary “No-Go” Whale Protection Zone is along the western side of San Juan Island in Marine Area 7 for all recreational boats and commercial fishing vessels (Figure 1); fishing and non-fishing. This voluntary zone spans from Mitchell Bay in the north to Cattle Point in the south and extends a quarter-mile from shore, and half-mile from shore around Lime Kiln Lighthouse. WDFW is asking all vessels to stay out of this key area to provide a foraging area that is quiet and free from disturbance.
 
We understand the importance of the fishing grounds in Marine Area 7 that overlap the “No-Go” Zone and WDFW worked hard through North of Falcon to provide increased recreational fishing opportunities Puget Sound-wide. However, we also recognized that fisheries in areas important to SRKWs (e.g., MA 7) needed to be reduced to decrease boat traffic and the voluntary “No-Go” Zone was critical to the review by NOAA Fisheries required to secure the Endangered Species Act permit for all salmon-related fishing opportunities throughout the greater Puget Sound region. The only exception to this request is for the limited Fraser commercial sockeye fishery, which overlaps with a portion of the voluntary “No-Go” Zone and is expected to open only 6-8 days in late-July through early-September of this year.
 
Finally, as you may be aware, the Governor has established a SRKW Task Force to guide the implementation of a longer-term action plan for SRKW recovery.  Further guidance or regulations to protect Southern Residents in future years will utilize recommendations from this stakeholder-driven public process. More information about the SRKW Task Force is available here
 
WDFW has a team of staff working on SRKW issues, and we have listed their contact information below. Please feel free to contact team members with any questions you may have relative to SRKW activities.
Figure 1. An approximation of the Voluntary “No-Go” Whale Protection Zone from Mitchell Bay to Cattle Point.
 
WDFW Staff Contacts for SRKW-Related Activities:
 
SRKW Task Force
Penny Becker, SRKW Task Force Lead
(360) 902-2694 or Penny.Becker@dfw.wa.gov
 
Voluntary “No-Go” Whale Protection Zone
Michele Culver, Intergovernmental Policy Manager
 
2018 Puget Sound Salmon Fisheries
Kirt Hughes, WDFW Statewide Salmon and Steelhead Fishery Manager
(360) 902-2705 or Kirt.Hughes@dfw.wa.gov
 

TULALIP TERMINAL AREA TO OPEN FRIDAY MAY 25TH

posted by Mike on 05/23/2018

The Tulalip Termianal Area salmon fishery opens this Friday May 25th. It will be open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday until noon. It will be a two salmon limit with Chinook having a 22" minimum size restriction and they can be wild or of hatchery origin. You can even fish two rods in this fishery, provided you have a two rod endorsement. This fishery was quite productive last year with some very impressive catches. This could be a good place to fish this weekend if you have a limited amount of time to fish. Make sure to read the area restrictions if you have not fished this area in the past.

SPRING CHINOOK FISHERY TO RE-OPEN BOTH ABOVE AND BELOW BONNEVILLE DAM

posted by Mike on 05/23/2018

Spring chinook fishery will reopen
above and below Bonneville Dam

OLYMPIA – Starting Friday (May 25), the popular sport fishery for adult spring chinook salmon will reopen on the Columbia River from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upriver to the Washington/Oregon border near Umatilla.

Fishery managers from Washington and Oregon agreed to reopen the fishery, based on an updated run forecast projecting that 116,500 upriver origin spring chinook will return to the Columbia River this year.

While that projection is down from the preseason forecast of 166,700 fish, the run is still strong enough to allow for some additional days of fishing, said Ryan Lothrop, a Columbia River fishery manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

“We’ve been monitoring fish passage at Bonneville very closely, because we didn’t want to reopen the fishery without a better idea of the actual run size,” Lothrop said. “We now know that run was both late and smaller than expected, but it’s still strong enough to support reopening the fishery.”  

The fishery is set to run through June 6 below Bonneville Dam and through June 15 above the dam, although fishing could close sooner if the catch reaches area harvest quotas before those dates or if the run-size is downgraded again.

Lothrop said more than 2,500 adult spring chinook are currently available for harvest below Bonneville Dam, along with 500 chinook in the area above the dam. Those numbers reflect a reduction in catch quotas consistent with the new run forecast.

As in previous openings, anglers will be allowed to catch one hatchery adult chinook and one hatchery steelhead, or two hatchery steelhead each day. All wild chinook and wild steelhead must be released.

In the lower river, the spring chinook fishery will be open for boat and bank fishing from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line near the mouth of the Columbia, to Beacon Rock. Bank anglers can also fish upstream from Beacon Rock to the deadline below Bonneville.

Above Bonneville Dam, the fishery will be open to boat and bank anglers from the Tower Island power lines upriver to the Washington/Oregon border near Umatilla. Bank fishing (hand-casted only) is also allowed between the dam and the Tower Island power lines, located about six miles below The Dalles Dam.

For more information, see the Fishing Rule change at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/erule.jsp?id=2138.

 

NEARSHORE HALIBUT FISHERY IN MARINE AREA 1 OPEN 7 DAYS PER WEEK

posted by Mike on 05/22/2018

Halibut fishing to open 7 days per week in nearshore fishery of Marine Area 1

Action: Opens the recreational halibut fishery in the nearshore area of Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco) seven days per week effective Thursday, May 24. The all-depth fishery in Marine Area 1 remains closed.

Effective date: May 24, 2018. 

Species affected: Pacific halibut.

Location:  Marine Area 1 nearshore area. Coordinates for the nearshore fishery are available online at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/creel/halibut/.

Reason for action: There is sufficient quota remaining in the nearshore halibut fishery to increase the number of days per week it is open to seven days per week from three (Monday through Wednesday).

This rule conforms to federal action taken by the National Marine Fisheries Service and the International Pacific Halibut Commission. 

Information contact: Heather Reed, (360) 249-4628, ext. 202.

 

2018 LAKE STEVENS KOKANEE DERBY RESULTS

posted by Mike on 05/21/2018

2018 Kokanee Derby Results

 9th Annual Lake Stevens Kokanee Derby

  May 19, 2018

192 Adults entered the Derby

50 kids entered the Derby

      ADULT KOKANEE DIVISION
PLACE PRIZE NAME SPONSOR
1ST $1000 Royce Connelly Dick Nite Spoons & Gregs Custom Rods
2nd $500 Brian Mastro Ted's Sport Center
3rd $250 Steven Massingale John's Sporting Goods
4th $100 Dan Roy Triangle Bait & Tackle
      BOAT/BAG KOKANEE 10 FISH LIMIT
1ST $500 Cody Haugstad Gift Card from 3 River's Marine
      KID'S DIVISION
1ST $100 Zoe Hoesley Greg's Custom Rods + $25 SnoTown Espresso gift card
2nd $75 Jacob Zane Bronson Greg's Custom Rods + $25 SnoTown Espresso gift card
3rd $50 Lelani Gacita Greg's Custom Rods + $25 SnoTown Espresso gift card
4th $25 Boyden Ewing $25 Gift card from SnoTown Espresso
      RAFFLE WINNERS
1.   Terry French $120 Gift Certificate from Cascade Marine
2.   Cody Servo $120 Gift Certificate from Cascade Marine
3.    Anthony Troutvine Half-Fast Tackle Board
3.   Jeff Drale Cannon Magnum 5ST Downrigger

  ADULT DIVISION LEADERBOARD  ;  Click here to go to the Adult Leaderboard.

 

  For Adult Division Boat/Bag Results see below the Kid's Derby Results.

  KID'S DIVISION LEADERBOARD:

Kids Registered 50 Fish Weighed In 25
Place Ticket # Name Species Weight
1st 5011 ZOE HOESLEY KOKANEE 1.00
2nd 5039 JACOB Z BRONSON SM M BASS 2.83
3rd 5015 LELANI GACITA SM M BASS 2.56
4th 5019 BOYDEN EWING SM M BASS 2.37
5th 5033 NATHANIEL ORTEGA KOKANEE 0.73
6th 5176 ALEX DAVIS KOKANEE 0.71
7th 5036 ZACK FRENCH KOKANEE 0.69
8th 5038 MEGAN LYNCH KOKANEE 0.69
9th 5005 JC FLEMING KOKANEE 0.67
10th 5004 BRENNEN TERRY KOKANEE 0.65
11th 5034 JONATHAN STANDARD KOKANEE 0.62
12th 5012 KYLE HUDGINS KOKANEE 0.60
13th 5013 GRACE KLOPP KOKANEE 0.58
14th 5037 AUBREY LYNCH KOKANEE 0.58
15th 5025 JATDAN GONZALEZ KOKANEE 0.54
16th 5032 JACOB NORDWALL KOKANEE 0.53
17th 5028 JACOB FOWLER KOKANEE 0.51
18th 5105 PEYTON LAUGHLIN KOKANEE 0.47
19th 5024 KOHEN DADUFALZA KOKANEE 0.45
20th 5030 ZACK ZUGSCHWERDT KOKANEE 0.45
21st 5029 TYLER FOWLER KOKANEE 0.43
22nd 5102 AJ LUNDBERG KOKANEE 0.43
23rd 5016 DESTERY GACITA PERCH 0.15
24th 5014 JASMINE GACITA PERCH 0.15
25TH 5010 LEIF HUFFMAN KOKANEE 0.06

  ADULT DIVISION BOAT/BAG LIMIT

 28 BOATS WEIGHED IN FOR THE BAG LIMIT

Place Ticket# Name Bag Wt. Time Fish Count
1st 1261 CODY HAUGSTAD 6.65 1:46 10
2nd 1364 BRIANNA BRUCE 6.41 1:29 10
3rd 1081 SCOTT KELLEY 6.18 1:44 10
4th 1053 JOSH HUDGINS 6.13 1:50 10
5th 1407 AUBRIAN WALKER 6.10 1:57 10
6th 1366 BRAD KNOWLES 6.00 12:44 10
7th 1100 BRONSON ROWE 5.96 1:42 10
8th 1358 BOB HAMMONR JR 5.89 1:55 10
9th 1066 FRANK LINSKEY 5.86 1:39 10
10th 1102 JOHN LYNCH 5.68 1:51 10
11th 1018 MIKE BREDSTRAND 5.81 12:42 10
12th 1405 MARTIN PAL 5.79 2:05 10
13th 1034 BRIAN MASTRO 5.75 12:47 10
14th 1015 EVAN MAROS 5.71 1:24 10
15th 1257 JEROMY BOCK 5.64 12:36 10
16th 1091 KENNY JANS 5.63 10:20 10
17th 1272 MIKE CHRISTIANSON 5.53 1:07 10
18th 1251 DAVE BROUSSARD 5.47 1:21 10
19th 1409 ADAM DAVIS 5.13 1:55 10
20th 1184 JOHN CHALENOR 5.12 11:01 10
21st 1327 STEVEN MASSINGALE 4.96 11:08 10
22nd 1408 RANDY CASTELLO 4.48 1:56 10
23rd 1183 BRAD HAINES 4.47 11:02 10
24th 1361 TERRY LAWS 4.32 12:26 10
25th 1086 JOSEPH ORTEGA 4.31 12:58 8
26th 1181 JEFF SULLIVAN 3.00 1:31 6
27th 1069 DALE RISLING 2.92 1:20 6
28TH 1044 TJ MORIARITY 2.87 1:13 6

 

 

 

 

LAKE STEVENS KOKANEE DERBY - SATURDAY, MAY 19TH

posted by Mike on 05/14/2018

This is the 9th year of the Lake Stevens Kokanee Derby. This is the most popular of the Kokanee derbies taking place in the state. The derby will take place this Saturday, May 19th. 

Fishing has been fairly good this season with good numbers of folks fishing the lake so far this season. Fish have been averaging in the 10 - 13 inch range this year. With the warmer weather the surface temp. has started to increase and the fish are droping down deeper into the water column. We have been hearing of good catches coming in the 15 - 25 foot range over this past weekend. The fishing has been best from dawn to 8:30 - 9:00 am then generally turning into a scratch fishery during the day, then getting better in the evening. 

We have been selling a lot of God's Tooth Spoons in the past few weeks for this fishery. These spoons are not used as they are packaged, and in fact are rerigged. Take the hook and split ring off of the spoon, then take a typical doubled hooked kokanee leader and thread down a couple of 5mm beads and thread it through the top side hole of the upper end of the spoon (pointy end) and under the lower side of the spoon then out though the hole (D shaped) at the lower end of the lure. Bait the hooks with your nornal corn or maggot offering and fish it 8 -14 inches behind your favorite dodger. 

The Kokanee Derby is just around the corner so stop by and get you tickets.

SHAD SHOWING UP IN COLUMBIA RIVER

posted by Mike on 05/12/2018

The first of this season's shad run has started over Bonneville this week. This is just the first of the run and it will be at least a couple of weeks before we see fishable numbers. WDFW has predicted a return of around 3.2 million fish this season. With a return of that numbers we should anticipate good fishing this year. The run usually is at peak from around June 10th thought June 25th. Fishable numbers shoud be there from Memorial Day though the 4th of July.

 

This is a very fun fishery with normally good numbers of fish landed by everyone. Ted's has a good supply of all the popular colors of Shad Darts for this fishery. If you haven't participated in this fishery stop by and we'll be glad to help you get set up.

MARINE AREAS 11 & 13 WILL NOT OPEN FOR CRABBING THIS SEASON

posted by Mike on 05/12/2018

Marine areas 11 and 13 will not open for crabbing this summer

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) today announced that two marine areas in south Puget Sound will not open for crab fishing this summer to allow Dungeness crab populations to rebuild.

Recreational crab fisheries will remain closed in marine areas 11 (Tacoma/Vashon Island) and 13 (south Puget Sound) this summer. Tribal commercial crab fisheries also will not open in those areas this year.

State and tribal co-managers are developing crabbing seasons for the rest of Puget Sound and plan to announce those later this month. 

"We are still working on setting crab seasons but wanted to give people early notice about these closures, which is a change from previous years," said Bob Sizemore, Puget Sound shellfish manager for WDFW. Sizemore said the department will continue working to structure fisheries in each Puget Sound region, but he does not anticipate closures similar to those in marine areas 11 and 13. 

The populations of harvestable Dungeness crabs are low in both areas 11 and 13, based on pre-season test fisheries, Sizemore said. Additionally, Dungeness crab harvests have fallen 88 percent in Marine Area 11 and 90 percent in Marine Area 13 since the 2014-15 season. Input from recreational crabbers also indicates support for the closures.

"We are taking this step to protect crab in these areas and allow the populations to rebuild," Sizemore said.

Water currents can carry young crab long distances, making it possible for crab larvae from robust populations to settle and grow in areas 11 and 13, Sizemore said. But it can take several years for a newly settled Dungeness crab to grow and reach the minimum harvestable size of 6 ¼ inches. 

A variety of factors could be contributing to the declining population of crab in areas 11 and 13, Sizemore said. These include reduced survival of crab larvae, a higher-than-normal mortality rate for juvenile crab, or changing ocean conditions such as elevated surface water temperatures.

The department will post Puget Sound recreational seasons on its crab-fishing website at fishing website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/crab/, where information on fishing regulations as well as an educational video on crabbing can be found.

 

SKAGIT RIVER SOCKEYE TO OPEN JUNE 16TH

posted by Mike on 05/12/2018

Skagit River to open June 16 for sockeye fishing

Action: Opens part of the Skagit River (Skagit County) for the retention of sockeye salmon.

Effective dates: June 16 through July 15, 2018.

Species affected:  Sockeye salmon.

Location: Skagit River from Hwy. 536 at Mt. Vernon (Memorial Hwy. Bridge) to the mouth of Gilligan Creek.

Daily limit: 3 sockeye salmon only.

Reasons for action: This action will implement the 2018/19 salmon rules recently adopted during the North of Falcon salmon season-setting process. These dates are not listed in the current (2017/18) fishing rules pamphlet.

Other information: The season may close earlier than anticipated if the guideline is attained. Night closures are in place but selective gear rules will not be in effect for the sockeye fishery.

During the fishery, WDFW anticipates closing the Skagit River from the mouth to the Highway 530 Bridge at Rockport on specific days to avoid gear conflicts with tribal fisheries. When those dates have been determined, the department will announce the area closures through emergency rule changes, which can be found online at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/.

Please refer to the Baker sockeye webpage located at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/salmon/sockeye/baker_river.html for further information on sockeye seasons, fishing rule updates, and fish counts.

Information contact: Mill Creek Regional Office, (425) 775-1311.

 

NO-GO ZONE ON THE WESTERN SIDE OF SAN JUAN ISLAND

posted by Mike on 05/12/2018

Boaters asked to observe 'no-go' zone along
western San Juan Island to protect orcas

OLYMPIA – State fish and wildlife managers are asking anglers and other boaters to avoid an area along the west side of San Juan Island in an effort to protect a dwindling population of southern resident killer whales.

Despite state and federal government protection, the population of southern resident killer whaleshas declined from 98 whales in 1995 to just 76 in December 2017. Major threats to the whales include a lack of prey – chinook salmon, in particular – disturbance from vessel traffic and noise, as well as toxic contaminants.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will be working with partner agencies and stakeholder groups to help educate people about the voluntary "no-go" zone, which applies to all recreational boats – fishing or otherwise – as well as commercial vessels.

The no-go zone is located on the west side of San Juan Island, including:

  • From Mitchell Bay in the north to Cattle Point in the south, extending a quarter-mile offshore for the entire stretch.
  • In an area around the Lime Kiln Lighthouse, the no-go zone extends further offshore – half of a mile.

A map of these areas is available on WDFW's website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/orca/, where boaters also can find existing regulations on properly operating vessels near orcas.

These waters represent the areas in the San Juan Islands that southern resident killer whales most frequently use for foraging and socializing. To improve conditions for the whales, WDFW is asking vessel operators to stay out of these key areas to allow the whales a quiet area to feed.

"This voluntary no-go zone is a good step in helping to reduce human impacts in an important foraging area for southern resident killer whales," said Penny Becker, WDFW's policy lead on killer whales.

In March, the governor signed an executive order creating a task force and directing WDFW and other state agencies to take immediate action to benefit southern resident killer whales. In designing this year's salmon fisheries, the department reduced fisheries in areas – such as the San Juan Islands, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and Admiralty Inlet – important to orcas.

In late April, NOAA Fisheries asked the state to take additional action to protect southern resident killer whales during the upcoming fishing season. In response, the state included the voluntary measure in a set of actions NOAA should consider as the federal agency develops authorization for Puget Sound salmon fisheries.

"This step will help support killer whale recovery and prevents a potential delay in federal approval for our salmon fisheries throughout the entire Sound," said Ron Warren, head of WDFW's fish program. 

Warren acknowledged that this is a difficult request to make of anglers who fish the San Juans, given the reduced opportunities for salmon fishing in the area this year. But there are a variety of other salmon fisheries in Puget Sound this season.

In particular, he noted that in other areas of the Sound anglers have more opportunities to fish for coho salmon than in recent years. More information about this year's salmon fisheries can be found online at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/northfalcon/.

Warren said there is an exception for vessels participating in a commercial fishery targeting Fraser River sockeye that takes place in the northern portion of the no-go zone, given the limited number of commercial openings (six to eight days) this year.

As part of the governor's directive, WDFW is working with NOAA and state agencies to increase hatchery production of salmon to benefit southern resident killer whales. However, it will take three to four years for fish released from Washington hatcheries to be available as returning adults for the whales.

WDFW also will continue to work with tribal co-managers and other agencies to restore salmon habitat.  

"Our efforts to recover killer whales ultimately will mean more salmon returning to Puget Sound each year, which will benefit anglers as well as orcas," Warren said.

More information about the governor's task force is available online at https://www.governor.wa.gov/issues/issues/energy-environment/southern-resident-killer-whale-recovery-and-task-force.

 

YAKIMA RIVER TO OPEN FOR SPRING CHINOOK

posted by Mike on 05/12/2018

Yakima River to open for hatchery spring chinook fishing

Action: Open three sections of the Yakima River to fishing for hatchery spring chinook salmon.

Species affected: Chinook salmon.

Areas:

  1. The Hwy. 240 Bridge in Richland (river mile 2.1) to the Grant Ave. Bridge in Prosser (river mile 47.0), about 1,000 feet downstream of Prosser Dam.
  2. The Wine Country Rd. Bridge in Prosser (river mile 47.3), about 1,300 feet upstream of Prosser Dam, to the State Route 241 (Sunnyside - Mabton Hwy.) Bridge (river mile 59.8).
  3. From the Interstate 82 bridge at Union Gap (river mile 107.1) to the BNSF railroad bridge approximately 600 feet downstream of Roza Dam (river mile 127.8).

Dates: May 18, 2018, until further notice.

Reason for action: Yakama Nation and WDFW fishery managers are forecasting a harvestable return of 2,000 or more adult Cle Elum Hatchery spring chinook to the Yakima River, despite the run timing being late again this year.

Rule information (applies to all three areas):

  • Daily limit of two (2) hatchery chinook.  Minimum size: 12 inches. Hatchery salmon are identified by a missing adipose fin and a healed scar in the location of the missing fin. Wild salmon (adipose fin intact) must be immediately released unharmed and cannot be removed from the water prior to release.
  • Terminal Gear: Up to two (2), single-point, barbless hooks with a hook gap from point to shank of 3/4 inch or less. Use of bait is allowed.
  • The use of two (2) fishing poles is permitted during the salmon fishery provided the participating angler has purchased a "Two-Pole Endorsement" (in addition to the freshwater fishing license and Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement). See: https://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/twopole/

Additional rule for Area A:

  • In Area (1) A., the Yakima River is closed to all fishing from 200 feet downstream to 200 feet upstream of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Chandler Pumping Station (river mile 35.8) for the duration of the salmon fishery.

Additional rules for Area C:

  • Upstream of the Interstate 82 Bridge at Union Gap, the "Selective Gear Rules" prohibiting use of bait and knotted nets is suspended for the duration of the salmon fishery.
  • The upper "closed water" boundary line is moved upstream to the BNSF railroad bridge downstream of Roza Dam to provide additional opportunity to harvest hatchery chinook salmon.
  • Night closure in effect. Harvest of all game fish, such as trout, whitefish, etc., remains closed until Saturday, June 2.
  • Fishing from boats equipped with an internal combustion motor (ICM) is allowed only from the I-82 Bridge at Union Gap to the eastbound (upstream) I-82 bridge at Selah Gap.  Boats with an ICM may be used for transportation only upstream of the Selah Gap bridge.
  • Closed to fishing for all species 400 feet upstream from the upstream side of the Yakima Ave. /Terrace Heights Rd. bridge in Yakima, including the area adjacent and downstream of the Roza Wasteway No. 2 fish barrier rack next to Morton & Sons Inc.

Information contacts:  Marc Divens, District 8 fish biologist, (509) 457-9301 (Yakima); Paul Hoffarth, District 4 fish biologist, (509) 545-2284 (Pasco)

 

PUGET SOUND SHRIMP SEASONS

posted by Mike on 04/23/2018

Recreational shrimp fishery opens May 5 in Puget Sound

OLYMPIA – Recreational shrimp fishing will open May 5 in Puget Sound under seasons announced today by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

This year's Puget Sound shrimp fishing seasons are generally similar to those in 2017, said Mark O'Toole, a shellfish biologist for WDFW, noting that he expects a strong turnout by shrimp fishers – especially on opening day.

"Because this is such a popular fishery, boat ramps can get pretty crowded on the opener," he said. "As always, we ask that people be patient at the ramps and wait their turn."

In all areas of Puget Sound, fishers are limited to 80 shrimp a day (if open) during the month of May. A valid 2018-19 combination license, shellfish license, or Fish Washington license is required to participate in the fishery.

More information on sport shrimp seasons, and a description of the marine areas, is available on WDFW's recreational shrimp fishing website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/shrimp/

Though the season opens May 5 for all shrimp (spot, pink and coonstripe shrimp), people are mostly fishing for spot shrimp. Also known as prawns, spot shrimp are the largest shrimp in Puget Sound and may grow up to nine inches in length.

O'Toole said shrimpers should be aware that traps can only be set or pulled from one hour before official sunrise through one hour after official sunset each day in areas 4, 5, and 6 (except for the Discovery Bay Shrimp District), as well as marine areas 7 East, South and West. On opening day, one hour before sunrise is approximately 4:40 a.m.

Puget Sound recreational shrimp season opening days are:

  • Marine areas 4 (Neah Bay east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line), 5 (western Strait of Juan de Fuca) and 6 (Port Angeles Harbor, eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca, excluding the Discovery Bay Shrimp District): Open daily beginning May 5. The recreational spot shrimp season closes when the quota is attained or Sept. 15, whichever comes first.
  • Marine Area 6 (Discovery Bay Shrimp District): Open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 5, 9, 12, and 23.
  • Marine areas 7 East (northern Rosario Strait, Bellingham Bay, Sucia and Matia islands, Strait of Georgia) and 7 South (Iceberg Point, Point Colville, Biz Point, Salmon Bank): Open May 5, May 9-12, and May 23-26.
  • Marine Area 7 West (San Juan Channel, Spieden Channel, Stuart and Waldron islands): Open daily beginning May 5. The recreational spot shrimp season closes when the quota is attained or Sept. 15, whichever comes first.
  • Marine Areas 8-1 (Saratoga Passage, Deception Pass) and 8-2 (Port Susan, Port Gardner, Everett): Open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 5, and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 9.
  • Marine Area 9 (Edmonds, Port Townsend Bay, Admiralty Inlet): Open from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on May 5, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 9.
  • Marine Area 10 (Elliott Bay): Open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 5 (this is the portion of Marine Area 10 east of a line from West Point to Alki Point).
  • Marine Area 10 (outside Elliott Bay): Open from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on May 5 (this is the portion of Marine Area 10 west of a line from West Point to Alki Point, which includes the Bainbridge Island shrimp fishing grounds).
  • Marine Area 11 (Tacoma-Vashon Island): Open from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on May 5.
  • Marine Area 12 (Hood Canal Shrimp District): Open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 5, 9, 12, and 23.
  • Marine Area 13 (South Puget Sound, Carr Inlet): Open from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on May 5, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 9.

Additional dates and times will be announced if sufficient quota remains after the initial fishing days scheduled above.

 

GIBBS WEE G SPOONS - NOW IN STOCK

posted by Mike on 04/23/2018

Ted's Sports Center now has 11 colors of the Gibbs Wee G Spoons in stock at the present time. We are unpacking them at the moment. In the past month there were a few samples that had made their way to a select few to test out. The results have been outstanding and rumors flew about the effectiveness of these spoons. We have had a multitude of calls asking if we had them. Until today all we could say was that they were on oder and should arrive soon. Well, they have arrived! We have them in the following colors:

 

Gold Nugget

Irish Cream

Trap Shack

Outfitter

No Banannas

Bon Chovy

Nickel/Green

Nickel/Chartreuse

Nickel/Blue

Nickel/Purple

Killy Magee

We have the Herring Aide color on order, but have no idea of when we might see them.

 

Cost on these spoons is $6.59ea. You can stop by or we can ship them to you. Give us a call. We'll try and get them on the mail order portion of our website shortly.

LOWLAND LAKES OPEN SATURDAY, APRIL 28TH

posted by Mike on 04/20/2018

Hundreds of lowland lakes open April 28;
First opener to feature fishing rules mobile app

OLYMPIA–Trout fishing in Washington reaches full speed April 28 when hundreds of lowland lakes – stocked with millions of fish – open for a six-month season.

To prepare for the opener, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's (WDFW) fish hatchery crews have been stocking more than 12 million trout and kokanee in lakes statewide.

"Although many lakes are open year-round, the fourth Saturday in April marks the traditional start of the lowland lakes fishing season, when hundreds of thousands of anglers are expected to turn out to fish," said Steve Thiesfeld, WDFW's inland fish program manager.

This is also the first lowland lakes opener in which those anglers can use the new Fish Washington mobile app to help find a fishing hole near them.

"The Fish Washington app is a planning tool that should be on every Washington angler's smart phone," said Thiesfeld. "It is designed to convey up-to-the-minute fishing regulations for every lake in the state."

To obtain the new Fish Washington mobile phone app, anglers just need to visit WDFW's website (https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/washington/mobile_app.html), the Google Play store or Apple's App store.

To participate in the opener, Washington anglers must have an annual freshwater or combination fishing license valid through March 31, 2019. Licenses can be purchased online at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov; by telephone at 1-866-246-9453; or at hundreds of license dealers across the state. For details on license vendor locations, visit the WDFW website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/vendors/.

April 28 also marks the start of WDFW's annual lowland lakes fishing derby, which runs through Oct. 31.

Anglers who catch one of 1,000 green-tagged trout can claim prizes provided by license dealers and other sponsors located across the state. The total value of prizes is more than $38,000. For a list of lakes with prize fish and details on how to claim prizes, visit https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/Home/FishingDerby.

Fish stocked by WDFW include some 2.1 million catchable trout, nearly 125,000 larger trout averaging about one pound apiece, and millions of smaller trout that were stocked last year and have grown to catchable size.

Fish stocking details, by county and lake, are available in the annual stocking plan on WDFW's website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/statewide/

Of more than 7,000 lakes, ponds and reservoirs in Washington, nearly 700 have WDFW-managed water-access sites, including areas accessible for people with disabilities. Other state and federal agencies operate hundreds more. Details on water access site locations can be found on WDFW's website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/lands/water_access/.

Anglers parking at WDFW water-access sites are required to display on their vehicle the WDFW Vehicle Access Pass that is provided free with every annual fishing license purchased—or a Discover Pass. Anglers who use Washington State Parks or Department of Natural Resource areas need a Discover Pass. Information on the pass can be found at https://discoverpass.wa.gov/

Before heading out, anglers should check fishing regulations on WDFW's webpage at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/ or consult the Fish Washington app.

SKAGIT & SAUK C & R FISHERIES

posted by Mike on 04/17/2018

We have another five days of fishing on the C & R sections of the Skagit and Sauk Rivers this week, Wednesday through Sunday, April 18th - April 22nd. The fishing conditions were less than stellar this past weekend with the Sauk being out of shape and the Skagit from the Sauk downstream also being virtually unfishable. Hopefully, we'll see a tad bit better conditions this week. With better weather we should see the Sauk coming into shape and with it the Skagit from the Sauk's mouth downstream.

 

We did not hear of any fantastic fishing on the Skagit with just a fish here or there being caught. Most fished from Rockport up to Marblemount. If the Sauk does clear up a bit we should see the better fishing coming from here. We did hear of quite a number of Dollies being caught and released in the Rockport to Marblemount section.

LOWER COLUMBIA RIVER STURGEON SEASONS

posted by Mike on 04/17/2018

Sturgeon fishery set in Columbia River
estuary downstream from Wauna powerlines

Action: Allows a limited recreational retention fishery for white sturgeon in the Columbia River estuary. White sturgeon from 44-inches minimum to 50-inches maximum fork length may be retained.

Effective Dates: Monday, Wednesday, and Saturdays: May 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, 30, and June 2, 4, 2018. Sturgeon angling, including catch and release, closes at 2 p.m. on each open day.

Species affected: White sturgeon.

Locations: The Columbia River from the Wauna powerlines to the mouth at Buoy 10, including Youngs Bay and all adjacent Washington tributaries.

Reason for action: Increased legal-size population over the past few years has allowed for a conservative retention fishery within the lower Columbia River.

Other information: 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

STURGEON SEASONS FOR BONNEVILLE & DALLES POOLS ON THE COLUMBIA

posted by Mike on 04/17/2018

Sport sturgeon retention season
set in Bonneville and Dalles Pools

Action: Allow retention of white sturgeon for one day within the following slot limits:

  1. Bonneville Pool: between 38-inches and 54-inches fork length.
  2. The Dalles Pool: between 43-inches and 54-inches fork length.

Effective dates: Friday June 15, 2018
Species affected: White sturgeon

Locations: Fishing will be open in the Columbia River within the Bonneville Pool, The Dalles Pool, and adjacent tributaries, except within the spawning sanctuary closure areas:

  1. Bonneville Pool: From The Dalles Dam downstream 1.8 miles to a line from the east (upstream) dock at the Port of The Dalles boat ramp straight across to a marker on the Washington shore.
  2. The Dalles Pool: From John Day Dam downstream 2.4 miles to a line crossing the Columbia at a right angle to the thread of the river from the west end of the grain silo at Rufus, Oregon.

Reason for action: There are sturgeon available for harvest within the established guidelines for both reservoirs.

Other information: Catch-and-release will continue to be allowed, except in the spawning sanctuary closure areas.

Daily white sturgeon limit: One fish.

Annual white sturgeon limit: Two fish.

Information contact: Region 5; 360-696-6211

CHANGES IN COASTAL BOTTOMFISH LIMITS

posted by Mike on 04/17/2018

WDFW FISHING RULE CHANGE  
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091
http://wdfw.wa.gov

 

April 16, 2018

Coastal recreational bottomfish limit changes

Actions:  Increases the daily limit for canary rockfish to two fish (from one) in marine areas 1 (Ilwaco) and 2 (Westport). 

Establishes a daily limit of three flatfish (excluding halibut), such as sole, flounder or sanddab, in all coastal marine areas west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line (marine areas 1 - 4). The new daily limit of flatfish does not count toward an angler's overall limit of nine bottomfish per day.

Effective date: Immediately

Locations and species affected: As a result of the changes listed above, daily limits for ocean bottomfish are as follows:

Marine areas 1 (Ilwaco) and 2 (Westport): Anglers can keep any combination of nine bottomfish per day including:

  • Up to two lingcod;
  • Up to two cabezon; and
  • Up to seven rockfish (as many as two of which may be canary rockfish).

In addition to the daily limit of nine bottomfish, anglers may keep up to three flatfish (excluding halibut), such as sole, sanddab, and flounder, per day.

Marine Area 3 (La Push):  Anglers can keep any combination of nine bottomfish per day including:

  • Up to two lingcod;
  • Up to two cabezon; and
  • Up to seven rockfish (canary rockfish retention is prohibited).

In addition to the daily limit of nine bottomfish, anglers may keep up to three flatfish (excluding halibut), such as sole, sanddab, and flounder, per day.

Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay) west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line: Anglers can keep any combination of nine bottomfish per day including:

  • Up to two lingcod;
  • Up to one cabezon; and
  • Up to seven rockfish (canary rockfish retention is prohibited).

In addition to the daily limit of nine bottomfish, anglers may keep up to three flatfish (excluding halibut), such as sole, sanddab, and flounder, per day.

Reason for action: 

At its March meeting, the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) approved changes to the Washington coastal recreational bottomfish fishery for 2018 as recommended by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

Canary rockfish retention was allowed in 2017 with initial allowance limited to one fish per day in marine areas 1 and 2 only. WDFW's recommendation to increase the sublimit from one fish to two fish per angler was based on 2017 recreational catch information. Analysis showed that canary catch was well below the federally established harvest quota and sufficient to consider changes for 2018. Retention of canary rockfish in marine areas 3 and 4 remains prohibited. 

WDFW also recommended, and the Council approved, a daily limit of three flatfish (excluding Pacific halibut) per day that would not be subject to the daily aggregate bottomfish limit, which would remain at nine. 

Both of these changes are intended to provide some additional recreational fishing opportunity to Washington recreational anglers. 

These rules conform to action taken by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC). 

Information contact: Heather Reed, (360) 902-2487

 

MONROE SPORTSMAN SHOW, APRIL 20 -22

posted by Mike on 04/16/2018

If you don't have anything planned for the weekend you might want to spend a couple of hours at the Monroe Sportsman Show that will take place this weekend. It will take place this Friday, Saturday & Sunday in the Weikel Event Center & Pavilion on the Everegreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe. Cost is $5:00 for adults and kids under 12 and all active military members are free. For additional information take a look at their website: www.monroesportsmanshow.com

Don't for get to take the kids as there will be a trout pond for their entertainment!

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