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COHO LIMITS TO BE REDUCED IN MOST PUGET SOUND MARINE AREAS

posted by Mike on 09/21/2019

Limit reduced to 1 coho salmon daily in most Puget Sound marine areas

Action: Reduces the daily limit for coho salmon to one.

Effective date: Monday, Sept. 23, 2019.

Species affected: Coho salmon.

Locations: Marine areas 5 (Sekiu and Pillar Point), 6 (East Juan de Fuca Strait), 7 (San Juan Islands) 8-1 (Deception Pass, Hope Island, Skagit Bay), 9 (Admiralty Inlet), 10 (Seattle/Bremerton Area), 11 (Tacoma-Vashon Island), and 13 (South Puget Sound).

Reason for action: Since early September, state and tribal co-managers have been assessing coho runs throughout Puget Sound waters. Preliminary information indicates that returning coho have a smaller body size and potentially lower-than-expected run sizes to many systems. WDFW is implementing this rule as a precaution to ensure escapement and hatchery goals are met.

Salmon rules by area:

  • Marine Area 5: Sept. 23 through Sept. 30: Daily limit 2; up to 1 coho may be retained. Chinook min. size 22”. Release chum, wild coho, and wild Chinook.
  • Marine Area 6: Sept. 23 through Sept. 30: Daily limit 2; up to 1 coho may be retained. Chinook min. size 22”. Release chum, wild coho, and wild Chinook.
  • Marine Area 7: Sept. 23 through Sept. 30: Daily limit 2; up to 1 coho may be retained. Chinook min. size 22”. Release chum and Chinook.
  • Marine Area 8-1: Sept. 23 through October 31: Daily limit 2; up to 1 coho may be retained. Release pinks and Chinook.
  • Marine Area 9: Sept. 23 through Sept. 30: Daily limit 2; up to 1 coho may be retained. Chinook min. size 22”. Release chum, Chinook, and wild coho.
  • Marine Area 10: Sept. 23 through Nov. 15: Daily limit 2; up to 1 coho may be retained. Release Chinook.
  • Marine Area 11: Sept. 23 through Sept. 30: Daily limit 2; up to 1 coho may be retained. Chinook min. size 22”. Release Chinook.
  • Marine Area 13: Sept. 23 until further notice: Daily limit 2; up to 1 coho may be retained. Chinook min. size 22”. Release wild coho and wild Chinook.

Additional information:  Rules for Marine Area 12, year-round docks and piers, Bellingham Bay, Tulalip Bay, and Sinclair Inlet Special Areas remain unchanged.

Anglers are reminded to refer to the 2019-20 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet athttps://wdfw.wa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/02077/wdfw02077.pdf for the specific regulations in each Puget Sound marine area 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

PROPOSED RAZOR CLAM DIGS THROUGH DECEMBER 2019

posted by Mike on 09/14/2019

WDFW announces additional tentative razor clam digs through December

OLYMPIA - State shellfish managers have tentatively scheduled additional razor clam digs on ocean beaches for dates in October, November and December.

Final approval of all scheduled openings will depend on whether results of marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) typically announces whether a dig will go forward about a week before the opening, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the department.

"Abundant razor clam populations on all beaches, except Kalaloch, are allowing for more digging opportunity this year," said Ayres. "But, it is important that razor clam diggers be sure to only dig where it is allowed."

Razor clam diggers can find detailed beach maps that indicate locations and local names for beaches on WDFW's website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfishing-regulations/razor-clams#beachmaps.

The proposed razor clam digs to date, along with low tides and beaches, are listed below:

  • September 27, Friday, 5:52 a.m. -0.9 feet; Long Beach only
  • September 28, Saturday, 6:36 a.m. -0.8 feet; Long Beach only
  • September 29, Sunday, 7:19 am -0.6 feet; Long Beach only

No digging is allowed after noon for the late September digs where low tide occurs in the morning.

  • October 26, Saturday, 5:59 pm, 0.0 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • October 27, Sunday, 6:47 pm, -0.8 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • October 28, Monday, 7:33 pm, -1.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • October 29, Tuesday, 8:18 pm, -1.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • October 30, Wednesday, 9:03 pm, -1.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • October 31, Thursday, 9:50 pm, -0.8 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • November 1, Friday, 10:38 pm, -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • November 11, Monday, 5:51 pm, 0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • November 12, Tuesday, 6:27 pm, -0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • November 13, Wednesday, 7:03 pm, -0.5 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • November 14, Thursday, 7:41 pm, -0.6 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • November 15, Friday, 8:22 pm, -0.5 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • November 16, Saturday, 9:08 pm, -0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • November 17, Sunday, 9:59 pm, -0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • November 24, Sunday, 4:47 pm, -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • November 25, Monday, 5:34 pm, -1.0 feet; Long Beach Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • November 26, Tuesday, 6:18 pm, -1.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • November 27, Wednesday, 7:02 pm, -1.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • November 28, Thursday, 7:44 pm, -1.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • November 29, Friday, 8:29 pm, -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • November 30, Saturday, 9:10 pm, -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • December 10, Tuesday, 5:28 pm, -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • December 11, Wednesday, 6:06 pm, -0.6 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • December 12, Thursday, 6:45 pm, -0.9 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • December 13, Friday, 7:26 pm, -1.0 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • December 14, Saturday, 8:08 pm, -1.0 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • December 15, Sunday, 8:53 pm, -0.8 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • December 16, Monday, 9:41 pm, -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • December 23, Monday, 4:35 pm, -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • December 26, Thursday, 6:47 pm, -1.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • December 27, Friday, 7:26 pm, -0.9 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • December 28, Saturday, 8:05 pm, -0.6 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • December 29, Sunday, 8:43 pm, -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

No digging is allowed before noon during digs in October, November and December where low tide occurs in the afternoon or evening.

Ayres notes that low tides around New Years are not low enough for successful razor clam harvest, so digging will not open then.

In order to ensure conservation of clams for future generations, WDFW sets tentative razor clam seasons that are based on the results from an annual coast-wide razor clam stock assessment and by considering harvest to date. WDFW authorizes each dig independently after getting the results of marine toxin testing. 

"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 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach.

EDMONDS COHO DERBY RESULTS FROM SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 7TH

posted by Mike on 09/09/2019

Derby Summary

All Entries - Top 10

Place Fisherman Weight Time
1st Eric Peterson   8.750lb 09-07-19 01:41 PM
2nd Gretchen (No age provided) Dearden   7.780lb 09-07-19 01:28 PM
3rd Tad Kasvna   7.030lb 09-07-19 01:45 PM
4th Donald Ille   6.770lb 09-07-19 01:51 PM
5th Jeramy Thompson   6.740lb 09-07-19 01:26 PM
6th Kevin Richards   6.730lb 09-07-19 11:56 AM
7th Russ Stauffer   6.550lb 09-07-19 01:41 PM
8th William Martin   6.510lb 09-07-19 03:48 PM
9th Phillip Hlas   6.430lb 09-07-19 01:35 PM
10th Kathy Goodsell   6.130lb 09-07-19 12:36 PM

Adult Division - Top 10

Place Fisherman Weight Time
1st Eric Peterson   8.750lb 09-07-19 01:41 PM
2nd Gretchen (No age provided) Dearden   7.780lb 09-07-19 01:28 PM
3rd Tad Kasvna   7.030lb 09-07-19 01:45 PM
4th Donald Ille   6.770lb 09-07-19 01:51 PM
5th Jeramy Thompson   6.740lb 09-07-19 01:26 PM
6th Kevin Richards   6.730lb 09-07-19 11:56 AM
7th Russ Stauffer   6.550lb 09-07-19 01:41 PM
8th William Martin   6.510lb 09-07-19 03:48 PM
9th Phillip Hlas   6.430lb 09-07-19 01:35 PM
10th Kathy Goodsell   6.130lb 09-07-19 12:36 PM

Kids Division - Top 10

Place Fisherman Weight Time
1st Kelli Lachapell   5.720lb 09-07-19 11:48 AM
2nd Neil Kaukola   4.630lb 09-07-19 10:55 AM
3rd Holden Panteleef   4.360lb 09-07-19 11:55 AM
4th Will Grimm   4.240lb 09-07-19 01:56 PM
5th Jordan Trowt   3.710lb 09-07-19 01:54 PM
6th Luke Matesky   3.070lb 09-07-19 01:51 PM
7th Charlie Kim   2.960lb 09-07-19 01:36 PM
8th Bennett Jones   2.800lb 09-07-19 12:17 PM
9th Abigail Johnson   2.610lb 09-07-19 01:48 PM
10th Alex Johnson   2.390lb 09-07-19 01:47 PM
September 09, 2019 12:42 PM

Derby Stats

147 Fish weighed in.
Congratulations to all of those anglers that managed to end up on the leader board. Additionally a big thanks to all of you that ere helpful in putting this derby together.

BEACH FISHING ON WHIDBEY iSLAND

posted by Mike on 09/05/2019

We have had a good number of customers through the doors this morning that had been over to Whidbey and had caught limits. It looks like the silvers are becoming more numerous as they had no problems being selective and only keeping them and releasing the pinks. It's time to see the pink numbers declings and the coho numbers inreasing. Which is exactly what we have been seeing the past couple of days.

EDMONDS COHO DERY - SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 7TH

posted by Mike on 09/04/2019

The Edmonds Coho Derby will take place this Saturday, September 7th. Tickets are $30.00 per person. Ted's will have them on hand through this Friday, 6th September.

 

This is one of the most popular salmon derbys here in this portion of Puget Sound

SNOHOMISH RIVER TO OPEN FOR PINK SALMON SEPTEMBER 1ST - 3RD

posted by Mike on 08/29/2019

Snohomish River to open for 3-day pink salmon fishery

 

Action: Opens the Snohomish River to pink salmon retention.

Effective date: Sept. 1 through Sept. 3, 2019.

Species affected: Pink salmon.

Location: Snohomish River, from the mouth (Burlington-Northern Railroad bridges) (including all channels, sloughs, and interconnected waterways, but excluding all tributaries) upstream to the confluence of Skykomish and Snoqualmie rivers.

Reason for action: The Snohomish River was originally closed for pink salmon retention under a state and tribal co-manager agreement to protect pink salmon. Early information indicates that the return of pinks to the Snohomish River is large enough to support a small recreational fishery in the river.

Additional information: Salmon; min. size 12", daily limit 1. Release all salmon other than coho or pink salmon. Night closure. Anti-snagging rules apply, except for sturgeon.

Salmon retention rules on the Skykomish and Snoqualmie remain unchanged at one coho only.

Fishery managers will continue to monitor the pink run and evaluate for possible future openings.

Please see the 2019/2020 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for additional rules or visit the WDFW website at https: //wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations.

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

 

We have a good supply of humpy tackle. Stop by and we'll be glad to give you a hand.

 

WHIDBEY ISLAND BEACH FISHING

posted by Mike on 08/29/2019

The beach fishing off the western side of Whidbey Island has been quite good the past few weeks. The number of pinks has been greater than the preseason estimates producing some very good fishing. We should see good pink fishing for at least another 10 days or so, before the numbers start to decline. The silver numbers should start to increase with each and every day and continue through September, when the season will close in Marine Areas 9 & 6.   

 

Most anglers are fishing Rotators or Buzz Bombs for the pinks and silvers, though with increasing silver numbers many will change over and fish a float with herring.

25th AUGUST LAST DAY FOR CHINOOK RETENTION IN MARINE AREA 11

posted by Mike on 08/21/2019

Marine Area 11 to close to Chinook retention; angling for salmon from a boat to open daily

Action: Release all Chinook. It is permissible to fish for salmon from a vessel seven days per week.

Effective date: Aug. 26 through Sept. 30, 2019.

Species affected: Salmon.

Location: Marine Area 11 (Tacoma-Vashon Island).

Reason for action: The Marine Area 11 Chinook quota is expected to be reached by the end of the day Aug. 25, 2019. These measures are consistent with co-manager agreed to fisheries.

Anglers were previously limited to fishing for salmon from a vessel (five days per week) to meet conservation goals for wild fish and extend the hatchery Chinook fishery.

Additional information: Salmon daily limit 2. No min. size. Release all Chinook.

Please see the 2019/2020 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for additional rules beginning July 1 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

SILVER HORDE DOWNRIGGER RUDDER FLASHERS BACK IN STOCK

posted by Mike on 08/20/2019

We have Silver Horde Rudder Flashers back in stock, both in the 940 (Swede's Awesome) and the 942 (Green Hornet) colors. Many of you have been looking for them for quite some time. We have a good inventory of them at the present time, but it wouldn't be a bad idea to buy a couple extra and store them away for the future.

LAST DAY FOR CHINOOK IN MARINE AREA 10 IS FRIDAY AUGUST 16TH

posted by Mike on 08/15/2019

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

August 15, 2019

Marine Area 10 to close to the retention of hatchery Chinook salmon

Action: Marine Area 10 (Seattle/Bremerton Area) will close to the retention of hatchery Chinook salmon beginning Saturday, Aug. 17.

Effective date: Aug. 17, 2019.

Species affected: Hatchery Chinook salmon.

Location: Marine Area 10 (Seattle-Bremerton Area), excluding Sinclair Inlet and the year-round docks and piers.

Reason for action: Preliminary estimates indicate that anglers have harvested more than 95 percent of the summer quota of hatchery Chinook through Aug. 15.

Additional information: Marine Area 10 will remain open to the retention of coho and pink salmon with a two-salmon daily limit through Nov. 15, 2019.  Sinclair Inlet remains open to hatchery Chinook retention through Sept. 30. Anglers may also continue to retain one Chinook salmon (wild or hatchery) at the docks and piers that are open year-round as listed in the 2019-20 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet.

For more information, anglers should consult the 2019-20 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet available online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/.

Anglers can check WDFW’s website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/reports_plants.html for the latest information on marine areas that are managed to a quota or guideline.

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

PINK SALMON TO CLOSE IN MARINE AREA 8-1, EFFECTIVE AUGUST 17TH

posted by Mike on 08/15/2019

Anglers must release pink salmon in Marine Area 8-1

Action: Closes pink salmon retention.

Effective date: Aug. 17 through Oct. 31, 2019.

Species affected: Pink salmon.

Location: Marine Area 8-1.

Reason for action: Early season abundance indicators confirm the returning Skagit River pink salmon run is below harvestable levels. This conservation measure is necessary to allow more fish to reach the spawning grounds.

Additional information: Marine Area 8-1 salmon rules: No min. size. Daily limit 2. Release Chinook and pink salmon.

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; Mark Baltzell, Puget Sound salmon manager, 360-902-2807.

MARINE AREA 9 (ADMIRALTY INLET) REOPENS FOR CHINOOK RETENTION

posted by Mike on 08/05/2019

Chinook salmon retention to reopen in Marine Area 9

Action: Reopens a portion of Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet) to hatchery Chinook retention. Closes the section of Marine Area 9 south of a line from Foulweather Bluff to Olele Point to salmon fishing.

Effective dates: Tuesday, Aug. 6 through Friday, Aug. 9, 2019.

Species affected: Hatchery Chinook salmon.

Location: Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet).

Reason for action: Sufficient quota is available for Marine Area 9 (with the exception of the area south of a line from Foulweather Bluff to Olele Point) to open for hatchery Chinook salmon retention through Friday, Aug. 9, 2019.

This action is being taken to provide angling opportunities while ensuring compliance with conservation objectives.

As part of the fisheries agreements made with co-managers during the salmon season-setting process, the section of Marine Area 9 south of the line from Foulweather Bluff to Olele Point is closed to all salmon fishing when the rest of Marine Area 9 is open for hatchery Chinook retention.

Additional information: Salmon daily limit 2, up to 1 hatchery Chinook may be retained. Chinook minimum size 22 inches.  Release wild Chinook, chum, and wild coho.

On Friday, Aug. 9, fisheries managers will evaluate the fishery. If sufficient quota remains available, WDFW will announce when Marine Area 9 will reopen to hatchery Chinook retention.

For additional regulations, anglers should consult the 2019-20 Washington Sports Fishing Rules pamphlet available online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/.

Anglers can check WDFW's website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/reports for the latest information on marine areas that are managed to a quota or guideline.

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

 

ONE MORE DAY OF CHINOOK FOR MARINE AREA 9

posted by Mike on 08/02/2019

Chinook salmon retention to remain open through Aug. 4 in Marine Area 9

Action: Extends the reopening of Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet) to hatchery Chinook retention through Sunday, Aug. 4, with the exception of the section of Marine Area 9 south of a line from Foulweather Bluff to Olele Point, which is closed to all salmon fishing.    

Effective date: Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019.

Species affected: Hatchery Chinook salmon.

Location: Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet), excluding the section of Marine Area 9 south of a line from Foulweather Bluff to Olele Point.

Reason for action: Sufficient quota is available for Marine Area 9 to remain open for hatchery Chinook salmon retention through Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019. Initially, WDFW intended to close the area to hatchery Chinook retention on Aug. 3.

This action is being taken to provide angling opportunities while ensuring compliance with conservation objectives.

As part of the fisheries agreements made with co-managers during the salmon season-setting process, the section of Marine Area 9 south of the line from Foulweather Bluff to Olele Point is closed to all salmon fishing when the rest of Marine Area 9 is open for hatchery Chinook retention.

Additional information: Salmon daily limit 2, up to 1 hatchery Chinook may be retained. Chinook minimum size 22 inches.  Release wild Chinook, chum, and wild coho.

On Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, fisheries managers will evaluate whether sufficient quota remains available to extend the summer season for hatchery Chinook retention.  If sufficient quota remains available, WDFW will announce next week when Marine Area 9 will reopen to hatchery Chinook retention.

For additional regulations, anglers should consult the 2019-20 Washington Sports Fishing Rules pamphlet available online athttp://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/.

Anglers can check WDFW’s website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/reports for the latest information on marine areas that are managed to a quota or guideline.

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

CHINOOK RETENTION TO REOPEN IN MARINE AREA 9 (ADMIRALTY iNLET)

posted by Mike on 07/30/2019

Chinook salmon retention to reopen in Marine Area 9

 

Action: Reopens Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet) will to hatchery Chinook retention.

Effective dates: Wednesday, July 31 through Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019.

Species affected: Hatchery Chinook salmon.

Location: Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet).

Reason for action: The fishery closed after July 28, 2019 for fisheries managers to evaluate whether sufficient quota remained available to extend the summer season for hatchery Chinook retention. Sufficient quota is available to reopen Marine Area 9 to hatchery Chinook salmon retention from July 31 to Aug. 3, 2019.

This action is being taken to increase angling opportunities while ensuring compliance with conservation objectives.

Additional information: For specific regulations, anglers should consult the 2019-20 Washington Sports Fishing Rules pamphlet available online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/.

Anglers can check WDFW's website at https: //wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/reports for the latest information on marine areas that are managed to a quota or guideline.

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

SOCKEYE TO BE RELEASED IN MARINE AREA 12 (HOOD CANAL)

posted by Mike on 07/25/2019

Anglers must release sockeye in Marine Area 12

Action: Anglers are required to release sockeye salmon in Marine Area 12 (Hood Canal).

Effective date: July 26 through Sept. 30, 2019.

Species affected: Sockeye salmon.

Location: Marine Area 12 (Hood Canal).

Reason for action: An effort to reintroduce sockeye salmon to Lake Cushman is underway. This is the first year sockeye are returning to this program from a small release in 2017. Managers anticipate the total return to be small in number and are seeking to maximize broodstock available for the program. Therefore, sockeye retention is being closed in the marine area. Future fisheries for sockeye salmon in Marine Area 12 will be considered when a healthy sockeye run is established.

Additional information: For specific regulations, anglers should consult the 2019-20 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet available online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/.

Information contact: David Stormer, Puget Sound Recreational Salmon Manager, 360-902-0058; Mark Baltzell, Puget Sound Salmon Manager, 360-902-2807.

CHINOOK FISHING TO OPEN IN THE COLUMBIA ABOVE BREWSTER

posted by Mike on 07/24/2019

Chinook salmon fishing opens on Columbia River above Brewster

Action:  Opens Chinook salmon fishing season in a section of the Columbia River above the Highway 173 Bridge at Brewster. 

Effective date:  Aug. 1, 2019 until further notice.

Species affected: Chinook salmon.

Location:  Columbia River: From the Highway 173 Bridge at Brewster upstream to the Highway 17 Bridge near Bridgeport.

Reason for action:  Returns of hatchery summer Chinook above Wells Dam are sufficient to allow for recreational harvest.

Additional information:  Min. length 12”.  Daily limit 6 Chinook salmon. No more than 2 hatchery adult Chinook may be retained as part of the daily limit. Release wild adult Chinook, all sockeye, and all coho. Use of barbless hooks is voluntary. Anglers may fish with two poles with a valid Two-pole Endorsement.

WDFW will be monitoring harvest and may close this season early if necessary.  For emergency rule updates, please visit https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/.

Colville Confederated Tribes will be purse seining to collect salmon for broodstock and ceremonial and subsistence purposes.  Anglers are asked to be respectful of these activities conducted by the tribe. The Chief Joseph Hatchery releases millions of Chinook that contribute to recreational fisheries in the Columbia River.

Information contact: Ryan Fortier, District 6 Fish Biologist, (509) 997-0316 or Chad Jackson, Region 2 Fish Program Manager, (509) 754-4624, ext 250

MARINE AREA 9 OPENS FOR SALMON FISHING - THURSDAY JULY 25TH

posted by Mike on 07/22/2019

Marine Area 9, Admiralty Inlet will open this Thursday, July 25th. The Chinook season will be short and sweet with WDFW giving us a four day season this year, running from the 25th thru 28th of July. If there is additional Chinook quota remaining then we may possibly be given another day or two. Don't hold your breath! The limit in this area will be two salmon of which only one may be a Chinook with a 22 in minimum size restriction and must have a missing adipose fin. You must release wild Chinook, wild coho and all chum salmon.

CHINOOK QUOTA REACHED AT NEAH BAY - CHINOOK CLOSED EFFECTIVE SUNDAY JULY 14TH

posted by Mike on 07/12/2019

Anglers must release Chinook in Neah Bay beginning Sunday, July 14

Action:  Closes Chinook retention.

Effective date:  July 14, 2019.

Species affected:  Chinook salmon.

Location:  Marine Area 4.

Reason for action:  Catch Area 4 is expected to reach its Chinook guideline at current catch rates, which would require closure of the fishery in the area; this rule should extend the fishing season to provide opportunity to access harvestable coho in the area.

Additional information:  Waters of Marine Area 4 east of a true north-south line through Sail Rock are closed. The daily limit for salmon in Neah Bay remains at two salmon.

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: Region 6 office, 360-249-4628

SHRIMPING IN MARINE AREA 6 TO INCREASE TO 7 DAYS PER WEEK & 12O LIMIT

posted by Mike on 07/12/2019

Majority of Marine Area 6 opening to recreational shrimp fishing 7 days per week with an increased limit

Action: This opens Marine Area 6 (excluding the Discovery Bay Shrimp District) seven days a week for shrimp harvest. Harvest days are currently restricted to Thursday through Sunday each week. Additionally, the daily limit in this area only is being increased to 120 shrimp per person.

Effective date: July 15, 2019.

Species affected: All shrimp species including spot shrimp.

Location: Marine Area 6 (excluding the Discovery Bay Shrimp District).

Reason for action: Additional opportunity for harvest is being added to take the target share of spot shrimp in this area.

Additional information: Some marine areas including 4 (east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line), 5, and 6 (outside the Discovery Bay Shrimp District) remain open for spot shrimp fishing 7 days per week.  Marine Area 7 West remains open for spot shrimp fishing 4 days per week. Several other marine areas are open for coonstripe and pink shrimp fishing. Check WDFW’s website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/shrimp/ for more information.

Information contact: Don Velasquez, Fish and Wildlife Biologist. 425-775-1311, ext. 112. 

UPPER COLUMBIA & TRIBUTARIES TO OPEN FOR CHINOOK RETENTION

posted by Mike on 07/12/2019

Areas of the upper Columbia River and select tributaries to open for Chinook salmon retention

Action: Opens salmon seasons.

Effective date: July 16, 2019

Species affected: Chinook salmon.

Salmon rules by dates and location:

1. Columbia River: From the upstream line of Rocky Reach Dam to the boundary markers 400 feet below the spawning channel discharges (on Chelan County side) and the fish ladder (on Douglas County side) at Wells Dam:

  • Effective July 16 through Oct. 15, 2019.
  • Daily limit 6 Chinook. Minimum size 12 inches. No more than 2 hatchery adult Chinook may be retained in daily limit. Release wild adult Chinook, sockeye, and coho.
  • Use of barbless hooks is voluntary. Anglers may fish with two poles with a valid Two-Pole Endorsement.

2. Entiat River: From the mouth (railroad bridge) to the boundary markers located approximately 1,500 feet upstream of the upper Roaring Creek Road Bridge (immediately downstream of the Entiat National Fish Hatchery):

  • Effective one hour before official sunrise on July 16 to one hour after official sunset on Sept. 30, 2019.
  • Daily limit 6 Chinook. Minimum size 12 inches. Release sockeye and coho.
  • Night closure in effect. Use of barbless hooks is voluntary.

3. Chelan River: From the mouth (railroad bridge) to the Chelan PUD safety barrier below the powerhouse:

  • Effective one hour before official sunrise on July 16 to one hour after official sunset on Oct. 15.
  • Daily limit 6 Chinook. Minimum size 12 inches. No more than 2 hatchery adult Chinook may be retained in daily limit. Release wild adult Chinook, sockeye, and coho.
  • Night closure in effect. Anti-snagging rule in effect. Use of barbless hooks is voluntary.

Reason for action: Forecasts of hatchery summer Chinook to Entiat and Chelan Falls hatchery programs indicate broodstock needs will be met and surplus hatchery Chinook are available for harvest. Removal of summer Chinook in the Entiat River will also help achieve conservation objectives for spring Chinook on the spawning grounds.

Additional information: WDFW will be monitoring harvest closely and may close one or more areas in-season by emergency rule if necessary. For emergency rule updates, please visit https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/.

Information contact: Travis Maitland, District 7 Fish Biologist, 509-665-3337; Chad Jackson, Region 2 Fish Program Manager, 509-754-4624, ext. 250

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