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WASHOUGAL RIVER CLOSING TO CHINOOK RETENTION

posted by Mike on 09/18/2018

Washougal River to close to the retention of chinook salmon

Action: Closes the Washougal River to retention of hatchery chinook salmon.

Effective Dates:  Sept. 22, 2018, until further notice. 

Species affected:  Chinook salmon.

Locations:  Washougal River from the mouth to the bridge at Salmon Falls, and Camus Slough.

Reason for action: The Washougal River fall chinook salmon run is tracking far below the pre-season forecast and is currently projected not to meet the hatchery broodstock goal. Closing the river to chinook retention will increase the number of hatchery fish available for broodstock and help ensure fishing opportunities in future years.

Additional information: Camas Slough is currently closed for retention of hatchery steelhead due to closures on the mainstem Columbia River.  This fishing rule change closes Camas Slough to retention of hatchery chinook while it is in effect. 

The Washougal River remains open for retention of hatchery steelhead and hatchery coho salmon until further notice. All other permanent rules remain in effect. Please refer to the Sport Fishing Pamphlet for complete rule information.

Information Contact:  Region 5, (360) 696-6211. For the latest information, press *1010.

 

LOWER COWLITZ RIVER CLOSING TO CHINOOK FISHING

posted by Mike on 09/18/2018

Chinook salmon retention to close on the lower Cowlitz River

Action: Chinook salmon retention closes on the lower Cowlitz River and tributaries (except the Toutle River).

Effective dates: Sept. 22, 2018 until further notice. 

Species affected: Chinook salmon.

Locations: The Cowlitz River and tributaries (except the Toutle River) from the mouth to the Barrier Dam.

Reason for action: The Cowlitz River fall chinook salmon run is tracking far below the pre-season forecast and is currently projected not to meet the hatchery broodstock goal. Closing the lower Cowlitz River to chinook salmon retention will increase the number of hatchery fish available for broodstock and help ensure fishing opportunities in future years.

Additional information: The lower Cowlitz River remains open to harvest of hatchery coho salmon and hatchery steelhead until further notice. The closed waters section below the Barrier Dam will remain 400', at the posted markers, until further notice. All other permanent rules remain in effect. Please refer to the Sport Fishing Pamphlet for complete rule information.

Information Contact: Tom Wadsworth, District Fish Biologist, (360) 906-6709.

 

SNOHOMISH, SKYKOMISH & SNOQUALMIE RIVERS OPEN FOR SALMON

posted by Mike on 09/13/2018

The Snohomish system is opening two weeks later this season and closing earlier also. The system will open this Sunday, 16th of September and will remain open until November 15th. Limit is 2 fish with a min length of 12 inches. You must release all Chinook and Chum salmon, so it is really only open for Coho. Remember that the Snoqualmie is a selective fishery which means barbless single hooks on your lures and "NO" bait or scents. Take a few minutes to read though your regulation phamplet to refresh yourself with the current regulations before you venture forth.

 

There are a few Coho in the system at the present time, so you do have a reasonable chance of getting into some fish on the opener.

 

We have lots of Coho gear in stock

CHINOOK LIMIT DECREASED TO ONE ADULT IN HANFORD REACH SECTION OF COLUMBIA

posted by Mike on 09/13/2018

Anglers limited to one adult fall chinook in the Hanford Reach

Action: Reduces the daily limit to one adult fall chinook from the Highway 395 Bridge (Pasco/Kennewick) upstream to Priest Rapids Dam. Prohibits retention of coho salmon.

Effective dates and locations:

  • Sept. 15 through Oct. 31, 2018 from Hwy. 395 Bridge (Pasco/Kennewick) to the Old Hanford townsite wooden powerline towers
  • Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, 2018 from the Old Hanford townsite wooden powerline towers to Priest Rapids Dam.

Species affected:  Fall chinook and coho.

Location: Highway 395 Bridge (Kennewick/Pasco) upstream to the Priest Rapids Dam.

Reason for action: The upriver bright fall chinook escapement goal for the Hanford Reach is 31,100 adult chinook. Fall chinook and coho salmon are returning to the Columbia River well below the forecast. Reduction of the daily limit to one adult fall chinook will provide anglers the opportunity to continue to harvest available fall chinook salmon and still meet conservation goals for escapement of upriver bright fall chinook in the Hanford Reach.

Closure of retention of coho in the Hanford Reach fishery will contribute in efforts to meet hatchery coho broodstock collection and escapement targets destined to return to upper Columbia River tributaries.

Additional information: The daily limit is six salmon with up to one adult fall chinook. Release all coho and sockeye. Anglers must stop fishing for salmon after the adult portion of the daily limit is retained.

Information contact: Paul Hoffarth, District 4 Fish Biologist, (509) 545-2284.

 

LOWER SAMISH RIVER CLOSING TO ALL FISHING

posted by Mike on 09/13/2018

Lower Samish River to close to all fishing

Action: Close part of the Samish River to all fishing.

Effective dates:  Sept.15, 2018 until further notice.

Species affected: All species.

Location: From the mouth (Bayview –Edison Road) to I-5 bridge

Reasons for action: The return of fall chinook to the Samish Hatchery is currently projected to be below the number needed to meet egg take goals for 2018. Closing the fishing season in the lower Samish River will increase the number of hatchery fish available for broodstock and help ensure future hatchery returns.

Other information: The season will be reopened if egg take needs are projected to be met. Please refer to https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/ for further information on seasons.

Information Contact: Mill Creek Regional Office, 425 775-1311

 

SALMON & STEELHEAD FISHING TO CLOSE SEPTEMBER 12TH IN PORTION OF COLUMBIA

posted by Mike on 09/12/2018

 

Most of the Columbia River closIng to salmon and steelhead fishing

OLYMPIA – Starting Thursday (Sept. 13), fishing for salmon will be closed on the mainstem Columbia River from Buoy 10 upstream to Hwy 395 in Pasco under new rules approved today by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon

Deep River in Washington and other tributaries in Oregon (Youngs Bay, Tongue Point/South Channel, Blind Slough and Knappa Slough) are also closed to salmon and steelhead angling.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) already prohibited steelhead retention in much of the same area of the Columbia River several weeks ago, and the new emergency rule closes angling for both salmon and steelhead in those waters as well.

Bill Tweit, Columbia River fishery coordinator for WDFW, said the counts of fall chinook at Bonneville Dam are 29 percent below preseason forecasts, and on-going fisheries are approaching the allowable catch limits under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). 

"We recognize that this closure is difficult for anglers, but we have an obligation to meet our ESA goals so that fisheries can continue in the future," he said.

Tweit said the upriver fall chinook run provides the bulk of the harvest opportunity for fall fisheries, but that returns in recent years has been declining due to unfavorable ocean conditions. The preseason forecast for this year is 47 percent of the 10-year average return of upriver bright fall chinook.

The new emergency fishing rule is posted on WDFW's website at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/.

 

SQUID ARE BEING CAUGHT

posted by Mike on 09/10/2018

We have been seeing squid being caught off and on this past month at a number of the typical squid jigging spots throughout Puget Sound. As we are located close to the Edmonds Pier we hear about the squid there more frequently than other spots, however we have been hearing of them caught at Shilshole, Kingston as well as the Bremerton area piers. The squid, for the most part are smaller sub adults averaging 4 -5 inches in lenght. Though smaller they are still fine eating.

The squidding is just getting started, and we should see good squidding clear into the first part of the year.

 

We have lots of squid jigs on hand for this upcoming season and a fair amount of compoments for those of you that like to assemble your own creations. 

2018 EDMONDS COHO DERBY RESULTS

posted by Mike on 09/08/2018

Place Fisherman Weight Time
1st Bill Turner   10.100lb 09-08-18 12:36 PM
2nd Shawn Tyree   9.690lb 09-08-18 01:48 PM
3rd Rob Flaherty   9.650lb 09-08-18 01:35 PM
4th Dwight Etheridge   9.540lb 09-08-18 01:21 PM
5th Greg Hatcher   9.070lb 09-08-18 01:19 PM
6th Ron Leach   8.810lb 09-08-18 02:10 PM
7th Kozmo Zajac   8.220lb 09-08-18 01:31 PM
8th Chris Record   8.200lb 09-08-18 02:09 PM
9th Stuart Nethery   8.170lb 09-08-18 12:38 PM
10th Jim Murray   8.010lb 09-08-18 01:05 PM

Adult Division - Top 10

Place Fisherman Weight Time
1st Bill Turner   10.100lb 09-08-18 12:36 PM
2nd Shawn Tyree   9.690lb 09-08-18 01:48 PM
3rd Rob Flaherty   9.650lb 09-08-18 01:35 PM
4th Dwight Etheridge   9.540lb 09-08-18 01:21 PM
5th Greg Hatcher   9.070lb 09-08-18 01:19 PM
6th Ron Leach   8.810lb 09-08-18 02:10 PM
7th Chris Record   8.200lb 09-08-18 02:09 PM
8th Stuart Nethery   8.170lb 09-08-18 12:38 PM
9th Jim Murray   8.010lb 09-08-18 01:05 PM
10th Jodi Hopkins   7.930lb 09-08-18 01:09 PM

Kids 14 & Under Division - Top 10

Place Fisherman Weight Time
1st Kozmo Zajac   8.220lb 09-08-18 01:31 PM
2nd Kendra Lee   7.640lb 09-08-18 12:59 PM
3rd Tate Lynch   7.460lb 09-08-18 01:17 PM
4th Bennett Jones   6.500lb 09-08-18 12:10 PM
5th Kael Flaherty   6.380lb 09-08-18 01:35 PM
6th Quinn Lawrence   6.350lb 09-08-18 12:42 PM
7th JJay Polacek   6.100lb 09-08-18 01:20 PM
8th Morgan Spellman   5.940lb 09-08-18 02:13 PM
9th Julian Delallia   5.900lb 09-08-18 01:48 PM
10th Noah Starup   5.810lb 09-08-18 01:46 PM
SEPTEMBER 08, 2018 03:13 PM

Derby Stats

274 Fish weighed in.

EDMONDS COHO DERBY SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 8TH

posted by Mike on 09/05/2018

The Edmonds Coho Derby will take place this Saturday, September 8th. The Coho fishing has been outstanding and we should see some very good results. Taickets are $30.00 per person and we'll have them until closing at 6:00pm Friday evening.

Prizes  are as follows:

1st Place $5,000.00

2nd Place $2,500.00

3rd Place $1,000.00

Mystery Weight Fish $500.00

1st Place Youth Division $500.00

Plus Lots of Merchandise Prizes

 

TENTATIVE RAZOR CLAM SEASONS THOUGH DECEMBER

posted by Mike on 09/05/2018

WDFW schedules tentative razor clam digs through December

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has announced a tentative schedule for the fall razor clam season set to begin in early October.

Final approval of all scheduled openings will depend on results of marine toxin tests (https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/domoic_levels.html), which are usually conducted about a week before a dig is scheduled to begin.

"We're releasing a tentative schedule to give people plenty of time to make plans to go digging this fall," said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for WDFW.

State shellfish managers are also seeking public input on management options, including scheduling for spring digs. Comments on the spring digs can be sent via email to razorclams@dfw.wa.gov.

A summary of last season and an overview of the recently completed razor clam stock assessment is available via WDFW's 2018-19 Razor Clam Management Plan at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/seasons_set.html.

Based on beach surveys conducted this summer, WDFW estimates the total razor clam population on most Washington's beaches has increased significantly from last season, which means more days of digging this season. The exception is Long Beach, an area that is recovering after a decline in clam survival due to low salinity in winter 2017.

"The good news is that future digging opportunities look really great, with some opportunity even at Long Beach," Ayres said. "This is shaping up to be a great season for digging on the coast."

Proposed razor clam digs through December are listed below, along with evening low tides and beaches:

  • Oct. 11, Thursday, 8:58 p.m.; -0.6 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Oct. 12, Friday, 9:41 p.m.; -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • Oct. 13, Saturday, 10:26 p.m.; +0.1 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Oct. 25, Thursday, 7:55 p.m.; -0.5 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • Oct. 26, Friday, 8:36 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Oct. 27, Saturday, 9:19 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • Oct. 28, Sunday, 10:08 p.m.; -0.6 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Nov. 8, Thursday, 6:57 p.m.; -0.8 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Nov. 9, Friday, 7:36 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • Nov. 10, Saturday, 8:15 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Nov. 11, Sunday, 8:56 p.m.; 0.0 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • Nov. 22, Thursday, 5:55 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • Nov. 23, Friday, 6:36 p.m.; -1.1 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Nov. 24, Saturday, 7:20 p.m.; -1.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • Nov. 25, Sunday, 8:05 p.m.; -1.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Dec. 6, Thursday, 6:01 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • Dec. 7, Friday, 6:40 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Dec. 8, Saturday, 7:16 p.m.; -0.6 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • Dec. 9, Sunday, 7:53 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Dec. 20, Thursday, 4:51 p.m.; -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Dec. 21, Friday, 5:35 p.m.; -1.0 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • Dec. 22, Saturday, 6:20 p.m.; -1.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Dec. 23, Sunday, 7:05 p.m.; -1.6 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis

WDFW is working with staff at Olympic National Park to assess possible digging dates on Kalaloch beach, said Ayres.

For more information about recreational razor clamming, visit WDFW's website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/.

 

WHIDBEY ISLAND COHO BEACH FISHING

posted by Mike on 09/04/2018

Bush Point and Lagoon Point put out good numbers of Coho from the beaches yesterday. It was a little slow in coming this season considering how good the fishing has been for the boat angles in Marine Area 8-2 and 10 this past week. They had to pass through Admiralty Inlet on their way to the inside areas. Perhaps they stayed in the shipping lanes or came through in the deeper water. None the less they are now doing well of the beaches. 

 

Anglers have been fishing a variety of methods with the vast majority tossing either Rotators and Buzz Bombs or fishing Herring under a float. 

 

We have a good selection of all this tackle and if you have never fished the beaches before we'll be more than happy to show you how to rig up.

PUCCI 2OZ CHOVY JIGS

posted by Mike on 09/04/2018

We just received another shipment of Pucci Chovy jigs this afternoon in both Blue Glow and Green Glow. These have been one of the "Hot" jigs off the Edmonds pier this season. Though the Chinook fishing has slowed off the dock recently as we are on the downside of the run, we should see an odd Chinook though the end of the month.

RETURN/REPORT THOSE SUMMER CRAB CATCH RECORD CARDS

posted by Mike on 09/04/2018

The summer crab season ended yesterday, September 3rd. It's time to send in or report your catch to WDFW. You can either send them in to the address on your CRC or you can report your catch on line at (https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov) Don't forget to do such or next year when you purchase your new crab lisence you will find you have aquired a $10.00 fine. I am sure you have many other things to spend $10.00 on than giving it to the state.

 

Also if you are crabbing after Labor Day don't forget to pick up your Winter Crab Catch Record Card. Stop by and we'll be glad to help you out.

Avoid $10 Penalty
Don't procrastinate - report in September, due October 1.
 
Our records indicate that you or someone in your household purchased a 2018 Summer Puget Sound Crab Endorsement.
 
If you did not catch any Dungeness crab, you still must submit a report.
 
Failure to report will result in a $10 penalty added to the purchase of your next Puget Sound Dungeness crab endorsement.
 
Thank you for taking the time to report, the information you provide is critical to the management of this important resource.
 
 
How Do I Report?
 
There are two ways to report:
 
 
1. Online through the WILD system - must be completed by Monday, October 1, 2018.
  • To report online you will need to log in to your WILD account. You will also need your catch record card document number. This is located at the top of the document just above the barcode (see image below).
  • If you need assistance logging in or reporting, visit ourWILD Customer Quick Help Guide.
 
2. By mailing your summer Dungeness crab catch record card,postmarked by Monday, October 1, 2018.
 
WDFW CRC Unit
PO Box 43142
Olympia, WA 98504-3142
 
 
Problems Reporting?
 
Problems logging into the online reporting system should call or email the Licensing Division at:
Phone: (360) 902-2464
 
Any other questions about reporting catch call or email the Catch Record Card (CRC) Unit at:
Phone: (360) 902-2707
 
 
 

WHIDBEY ISLAND BEACH FISHING

posted by Mike on 08/31/2018

The Whidbey Island beach salmon fisheries have not been stellar so far this season. There have been a few fish being caught virtually every day, but hot it's not! This could turn around any day and fishing could be fantastic. 

 

Spoke with Danny at Possession Point Bait Company (360) 579-4704 Wednesday evening to see what was happening at his place. He said that the fishing had been slow, but fish were being caught, On Wednesday there were just 3 fish landed, Tuesday 3, Monday 7 and Sunday produced 9. Not hot fishing by any means but at least there are a few fish being caught. He has lots of minnow herring on hand mixed with a few larger plug cuts if you are in need of bait. 

 

We have lots of beach fishing tackle on hand, with lots of Rotators, Buzz Bombs and float fishing tackle. If you haven't fished the beaches before stop by and we;ll be glad to give you a hand setting up.

 

Remember that the Marine Area 9 beaches are open for Hatchery Coho only with a 2 fish limit. Area 9 will close at the end of September (September 3oth last day). Marine Area 8-2 is open for both Hatchery and Wild Coho with a 2 fish limit. Area 8-2 will be open through September 23rd. Marine Area 8-1 will be open for both Hatchery and Wild Coho with a two fish limit. Area 8-1 will be open through September 30th.

CLAM & OYSTER SEASON FOR NORTH BAY (CASE INLET)

posted by Mike on 08/31/2018

WDFW announces clam and oyster seasons for North Bay (Case Inlet)

Action:  North Bay (Case Inlet) will be open Sept. 1-30 for the harvest of clams and oysters, based on the results from population, harvest and effort assessments.

Harvesting of clams and oysters is restricted to the daylight hours only. No nighttime harvesting will be allowed.

Effective Dates: Sept. 1-30, 2018.

Species affected: All clams and oysters.

Location: North Bay (Case Inlet) on state-owned oyster reserves and contiguous state-owned tidelands south and east of the powerline crossing.

Reason for action: Due to site access limitations, harvest is prohibited during hours of darkness. Harvest is allowed only one hour before official sunrise until one hour after official sunset.

The low tides that are optimal for harvesting oysters and clams do not occur during daylight hours after Sept. 30 through the end of the year.

A redesigned and extended sport season is anticipated for 2019. 

Other information: For more information on tides and harvesting shellfish at North Bay, check WDFW's website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/beaches/280710/.

Information Contact:  Camille Speck, WDFW Port Townsend Office, (360) 302-3030 ext. 313

 

MARINE AREA 1 (ILWACO) OPENS FOR TWO MORE DAYS OF SALMON FISHING

posted by Mike on 08/30/2018

Marine Area 1 to open for 2 more days of salmon fishing during Labor Day weekend

Action: Marine Area 1 will be open Sunday, Sept. 2, and Monday, Sept. 3, for chinook and hatchery coho salmon fishing.

Effective date: Sept. 2 and 3, 2018.

Species affected: Chinook and coho salmon.

Location: Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco).

Reason for action: Sufficient quota is available for two more days of salmon fishing. Only a small amount of coho quota remained after the closure of Area 1 earlier in August; however a transfer of quota by the commercial troll fishery provided enough to reopen the recreational fishery.

Additional information: Daily limit of two salmon, release wild coho. The Columbia River Control Zone (Control Zone 1) is closed.

Marine Area 2 and 3 are open through Sept. 3 with a daily limit of two salmon, release wild coho.

Marine Area 4 remains closed to salmon fishing.

The Columbia River remains closed to chinook retention downstream of the Rocky Point-Tongue Point line, with the exception of the North Jetty, where Marine Area 1 rules apply while Area 1 is open for chinook retention.  Anglers with chinook in their possession may not fish in areas that are closed to chinook retention.

Information contact: Wendy Beeghley, Ocean Salmon Manager, (360) 249-1215.

 

STURGEON FISHERY APPROVED BY WDFW

posted by Mike on 08/29/2018

Sturgeon retention season set in the Columbia River
upstream from Wauna powerlines to Bonneville Dam

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

Effective dates: Saturdays, September 15 and 22, 2018.

Species affected: White sturgeon.

Locations: The Columbia River from the Wauna powerlines to Bonneville Dam and all adjacent Washington tributaries.

Reason for action: Increased legal-size population over the past few years allows 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

 

COHO IN MARINE AREA 8-2

posted by Mike on 08/25/2018

For those of you that have been awaiting the showing of of our ocean run Coho fisheries the time has arrived. We have been seeing a few of these ocean fish being caught in the popular Humpy Hollow area south of Mukilteo this week. Though the numbers caught are not yet outstanding, at least we are seeing some in the catches. Numbers should just continue to increase with each passing day. 

 

Traditionally, the shoreline from the shipwreck northward to Naketa Beach and Mukilteo is a staging area for those Coho migrating to the Snohomish and Stillagumish systems. The peak of this fishery is generally from around the 7th of September through the end of the month. However, remember this area closes on the 23rd of September this year.

 

This area is open for both wild and hatchery Coho and the limit is two. Remember that Area 9 is open for hatchery Coho only, so don't catch a wild Coho in Area 8-2 and decide to go into Area 9 and fish with that fish on board. If you do get checked by WDFW enforcement you will get a ticket.

 

This is just the start of this fishery and it will only get better.

MARINE AREA 11 CLOSING FOR CHINOOK - LAST DAY 25TH AUGUST

posted by Mike on 08/25/2018

Hatchery chinook retention to close in Marine Area 11

Action:  Marine Area 11 (Tacoma-Vashon Island) will close to the retention of hatchery chinook salmon beginning Sunday, August 26.

Effective date: 12 a.m., Aug. 26, 2018.

Species affected: Hatchery chinook salmon.

Location: Marine Area 11 (Tacoma-Vashon Island), excluding year-round docks and piers.

Reason for action:  Preliminary estimates indicate that anglers have harvested over 95 percent of the summer quota through Aug. 23.

Additional information:  Anglers may continue to retain 2 hatchery chinook salmon (excluding year-round docks and piers) through 11:59 pm, Saturday, Aug. 25. Anglers may also continue to retain 1 chinook salmon (wild or hatchery) at the year-round docks and piers listed in the 2018-19 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet. Anglers fishing in the marine area or from the docks/piers may also continue to retain hatchery and wild coho as part of the 2 salmon daily limit.

For more information, anglers should consult the 2018-19 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.

 

STEELHEAD RETENTION TO CLOSE ON A LARGE PORTION OF COLUMBIA RIVER

posted by Mike on 08/24/2018

OLYMPIA – Starting Monday (Aug. 27), anglers must release any steelhead they intercept on a large portion of the Columbia River under a new emergency rule adopted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

The new rule, prompted by a sharp decline in projected returns of upriver summer steelhead, will be in effect until further notice from Buoy 10 at the mouth of the Columbia River to Highway 395 in Pasco.

Ryan Lothrop, Columbia River fishery coordinator for WDFW, said monitoring at Bonneville Dam now indicates that 110,300 upriver steelhead will return to the Columbia this year, down from 182,400 fish projected before the fishing season began.

The new projection is similar to the number of steelhead that returned last year, when fishery managers from Washington and Oregon closed steelhead fishing in the Columbia and many of its tributaries.

Although the new emergency rule does not close fisheries in area tributaries, that may be necessary in the weeks ahead, Lothrop said.

“Many factors are clearly taking a toll on our steelhead populations right now, including difficult ocean conditions,” he said. “We need to do what’s necessary to protect these runs.”

WDFW recently prohibited fishing for salmon or steelhead at night to protect steelhead in the same waters of the Columbia River that will close to all steelhead fishing.

That “night closure” will remain in effect from Buoy 10 to Pasco, and at the Wind River and Drano Lake, two tributaries of the Columbia River.

Lothrop said WDFW will continue to monitor the summer steelhead returns as the season progresses.

The new emergency fishing rule is posted on WDFW’s website at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/.

 

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