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COLUMBIA RIVER SALMON POLICY UPDATE

posted by Mike on 01/16/2017

Commission updates Columbia River salmon policy

VANCOUVER, Wash. – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission today voted to implement the next phase of the state's reform policy on Columbia River salmon management, including updates to provisions for fall chinook salmon.

The updated policy builds on a joint strategy by Washington and Oregon to restructure recreational and commercial salmon fisheries on the Columbia River below Bonneville Dam.

Adopted by the commission in 2013, the policy was designed to promote conservation of salmon and steelhead, prioritize recreational salmon fishing in the lower Columbia River, and transition gillnet fisheries into off-channel areas by Dec. 31, 2016. The policy also calls for increasing hatchery releases in these areas, while expanding commercial fishing opportunities through the use of alternative fishing gear.

The policy included a four-year transition period, with full implementation scheduled for 2017, but also allowed for modifications to the plan. 

The commission, a citizen panel appointed by the governor to set policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), voted to implement most of the key provisions of the current policy but modified the allocation of fall chinook salmon between the recreational and commercial fisheries.

The modification increases the recreational fishery's share of fall chinook from 70 to 75 percent for the next two years, before increasing to 80 percent in 2019. Originally the policy called for the allocation to increase to 80 percent in 2017. The updated policy also would explicitly allow a mainstem commercial gillnet fishery for upriver bright fall chinook upstream from the confluence of the Lewis River in 2017 and 2018, but requires improved fisheries monitoring.

"While we have made a couple changes to the policy for the next two years, we are committed to full implementation, meeting conservation goals and transitioning gillnets into off-channels areas," said Larry Carpenter, vice-chair of the commission.

The commission approved fully implementing the current policy's planned allocation shift for spring chinook, increasing the recreational fishery's share of the stock from 70 to 80 percent beginning this year. The allocation of summer chinook for the recreational fishery also would increase from 70 to 80 percent this year.

In addition, the commission directed staff to move forward with developing and implementing the use of alternative commercial fishing gear by 2019, and aggressively pursue a buyback program for commercial gillnet licenses.

The updated policy, which will be available in the next week on WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/, was approved by a 7 to 2 vote.

BOTTOMFISH CLOSURE CLARIFICATION IN MARINE AREAS 1 - 4

posted by Mike on 01/12/2017

Clarification: This clarifies that Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay are included in a rule change that closed recreational bottomfish fishing in Washington's ocean marine areas on Jan.6.  This also clarifies that surfperch fisheries are excluded from the bottomfish closure.

Sport fishing for bottomfish to close
through March 10 off the Washington coast

Action: Close recreational bottomfishing in Marine Areas 1-3 (including Marine Areas 2-1 and 2-2) and Marine Area 4 (west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line) through March 10, 2017. Reopen the coastal recreational bottomfish fishery the second Saturday in March through the third Saturday in October (March 11 through Oct. 21, 2017). The winter closure does not include surfperch when fishing from the beach.

Effective date: Immediately

Species affected: Bottomfish

Location: Marine Areas 1 through 3, including Marine Areas 2-1 (Willapa Bay) and 2-2 (Grays Harbor), and Marine Area 4 (west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line).

Reason for action: The Pacific Fishery Management Council adopted changes to the recreational bottomfish seasons along the Washington coast as part of its groundfish biennial management cycle for 2017-18. The recreational bottomfish season is currently open year round in coastal marine areas, although rough ocean conditions in winter results in minimal fishing effort from mid-October through mid-March.

This new rule changes the coastal recreational bottomfish season from a year round season to one open from the second Saturday in March through the third Saturday in October. It also aligns the recreational bottomfish season with the recreational lingcod season in Marine Areas 1-3, including Marine Areas 2-1 (Willapa Bay) and 2-2 (Grays Harbor), and preserves recreational fishing opportunity in months when there has been significant participation in the fishery (March-October).

Marine Area 4B, east of the Bonnilla-Tatoosh line, will remain open year round as some recreational fishing does occur in this area during the winter. This rule change is necessary to conform to federal action taken by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).

The winter closure does not include surfperch when fishing from the beach, which will continue to be allowed year round. 

Additional information: Bottomfish includes Pacific cod, Pacific tomcod, Pacific hake (or whiting), walleye pollock, all species of dabs, sole and flounders (except Pacific halibut), lingcod, ratfish, sablefish, cabezon, greenling, buffalo sculpin, great sculpin, red Irish lord, brown Irish lord, Pacific staghorn sculpin, wolfeel, giant wrymouth, plainfin midshipman, all species of shark, skate, rockfish, rattail, and surfperches (all saltwater perch are surfperch) excluding shiner perch.

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

RAZOR CLAM DIGGING AT MOCRORCKS & COPALIS BEACHES JANUARY 13, 14 & 15TH

posted by Mike on 01/12/2017

Razor clam dig starts Friday on 2 ocean beaches

OLYMPIA – State fishery managers have given the OK for the second razor clam dig this month, this one scheduled to begin Jan. 13 at two ocean beaches.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the three-day opening at Copalis and Mocrocks after marine toxin tests confirmed the clams on those beaches are safe to eat.

The best digging typically occurs one to two hours before low tide, said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. Digging is not allowed on any beach before noon.

The long weekend should provide an excellent opportunity for diggers to visit the coast for clamming, Ayres said. However, he noted the razor clam opening does not include the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday.

The upcoming dig is approved on the following beaches, dates and evening low tides:

  • Jan. 13, Friday, 7:17 p.m.; -1.4 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks
  • Jan. 14, Saturday, 7:59 p.m.; -1.0 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks
  • Jan. 15, Sunday, 8:40 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks

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

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2016-17 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW's website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.

Both Long Beach and Twin Harbors are closed to razor clam digging due to elevated levels of domoic acid. A natural toxin produced by certain types of algae, domoic acid can be harmful or even fatal if consumed in sufficient quantities. WDFW will continue to monitor toxin levels at all ocean beaches.

A list of razor clam digs tentatively scheduled through February can be found on WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html.

 

MARINE AREA 9 WILL NOT OPEN TO SALMON FISHING ON JANUARY 16TH, 2017

posted by Mike on 01/09/2017

Marine Area 9 salmon season reopening delayed

 

Action: Marine Area 9 will not reopen on January 16.

Effective Date: January 16, 2017 until further notice.

Species affected: Salmon

Location: Marine Area 9 within Puget Sound, excluding year-round piers.

Reason for action: Preliminary estimates and fishery projections indicate that reopening January 16 would lead to an early closure of Area 9 by reaching the allowable limit of total chinook encounters earlier than the April 15 closure date. Delaying the opening to mid-February or early March will allow the state time to monitor the sub-legal to legal-sized proportion of chinook and determine a reopening date that will give anglers opportunity later into the spring.

Other information: WDFW will continue to evaluate the ratio of legal to sublegal-size chinook to help minimize the risk of anglers encountering sub-legal chinook and maximize fishing opportunity for the mark-selective chinook fishery in Area 9. Edmonds Public Fishing Pier is unaffected by this rule change and specific regulations can be found in the Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet.

Information contact: Ryan Lothrop (360) 902-2808

ICE FISHING OPPORTUNITES ARE GOOD ON THE EASTERN SIDE OF THE STATE

posted by Mike on 01/07/2017

We have been getting some good ice fishing reports for many waters on the eastern side of the state. There are lots of lakes that have been producing good reports or trout, perch, walleye, crappie, bluegill and whitefish though the ice. We have been getting some good reports of trout fishing from Fourth of July, Rock Lake and Hog Canyon Lake in the Spokane area of the state. Perch fishing has been productive on Moses Lake where there is very good ice with most folks saying ther is 10 in +. There have also been a few walleye being caught on Moses. Fish Lake by Lake Wenatchee has been putting out some fair perch and trout fishing. The ice here has not been as good, though OK due to the snow insulating the ice and curtailing better formation. Evergreen Res. has been putting out some fair catches of walleye as well as some panfish.

 

These are just a few of the lakes that we have been getting reports from recently. There are a mulitude of ice fishing opportunities for those willing to drive to the est side.

 

Ted;s has a fair selection of ice gear for those of you that are interested. Stop by!

Tags: Ice Fishing

SPORT FISHING FOR BOTTOMFISH CLOSES OFF WASHINGTON COAST THROUGH MARCH 10TH

posted by Mike on 01/07/2017

Sport fishing for bottomfish closes off Washington coast through March 10

Action: Close recreational bottomfishing in Marine Areas 1-3 and Marine Area 4 (west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line) through March 10, 2017. Reopen the coastal recreational bottomfish fishery the second Saturday in March through the third Saturday in October (March 11 through Oct. 21, 2017).

Effective date: Effective immediately

Species affected: Bottomfish

Location: Marine Areas 1 through 3 and Marine Area 4 (west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line)

Reason for action: The Pacific Fishery Management Council adopted changes to the recreational bottomfish seasons along the Washington coast as part of its groundfish biennial management cycle for 2017-18. The recreational bottomfish season is currently open year round in coastal marine areas, although rough ocean conditions in winter results in minimal fishing effort from mid-October through mid-March.

This new rule changes the coastal recreational bottomfish season from a year round season to one open from the second Saturday in March through the third Saturday in October. It also aligns the recreational bottomfish season with the recreational lingcod season in Marine Areas 1-3, and preserves recreational fishing opportunity in months when there has been significant participation in the fishery (March-October).

Marine Area 4B, east of the Bonnilla-Tatoosh line, will remain open year round as some recreational fishing does occur in this area during the winter. This rule change is necessary to conform to federal action taken by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).

Additional information: Bottomfish species include Pacific cod, Pacific tomcod, Pacific hake (or whiting), walleye pollock, all species of dabs, sole and flounders (except Pacific halibut), lingcod, ratfish, sablefish, cabezon, greenling, buffalo sculpin, great sculpin, red Irish lord, brown Irish lord, Pacific staghorn sculpin, wolf eel, giant wrymouth, plainfin midshipman, all species of shark, skate, rockfish, rattail, and surfperches (all saltwater perch are surfperch) excluding shiner perch.

STEELHEAD LISENCE PLATE IS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE

posted by Mike on 01/07/2017

Steelhead license plate available for purchase

OLYMPIA – Steelhead enthusiasts can now show support for their favorite species by purchasing a vehicle license plate with an image of Washington's iconic state fish.

The steelhead specialty plate went on sale today and revenue generated from plate sales will be used by the Washington Department Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to help support activities critical to conserving populations of native steelhead.

More than 4,000 people expressed interest in buying a steelhead license plate last year when WDFW collected the signatures required to seek legislative approval to offer a new specialty plate. The 2016 Legislature gave the OK to proceed with steelhead license plate sales.

"We can't wait to see steelhead license plates on vehicles across this state," said Kelly Cunningham, deputy assistant director of WDFW's Fish Program. "This is a great way to help fund efforts to conserve steelhead in Washington."

In much of Washington, wild steelhead are listed for protection under the federal Endangered Species Act. WDFW is currently taking several actions to restore those populations to sustainable levels, including measures that guide fisheries management, hatchery operations, monitoring and habitat-restoration programs.

The initial price of special wildlife-themed background plates ranges from $54 to $72 depending on the vehicle, in addition to the regular license fees. More information on how to purchase a steelhead license plate is available on the Washington Department of Licensing website at http://www.dol.wa.gov/vehicleregistration/specialdesign.html

A high resolution image of the steelhead license plate can be found http://wdfw.wa.gov/license_plates/wildlife.html

 

RAZOR CLAM DIG AT KALALOCH APPROVED FOR JANUARY 8 & 9TH 2017

posted by Mike on 01/07/2017

Razor clam dig at Kalaloch approved for Jan. 8-9

OLYMPIA – Clam diggers have a green light to proceed with a razor clam dig Jan. 8 and 9 at Kalaloch beach.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig on evening tides after marine toxin tests showed the clams at Kalaloch are safe to eat. Digging is not allowed on any open beach before noon.

Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for WDFW, noted this is the first razor clam opening at Kalaloch since 2012. Located inside Olympic National Park, the beach hasn't been open the last few years for razor clam digging due a low abundance of clams.

"Diggers can expect to see smaller clams at Kalaloch as compared to other beaches, but we expect most folks will be pleased to have a chance to dig there," Ayres said. "We're looking forward to announcing additional digs at Kalaloch in the coming months."

The upcoming dig at Kalaloch is approved on the following dates and low tides:

  • Jan. 8, 2017, Sunday, 3:11 p.m.; 0.4 feet; Kalaloch
  • Jan. 9, Monday, 4:08 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Kalaloch

Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum noted that diggers should be prepared for Kalaloch's remote location.

"Kalaloch is considerably more isolated than the other clamming beaches, and visitors should be prepared for primitive conditions," she said. "This year's digs are scheduled for daylight hours, but people should still be prepared with flashlights or lanterns for any evening or twilight walks."

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

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2016-17 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW's website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.

More information about razor clamming, as well as a list of proposed digs, can be found on WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html

LAKE SAMMAMISH TROUT FISHING

posted by Mike on 12/31/2016

If you are looking for something to do fishing wise you might want to try the cutthroat fishing in Lake Sammamish. Over the past few weeks we have seen outstanding fishing for fish in the 14 - 17 inch range with an occasional fish pushing the 20 In plus range. Most folks have been trolling the top 20 feet with a variety of different presentations. Many are just keeping it simple and trolling a number 2 or 3 sized Luhr Jensen Neddlefish spoon. Some of the more popular clors have been perch, fire tiger, rainbow trout or plain nickle to immitate the perch fry, stickleback or trout/salmon fry that the cutthroat are praying upon. Small plugs such as Tomic Wee Tads or Rapalas have also been providing good results. Then there are the folks that are stcking with gang trolls with a trailing worm or wedding rings tipped witha worm that are also doing well.

 

This fishery should go on for the next couple of months until the cutts find their way into the streams flowing into the lake where they will spawn.

TIME TO SEND IN THOSE CRAB CATCH RECORD CARDS

posted by Mike on 12/31/2016

Dotn't forget to send in those Winter Crab Catch Record Cards! You don't want to be donating $10.00 to the state when you purchase your license for this next year for failing to have submitted it. You can either drop it off at any of the regional game department offices, send it in to Olympia or do it via your computer. You have the month of January to do such.

PORTIONS OF THE SKYKOMISH & WALLACE RIVERS ARE CLOSING TO ALL FISHING

posted by Mike on 12/29/2016

Skykomish near Reiter Ponds and Wallace River to close to fishing

Action: Close part of Wallace and Skykomish rivers to fishing.

Effective date: Fishing to close at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 30, 2016 through Feb. 15, 2017.

Species affected: All species.

Locations:

  • Wallace River: From the railroad trestle (downstream of Hwy 2 bridge) to 200 feet upstream of water intake at Wallace hatchery.
  • Skykomish River at Reiter Ponds: From 1,500 feet upstream to 1,000 feet downstream of Reiter Ponds outlet.

Reasons for action: The return of hatchery winter steelhead to Wallace and Reiter hatcheries for broodstock purposes are well below required numbers. The closures are necessary to protect adult hatchery fish holding near these WDFW hatchery facilities until they can be trapped to meet broodstock needs.

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

NOOKSACK RIVER CLOSES TO FISHING - EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1ST 2017

posted by Mike on 12/28/2016

Nooksack River Closes To Fishing

Action: Close the Nooksack River and all forks to fishing.

Species affected:  All species.

Locations and effective dates:

This closure is in effect beginning Jan. 1, 2017, until further notice in the following locations:

  • The Nooksack River, from the mouth to the confluence of the North and South Forks.
  • The North Fork Nooksack, from the mouth to Nooksack Falls.
  • The Middle Fork Nooksack, from the mouth to city of Bellingham diversion dam.
  • The South Fork Nooksack, from the mouth to Skookum Creek.

Reasons for action: The Kendall Creek Hatchery is expecting a very low return of hatchery winter steelhead this year as there were no hatchery releases of smolt in 2014 or 2015. 

Other information: Salmon fisheries and gamefish fisheries will remain open as describe as listed in the Sport fishing Rules 2016/2017 pamphlet, until Jan. 1, 2017.

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

TED'S NEW STORE HOURS FOR THE WINTER

posted by Mike on 12/27/2016

Ted's will be cutting our hours effective January 1st as business has slowed due to the lack of angling opportunities. We will take a look at things come April 1st. Here's our new hours!

 

Monday through Saturday 9:00am - 6:00pm

Sunday - Closed

 

Mike

 

SKYKOMISH & WALLACE RIVER STEELHEAD

posted by Mike on 12/23/2016

We fially had some good reports coming in from both the Skykomish and Wallace Rivers today. We had a couple of guys in that both caught limits on the Wallace of nice bright Winter run steelhead. A few minutes latter I spoke with another angler that was up at Reiter and saw good numbers of fish being caught. He managed to hook five himself. With the bleak steelhead season that we have seen so far this season it's nice to see at least a day that is not too bad.

BRUTUS MAX TORQUE by ACE LINE HAULER

posted by Mike on 12/22/2016

If you are a shrimper or crabber then you would be interested in the new and improved version of the Brutus Ace Line Hauler. The Brutus Max Torque has the following improvements:

 

33% more pulling power

new quad brushes for superior 12 volt pulling power specially designed for pulling your shrimp, prawn, crab and lobster pots

unit weighs 21lbs and stores away easily with optional carrying case

compatable with Scotty or Cannon downrigger systems

draws only 11 - 35amps of power depending upon load

hauler accepts 1/4 - 3/8 inch line sizes

hands free operation with purchase of the optional Bulldog accessory

easy to follow installation and operating instructions included

 

We have a "Holiday Special" buy your unit for $549.99 and receive a Bulldog and a carrying case for "Free".

 

ICE FISHING AT MOSES LAKE

posted by Mike on 12/22/2016

Spoke with my good friend Mick Blaine who lives on Moses Lake to find out whats going on. He says there are lots of folks ice fishing perch around the I 90 bridge. The weather looks good for the ice just to continue to thicken up over this next week.

We have a good supply of ice fishing gear for those that want to try the hard water fishing.

TENTATIVE RAZOR CLAM DIGS THROUGH FEBRUARY 2017

posted by Mike on 12/20/2016

WDFW tentatively schedules razor clam digs through February

OLYMPIA – State shellfish managers have tentatively scheduled evening razor clam digs through February on three ocean beaches.

Final approval of all scheduled openings at Copalis, Mocrocks and Kalaloch beaches 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. 

"We know people are anxious to make plans to go razor clamming in 2017," Ayres said. "We've planned openings for 19 days in January and February, but we can't give final approval until tests show we can open those beaches to digging."

WDFW will announce next week whether a previously announced two-day opening at Copalis and Mocrocks can proceed. The proposed dig is scheduled for Dec. 30 and 31 at both beaches. More information can be found on the department's webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html

Both Twin Harbors and Long Beach remain closed to razor clam digging.

For the first time since 2012, Kalaloch Beach is tentatively scheduled to open – on Jan. 8 and 9 – for digging. Located inside Olympic National Park, the beach hasn't been open the last few years for razor clam digging due a low abundance of clams. WDFW and park officials say the population is robust enough for digs in 2017. Additional digs at Kalaloch will be announced in the coming months.

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

  • Jan. 8, Sunday, 3:11 p.m.; 0.4 feet; Kalaloch
  • Jan. 9, Monday, 4:08 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Kalaloch
  • Jan. 13, Friday, 7:17 p.m.; -1.4 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks
  • Jan. 14, Saturday, 7:59 p.m.; -1.0 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks
  • Jan. 15, Sunday, 8:40 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks
  • Jan. 27, Friday, 6:26 p.m.; -0.5 feet; Copalis
  • Jan. 28, Saturday, 7:01 p.m.; -0.6 feet; Copalis
  • Jan. 29, Sunday, 7:37 p.m.; -0.5 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks
  • Jan. 30, Monday, 8:13 p.m.; -0.3 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks
  • Jan. 31, Tuesday, 8:50 p.m.; 0.2 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks
  • Feb. 7, Tuesday, 3:53 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks
  • Feb. 8, Wednesday, 4:46 p.m.; -0.6 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks
  • Feb. 9, Thursday, 5:33 p.m.; -0.9 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks
  • Feb. 10, Friday, 6:16 p.m.; -1.0 feet; Mocrocks
  • Feb. 11, Saturday, 6:57 p.m.; -0.8 feet; Mocrocks
  • Feb. 12, Sunday, 7:34 p.m.; -0.5 feet; Mocrocks
  • Feb. 24, Friday, 5:21 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks
  • Feb. 25, Saturday, 5:58 p.m.; -0.3 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks
  • Feb. 26, Sunday, 6:34 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks

Elevated levels of domoic acid, a natural toxin produced by certain types of algae, have disrupted razor clam digs on Washington's ocean beaches over the past 18 months. Razor clams at both Twin Harbors and Long Beach exceed public health standards for marine toxins. For that reason, neither beach will open for the remainder of 2016, Ayres said.

"We're continuing to monitor domoic acid levels at all our ocean beaches," Ayres said. "As soon as testing indicates the clams at Long Beach or Twin Harbors are safe to eat, we'll announce digs there."

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

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2016-17 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW's website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.

More information about razor clams can be found on WDFW's webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/.

NO PORT ANGELES HALIBUT DERBY THIS YEAR

posted by Mike on 12/19/2016

Due to the continued decline of the number of days which are given to the sport anglers to Halibut fish each year the Port Angeles Salmon Club has made a decision not to hold this popular event. It has been determined that we will be given just three days of sport halibut fishing this season. With just three days the club felt that there was no way that they could put the derby together and decided to forgo the derby this year. I am sure there will be many disappointed folks this year

OLYMPIC PENINSULA SALMON DERBY - FEBRUARY 16th, 17th & 18th February 2017

posted by Mike on 12/19/2016

This is one of the most popular winter salmon derbies held in the state. The derby being a three day event will see at least one day of decent water. This has been called the "Iron Man" of salmon derbies due to the inclement conditions under which we fish. However, it does have quite a following of hard core blackmouth anglers.

 

Tickets once again will be $40.00 for all three days of the event. Everyone in the boat must have a derby ticket.

 

First prize is $10,000.00, second is $2,000.00, third is $1,000.00 and there are four $500.00 "Mystery Fish" prizes. There are also a multitude of merchandise prizes.

 

Ted's has tickets on hand at present. I will post more information as the derby approaches. You can also get more informaion on their website at www.GardinerSalmonDerby.org.

RAZOR CLAM DIG OK'D FOR THE 10TH & 11TH OF DECEMBER

posted by Mike on 12/07/2016

WDFW approves razor clam dig beginning Dec. 10 at Copalis and Mocrocks

OLYMPIA – Shellfish managers have given the OK for two days of razor clam digging at Copalis and Mocrocks beaches beginning Saturday, Dec. 10.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the opening on the two beaches after marine toxin tests confirmed the clams on those beaches are safe to eat. No digging is allowed at any beach before noon.

Low tides on both days of the opening take place in the afternoon, making it possible for diggers to harvest clams in the daylight for a change, said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager.

"This opening is also the last chance diggers will have to fill their buckets before the Christmas holiday," Ayres said.

The upcoming dig is approved on the following beaches, dates and evening low tides:

  • Dec. 10, Saturday, 3:28 p.m.; 0.5 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks
  • Dec. 11, Sunday, 4:21 p.m.; -0.5 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks

Both Long Beach and Twin Harbors are closed to razor clam digging due to elevated levels of domoic acid. A natural toxin produced by certain types of algae, domoic acid can be harmful or even fatal if consumed in sufficient quantities.

"It's disappointing that we aren't able to open Long Beach or Twin Harbors," Ayres said. "We'll continue to monitor toxin levels at all ocean beaches and hope to offer more digging opportunities in the future."

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

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2016-17 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW's website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.

More information about razor clams can be found on WDFW's webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/

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