posted by Mike on 05/24/2016
Spring chinook fishing extension split
between May, June on lower Columbia
OLYMPIA – Anglers fishing the lower Columbia River can catch and keep spring chinook salmon for four more days in May – including Memorial Day weekend – and up to 13 days in June under an agreement reached today by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon.
Under that agreement, the fishery below Bonneville Dam will reopen May 27-30, close for three days, then reopen June 3-15, or until the annual harvest guideline is met.
Ron Roler, Columbia River policy advisor for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), said the final days of this year's spring chinook season were designed to stretch the fishery until mid-June, when the summer salmon season gets under way.
"A lot of anglers have asked that we structure the spring chinook season so that it dovetails with the summer fishing season, beginning June 16," Roler said. "The fishing schedule approved today offers a good chance of reaching that goal."
This year's fishing season is based on a projected return of 180,000 upriver adult spring chinook and an annual catch guideline of 10,370 fish below Bonneville Dam.
As before, the fishery will be open from the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line upriver to Beacon Rock for boat anglers, with bank fishing allowed up to the deadline below the dam.
Anglers are limited to one adult hatchery chinook salmon as part of their daily limit of two adult fish. Fishing for hatchery steelhead will also be open concurrent with the salmon fishery.
Any chinook or steelhead with an intact adipose fin must be released unharmed. All sockeye salmon incepted before June 16 must also be released.
Under existing rules, anglers may retain hatchery steelhead and hatchery chinook jacks May 31 through June 2 when the mainstem Columbia from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to the I-5 Bridge is closed for adult chinook retention. Shad fishing is open above and below Bonneville Dam.
Fishery managers now anticipate a return of 180,000 upriver spring chinook to the Columbia River this year, down from 188,800 projected prior to the season.
Salmon and steelhead fishing remains closed above Bonneville Dam but reopens for the summer chinook season June 16 in waters above and below the dam under rules outlined in the Washington Sport Fishing rules pamphlet (http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/).
posted by Mike on 05/23/2016
LAKE CHELAN AREA FISHING REPORT FOR 5/22/16
What just “keeps on keeping on” is trolling in the early morning above the Yacht Club on Lake Chelan for Mackinaw. The Lower Lake Kokanee bite has really kicked in too. Finally, the Cutthroat trout fishing from the shoreline on Lake Chelan is still going strong.
On Chelan, fish Colyar Ledge above the Yacht Club for quality Lakers along the 190 to 210 foot bench. Troll at speeds of 1 to 1.3 mph as close to the bottom as you can without snagging. Jeff’s Drift Rig with a Mack’s Lures smile blade in Glow and baited with a triangle of Northern Pikeminnow has been the “go to” presentation. Silver Horde Kingfisher Lite spoons in Chartreuse double glow Splatterback are a great low drag option for the outrigger rods.
The Kokanee fishing has been spectacular in the lower basin fishing Mack’s Lures 0000 Double “D” dodgers trailed by a Kokanee Pro Wedding Ring baited with Pautzke’s Fire Corn.
Fishing from the bank and docks on Lake Chelan for Cutthroat Trout with slip sinker rigs is still smoking hot right now. Use Pautzke’s Fire Bait in American Wildfire on a 30” leader to get these mostly 11 to 16 inch fish. They are also easily caught trailing a flatline flatfish as a cheater rod while trolling for Lakers and Kokanee.
Your fishing tip of the week is to keep that piece of Pikeminnow shorter than the tip of the trail hook. You don’t want it to keep a fish from hooking itself on your trailer.
The kid’s tip of the week bears repeating. It is to get them ready for Lake Chelan’s late spring / early summer shore bonanza. Rainbow Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Smallmouth Bass and Northern Pikeminnow are all available in the next month from docks and other public access points on Lake Chelan. This can provide some fast action for kids with a short attention span.
Your safety tip of the week is to strap on your patience for this next week with all the tourists that will be launching and retrieving at Mill Bay. Be kind and plan on more time at the launch between 10AM and 6PM over the weekend!
posted by Mike on 05/23/2016
The Port Angeles Halibut Derby will be held this weekend on Saturday,28th & Sunday, 29th of May 2016. Tickets are $40.00 per person and lets you fish both days of the derby. There are $20,000.00 in cash prizes ranging from $5,000.00 for first prize down to $135.00 for the 35th. There are lots of additional merchandise prizes!
Stop by and pick up your tickets! We will be selling them until we close at 7:00 pm Friday.
Ted's has lots of halibut gear in stock as well as a great assortment of bait!
posted by Mike on 05/20/2016
Halibut fishing re-opens in Marine Areas 3 and 4 on May 28; Westport northern nearshore area will close on May 21
Action: Recreational halibut fishing in Marine Area 3 (La Push) and Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay) will re-open for one additional fishing day. Closes the northern nearshore area in Marine Area 2 (Westport).
Effective date: Marine areas 3 and 4: Open May 28, 2016.
Marine Area 2: Closed effective May 21, 2016.
Species affected: Pacific halibut
Location: Marine Areas 2, 3 and 4
Reason for action: There is sufficient quota remaining in Marine areas 3 and 4 to open the recreational halibut fishery for another day. The recreational halibut quota for the northern nearshore area in Marine Area 2 has reached the Pacific halibut quota reserved for this area; there is not enough quota pounds available to open this area for an additional fishing day. This rule conforms to federal action taken by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC).
Additional Information: Recreational halibut fishing remains open in other coastal and Puget Sound areas.
Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco): Open 4 days/week (Thursday-Sunday) in all depth areas, and the Neashore area is open on days when the all depth halibut fishery is closed (Mon-Wed) until the subarea quota is taken.
Marine areas 5-10 (Puget Sound): Open May 26 through 29, Thursday through Sunday.
Information contact: Heather Reed, (360) 249-4628, ext. 202.
posted by Mike on 05/18/2016
Spring chinook fishery reopens May 20-22
below Bonneville Dam
OLYMPIA – Anglers can catch and keep spring chinook salmon May 20-22 on a section of the lower Columbia River under a three-day extension approved today by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon.
Although the latest projection of returning upriver spring chinook is down slightly from the preseason forecast, representatives from both states agreed it is still strong enough to allow at least one more opening – and perhaps more – in the lower river this year.
More than 2,300 upriver fish are still available for harvest under the current catch guideline, said Ron Roler, Columbia River policy advisor for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
"We're hoping to reopen the fishery again prior to Memorial Day, but that will depend on the count of upriver fish passing Bonneville Dam," Roler said.
This week's three-day extension will reopen the spring chinook fishery from the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line upriver to Beacon Rock for boat anglers, with bank fishing allowed up to the deadline below the dam. Anglers are limited to one adult hatchery chinook salmon as part of their daily limit of two adult fish.
Under permanent rules, anglers may retain hatchery steelhead and hatchery chinook jacks through June 15 from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to the I-5 Bridge. Shad fishing is open up to Bonneville Dam and beyond
Fishery managers now anticipate a return of 180,000 upriver spring chinook to the Columbia River this year, down from 188,800 projected prior to the season.
Salmon and steelhead fishing remains closed until further notice above Bonneville Dam but reopens for the summer chinook season June 16 in waters above and below the dam under rules outlined in the Washington Sport Fishing rules pamphlet (http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/).
posted by Mike on 05/16/2016
So far the kokanee fishing has been very good at Lake Stevens this season and should make for great fishing for the Derby this Saturday. We have been seeing lots of fish in the 13-15 inch range with an odd fish to 18. Make sure to stop by and purchase your derby ticket. We will have them for sale until we close at 7:00pm Friday, 20th of May.
Make sure to take the kids, as this is a fun family event!
posted by Mike on 05/16/2016
Action: Opens Razor clam season
Effective date: 12:01 a.m. May 20 through 11:59 a.m. May 22, 2016.
Digging is only allowed from: 12:01 a.m. through 11:59 a.m. each day.
Species affected: Razor clams
The specific low tides for this opener:
May 20, Friday, 6: 37 a.m.; -0.3 feet; Mocrocks, Copalis
May 21, Saturday, 7: 12 a.m.; -0.6 feet; Mocrocks, Copalis
May 22, Sunday, 7: 47 a.m.; -0.8 feet; Mocrocks
Copalis Beach, which extends from the Grays Harbor north jetty to the Copalis River,and includes Ocean Shores, Oyhut, Ocean City and Copalis areas.
Mocrocks Beach, which extends from the Copalis River to the southern boundary of the Quinault Reservation near the Moclips River, including Iron Springs, Roosevelt Beach, Pacific Beach and Moclips.
Reason for action: Harvestable numbers of razor clams are available.
Information contact: Dan Ayres (360) 249-4628, Region 6 Montesano
posted by Mike on 05/13/2016
Icicle River opens for hatchery chinook fishing
Action: Opens Icicle River for hatchery chinook salmon.
Effective dates: May 16, 2016, until further notice.
Species affected: Hatchery spring chinook salmon.
Locations: Icicle River (Chelan County).
1) From the closure signs located 800 feet upstream of the mouth to 500 feet downstream of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Barrier Dam.
2) From the closure signs located upstream of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery where Cyo Road would intersect the Icicle River at the Sleeping Lady Resort (RM 4.0) to the Icicle Peshastin Irrigation District footbridge approx. 750' upstream of the Snow Lakes trailhead parking area (RM 5.7).
Daily limit: Two hatchery chinook (adult or jack) minimum size 12 inches. Note: Anglers are reminded that under statewide regulations they may only retain one daily limit of salmon regardless of the number of waters they fish in.
GENERAL RULES: Mandatory retention of hatchery spring chinook. Hatchery spring chinook are identified by a missing adipose fin with a healed scar in its location.
Adipose present spring chinook must be released unharmed and cannot be removed from the water prior to release.
Night closure is in effect.
No gear restriction except two pole endorsement does not apply to this fishery.
Release all spring chinook with one or more round 1/4 inch diameter holes punched in the caudal (tail) fin.
Motorized vessels are not allowed on the Icicle River (Chelan County ordinance 7.20.190 Motorboat restrictions).
Reason for action: In-season run analysis has predicted that about 3,000 salmon are currently enroute to the Icicle River. Although upper Columbia River spring chinook have been listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the salmon returning to the Icicle River are a non-endemic stock returning to Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery, and are not listed under the ESA. About 1,600 salmon are needed to meet hatchery broodstock requirements. The 2016 return ensures that the hatchery will meet its escapement needs; the remaining fish will be available for harvest.
Other Information: Anglers should be aware that fishing rules are subject to change and that the river can close at any time if hatchery broodstock requirements are not being met.
Anglers are required to possess a Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement as part of their valid fishing license. Revenue from the endorsement supports salmon or steelhead seasons on many rivers in the Columbia River system, including enforcing fishery regulations and monitoring the upper Columbia River spring chinook fisheries. The endorsement has generated more than $1 million annually for WDFW to maintain and increase fishing opportunities throughout the Columbia River basin.
Check the fishing hotline at 360-902-2500 or the webpage at https: //fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/. Information contact: Travis Maitland, District 7 Fish Biologist, (509) 665-3337, Jeff Korth, Region 2 Fish Program Manager, (509) 754-4624 ext. 224.
posted by Mike on 05/12/2016
Anglers will get 3 more days to catch spring
chinook below and above Bonneville Dam
OLYMPIA – The sportfishing season for spring chinook salmon on the Columbia River will reopen for three days beginning later this week under an agreement reached yesterday by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon.
Anglers can fish Friday, May 13, through Sunday, May 15, from the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line upriver to the Washington/Oregon state line. Boat anglers, however, aren’t allowed to fish between Beacon Rock and Bonneville Dam.
The fishing area above Bonneville Dam extends from the Tower Island power lines upriver to the Washington/Oregon state line, 17 miles above McNary Dam. Bank anglers can also fish the shorelines between Bonneville Dam and the power lines.
During this three-day opening, fish managers are implementing a closure at the mouth of the Lewis River to protect Lewis River spring chinook, said Ron Roler, a fishery manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). Details on that closed area can be found on WDFW’s webpage at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/erule.jsp?id=1805.
Anglers can catch and keep one adult hatchery chinook salmon as part of their daily limit of two adult fish. Only hatchery fish marked with a clipped adipose fin may be retained. Fishing for hatchery steelhead and shad will also be open.
Roler said representatives of the two states will meet again early next week to determine whether to allow any additional days of fishing.
That decision will be based on periodic updates of the number of spring chinook crossing Bonneville Dam, he said.
“We’re taking this a couple of days at a time,” Roler said. “We want to give anglers as many days on the water as we can without exceeding the catch guidelines.”
All catch projections remain below wild chinook conservation limits established under the federal Endangered Species Act, he said.
“Catch guidelines change along with the latest run forecast, and we expect to have another run-size update next week," Roler said.
posted by Mike on 05/10/2016
Hatchery spring chinook daily limit increased at Drano Lake
Action: Drano Lake anglers may retain up to 4 adult spring chinook salmon.
Effective dates: May 15 through June 30, 2016
Species affected: Salmon and steelhead
Location: Downstream of markers on point of land downstream and across from Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery and upstream of the Hwy. 14 Bridge.
Reason for action: Hatchery returns have been strong to date. The hatchery brood stock goal has been met and surplus hatchery fish are available for harvest.
Other information: The salmon/steelhead daily limit is 4 fish of which no more than 2 may be hatchery steelhead. Salmon minimum size is 12 inches. Release wild steelhead and wild chinook.
Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement is required. Anglers may fish for salmon and steelhead with two poles with a Two Pole Endorsement. Also, each angler aboard a vessel may deploy salmon/steelhead angling gear until the salmon/steelhead limit for all anglers aboard has been achieved. Barbed hooks may be used.
Drano Lake is closed to all fishing on Wednesdays through June. In addition, the area west of a line projected from the easternmost pillar of the Hwy. 14 Bridge to a posted marker on the north shore is only open to bank-fishing.
Information contact: (360) 696-6211. For latest information, press *1010.
posted by Mike on 05/05/2016
May 5, 2016
Additional Puget Sound-area freshwater fisheries closed
Action: Close most anadromous waters in Puget Sound to all fishing.
Effective dates: Immediately
Species affected: All fish species.
Nisqually River (Pierce Co.) From Mouth To The Military Tank Crossing Bridge (Located One Mile Upstream Of Mouth Of Muck Creek)
Nisqually River (Pierce Co.) From The Military Tank Crossing Bridge (Located One Mile Upstream Of Mouth Of Muck Creek, River Mile 12) To 400' Below Lagrande Powerhouse
Black Lake Ditch (Thurston Co.) From The Confluence With Percival Creek Upstream To Black Lake
Percival Creek (Thurston Co.)
Woodard Creek (Thurston Co.)
Woodland Creek (Thurston Co.)
Beaver Creek (Pierce Co.)
Boise Creek (King Co.) From Hwy. 410 Crossing Upstream
Burley Creek (Kitsap Co.)
Carbon River (Pierce Co.) From Mouth To Voight Creek
Carbon River (Pierce Co.) From Voight Creek To Hwy. 162 Bridge
Cayada Creek (Pierce Co.)
Chambers Creek (Pierce Co.) From Mouth (Burlington-Northern Rr Bridge) To Markers 400' Below The Boise-Cascade Dam
Chambers Creek (Pierce Co.) From Boise-Cascade Dam To Steilacoom Lake
Clarks Creek (Pierce Co.) From Mouth To 12Th Ave. Sw
Clear Creek (Kitsap Co.)
Clearwater River (Pierce Co.)
Coulter Creek (Mason/Kitsap Co.)
Cresent Creek (Pierce Co.)
Dogfish Creek (Kitsap Co.)
Eglong Creek (Kitsap Co.)
Evans Creek (Pierce Co.) From Carbon River-Fairfax Rd. Upstream
Fiske Creek (Pierce Co.) From Fiske Rd. East Upstream
Fox Creek (Pierce Co.) From Fiske Rd. East Upstream
Gale Creek (Pierce Co.)
Gamble Creek (Kitsap Co.)
Greenwater River (King/Pierce Co.) From Mouth To Greenwater Lakes
Greenwater River (King/Pierce Co.) From Greenwater Lakes Upstream
Grovers Creek (Kitsap Co.)
Hylebos Creek (Pierce Co.)
Illahee Creek (Kitsap Co.)
Kings Creek (Pierce Co.)
Kitsap Creek (Kitsap Co.)
Little Scandia Creek (Kitsap Co.)
Lyle Creek (Clearwater River Tributary) (Pierce Co.)
New Pond Creek (Pierce Co.)
Ohop Creek (Pierce Co.)
Olalla Creek (Kitsap Co.)
Pyramid Creek (King Co.) From Forest Service Rd. 7000 Upstream
Rocky Creek (Pierce/Kitsap Co.)
Salmonberry Creek (Kitsap Co.)
South Prairie Creek (Pierce Co.) From City Of Buckley Diversion Dam (River Mile 15) Upstream
Tanwax Creek (Pierce/Thurston Co.)
Voight Creek (Pierce Co.) From Falls Under Power Line Upstream
White (Stuck) River (Pierce Co.) From Mouth To R St. Bridge In Auburn
White (Stuck) River (Pierce Co.) From R St. Bridge To Hwy. 410 Bridge At Buckley
White (Stuck) River (Pierce Co.) From Weyerhaeuser 6000 Rd. Bridge (Bridge Camp) Upstream
Wilkeson Creek (Pierce Co.) From Confluence With Gale Creek Upstream
Puyallup River (Pierce Co.) From 11Th St. Bridge To Freeman Rd.
Puyallup River (Pierce Co.) From Freeman Rd. To East Main Ave. Bridge
Puyallup River (Pierce Co.) From East Main Ave. Bridge To Carbon River
Puyallup River (Pierce Co.) From Carbon River Upstream
Kennedy Creek (Mason/Thurston Co.) From Mouth (500 Yards East Of The Northbound Hwy. 101 Bridge) To Northbound Hwy. 101 Bridge
Kennedy Creek (Mason/Thurston Co.) From Hwy. 101 Bridge Upstream To 400' Below Kennedy Creek Falls (Rm 2.3)
Kennedy Creek (Mason/Thurston Co.) From Falls Upstream And All Tributaries
Mclane Creek (Thurston Co.) From Mouth (A Line 100' Upstream Of And Parallel To The South Bridge On Hwy. 101) Upstream
Perry Creek (Thurston Co.) From Mouth To Falls
Schneider Creek (Thurston Co.)
Reason for action: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is working to secure the federal permit required to hold salmon fisheries in Puget Sound. Typically, the state and tribes jointly obtain the federal permit for the Sound, where some fish stocks are protected under the federal Endangered Species Act. The current permit expired April 30. Additional Information: If a permit is obtained from NOAA, fisheries will reopen where permitted. Information contact: Region 6 360-249-4628 ext. 0
Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.
posted by Mike on 05/05/2016
Looking for tickets for the 16th Annual Port Angeles Halibut Derby coming up on May 28th & 29th? We have them! Tickets are $40.00 per person for both days of the derby.
posted by Mike on 05/05/2016
Everyone has been awaiting this season's halibut season here in Puget Sound. Though just a brief 8 days this season it will be an intense fishery on the days it will be open. This season we have a quota of 57,393 pounds to be taken in Marine Areas 5 - 10. It will be open the following days:
Ted's has everything you will be needing for you halibut fishing needs. We have a good supply of large Black & Purple Herring.
posted by Mike on 05/05/2016
Don't forget this Kids Fishing Event this Saturday, May 7th from 8:00AM - 11:00AM at Jennings Park in Marysville. It is a free event that is for youngsters from 5-12 years of age. This would be a great thing to do with the kids for the morning. Don't forget to bring a few cans of food to donate to the local food bank.
posted by Mike on 05/05/2016
LAKE CHELAN AREA FISHING REPORT FOR 5/1/15
What continues hot is trolling near the Yacht Club on Lake Chelan for numbers of Lake Trout. Also hot is the Manson Bay bite for Lake Trout. The Kokanee bite continues spotty during this reporting period except for the early morning bite. Finally, Wapato Lake has been pumping out some respectable Rainbow Trout.
On Chelan, Lake Trout bit trolled presentations above the Yacht Club that were pulled at about 1.1mph very close to the bottom in water that was 180 to 240 feet deep. This has been especially good during the first couple hours of light. Jeff’s Drift’s baited with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow was the best producer. Later in the morning the face of Manson Bay has produced well with the same presentation at the same depths.
The Kokanee bite continues somewhat slower than it’s peak but some are being caught in the trench, along the face of Mill Bay, up at the Yacht Club and over by the Monument. The best bite is at first light.
My spies report that Wapato Lake continues strong after the opener for quality 14” to 16” ‘bows. Both trolling and still fishing have been productive. The cutthroat bite on Chelan has been especially productive in the Mill Bay area.
Your fishing tip of the week is to keep in mind a couple simple items to improve your fishing success on Lake Chelan. First, for our deepwater trolling replace those pinch pad downrigger releases with Sam’s Pro Releases from Silver Horde. They are simple, effective and prevent false releases. Second, try sickle hooks by Matzuo. Their shape seems to keep fish buttoned up, and their somewhat softer construction allows you to straighten them on snags to avoid losing entire rigs.
The kid’s tip of the week is to get them involved in the process. Don’t just tie your leaders. Teach them and have them tie one up. Compliment them in front of others when they do a good job. Have them reel in to check your baits. The busier they are, the happier they will be. Boredom sets in early for the younger set that is conditioned to constant stimulation.
The safety tip of the week is basic launch and retrieval etiquette. If you need to rig your boat after arrival before you launch, pull into a parking spot and rig. Don’t rig your boat blocking launch lanes. If you are having difficulty launching or retrieving, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Most experienced boaters are more than willing to help if they know you need assistance.
DARRELL & DAD’S FAMILY GUIDE SERVICE
posted by Mike on 05/03/2016
Ling cod season started this past Saturday May 1st here in Puget Sound. Reports have been a little on the slow side for the greatest numbers of angles that we have spoken to, though many have done quite well! We have until June 15th to chase these delictable table fare fish. Here in our section of Puget Sound there is not a great deal of ideal ling cod habitat and one has to be very concise and focus your fishing attention on the structure that holds these fish. In looking for good ling cod spots focus your attention upon areas that have good rocky habitat. If you have rocky habitat and vertical structure all the better! Look for the artifical reefs that have been put in place over the years. Don't overlook the kelp beds of the shallower 15 - 45 foot of water as the keep adhears to the rocky bottom and the kelp provides a good canopy of cover for the lings. Don't overlook small patches of rocky habitat as it is amazing how many lings can call a few bolders home.
There are lots of techniques for fishing ling and all of them are productive. The most popular is to fish a small live fish like a sole, sculpin, shiner perch or greenling. Ling cod find a live bait virtually irresistable. Lead head jigs with a 6 -8 inch grub tail, double tailed scampee or swim bait are good choices. Lead minnows are not to be overlooked either; such as a Point Wilson Dart, Megabait etc. . You can also fish a large herring in a blue or purple sized bait on a heavy mooching leader.
Make sure to fish within a few feet of the bottom. You have to put your bait or lure where they live!
posted by Mike on 05/03/2016
OLYMPIA – State shellfish managers have added four days of razor clam digging at Mocrocks to a previously scheduled opening at Long Beach to offer a full week of digging starting May 6.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the digs at Long Beach and Mocrocks after marine toxin tests showed the clams on those beaches are safe to eat.
The department added dates at Mocrocks after evaluating harvest levels and determining there are still clams available for digging, said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager.
The upcoming dig is scheduled on the following dates, beaches, and low tides:
- May 6, Friday, 6:51 a.m.; -1.5 feet; Long Beach
- May 7, Saturday, 7:39 a.m.; -2.0 feet; Long Beach
- May 8, Sunday, 8:26 a.m.; -2.1 feet; Long Beach
- May 9, Monday, 9:14 a.m.; -1.9 feet; Mocrocks
- May 10, Tuesday, 10:03 a.m.; -1.5 feet; Mocrocks
- May 11, Wednesday, 10:55 a.m.; -0.9 feet; Mocrocks
- May 12, Thursday, 11:49 a.m.; -0.3 feet; Mocrocks
Ayres recommends that diggers arrive at the beaches an hour or two before low tide for best results. However, digging is not allowed on any beach after noon with the exception of Mocrocks on May 12, when digging will be allowed for an extra hour, until 1 p.m., due to the later low tide, Ayres said.
Under state law, diggers are required to keep the first 15 clams 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.
WDFW also is proposing three days of digging at Mocrocks and two days at Copalis later in the month. These will be the final days of digging on those two beaches this season, Ayres said. The department will announce whether the digs can proceed, pending the results of marine toxin tests, about a week before the digs are scheduled to start.
Below is a list of proposed digs, along with low tides and beaches:
- May 20, Friday, 6:37 a.m.; -0.3 feet; Mocrocks, Copalis
- May 21, Saturday, 7:12 a.m.; -0.6 feet; Mocrocks, Copalis
- May 22, Sunday, 7:47 a.m.; -0.8 feet; Mocrocks
During all upcoming digs, state wildlife managers urge clam diggers to avoid disturbing snowy plovers and streaked horned larks by observing posted vehicle speed limits and avoiding nest sites. Both species nest in the soft, dry sand at Leadbetter Point on the Long Beach Peninsula.
The snowy plover is a small bird with gray wings and a white breast. The lark is a small bird with a pale yellow breast and brown back. Male larks have a black mask, breast band and “horns.” Both species are listed as “endangered” in the state and as “threatened” under the federal Endangered Species Act.
posted by Mike on 04/30/2016
Several Puget Sound-area marine,
freshwater fisheries to close May 1
OLYMPIA – Five lakes and the lower sections of most rivers that flow into Puget Sound will close to all fishing beginning Sunday, May 1, when salmon and steelhead fishing also closes in the Sound.
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) officials said today they are closing state fisheries in waters where salmon migrate while they work to secure the federal permit required to hold salmon fisheries in Puget Sound. Typically, the state and tribes jointly obtain the federal permit for the Sound, where some fish stocks are protected under the federal Endangered Species Act. The current permit expires April 30.
However, many fishing opportunities remain available in and around Puget Sound. WDFW has posted a list of rivers and sections of rivers that are open to fishing on its webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/pugetsound_salmon_update. That page also has a list of Puget Sound area lakes that are closed to all fishing.
“Since we didn’t reach an agreement with treaty tribal co-managers on this year’s Puget Sound salmon fisheries, we have to close fishing in areas where we know salmon will be,” said Ron Warren, head of WDFW’s Fish Program.
For the next few months, those areas include several Puget Sound-region lakes and the lower reaches of streams where salmon smolts will travel on their way to the Sound.
Lakes that will close May 1 to all fishing include Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish (King County), Monte Cristo Lake (Snohomish County), Lake Cushman (Mason County), and Barney Lake (Skagit County).
Examples of rivers where at least sections, if not all, are closed to fishing include the Skagit, Stillaguamish and Snohomish rivers, north of Seattle. Today’s action also applies to Puget Sound-area rivers that typically open to fishing in early June, though fishery managers will be evaluating those rivers to determine whether any can open on schedule.
All non-tribal commercial and recreational Puget Sound salmon and steelhead fisheries, including those in Marine Area 13 and year-round fishing piers around Puget Sound, will close May 1 to salmon and steelhead fishing until further notice. More detailed information about marine area closures can be found online at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/.
The department is working with federal authorities and doing everything possible to re-open Puget Sound marine and freshwater fisheries, Warren said.
“We regret having to close these fisheries,” Warren said. “We know this is a hardship on many communities around Puget Sound and disappoints many anglers.”
In the meantime, Warren urged anglers to consider trying new fishing waters, emphasizing that most Puget Sound area lowland lakes remain open to fishing.
Also, he said recreational fisheries in Puget Sound marine areas that are not affected by the closures include bottomfish, such as lingcod, Pacific cod and cabezon, as well as sea-run cutthroat trout and halibut. These fisheries are covered under a separate permit and are open as scheduled. Anglers should check the 2015-16 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet, available online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/, for details.
Salmon fishing will continue as scheduled in the Columbia River and Washington’s ocean waters and north coastal rivers. Information on those fisheries can be found on WDFW’s webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/northfalcon/.
posted by Mike on 04/22/2016
WDFW hatcheries releasing steelhead
under newly approved federal permits
OLYMPIA – State fishery managers have begun releasing more than 500,000 juvenile steelhead from five state fish hatcheries into Puget Sound rivers after receiving word from NOAA-Fisheries that those facilities meet federal environmental standards.
For the past two years, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has released steelhead from those five hatcheries into area lakes to ensure they wouldn’t interfere with wild steelhead protected by the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA).
That action resulted from a legal agreement with the Wild Fish Conservancy, which stipulated that WDFW would not release steelhead smolts into area rivers until NOAA-Fisheries determined that its hatchery operations comply with the federal law.
Now that WDFW has received the necessary federal permits, the department is again releasing smolts that will migrate to the ocean and return as adult steelhead after two years, said Kelly Cunningham, deputy assistant director of WDFW’s Fish Program.
“We are pleased that NOAA-Fisheries agrees our hatchery plans are scientifically sound,” Cunningham said. “This means that we can again produce fish for harvest in fisheries throughout Puget Sound.”
WDFW hatcheries in northern Puget Sound currently releasing hatchery smolts include:
- Wallace Creek, 27,600
- Reiter Ponds, 140,000
- Whitehorse, 130,000
- Kendall Creek, 150,000
- Tokul Creek, 74,000
NOAA-Fisheries also approved a permit allowing the Dungeness Hatchery to release 10,000 steelhead smolts on the Olympic Peninsula, but those releases will take place in mid-May due to the timing of the run, Cunningham said.
posted by Mike on 04/22/2016
WDFW to seek federal permit for Puget Sound
fisheries after talks with tribes end
OLYMPIA – State fishery managers have decided to separately secure the federal permit required to hold salmon fisheries this season in Puget Sound.
The decision was made Tuesday after negotiations over salmon seasons with tribal leaders again came to an impasse. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the tribes last week could not reach an agreement during the annual season-setting process.
“We had hoped additional conversations with the tribes would result in fisheries that were agreeable to both parties,” said Jim Unsworth, director of the department. “Unfortunately, that did not happen, but our door remains open to further discussions.”
WDFW officials said it is uncertain whether the department will have the permit in time to hold recreational and non-tribal commercial salmon fisheries in Puget Sound through much of the season. The permit is necessary to hold fisheries in Puget Sound where there are fish stocks protected under the federal Endangered Species Act.
Tribal fishery managers are expected to separately seek federal permits from NOAA Fisheries for salmon fisheries in Puget Sound.
Over the course of negotiations, the department proposed fisheries that maintained some fishing opportunities and met conservation objectives, said Ron Warren, head of WDFW’s Fish Program.
“This isn’t the outcome we had hoped for, but we will do our best to obtain a federal permit as quickly as possible,” Warren said.
- May (17)
- Coastal Razor Clam Digs May 6th - 12th
- Puget Sound Ling Cod Fishing
- Lake Chelan Fishing Report From 5/1/2016 From Anton Jones
- Kids Fishing Event - Jennings Park In Marysville - Saturday May 7th
- Puget Sound Halibut Opens Saturday May 7th
- Tickets For 16th Annual Halibut Derby - Ted's Has Them
- Additional Freshwater Fisheries Closed By WDFW
- Hatchery Chinook Limit Increases To 4 Per Day At Drano Lake
- More Days Of Spring Chinook Fishing on The ColumbiaBelow and Above Bonneville Dam
- Icicle River Opens For Spring Chinook
- A FEW MORE DAYS OF RAZOR CLAM DIGGING ON WASHINGTON COAST
- LAKE STEVENS KOKANEE DERBY THIS SATURDAY MAY 21ST
- Columbia Re-opens Below Bonneville For Chinook May 20th, 21st & 22nd
- HALIBUT TO REOPEN IN MARINE AREA 3 & 4 FOR 1 ADDITIONAL DAY ON MAY 28TH,2016
- PORT ANGELES HALIBUT DERBY SATURDAY & SUNDAY, MAY 28TH & 29TH, 2016
- LAKE CHELAN FISHING REPORT FOR 5.22.16 FROM ANTON JONES
- ADDITIONAL SPRING CHINOOK FISHING BELOW BONNEVILLE
- April (19)
- Early Salmon Closure For Marine Areas 8-1 & 8.2 (Deception Pass, Hope Island, & Skagit Bay - Port Susan and Gardner Bay) Sunday, April 3rd Will Be The Last Day
- Additional Razor Clam Digs Scheduled May 3rd - April 12th
- Lake Stevens Kokanee - April 2, 2016
- Marrine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet) Closing Early For Salmon Fishing
- Spring Chinook Fishery To Close On Columbia - One Day Early
- Kids Trout Fishing Class
- Lake Stevens Kokanee - April13th, 2016
- 2016 Lake Stevens Kokanee Derby Set For May 21st
- Two Days Of Sturgeon Fishing In Bonneville Pool
- More Coastal Razor Clam Digging - May 20th through May 28th
- No Agreement Out Of North Of Falcon Meetings For Puget Sound Salmon Seasons
- Lower Yakima River To Open For Spring Chinook April 29th Through June 15th
- Chehalis River Opens For Spring Chinook April 16th Through June 30th, 2016
- Coastal Salmon Seasons & Columbia River For 2016
- Finally! Something Goes Right With Puget Sound Steelhead Hatcheries
- 7th Annual Lake Stevens Kokanee Derby Tickets - Avaiable Now
- WDFW Seeking Federal Permit For Puget Sound Fisheries After Talks With Tribes End
- WDFW Hatcheries Releasing Steelhead Under Newly Approved Federal Permits
- Puget Sound Salmon & Steelhead Fisheries, Puget Sound Streams and Some Lakes Closing To Fishing
- March (23)
- March, 2016 What Does It Bring
- Salmon Run Predictions For 2016
- Catch Limits Suspended For Bass, Walleye & Channel Catfish On Columbia River
- Lewis River Closed For Spring Chinook Effective March 10th
- Spring Chinook Limit Increased To 2, Effective March 10th, 2016
- Marine Area 7 (San Juan Islands) Reduction of Chinook Limit To 1, Effective March 12th
- Salmon Fishing ReOpens in Marine Area 6 March 12 - 18, 2016
- Columbia River Spring Chinook
- Steelhead Fishing To Close On Parts Of Upper Columbia River, Okanogan and Similkameen Rivers
- 2016 Port Angeles Salmon Club Halibut Derby - Saturday May 28th & Sunday May 29th
- 10th Annual Everett Blackmouth Derby - Saturday March 19th, 2016
- Westport Ling Cod & Rockfish Opens Saturday March 12th, 2016
- Sunday March 13th Last Day Of Salmon Fishing In San Juans, Marine Area 7
- Edmonds Fishing Pier Closes For Repairs March 14 - Through June 30th 2016
- Mocrocks & Copalis Razor Clam Digs March 18th, 19th & 20th, 2016
- Everett Blackmouth Derby Tickets Just About Sold Out
- Salmon Fishing Opprotunities Not Looking Good For 2016
- More Razor Clam Digging On Washington Beaches
- Official 2016 Washington Halibut Seasons
- 2016 Everett Blackmouth Derby Results
- Abel Single Action Mooching Reels
- Happy Easter To Everyone
- Last Day For Steelheading & Trout Fishing On Upper Columbia And Tributaries
- February (13)
- New Steelhead Fishing Opportunities On The Wenatchee & Icicle Rivers
- Halibut Quotas Set For Pacific Coast
- Two Day Razor Clam Dig Proposed For Copalis On February 19 & 20th, 2016
- Marine Area 6 (East Juan de Fuca Strait) Closes To Salmon Fishing
- Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby Is A Go For February 19, 20 & 21st
- Last Day Of Steelheading February 15th, 2016 On North Puget Sound Streams
- Lake Chelan Report From 2/10/2016
- 2016 Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby Tickets
- Mocrocks Opens For Razor Clam Digging February 19, 20 & 21st , 2016
- Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby Results
- 2016 Kids Fishing Events
- Cornet Bay & Oak Harbor Smelting
- Additional Razor Clam Digging Opprotunities For March 2016
- January (17)
- Happy New Year 2016
- End Of The Year Report From Lake Chelan From Anton Jones Of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service
- Razor Clam Digs Scheduled For Copalis & Long Beach For January 7th - 14th
- Special Prices On Loomis GL2 Steelhead Rods - 25% Off
- Puget Sound Shrimp Season To Open Saturday May 14th, 2016
- Nisqually River Closes To All Fishing Effective January 6,2016
- Marine Area 9 - Admiralty Inlet Opens For Salmon Saturday January 16th, 2016
- Winter Crab Catch Records Need To Be Returned
- Lake Chelan Report For 1/16/16 From Anton Jones Of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service
- Razor Clam Digs Approved For Coplais & Long Beach For January 21 Through January 27th, 2016
- Blackmouth Reports From Marine Area 9
- Lake Chelan Fishing Report For 1/26/2016 From Anton Jones Of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service
- Last Day For Fishing Most Puget Sound Rivers Is January 31st
- January 31st Is Last Day To Get Your Winter Catch Record Cards Returned
- Chinook, Sturgeon & Smelt Information For The Columbia River And Cowlitz River
- Salmon Anglers - Marine Area 6 Chinook Salmon Reduced To One - Effective February 5th 2016
- Long Beach Razor Clam Digs Scheduled For February
- May (17)
- December (16)
- Stillagumish River, Main And North Fork Goes To C & R and Selective Fishery Regulations
- Upper Green River Opens To Fishing
- North & Middle Forks Of Nooksack River Close To All Fishing. Curtailed on Mainstream Nooksack, South Fork and Watcom Creek to hatchery steelhead retention...
- Resurrection Derby Results for 2015
- Roche Harbor Salmon Derby Results 2015
- Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby - February 19,20 & 21st 2016
- Grays Harbor Streams Reopen December 14th
- Razor Clam Dig Tentatively Planned For December 24, 25 & 26 At Copalis
- The Washington Fish & Wildlife Commission Adopts New Sportfishing Regulations
- Puget Sound Squidding Going Well
- Tokul Creeek Opens 7:00 AM Friday December 17th
- Brutus 40 Crab & Shrimp Pot Puller With Free Bull Dog & Carrying Case
- Razor Clam Dig Approved For December 24, 25 & 26 AT Copalis
- Stillagumish River (Main & Northfork) Re Opens For Steelhead, Selective Gear Rules Removed
- Merry Christmas To Everyone
- Hood Canal & Portion Of Area 9 To Remain Open For Crab Until February 28th, 2016
- November (16)
- No Razor Clam Digging For November
- Lake Chelan Fishing Report For November 4th, 2015 From Anton Jones Of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service
- Select Grays Harbor Streams Open To Salmon & Gamefish
- Sport Crabbing To Close In Willapa Bay ( Marine Area 2-1)
- Great Squid Fishing Season
- Upper Columbia River And Many Tributaries Open For Steelhead Fishing
- Marine Area 9 Salmon Season Reverts Back To Permanent Rules Starting December 1st
- Marine Area 10 Closes To Salmon Fishing
- Steelhead Fishing To Close On Methow, Okanogan, Similkameen and portions of the Columbia River
- Whidbey Island Beach Steelheading
- Wahoo Fishing On The Big Island
- Chelan Fishing Report For 11/23/2105 From Anton Jones Of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service
- Accurate Val - iant Twin Disk Drag BV-300 Reels In Stock
- Skykomish Winter Steelhead - November 25th, 2015
- Fresh Sand Shrimp, Wednesday Novermber 25th, 2015
- Marine Area 10 Opens To Crabbing December 1st, 2015
- October (18)
- October Is Here! And With It Lots Of Fishing Opportunities
- Hawken Areo Twitching Jigs Are In Stock
- New Arrival! Coho Killers & Kingfisher Spoons In "Herring Aide" Color
- Whidbey Island Silver Reports - 10/05/2015
- Marine Area 10 (Seattle) Will Close As Of Midnight October 18
- Salmon Fishing To Close On Skagit And Stillaguamish Rivers
- Green River To Close For Coho Retention As Well As A Total Fishing Closure Upon Sections
- Saltwater Coho Fishing - October 17th
- Salmon Closure For Snohomish River System
- Grays Harbor And All Grays Harbor Streams To Close For Salmon Fishing - Sunday, October 26th Is The Last Day
- Puget Sound Squidding Reports - 10/26/2015
- Marine Area 10 Opens For Chum Salmon Fishery - October 28 Through January 31, 2015
- Lake Chelan Report From Anton Jones Of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service, October 27, 2015
- Lake Washington Yellow Perch
- Things Not Looking Good For Winter Blackmouth Fishing In Marine Area 8-1, 8-2 and 9 For This Winters Blackmouth Fishery
- More Coho Restrictions - Hatchery Coho Limit To Be Reduced On Lower Columbia Tributaries
- Marine Area 9 Opens For Chum Salmon Only
- More Salmon Fishing Closures & Restrictions Due To Low Returns On Coho
- September (17)
- Tulalip Bubble Fishery Re-Opens For Chinook
- Many Rivers Re Opened From Drought Closures & Restrictions
- Marine Areas 1 - 4 Open For Retention Of Wild Coho
- Whidbey Island Coho & Pinks
- Edmonds Coho Derby - Saturday September 12th, 2015
- Summer Crab Catch Record Cards Need To Be Returned
- Puget Sound Coho
- Last Day For Edmond's Coho Derby Tickets - Friday, September 11th
- Wild Coho Retention Closes In Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay)
- Spot Shrimp Fishing To Close In Marine Areas 4,5,6 and 7 West
- Run Down On Edmond's Coho Derby
- 22nd Annual Everett Coho Derby - Saturday & Sunday September 19 & 20th
- Whidbey Island Silver Fishing
- More Whidbey Island Coho
- 2015 Everett Coho Derby Results
- Tillamook Oregon Kings
- Winter Crab Seasons Announced
- August (20)
- Lake Chelan Area Report From 7/29/15 From Anton Jones Of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service
- Skagit River Pink Salmon Report From August 1st, 2015
- Saltwater Pink Salmon Fishing
- Quillayute River System Tributaries To Close
- Expanded Crab Closures On Washington Coast
- Portion Of Marine Area 9 Closes For Salmon Fishing
- Grand Slam Bucktails Are Back
- Beach Fishing For Pink Salmon
- Grand Slam Bucktails Are Here!
- Marine Area 2 Westport Opens For Two Chinook Limit - Neah Bay Reopens For Chinook August 14th & 15th For One Fish Limit
- Lake Wenatchee Sockeye Fishery To Close After Sunday August 16th
- Hoot Owl Restrictions For Nisqually
- Hoot Owl Restrictions For Mill Creek (Walla Walla County)
- Yakima Basin Stream Fishing Closed Or Restricted
- Hoot Owl Restrictions For Peshastin Creek & Tributaries
- Snohomish River Opens For Pinks/Coho From Hwy 9 to Confluence Sunday 16th August
- Lake Chelan Report From August 21st, 2015 From Anton Jones Of Darrel & Dad's Family Guide Service
- Friday August 28th Last Day For Buoy 10 Chinook Fishery
- Two Chinook Limit In Marine Area 1, Ilwaco Beginning Saturday August 29th
- Lake Chelan Fishing Report For 8/28/2015 From Anton Jones Of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service
- July (15)
- Happy 4th Of July
- Lake Chelan Report From Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service For 6/30/15
- 3rd Annual Puget Sound Speed-Crabbing Derby, July 11th, 2015
- Lake Cavanaugh Kokanee Report
- Mac's Double D Dodgers For Baker Lake
- Coon Stripe Shrimp For Baker Lake & Skagit River Sockeye Fishing
- Baker Lake Sockeye Reports
- They Are Here! Pinks Have Hit The Beaches Of Western Whidbey Island
- River Fishing Closed Or Restricted Due To Extreme Low Water Conditions
- Chinook Fishing In Marine Area 9 To Close After Sunday 26th July
- Fresh Sand Shrimp, Thursday 23rd July
- Columbia River Sockeye Fishery To Close - Sunday 26th July Is The Last Day
- Lake Wenatchee Sockeye Fishery To Open Thursday July 30th
- Chinook To Close In Tulalip Bubble Fishery
- Chinook Fishing To Close At Neah Bay - Last Day Will Be Saturday August 1st
- June (28)
- Skykomish River Steelhead Report - June 1st 2015
- More Bad News For North Puget Sound Winter Steelheading
- Lake Stevens Kokanee Derby Results For 2015
- 2015 Port Angeles Halibut Derby Results
- Chelan Fishing Report From 6/8/2015 From Anton Jones Of Darrelll & Dad's Family Guide Service
- Columbia River Shad Fishing 6/08/2015
- Skykomish River Steelhead Reports 6/08/2015
- New E6X Loomis Steelheaad Drift Rods
- New E6X Loomis Steelhead Spinning Rods
- New Loomis E6X Loomis Float Fishing Rods
- Crabbing To Open Early In Hood Canal - June 15th 2015
- Lake Chelan Report From 6/15/2015
- Fresh Sand Shrimp For Skagit Sockeye
- Skagit River Sockeye Reports For Tuesday 16th June
- Good Shad Numbers At Bonneville
- Crab Seasons For The Summer In The Straits, San Juans, Hood Canal and Puget Sound
- Skagit River Sockeye Reports For June 20th, 2015
- Happy Father's Day
- New WDFW 2015 - 2016 Fishing Regulations
- Lake Chelan Area Fishing Report For 6/23/2015 From Anton Jones Of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service
- Skagit River Sockeye Report For June 23, 2015
- Skagit River Sockeye Report For Saturday 27th June
- Skykomish Steelhead - June 27th
- Columbia River Shad - Saturday June 27th
- Fresh Sand Shrimp For Skagit Sockeye - June 27th
- Lake Chelan Report From Anton Jones Of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service For June 30th, 2015
- Crabbing Opens July 2nd In Many Puget Sound Areas
- Lake Stevens Kokanee Fishing - June 30th 2015
- May (28)
- May Is Here!
- Shrimping Reports for Saturday May 2nd
- Ling Cod Reports
- Razor Clam Digs - May 7th - 10th May
- Lake Chelan Report For 5/5/15 From Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service
- Columbia River Reopens Once Again - May 9th & May 16th Through June 15th
- Please Read If You Are Going Razor Clam Digging This Weekend - WDFW Reduced Days Due To Health Concerns
- Razor Clam Alert! High Toxin Levels
- Up Coming Razor Clam Dig On Washinton Coast Up In The Air
- Lake Stevens Kokanee Derby, Saturday May 16th
- Port Angeles Salmon Club 15th Annual Halibut Derby, Memorial Weekend Saturday, May 23rd and Sunday May 24th 2015
- Lake Chelan Report For 5/13 / 2015
- Razor Clam Digging Closed For The Remainder Of The Spring Season
- Kid's Fishing Event - Twin Lakes County Park - Saturday May 16th 8am - 2pm
- Last Chance For Lake Stevens Kokanee Derby Tickets
- Chinook Open On Icicle River On Wednesday May 20th & Wenatchee River on Saturday May 23rd
- Halibut Closed May 21st in Marine Areas 3 & 4
- Hoh River and South Fork of the Hoh River Closeing To Fishing Effective June 6th through July 31st
- Chinook Reports From Icicle River
- Shad Numbers Continuing To Climb On Columbia
- Columbia River Shad Numbers Increasing - Good Fishing Should Not Be Far Off
- 22nd Everett Coho Derby September 19th & 20th 2015
- Chelan Report for 5/29/2015 From Anton Jones Of Darrel & Dad's Family Guide Service
- Ocean Salmon Season Opens May 30th
- It's Shad Time At Bonneville!
- Skykomish Steelhead Open Monday June 1st
- Additional Spot Shrimp Fishing Day For Marine Area 8-1 & 8-2, June 24th 2015
- Crabbing Opens June 1st In Marine Area 13
- April (31)
- April Is Here!
- Razor Clam Digging April 4th - 10th On Coastal Beaches
- Finalized Halibut Season For Wahington
- Cowlitz River Steelhead Limit Increased To Three Starting April 1st, 2015
- Stanwood Eagles 28th Annual Blackmouth Fishig Derby - Saturday April 18th & Sunday April 19th
- 6th Annual Lake Stevens Kokanee Derby - Saturday May 16th
- Spring Fishing Classic Results - Columbia River
- Latest Columbia River Catch Record Statistics For Spring Chinook Though April 5th
- Two Additional Days Of Spring Chinook Fishing On The Columbia
- Lake Stevens Kokanee - Starting To Happen
- Lake Meridian Kokanee
- Puget Sound Recreational Shrimp Seasons
- Palmer Lake Kokanee
- Lake Chelan Report From Lake Chelan From Anton Jones For 4/12/2015
- Tickets for 6th Annual Lake Stevens Kokanee Derby
- Lake Chelan's "Something Catchy Kokanee Derby" Saturday April18 & Sunday April 19th 2015
- Additional Razor Clam Digging on Washington Coast April17th through April 24th
- Washington's Salmon Seasons For 2015
- Lake Stevens Kokanee Fishing Turning On
- Lake Stevens Kokanee Fishing - Even Better Today
- Don't Forget To Send In Those Catch Record Cards For Salmon, Steelhead, Sturgeon and Halibut By The End Of The Month
- 2015 Kids Fishing Events Hosted by The Everett Steelhead & Salmon Youth Organization
- Lake Chelan Report For April 20th, 2015 From Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service s
- Results From 2015 28th Annual Eagles Fishing Derby
- Yakima To Open For Chinook Fishing
- Opening Day Of Lowland Lakes, Saturday April 25th.
- Lake Stevens Kokanee Fishing - Friday April 24th
- Razor Clam Digs OK's for May 2nd & 3rd
- Lake Chelan Fishing Reports From 4/24/2015 From Anton Jones
- Expanded Recreational Shrimp Fishery For Marine Area 7 West
- Two More Days On Main Stream Columbia For Spring Chinook
- March (6)
- February (12)
- Lake Chelan Fishing Report From Anton Jones For 2/3/2015
- 9th Annual Everett Blackmouth Derby - Saturday March 14th, 2015
- More Clams! 15th February Through 22nd February
- Marine Area 7 (San Juans) To Close - February 15th Last Day
- Chelan Fishing Report for 2/17/2105 From Anton Jones of Darrelll & Dad's Family Guide Service
- Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby - Last Call For Tickets
- 29th Annual Bill Hayes Hot Plug's Blackmouth Derby, March 7th, 2015
- Steelhead Fishing Expands On Wenatchee River
- First Day Results From Olympic Peninsula Derby
- 18.95 Pound Blackmouth Takes Olympic Peninsula 1st Place
- Halibut Season Run Down For 2015
- Mag Lip 3.0 Have Arrived
- January (21)
- Get Those Winter Crab Catch Records Returned To WDFW
- New Dick Nite Dodger Finishes
- Lake Washington - Lake Sammamish Cutthroat
- Fresh Sand Shrimp - Wednesday 7th, January
- Skykomish River - Reiter Ponds 1/8/2015
- Marine Area 7 Limit Change To 1 Salmon January 12
- Lake Chelan Fishing Report From Anton Jones For 1/13/2015
- Eight More Days Of Razor Clams
- Marine Area 9 Opens For Salmon Fishing January 16, 2015
- Rugged Justice, Animal Planets New Show Featuring WDFW Officers Starting January 18th 8:00PM
- Buy A Raffle Ticket To Win A Complete Willie Drift Boat Package
- Lake Chelan Report For 1/20/15 From Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service
- Public Meeting On Baker Lake Sockeye, Saturday January 31st 10:00AM
- Winter Crab Catch Record Cards Due January 31st
- Razor Clam Dig January 30 - February 6th
- Closures For Marine Area 7 - San Juan Islands
- Anacortes Salmon Derby Cancelled
- Columbia River Expects Another Strong Spring Chinook Run for 2015
- Columbia River Smelt Season Set for February 7 & 14th
- Columbia River Spring Chinook Season Set
- New! P Line Pro-Steel Spoons
- December (16)
- December (27)
- Chelan Fishing Report From Lake Chelan Area For 12/2/2014
- Razor Clam Digs For Washington Coast & Proposed Digs For This Next Year
- Squid Fishing
- Skykomish Steelhead
- Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby - February 20, 21 & 22
- Fenwick Eagle GT Travel Rods
- Saltwater Steelheading, Whidbey Island
- Squid Fishing, December 10th
- Tokul Creek to Open December 13th, 2014
- Cascade River Steelhead Limit Increses To Three As Of December 16th, 2014
- Reiter Ponds, December11th
- Razor Clam Dig Approved For December 19th - December 23rd
- Nooksack River Closing To All Fishing Effective December16th
- Whatcom Creek Closed To All Fishing Effective Dec. 16th
- Cascade River Steelheading
- Whidbey Island Steelhead
- Reiter Ponds - Skykomish River
- Squid - Edmonds
- Skykomish Steelhead Reports
- Skykomish River
- Merry Christmas from the Ted's Crew
- Skip Morris Fly Fishing Seminar To Benefit Teal Lake
- Lake Chelan Report From 12/29/2014
- Nooksack Reopens To Fishing - January 1st, 2015
- Whatcom Creek Reopens For Fishing - January 1st, 2015
- Razor Clam Digging Resumes December 31st On Washington Coastal Beaches
- Happy New Year
- November (4)
- October (11)
- First Razor Clam Dig Of The Season OK'd
- Puget Sound Crabbing Re-Opens In Many Puget Sound Areas
- Additional Trout Fishing Opportunities This Fall
- Squiding - Yes It Has Started
- Upper Columbia and Selected Tributaries Open For Steelhead
- Lake Chelan Report for October 14, 2014
- Baker Lake Sockeye Meeting Saturday November 1st, 10:00AM
- Steelhead & River Fishing Workshop - Saturday November 8th
- Resurrection Derby December 5th & 6th 2014, Friday Harbor
- Additional Trout Fishing Opportunities This Fall
- Trout Plants in the past 30 Days
- September (8)
- Crab Catch Records Due By September 30th
- Edmonds Coho Derby - Saturday September 6th
- Lake Chelan Report for 9/15/2014
- Good Luck To Everyone Fishing The Everett Coho Derby
- 2014 Everett Coho Derby Results
- Tentative Razor Clam Seasons Through December 31st
- Lake Chelan Report 9/25/2014 From Anton Jones
- Whidbey Coho
- August (16)
- Buoy 10 Report - August 1st
- Edmonds Coho Derby - Saturday September 6th
- Columbia River Report - August 4th
- Lamiglas Redline Salmon & Steelhead Rods
- Marine Area 10 To Close For Chinook - Last Day Thursday, August 7th
- Chelan Fishing Report From Anton Jones 8/11/14
- Lake Chelan Fishing Report from 8/17/14
- Coho Starting To Show
- Coho Hitting The Beaches
- Elgin Fishing - God's Tooth Spoons
- Whidbey Island Coho
- Chelan Reports August 26th, 2014
- Ocean Coho Starting To Show
- Marine Area 9 Coho
- Edmonds Coho Bite
- Crabbing In Most Of Puget Sound To Close At Sunset September 1st.
- July (19)
- Green Herring
- Crab Season Opening Thursday July 3rd
- Columbia River Chinook, Sockeye and Sturgeon Fishing Opportunities
- Have A Great Fourth of July
- Columbia River Sockeye Numbers Soar
- Baker Lake Sockeye Fishery
- Columbia River below Bonneville Dam Reopens for Summer Chinnok Fishing
- Salmon Limits Increased In Columbia Above Preist Rapids Dam
- Baker Lake Sockeye Numbers Increase Slightly
- Ballard Locks Sockeye
- 2nd Annual Puget Sound Speed - Crabbing Derby, Saturaday July 19th
- Baker Lake Sockeye Continue To Come In
- Lake Wenatchee Sockeye Fishery Opens Saturday July 19th
- Road Closures May Block Access To Lake Wenatchee Due To Fires
- Lake Chelan Area Report From Anton Jones - Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service July 20th 2014
- Marine Area 9 & 10 Reports
- Point No Point Chinook Bite Today 28th July
- King Fishing Improves Slightly In Marine Area 9 & 10
- Yellow Perch Fishing at Kenmore's Log Boom Park
- June (19)
- Skykomish River Steelhead Report
- Columbia River Shad 2014
- Free Fishing Weekend - June 7th & 8th, 2014
- Cascade River Report, June 2014
- Skykomish River Steelhead & Salmon
- June 7th - Last Day of Halibut Season for 2014 in Puget Sound and Straits
- Wenatchee River Opens For Chinook - First Time In Almost 20 Years
- Lots To Do On This Free Fishing Weekend
- Chelan Report From Anton Jones - Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service 6/8/14
- Shad Numbers Increasing at Bonneville
- Skagit River Sockeye Fishery - June 14th through June 29th
- Large Trout Stocked for Father's Day Weekend - June 14 & 15
- Last Weekend For Ling Cod In Puget Sound & Straits
- Lake Chelan Fishing Report for 6/16/2014 from Anton Jones
- Skagit Sockeye Fishery - Reports
- Curado 201HG
- Skagit River Sockeye - Reports - Wednesday June 18th
- New Strike Indicator for Fly Fishing
- Columbia River Shad - Numbers Rebound
- May (12)
- WOW! More Razor Clam Digs Tentatively Scheduled May 13 Through June 1
- Two More Days of Columbia River Spring Chinook Fishing - Friday 9th and Sunday 10th May
- Long Awaited Simon's Kokanee Dodgers Are On The Way
- Additional Month Of Spring Chinook On The Columbia River
- Lake Steven's Kokanee Derby This Saturday, May 17th
- Special Deal! - 1/4. 1/8 & 1/16 oz Jig Heads with Gamakatsu Heavy Wire Hooks
- Additional Day Of Shrimping For Marine Area 8-1 & 8-2 On Wednesday May 21st
- Lake Chelan Report from Anton Jones - Darrell & Dad;s Family Guide Service 5/18/2014
- Lake Stevens Kokanee Derby Results
- Puget Sound Crab Seasons Set
- Icicle River Opens For Chinook
- Tulalip Bubble Fishery Opens
- April (17)
- April 1st - Don't Forget To Renew Your Fishing & Hunting Licenses
- Return Those Catch Record Cards
- Special Deal! - 1/4 oz Jig Heads with Gamakatsu 1/0 Heavy Wire Hooks
- Halibut Seasons For Puget Sound, Staits of Juan De Fuca and Pacific Coast
- 2014 Port Angeles Salmon Club's 14th Annual Halibut Derby Saturday, May 24th & Sunday, May 25th
- 2014 Salmon Seasons for Coast, Straits of Juan De Fuca & Puget Sound
- Razor Clam Dig - April 14 through April20th
- Lake Chelan Fishing Report for April 13th, 2014 - From Anton Jones, Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service
- New Fetha Styx Kokanee Rod
- 5th Annual Lake Steven's Kokanee Derby - Saturday May 17, 2014
- Stanwood Eagles 27th Annual Blackmouth Fishing Derby Results
- One More Day Of Columbia River Spring Chinook Fishing - Saturday April 19th
- Lake Steven's Kokanee Fishing
- New Shimano Curados Have Arrived
- Puget Sound Rockfish / Present & Future
- Lake Chelan Fishing Report for April 21, 2014 - Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service
- Additional Razor Digs Planned For April & May
- March (23)
- Occupy Skagit - March 29th 2014
- Anacortes Derby Tickets
- Washington Pre Season Salmon Forecasts for 2014
- Lake Stevens Kokanee Derby - Saturday May 17th
- Additional Smelt Dipping Opportunity - Saturday March 8th
- Stanwood Eagles 27th Annual Blackmouth Derby - Saturday April 12th & Sunday April 13th
- 2014 Kids Fishing Events
- Proposed Additionsal Razor Clam Digs For March & April 2014
- North of Falcon Public Meetings
- Early Season Trout Plants
- Proposals for Washington Coastal Salmon Seasons
- Fly Casting Classes by Washington Fly Club
- Atlantic Salmon Fly International Expo 2014
- Anacortes Derby "Sold Out"
- 2014 Licenses Coming Up On April1st
- Everett Blackmouth Derby - Saturday, March 22nd 2014
- Cowlitz River Steelheading
- Razor Clam Digs Ok's - March 26th through April 3rd
- Smelt Jigging - Oak Harbor
- Lake Chelan Fishing Report - Anton Jones - March 23rd
- Big Island Kayak Fishing
- Shrimp Seasons For Puget Sound and Staits of Juan De Fuca
- Lake Chelan Fishing Report for March 3o, 2014 - Anton Jones, Darrell & Dad's Family guide Service
- February (13)
- 2014 Anacortes Salmon Derby - Tickets Are Available
- Willie Drift Boat Raffle Tickets - $5.00ea
- Everett Blackmouth Derby - Saturday, March 22nd, 2014
- Cowlitz River Smelt Fsihing To Open Saturday February 8th...
- Salmon Limit Reduced to 1 Fish In Marine Area 9
- Steelhead Fishing Opprutunties In Eastern Washington
- Silver Horde 12th Fan Spoons
- Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby - February 15,16 & 17th
- Proposed Razor Clam Digs for February, March and April
- 28th Annual Bill Hayes Hot Plug's Blackmouth Derby - Saturday March 1st
- March 1st - Lake Openers
- Salmon Limit To Drop To 1 Salmon In Marine Area 7 Effective February 24th
- Chelan Fishing Report - February 25th 2014
- January (17)
- Cascade River & North Fork Stillaguamish River Closures
- Lake Chelan Area Report for 1/07/2014
- 2013 Winter Crab Catch Record Cards Need To Be Turned In
- Nooksack River And Forks Close To Fishing Effective January 9th, 2014
- 50/50 Gold / Nickel 1/2 ounce Steelhead Spoons Back In Stock
- Tokul Creek To Open Thursday 9 January 2014 at 7:00 AM
- Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby - February 15, 16 & 17 2014
- New Rod! Tica Tyee Classic
- Lake Chelan Area Report - 1/13/2014
- Razor Clam Dig January 15 - 18th, 2014
- Marine Area 9 - Admiralty Inlet to open Thursday January 16th
- Everett Blackmouth Derby, Saturday March 22nd
- 22nd Annual Spring Fishing Classic, Saturday April 5th
- Marine Area 9 - Blackmouth Reports
- Blackmouth Fishing - Marine Area 9
- Razor Clam Dig - January 28th through February 2
- Columbia River Spring Chinook Season Set - Additional Sturgeon Season in Bonneville Pool
- December (27)
- December (8)
- Olympic Tackle's Grisby Special Mico Nymphs
- Preseason Forecasts For Columbia River Salmon Runs
- Skykomish River - Steelhead Reports 12 / 18 /13
- Razor Clam Digs - December, January and February
- Lake Chelan Report from Anton Jones 12 / 20 / 13
- Crabbing To Close December 31st
- Merry Christmas To All Of You!
- Happy New Years!
- November (14)
- Lake Chelan Area Fishing Report for November
- Proposed Razor Clam Digs through New Years
- Big Island Kayak Mahi
- Don't Want To Put Up With The Crowds On Black Friday, Then Go Fishing
- Great New Book! Advanced Techniques For Plug-Cut Herring
- Coronet Bay Smelt Fishing
- Whidbey Island Steelheading
- Skykomish Winter Steelhead
- We Have Clear Drift Floats
- Sand Shrimp
- Razor Clam Digs - November 30th - December 7th
- Skykomish Winter Steelhead - Wednesday 27 November
- Happy Thanksgiving!
- New! 15 Pound Pancake Downrigger Leads
- October (2)
- September (12)
- September Is Here!
- Very Good Coho Fishing
- Everet Coho Derby September 21 & 22nd - Tickets Are Now Available
- Edmond's Coho Derby - Saturday, September 7th - Last Call For Tickets
- 2013 Coho and Pink Salmon Season Underway
- Edmonds Coho Derby Results
- New Seaguar STS Fluorocarbon Leader Material for Salmon, Trout and Steelhead
- Razor Clams To Open September 19 - 23 at Twin Harbors
- Columbia River to Reopen for Chinook
- Everett Coho Derby Results
- Puget Sound & Straits Crabbing To Re-Open October 1
- Razor Clam Seasons for October
- August (10)
- Richmond Beach Turns Out Good King Bite
- Skokomish River Opens August 3rd
- Last Day Of King Salmon Retention in Marine Area 9, Sunday August 4th
- Edmonds Coho Derby - Saturday September 7th
- Marine Area 10 To Close For Chinook
- Sand Shrimp
- Salt Water Humpy Reports
- Picnic Point Humpy Report
- Bad Draw Fishing Derby - Saturday August 24th 2013
- Whidbey Island Coho Derby - Saturday September 7th, 2013
- July (5)
- June (22)
- Skykomish River Opening Day Reports
- Marine Area 10 Provides C & R Salmon Fishing Opprutunity
- Additional Spot Shrimp Opening Marine Area 8-1 & 11
- Salmon Opens in Marine Area1(Ilwaco) & Marine Area2(Westport) 0n Saturday June 8th
- Last Day of Puget Sound Halibut Season Turns Out Nice Fish
- Columbia River Shad Fishing
- Free Fishing Weekend - June 8 & 9
- Skykomish River - Reiter Ponds
- Columbia River Shad
- Lake Stevens Kokanee
- Puget Sound, San Juan's and Straits Ling Cod to Close
- 2.4 Million Shad Through Bonneville
- New! Rio Perception Fly Lines
- Skykomish River - Salmon & Steelhead
- Unusual Columbia River Catch - 72 Pound Striped Bass
- Lake Chelan Area Fishing Reports From Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service
- "NEW" Baby Simon Spoons
- Bonneville Shad Numbers Drop Like A Rock
- Lake Stevens Kokanee - June 21st
- Edmond's Pier - Chinook
- Humpy Death Jigs by Hawken Fishing
- Fishing Report Lake Chelan June 23rd - Anton Jones Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service
- May (25)
- Halibut Reports From Mutiny Bay
- Razor Clam Dig - May 8th through 14th
- Lake Stevens Kokanee - Heating Up
- Lake Chelan Fishing Report - Anton Jones
- Yakima To Open For Hatchery King Salmon
- 4th Annual Lake Stevens Kokanee Derby - Saturday May 18th
- 13th Annual Port Angeles Salmon Club Halibut Derby - Saturday, May 25th & Sunday, May 26th
- Lake Chelan Area Fishing Report - Anton Jones
- Bonneville Pool Sturgeon to Open - June 14 & 15, 21 & 22
- Nice Yellowfin - Big Island Hawaii
- Lake Stevens Kokanee Report
- Shrimping to Re-Open Wednesday May 22 in Marine Areas 10 & 11
- Last Razor Clam Dig - May 24, 25 & 26
- Halibut To Close In Marine Area 2
- 2013 Lake Stevens Kokanee Derby Results
- Riffe Lake - Landlocked Silver Salmon
- Chinook Re-Opens on Columbia Saturday May 25th
- Columbia River Shad
- Lake Stevens - Kokanee Fishing
- Tulalip Bubble Fishery Opens Friday May 31st
- Great Fishing On Columbia River Shad
- Results From Port Angeles Halibut Derby
- Lake Chelan Area Fishing Reports - Anton Jones
- Halibut Fishing To Close Off Neah Bay & La Push
- Skagit, Cascade & Skykomish King Salmon
- April (28)
- Lake Chelan Lake Trout and Kokanee
- Port Townsend Blackmouth Fishing
- Flowing Lake Trout Fishing
- Big Island Wahoo
- Columbia River Spring Chinook Fishery Extended
- Stanwood Eagles 26th Annual Blackmouth Fishing Derby
- SE Alaska King Salmon Season In For Tough Times
- Washington Salmon Seasons
- "NEW" Steelhead Jigs From John's Jigs
- "NEW" BnR Tackle Holey Worms
- Lake Chelan Kokanee & lake Trout, Roses Lake
- Tickets Avaiable for 4th Annual Lake Stevens Kokanee Derby
- Reminder - Get Your Catch Records Returned by April 30th
- Salmon Fishing To Close In Marine Area 9 - April 15th (Today) Last Day
- Razor Clam Dig - April 24th through April 30th
- Lake Stevens Kokanee
- Opening Day Of Lowland Lakes - Saturday April 27th
- Opening Day - Skagit County Trout Plants
- Barbless Hook Restriction Goes Into Effect On Columbia River Tributaries May 1st
- Lake Chelan Area Reports - Kokanee - Lake Trout - Triploids
- King County - Trout Stocking Numbers
- 2013 Big Game Hunting Regulations
- Whatcom County - Trout Plant Numbers
- Lake Stevens Kokanee Reports
- 2013 Fishing Regulations Have Arrived
- Halibut Bait
- Opening Day Lowland Lakes - Saturday, 27 April
- Lake Chelan - Kokanee, Lake Trout & Chinook
- March (23)
- Run Down on 2013 Salmon Projections
- Port Angeles 13th Annual Halibut Derby, Saturday May 25th & Sunday May 26th 2013
- Lake Chelan Area Report from Anton Jones
- Razor Clam Dig OK'd For March 7-11
- Salmon Limit Change For Marine Area 9, Effective Wednesday March 6
- Results From Hot Plugs Derby Last Weekend
- Anacortes Salmon Derby Tickets, Just About Sold Out
- March 11th Lake Chelan Area Report From Anton Jones
- Everett Salmon Derby This Weekend, Saturday March 16th
- Shrimp Seasons for 2013
- Trout Fishing Opprutunites in Western Washington
- Fishing Closures in Methow & Chewuch Rivers
- Everett Blackmouth Derby Report From Saturday
- Kokanee On The Bite In Lake Chelan
- 2013 Kids Fishing Events
- Saltwater Steelheading
- New License Year Starts April 1, 2013
- Razor Clam Dig for March 28 - 31
- Lake Lenice Report
- 2013 Lake Stevens Kokanee Derby
- Lake Chelan Kokanee Fishing
- Reduction In Annual White Sturgeon Limit
- Halibut Seasons for 2013
- February (16)
- Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby
- Seattle Waterfront Squidding
- New Squid Colors - OMW35R & OA35R
- 2013 Anacortes Salmon Derby
- 48th Annual La Conner Smelt Derby
- 27th Annual Bill Hayes Hot Plugs Blackmouth Derby
- Mega Bait Jigs
- Olympic Peninsula Derby - Results for the first two days!
- 7th Annual Everett Blackmouth Derby Saturday March 16, 2013
- Murry's 31st Annual Geoduck Restaurant Salmon Derby
- Razor Clam Dig Approved for Feb.23 & 24 at Twin Harbors & Long beach
- Lake Chelan Reports from Anton Jones
- Seep Lakes Open March 1st
- Halibut Seasons - 2013 Season for the Straits and Puget Sound
- Upcoming Razor Clam Digs
- Changes in Canadian Halibut Limits & Size Restrictions
- December (8)