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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/

Stillagumish River and tributaries to close to fishing

posted by Mike on 12/03/2016

Stillaguamish River and tributaries to close to fishing

Action: Close the Stillaguamish River, North and South Forks of the Stillaguamish River, and Canyon and Pilchuck Creek, to fishing.

Species affected: Trout and other game fish.

Locations and effective date: 

The closure is in effect Dec. 5, 2016 through Jan. 31, 2017, in the following locations:

  • Stillaguamish River: Closed from Marine Drive (South of Stanwood) upstream to the forks.
  • North Fork Stillaguamish River: Closed from the mouth upstream to the mouth of French Creek.
  • South Fork Stillaguamish River: Closed from the mouth upstream to the Granite Falls Fishway. 
  • Canyon Creek: Closed from mouth to forks.
  • Pilchuck Creek: Closed from mouth to the Highway 9 Bridge. 

Location and effective date:

The closure is in effect Feb. 1 through Feb. 15, 2017, in the following location:

  • North Fork Stillaguamish River: Closed from the mouth of French Creek upstream to Swede Heaven Bridge. 

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

Other information: The North Fork Stillaguamish from the mouth of French Creek to the Swede Heaven Bridge is the hatchery terminal area for the Whitehorse Hatchery.  This section of river will remain open through January to allow anglers the opportunity to harvest any remaining hatchery summer steelhead. Trout minimum size 14", daily limit 2; other gamefish statewide minimum size and daily limit.

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

Tokul Creek, Snoqualimie, Tolt and Raging River to close.

posted by Mike on 12/03/2016

December 2, 2016

Tokul Creek, and the Snoqualmie, Tolt and Raging rivers close to fishing

Action: Close Tokul Creek and the Snoqualmie, Tolt, and Raging rivers to fishing.

Effective date: Dec. 16, 2016 through Feb. 15, 2017.

Species affected: Trout and other game fish.

Locations:

  • Tokul Creek: From the mouth upstream to the hatchery intake.
  • Tolt River: From the mouth to the confluence with the North and South Forks.
  • Raging River: From the mouth to the Highway 18 Bridge (upstream of Preston).
  • Snoqualmie River: From the mouth upstream to Snoqualmie Falls.

Reasons for action: The Tokul Creek Hatchery is expecting a very low return of hatchery early winter steelhead this year as there were no smolt releases in 2014 or 2015.  All returning hatchery fish will be needed for broodstock to ensure egg take goals are met.

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

NOVEMBER 30TH LAST DAY OF SALMON FISHING IN MARINE AREA 9

posted by Mike on 11/30/2016

Just a quick note to remind everyone that salmon fishing will close in Marine Area 9 until January 16th, 2017. Not everything will be gloom and doom, as 8-1 and 8-2 will remain open until April 30th 2017 and 10 will stay open through February 28th. The star of winter blackmouth fishing Marine Area 7 (San Juans) will open December 1st and run through April 3oth, 2017.Marine Area 6 will also open December 1st and run through April 15th, 2017. As you can see there are many places that you can fish this winter. Hopefully, the fishing that we have been seeing in 9 will also relate to what will happen in the other areas.

Good Luck

Skykomish & Wallace River Winter Steelhead

posted by Mike on 11/29/2016

We have been hearing and seeing a few Winter steelhead showing up on both the Skykomish and Wallace Rivers over the past few days. Would not say the the fishing is spectacular, but at least there are a few nice fish being caught. Overall, we are not expecting a banner season locally as this is the first year of no steelhead plants on most of the Puget Sound streams. The Snohomish system is the only one we are expecting any hatchery returns to this winter. Not only is this the only local stream that will have a hatchery return but the numbers returning are less than stellar. WDFW's plants of hatchery steelhead have been dramatically reduced due to the Federal requirements to reduce the impacts of hatchery fish upon wild and legal problems a few years back with the Wild Fish Conservancy in Duval. This will be a year not to expect much locally and to plan a good number of trips elsewhere in the state.

LAKE WASHINGTON & LAKE SAMMAMISH CUTTHROAT

posted by Mike on 11/23/2016

We have been getting good reports of some fine cutthroat fishing occuring on both Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish recently. Customers have been landing fish consistantly in the 14 - 17 inch range with an occasional fish pushing the 20 inch plus mark. The late Fall and Winter months have been traditionally the time to be on the water of these two lakes chasing cutthroat. Most anglers are trolling, covering the water to locate these nomadic fish. Offerings range from gang trolls with wedding rings with worms, needlefish spoons, small plugs to fire cracker sized herring. All of these presentations have been proven successful.

Generally, most folks have taken to fishing downriggers but one can be quite successful fishing lead core line or even fishing heavier leads. At the present time most anglers have been fishing from 10 - 40 feet down. In starting out cover some water, highlighting upon points of land. Once you hit a fish continue to fish the area as you will generall find more.

Make sure to dress warmly and take your rain gear . Winter cutthroat fishing is not for the fair weather fisherman.

TWIN HARBORS OPENS FOR THREE DAYS OF RAZOR CLAM DIGGING

posted by Mike on 11/23/2016

Twin Harbors will open for 3 days of razor clam digging starting Saturday

OLYMPIA – Razor clam diggers can return to Twin Harbors beach for a three-day opening that begins Nov. 26, state shellfish managers said today.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the opening on evening tides at Twin Harbors after marine toxin tests confirmed clams from the beach are safe to eat. No digging will be allowed before noon.

Diggers had plenty of success last weekend at Twin Harbors, said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager.

"Not only were most folks digging their limits but they were harvesting some good-sized clams," Ayres said.

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

  • Nov. 26, Saturday, 4:47 p.m.; 0.5 feet; Twin Harbors
  • Nov. 27, Sunday, 5:24 p.m.; 0.2 feet; Twin Harbors
  • Nov. 28, Monday, 5:59 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Twin Harbors

Under state law, diggers 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.

Long Beach remains 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.

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

WDFW Black Friday Fishing

posted by Josh on 11/18/2016

WDFW has been stocking lakes throughout Washington that will provide great fishing opportunity on Black Friday and well into the winter months.

This includes openers at Fourth of July Lake, Battle Ground Lake, Klineline Pond, Kress Lane, Anderson Lake, Rowland Lake, Fort Borst Park Pond, South Lewis Country Park Pond, Lake Roosevelt, Spencer Lake, Tanwax Lake, Hog Canyon Lake, Hatch Lake, Williams Lake, Black Lake, Long Lake, Offutt Lake, North Elton Pond, and others.

This is a great opportunity to avoid Black Friday lines and instead catch large trout averaging 15 to 16 inches in length, and weighing up to 3 pounds.

Stop by Ted's to gear up with everything you need!

RAZOR CLAM DIGGING OPENS ON THREE WASHINGTON COASTAL BEACHES

posted by Mike on 11/15/2016

WDFW approves razor clam opening on 3 ocean beaches

OLYMPIA – Fishery managers have approved three days of razor clam digging beginning Nov. 17 at various ocean beaches.

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

Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, said the best digging typically occurs one to two hours before low tide. No digging is allowed at any beach before noon.

"Diggers will find plenty of nice razor clams just waiting for the frying pan or to use as an addition to their Thanksgiving feast," Ayres said.

A list of razor clam recipes is available on WDFW's website at: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/recipes.html

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

  • Nov. 17, Thursday, 8:37 p.m.; -1.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • Nov. 18, Friday, 9:28 p.m.; -0.8 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • Nov. 19, Saturday, 10:22 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks

Under state law, diggers 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.

Long Beach remains 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.

A list of proposed digs through Dec. 31 is available on WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html, where additional information about razor clamming is available.

RESULTS FROM THE EVERETT BLACKMOUTH DERBY

posted by Mike on 11/08/2016

Here's the results from this past weekends Everett Blackmouth Derby. The results were not all that bad!

Derby Statistics

Statistics as of: Nov 8, 
Total Number of Adult Participants: 564
Total Number of Youth Participants: 51
Total Number of Teams: 18
Total Number of Fish Caught: 146
Total Combined Weight of Fish Caught: 967 lbs
Average Weight of Fish Caught: 6.63 lbs


Adult Leaders

Rank Best Weight Time Participant
1) 15.62 lbs 11/6 12:42 LANCE HUSBY - MARYSVILLE, WA (#4184)
2) 14.64 lbs 11/5 13:37 DEREK FLOYD - MARYSVILLE, WA (#4291)
3) 12.70 lbs 11/6 11:59 DYLAN COCHRAN - AUBURN, WA (#4362)
4) 12.33 lbs 11/5 13:31 SCOTT BUMSTEAD - LAKE STEVENS, WA (#4031)
5) 11.52 lbs 11/6 12:39 JEREMY CALLIHAN - ARLINGTON, WA (#4401)
6) 11.40 lbs 11/5 11:31 NIC PULLEY - EVERETT, WA (#4151)
7) 11.08 lbs 11/6 12:09 ANTHONY BREM - ARLINGTON, WA (#4650)
8) 10.88 lbs 11/6 12:17 DAN GRENDYK - ARLINGTON, WA (#4178)
9) 10.77 lbs 11/5 12:35 ERIC PALMER - MARYSVILLE, WA (#4257)
10) 10.66 lbs 11/5 13:42 DAVID ZAJAC - SHORELINE, WA (#4431)


Youth Leaders

Rank Best Weight Time Participant
1) 9.05 lbs 11/6 12:45 KOZMO ZAJAC - SHORELINE, WA (#6069)
2) 7.46 lbs 11/5 11:31 ELLA TROUT - EVERETT, WA (#6088)
3) 6.18 lbs 11/5 13:28 TYLER NANCE - BOTHELL, WA (#6045)
4) 5.99 lbs 11/5 13:03 JACKSON STRAKELE - MARYSVILLE, WA (#6034)
5) 5.35 lbs 11/5 13:59 CHASE SHARPE - MARYSVILLE, WA (#6033)
6) 4.50 lbs 11/6 12:57 ELI BARBIERI - BOTHELL, WA (#6079)


Dick Nite Leaders

Rank Best Weight Time Participant
1) 10.54 lbs 11/5 13:43 RAY STEPHANSON - EVERETT, WA (#4189)


Silver Horde Leaders

Rank Best Weight Time Participant
1) 14.64 lbs 11/5 13:37 DEREK FLOYD - MARYSVILLE, WA (#4291)


Team Leaders

Rank Best Weight Average Team
1) 9.33 lbs TEAM QUICKSPIN
2) 5.29 lbs TEAM DOGFISH
3) 5.17 lbs HOOKING FOR NOOKIE
4) 3.24 lbs HOOK NECK
5) 3.05 lbs TEAM COHO KID
6) 2.62 lbs GREAT WHITE X 2
7) 2.02 lbs TALE CHASERS

 

 

LAKE CHELAN REPORT FOR 07 NOVEMBER 2016

posted by Mike on 11/08/2016

LAKE CHELAN AREA FISHING REPORT FOR 11/7/16

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 What’s hot is trolling for Lake Trout near the Yacht Club on Lake Chelan.  Also hot is trolling for Kokanee on Lake Chelan.   On Lake Chelan we have been running up to the Yacht Club to catch our fish.  Worden Lures venerable T4 Purple Glow Flatfish has been productive as well as Jeff’s Drift Rigs made from Mack’s Lures Smile Blades and tapered beads.  Speeds of 1 to 1.2 mph worked best. 

 Also on Lake Chelan, fishing for Kokanee near the Yacht Club has been hot.  Mack’s Lures 00 to 0000 chrome scale dodgers trailed by their mini cha cha Squidders or wedding rings baited with Pautzke’s Fire Corn has gotten these mostly 12 and 13 inch fish to bite. 

 Your fishing tip of the week is to use your electronics to fine tune your presentation to increase your catch rate.  During this reporting period we used our Depthfinder and GPS to have great days for both Mackinaw and Kokanee on Lake Chelan.  For Kokanee, the fish were concentrated in a narrow band in a small area.  Jeff pounded that area by setting the lure depths just above the schools of Kokanee to have a Banner Day.  The Mack’s were concentrated near the bottom moderately spread out, but near similar depths.  Jeff kept on that pattern to stack the Macks. Without the Depthfinder and GPS it would have been a much slower day. 

The kid’s tip of the week is to keep your ear to the ground for the annual fall stocking of Roses Lake.  This usually provides a couple of weeks of great angling before ice up right around the Thanksgiving Holiday.  My grandkids have some nice memories of this.  Maybe yours can get some memories too? 

The safety tip of the week is make sure you are ready for towing in the winter here in Eastern Washington.  A snow brush, a shovel and chains are a good idea.  A can of that deicer spray has come in handy over the years for a variety of things.  

  I will ascend onto my soap box for my report leading into Veteran’s Day to share my thoughts and feelings before moving on in future reports.  I believe the best thing that we can do to honor our war dead is live well and joyously.  However, I think it is occasionally necessary to reflect and appreciate their sacrifices.  My friend, Terry Gilden was killed in the Beirut Embassy bombing of 1983 by Hezbollah militants.  The mission there was to bring the bloody civil war in Lebanon to an end.  In 1993, my friend, Randy Shugart was killed by militants of a Somalian warlord.  The mission there was to clear the way for food supplies to reach hundreds of thousands of starving civilians in rural Somalia.  While critical thinking is necessary and skepticism can be useful, make no mistake.  Flawed as we might be, we are the good guys because men like my friends answered the call and do their best to implement our national will.  George Orwell said it best:  “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”  Just reflect for a moment about the lifestyle we enjoy and give thanks for these men.

 

MARINE TOXINS CLOSE RAZOR CLAM DIGS

posted by Mike on 11/05/2016

WDFW cancels 5 days of razor clam digging;
Nov. 17 opening depends on further testing

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has canceled five days (Nov. 12-16) from a razor clam dig that was tentatively planned at Twin Harbors and Long Beach, due to elevated marine toxin levels.

However, shellfish managers still hope to move forward with three days of digging (Nov. 17-19) at four Washington ocean beaches, pending the results of further testing for domoic acid. A natural toxin produced by certain types of algae, domoic acid can be harmful or even fatal if consumed in sufficient quantities.

Neither Long Beach nor Twin Harbors have met state public health standards for toxins. Those beaches could be in the clear for the Nov. 17 opening if additional testing shows toxin levels have dropped, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for WDFW.

Levels of domoic acid have been elevated for several weeks along Washington's southern coast, at Long Beach and Twin Harbors. However, toxin levels along the northern coast, at Copalis and Mocrocks, have consistently met state health standards in recent months. Both Copalis and Mocrocks are also being considered for the Nov. 17 opening by WDFW.

"We're optimistic that we'll be able to open at least a few of the beaches on Nov. 17," Ayres said.

Ayres anticipates announcing test results by Nov. 15. Diggers should check WDFW's webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/

Domoic acid has posed a problem for Washington's razor clam fisheries over the last 18 months. Elevated toxin levels have prompted WDFW to occasionally close beaches to digging.

"We're off to a bit of rocky start with this fall's razor clam digs," Ayres said. "But we'll give the green light on digs as soon as we know the clams are safe to eat."

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

 

WINTER BLACKMOUTH FISHERIES

posted by Mike on 11/04/2016

Finally, we have a chance to get back out on the water and chase some winter blackmouth on the local waters that have been closed to samon fishing for quite some time. Since it has opened on November 1st we have had some mixed reports from anglers. The best reports that we have are coming from the Possession Bar area south to the Head. Though there are alot of sub legals beeing caught, there are some nice fish being caught. We had one group of anglers that had 4 for there boat in the 8 - 10 pound range and released a wild fish of aroung 16 pounds. We have had similar reports from others that have been in. The Hat Island / Race track area seems to be putting out a high percentage of shakers for very few legal fish. The Saratoga Pasage area is like wise putting out a lot of small fish. Not to say there are no legal fish, but they are few and far between.

I am sure as more anglers venture out we will hear of more areas putting out fish. We'll pass on more information as we hear it. Get out and fish!

WINTER CRAB TO CLOSE EARLY IN MARINE AREA 10

posted by Mike on 10/29/2016

Marine Area 10 winter crab fishery to close early;
Areas 11, 13 remain closed for the season

 

 

OLYMPIA – The recreational Dungeness crab fishery in Marine Area 10 (Seattle/Bremerton) will close about six weeks early due to low numbers of crab in the area, state shellfish managers said today.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) also announced that marine areas 11 (Tacoma-Vashon Island) and 13 (south Sound) will remain closed for the winter crabbing season. Harvest numbers from the summer crab fishery in both areas indicate sport crabbers have reached their quota for the year, said Rich Childers, shellfish manager for WDFW.

"We're taking these steps to protect crab populations in all three marine areas," Childers said. 

The Marine Area 10 crab fishery will close at 6 p.m., Nov. 15. WDFW previously planned to close the area Dec. 31, but is closing it early due to low crab abundance.

Currently, eight marine areas remain open seven days a week through Dec. 31: marine areas 4 (Neah Bay, east of the Tatoosh-Bonilla line), 5 (Sekiu), 6 (eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca), 7 (San Juan Islands), 8-1 (Deception Pass, Hope Island, and Skagit Bay), 8-2 (Port Susan and Port Gardner), 9 (Admiralty Inlet, Port Gamble, and Port Ludlow), and 12 (Hood Canal).

The daily catch limit in Puget Sound is five Dungeness crab, males only, in hard-shell condition with a minimum carapace width of 6¼ inches. In addition, fishers may catch six red rock crab of either sex per day, provided those crab measure at least 5 inches across. Additional information is available on WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/crab/

All Dungeness crab caught in the late-season fishery must be recorded on winter catch cards, which are valid through Dec. 31. Winter cards are available at license vendors across the state.

Winter catch reports are due to WDFW by Feb. 1, 2017. For more information on catch record cards, visit WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/crab/crc.html

CHINOOK LIMITED TO ONE HATCHERY IN MARINE AREAS 8-1.8-2,9 AND 10

posted by Mike on 10/25/2016

Anglers limited to 1 chinook per day in marine areas 8-1, 8-2, 9, and 10

Action: The daily limit for hatchery chinook salmon in marine areas 8-1, 8-2, 9, and 10 will be reduced to 1 chinook, with a 2 salmon limit. All coho and wild chinook salmon must be released.

Effective locations and dates

  • Marine Area 8-1 (Deception Pass, Hope Island and Skagit Bay): Nov. 1, 2016 through April 30, 2017.
  • Marine Area 8-2 (Port Susan and Port Gardner): Nov. 1, 2016 through April 30, 2017.
  • Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet): Nov. 1 through Nov. 30, 2016 and Jan. 16 through Apr. 30, 2017.
  • Marine Area 10 (Seattle/Bremerton): Nov. 1, 2016 through Feb. 28, 2017.

Species affected:  Chinook salmon

Reason for action: Before the salmon fishing season started, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and tribal co-managers agreed to a limited number of chinook encounters – retaining or releasing fish – anglers are allowed in Marine Areas 8-1, 8-2, 9, and 10.

The department is modifying these fisheries to try to stay within the agreed to number of encounters, increasing the likelihood of providing season-long fisheries. WDFW consulted with its Puget Sound sportfishing advisors in making this change.

Other information: WDFW will continue to monitor and evaluate these marine area fisheries.

Information Contact: Mark Baltzell, (360) 902-2807 or Ryan Lothrop (360) 902-2808.

NO RAZOR CLAM DIGGING AT TWIN HARBOR BEACHES DUE TO TOXIN LEVELS

posted by Mike on 10/25/2016

Razor clam dig at Twin Harbors cancelled
due to elevated levels of marine toxins

OLYMPIA – Elevated marine toxin levels have prompted the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to cancel a razor clam dig scheduled to start Friday at Twin Harbors.

State shellfish managers already scratched a dig at Long Beach – that was also scheduled to start Friday – due to elevated levels of domoic acid, a natural toxin produced by certain types of marine algae. The toxin can be harmful or even fatal if consumed in sufficient quantities.

"We're disappointed to have to cancel this week's opening but we can't take chances when public health is at stake," said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for WDFW.

Domoic acid levels started to increase along Washington's southern coast, at Long Beach, just before the first opening this fall. Recent testing indicates that domoic acid levels are on the rise further north, at Twin Harbors.

WDFW will continue to monitor toxin levels on all Washington beaches. The department has tentatively scheduled the next opening to start on Nov. 12 with potential digging opportunities on four ocean beaches. Final approval will depend on the results of toxin tests that will occur about a week before the dig is scheduled to begin.

State health officials require that each beach must pass two rounds of toxin testing, showing levels of domoic acid below 20 parts per million, to be considered for clam digging.  

"We're hopeful that toxin levels will drop and allow us to open ocean beaches to digging later this season," Ayres said.

Elevated levels of domoic acid also forced state shellfish managers to cut short the razor clam season in the spring of 2015 and delay openings last fall.

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

ADDITIONAL FISHING OPPORTUNITES FOR SNOHOMISH SYSTEM

posted by Mike on 10/22/2016

Snohomish, Skykomish and Wallace rivers to open
for gamefish;
coho fishing season extended

Action: Opens the Snohomish River, the Skykomish River and the Wallace River to fishing for gamefish beginning Oct. 22. Extends the coho fisheries on these three rivers through Nov. 30.

Species affected: Coho salmon and gamefish.

Reason for action: State and tribal co-managers had agreed to limited coho fisheries, Oct. 11 through Oct. 31, on these rivers but kept the rivers closed to fishing for gamefish. The co-managers agree that the coho return is strong enough to extend the coho fisheries through Nov. 30 and open gamefish fisheries on Oct. 22, rather than Nov. 1, as scheduled.

Effective locations and dates:

Snohomish River (Snohomish County) from the mouth (Burlington-Northern Railroad bridges), including all channels, sloughs, and interconnected waterways, but excluding all tributaries, upstream to the confluence of the Skykomish and Snoqualmie rivers. Open for gamefish Oct. 22. Open for coho fishing through Nov. 30.

Skykomish River from the mouth upstream to the confluence with the Wallace River. Open for gamefish Oct. 22. Open for coho fishing through Nov. 30. Fishing from a floating device is prohibited Nov. 1 through Nov. 30 from the boat ramp below Lewis St. Bridge at Monroe to a point 2,500 feet downstream from the ramp, and from 1,000 feet downstream of the Reiter Ponds outlet to 1,500 feet upstream.

Wallace River from the mouth (farthest downstream railroad bridge) to 200 feet upstream of the hatchery water intake. Open for gamefish Oct. 22. Open for coho fishing through Nov. 30. Fishing from a floating device is prohibited on the Wallace River from Nov. 1 through Nov. 30.

Rules:

  • Night closure in effect (fishing is open from one hour before official sunrise to one hour after official sunset).
  • Anti-snagging rules apply.
  • Salmon: Minimum size 12 inches; daily limit 2 coho only.
  • Dolly Varden/Bull Trout:  Min. size 20". May be retained as part of the trout daily limit.
  • Other trout: Minimum size 14". Daily limit 2.
  • Other gamefish rules, including statewide minimum size/daily limits apply.
  • Sturgeon: Catch and release is allowed. When fishing for sturgeon, all other sturgeon rules apply (see page 14 of the Fishing in Washington Sport Fishing Pamphlet).

Information contact: Region 4, Mill Creek Office, Jennifer Whitney; Jennifer.Whitney@dfw.wa.gov(425) 775-1311, ext. 107.

NISQUALLY OPENS FOR HATCHERY COHO AND OTHER GAMEFISH

posted by Mike on 10/22/2016

Nisqually River open to retention of hatchery coho and gamefish

Action: Retention of hatchery coho and gamefish is permitted. Salmon, trout and other gamefish fishing open on the mainstem Nisqually River from mouth to the military tank crossing bridge.

Effective dates: Oct. 22, 2016, until further notice.

Species affected:  Coho salmon and gamefish

Location: Mainstem Nisqually from mouth to the military tank crossing bridge.

Reasons for action:  The Nisqually River was originally closed to all fishing under a state and tribal co-manager agreement to protect coho salmon.

Egg-take goals for coho have been met at Kalama and Clear Creek hatcheries, allowing the co-managers to open fisheries for coho and gamefish. 

Other information: Anglers can retain 2 hatchery adult coho only and must release all chinook, all chum, wild coho and wild steelhead.  Trout minimum size 14", daily limit 2.  Other gamefish statewide minimum size/daily limits apply.

Sport anglers should be aware that tribal fisheries will also be occurring and should avoid interfering with those fisheries.

Information Contact: James P. Losee, (360) 902-2741, james.losee@dfw.wa.gov

CHELAN AREA FISHING REPORT FROM ANTON JONES

posted by Mike on 10/21/2016

 

LAKE CHELAN AREA FISHING REPORT FOR 10/20/16

    Continuing hot is our late fall pattern of trolling the Barrens and the Trench for Mackinaw on Lake Chelan.  Also hot is trolling for Lahontan Cutthroat on Omak Lake. 

   We troll for lakers from 185 to 245 feet deep.  Fish within 3 to 5 feet of the bottom and keep your speed around 1 mph.  Jeff Drift’s with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow will keep you consistently into the fish. 

    WDFW will soon make it’s annual fall Rainbow trout plant on Roses Lake. They will put in about 20,000 fish that are 2.5 fish to the pound.  They can be caught by a variety of methods.  Catch them from shoreline locations with Pautzke’s Firebait in American Wildfire using a 30” leader on a slip sinker rig.  You can also catch them trolling using Mack’s Lure Mini Cha Cha Squidders behind a Mack’s Lure 0000 Double D Dodger.  Bait those mini cha cha’s with a piece of worm or a small nugget of Pautzke’s Fire Bait. 

   Also, smokin’ hot, as usual is trolling for Lahontan Cutthroat.  Jeff and his buddy Jim caught and released 227 Cutts in about 2.5 days of fishing.  An unbaited Jeff drift was the most successful of the twenty some presentations that they caught fish with. 

    Your fishing tip of the week is to make a plan and WORK the plan.  Making those changes when your first presentation or location doesn’t work is the hardest thing to do.  You know, “it worked yesterday”…  Maybe something changed.  On Chelan, somewhere between 45 minutes and 1 hour and 15 minutes without a bite is my limit.  Then you have to change something.  Don’t cross over that line from being appropriately persistent to just stupid / stubborn. 

    The kid’s tip of the week is to get them to those shoreline locations on Roses Lake for those planter trout between school and dinner.  You’ll make memories and stave off early cabin fever onset. 

    Your safety tip of the week is to take a minute and check your hose from the gasoline fill to your fuel tank.  Over time it can develop cracks and allow gasoline to pour into your bilge.  Not good…  Enjoy the fall wildlife viewing opportunities in the valley this time of the year.

 

LAST DAY TO FISH COLUMBIA FROM MOUTH TO PASCO FOR SALMON & STEELHEAD

posted by Mike on 10/20/2016

Fishing for salmon, steelhead to close from mouth of Columbia River to Pasco

Action:  Fishing for salmon and steelhead will close Oct. 22 on the mainstem Columbia River from Buoy 10 near the mouth of the river upstream to the Hwy 395 Bridge near Pasco, Washington.    

Species affected: Salmon and steelhead.

Effective dates: Oct. 22 through Dec. 31, 2016.  

Location:  Mainstem Columbia from Buoy 10 upstream to the Highway 395 Bridge.

Reason for action: Based on the most recent in-season run forecast, the non-treaty allocation of Upriver Bright (URB) fall chinook has been reached. The URB component of the run includes Snake River fall chinook, which are listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Additional information: Allowable impact rates on listed chinook salmon stocks are based on a percentage of the total chinook run. The preseason forecast for the 2016 fall chinook run to the Columbia River was 960,200 fish, including an estimated 579,600 URB chinook. Based on actual returns, those projections have been reduced several times during the course of the season by the multi-jurisdictional Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). On Oct. 17, the TAC reduced its official forecast of the URB chinook run to 412,700, leaving no additional impacts available for the non-treaty fishery.

Information contact:  (360) 696-6211. For latest information press *1010.

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