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ICICLE RIVER OPENS FOR SPRING CHINOOK - JUNE 15TH

posted by Mike on 06/14/2019

Icicle River will open June 15 for spring Chinook fishing

Action: Open the Icicle River to salmon fishing.

Effective date: One hour before official sunrise on June 15 through one hour after official sunset July 31, 2019.

Species affected:  Hatchery spring Chinook salmon.

Location:  Icicle River (Chelan County).

1) From the closure signs located 800 feet upstream of the mouth of the river to 500 feet downstream from the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Barrier Dam.

2) From the shoreline markers where Cyo Road intersects the Icicle River at the Sleeping Lady Resort to the Icicle Peshastin Irrigation Footbridge (approximately 750 feet upstream from the Snow Lakes trailhead parking area).

Reason for action: WDFW previously announced these areas would not open for spring chinook fishing. However, the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery just recently met its broodstock collection goals.  There are approximately 100 spring Chinook, mostly 3-year-old jacks, available for harvest.

Additional information:

Daily limit: One hatchery Chinook (adult or jack), minimum size 12 inches. Release all salmon other than hatchery Chinook. (Anglers are reminded that they may retain only one daily limit of salmon regardless of the number of waters they fish in.)

General Rules: Retention of hatchery Chinook is mandatory.  Hatchery chinook are identified by a missing adipose fin with a healed scar in its location.

Chinook with an intact adipose fin must be released unharmed and cannot be removed from the water prior to release.

Night closure is in effect.

Two-pole endorsement does not apply to this fishery.

Motorized vessels are not allowed on the Icicle River (Chelan County ordinance 7.20.190 Motorboat restrictions).

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

KLICKITAT RIVER CLOSING FOR CHINOOK RETENTION

posted by Mike on 06/01/2019

Spring chinook retention to close on the Klickitat River

Action: Closes retention of spring chinook on the Klickitat River.

Effective date: June 5, 2019 until further notice.

Species affected: Spring chinook.

Location: From the mouth (Burlington Northern railroad bridge) to the boundary markers below Klickitat Salmon Hatchery.

Reason for action: The number of hatchery-origin spring chinook that have returned to Klickitat Salmon Hatchery is far below the 500 fish needed to meet the hatchery escapement goal. As of May 28, only 42 adults have been collected for the hatchery program. Closing the river to spring chinook retention will increase the number of hatchery fish available for broodstock and help ensure future hatchery returns. WDFW will continue working with co-managers to monitor the progress of broodstock collection and reopen the fishery if returns indicate that hatchery goals will be met.

Additional information: The Klickitat River remains open from the mouth to the Yakama Reservation boundary for retention of hatchery steelhead. Anglers may retain up to 3 hatchery steelhead per day.

Information contact: Matt Gardner, district fish biologist, 360-906-6746.

JUNE IS HERE! LOTS OF FISHING OPPORTUNITIES!

posted by Mike on 06/01/2019

June is the month that opens up a multitude of fishing opportunities for anglers here in Washington state. Not only has the weather improved but also many fisheries. Here's a few things that you can put onto your fishing list.

 

Skykomish River is open for both steelhead & Chinook salmon. It opened this past weekend with a fairly lackluster, disappointing fishery over the holiday weekend. There was pehaps 25 - 30 steelhead caught by the bank anglers at Reiter Ponds and it has tapered off to just a few fish a day since then. The boat anglers had a handful of Chinook in the Wallace Flats / Sultan area, but also found some ho hum fishing. Hope fully things will improve on both fronts in the next few weeks.

PORTION OF SNAKE RIVER TO REOPEN FOR CHINOOK ON MAY 27TH

posted by Mike on 05/25/2019

Portion of Snake River to open for one day of spring chinook fishing

Action: Opens a one-day spring Chinook fishery at Little Goose Dam.

Effective date: May 27.

Species affected: Chinook salmon.

Location: Below Little Goose Dam: Snake River from Texas Rapids boat launch (south side of the river upstream of the mouth of Tucannon River) to the fishing restriction boundary below Little Goose Dam. This zone includes the rock and concrete area between the juvenile bypass return pipe and Little Goose Dam along the south shoreline of the facility (includes the walkway area locally known as "the Wall" in front of the juvenile collection facility).

Reason for action: Fishery managers have determined that sufficient harvest allocation remains to allow for a one-day spring chinook fishery in this area.

Additional information:

Salmon: Daily limit 4, up to 1 adult may be retained. Minimum size 12 inches. Only hatchery chinook, as evidenced by a clipped adipose fin with a healed scar, may be retained. Release all other salmon. The Snake River opens for steelhead fishing on May 25; anglers may not continue to fish for salmon or steelhead once the adult salmon daily limit has been retained. Any chinook over 24 inches is considered an adult. Night closure is in effect.

On days and in areas open for salmon, barbless hooks are required for all species.

When open for retention, anglers cannot remove any salmon or steelhead from the water unless it is retained as part of the daily bag limit.

Anglers are reminded to refer to the 2018-19 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for additional regulations, including safety closures, closed waters, and others. Through June 30, anglers are required to obtain a Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement to fish for salmon or steelhead in the Columbia River and its tributaries.

Information contact: Jeremy Trump, District 3 Fish Biologist 509-382-1005

EDMONDS PIER SALMON REPORTS

posted by Mike on 05/11/2019

Though the Edmond's Pier salmon fishing generally does't reach full stride until sometime in July, at least there is a chance of hooking one from now on. I heard of at least a couple being landed this past week. The largest being around 9 pounds.

 

Most of the regulars are still fishing a variety of lead minnows in the 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 ounce range. Some of the most popular recently have been the 2 ounce Pucci Minnow in Blue Glow and the Luhr Jensen Crippled Herring in the Glow Green 188 color.

CHEHALIS RIVER AND SOME TRIBUTARIES TO CLOSE TO FISHING

posted by Mike on 05/11/2019

Fishing to close Monday on the Chehalis River and some tributaries

Action:  Closes fishing on the Chehalis River and some tributaries beginning May 13.

Effective date:  May 13, 2019 through June 30, 2019.

Species affected:  All species.

Location:  Chehalis River, South Fork Chehalis River, North Fork Newaukum River, South Fork Newaukum River and Skookumchuck River.

Reason for action:  Low predicted spring Chinook returns make them more vulnerable to fishing pressure.  Spring Chinook stage in the Chehalis River, South Fork Chehalis River, North and South forks of the Newaukum Rivers and the Skookumchuck River.  Any incidental encounters of spring Chinook during game fishing could subject this fish to stress, injury, or death, which during a year of low predicted returns could harm future runs.

Additional information:  WDFW previously closed the Chehalis to fishing for spring chinook: https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/erule.jsp?id=2304.

The Chehalis River was scheduled to open for fishing for gamefish on May 25 but will remain closed to all fishing through June 30.

For more information regarding fishing regulations and opportunities please visit our website at https://wdfw.wa.gov or download our free Fish Washington mobile application from your app store.

Information contact: Chad Herring, Willapa Bay/Grays Harbor Fishery Policy Lead Region 6, (360) 249-4628, ext 299.

TWO ADDITIONAL DAYS OF SPRING CHINOOK ABOVE BONNEVILLE

posted by Mike on 05/09/2019

Columbia River spring fishery season to reopen above Bonneville Dam

Action: Reopens spring fishery on the mainstem Columbia River above Bonneville Dam.

Effective date: Saturday, May 11 through Sunday, May 12, 2019.

Species affected: Spring chinook, steelhead.

Reason for action: Reopens the 2019 spring salmon season in the Columbia River consistent with the Joint State Action of May 8, 2019. Catch balance remains available to provide additional fishing opportunity.

Location: Tower Island power lines (approximately 6 miles below The Dalles Dam) upstream to the Oregon-Washington border plus the Oregon and Washington banks between Bonneville Dam and the Tower Island power lines (except for those waters closed under permanent regulations).

Additional information: Daily limit is 6 adipose-fin-clipped salmonids, including no more than 2 adults, of which no more than 1 may be an adult chinook. Release all wild chinook and wild steelhead. Minimum salmon size is 12 inches. Barbless hooks are required and anglers must have a Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement.

Information contact: Region 5: 360-696-6211, Region 3: 509-575-2474.

SNAKE RIVER SPRING CHINOOK FISHERY TO OPEN TWO DAYS A WEEK

posted by Mike on 05/07/2019

Snake River spring chinook fishery to open two days per week

Action: Spring chinook salmon fishery opens two days per week (Saturday and Sunday) beginning May 11, 2019 in sections of the Snake River. 

Effective date:  May 11, 2019 until further notice.

Species affected: Salmon.

Locations:  
A)  Below Little Goose Dam:  The Snake River from Texas Rapids boat launch (south side of the river upstream of the mouth of Tucannon River) to the fishing restriction boundary below Little Goose Dam.  This zone includes the rock and concrete area between the juvenile bypass return pipe and Little Goose Dam along the south shoreline of the facility (includes the walkway area locally known as “the Wall” in front of the juvenile collection facility);

B) Clarkston: The Snake River from the downstream edge of the large power lines crossing the Snake River (just upstream from West Evans Road on the south shore) upstream about 3.5 miles to the Washington state line (from the east levee of the Greenbelt boat launch in Clarkston northwest across the Snake River to the Washington/Idaho boundary waters marker on the Whitman County shore).

Reason for action:  The 2019 Columbia River forecasted return of upriver spring chinook salmon is sufficiently abundant enough to allow for harvest opportunity on the Snake River based on Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission Policy C-3620. 

Additional information: 

Salmon: Daily limit 4, of which up to 1 may be an adult; min. size 12 inches. Only hatchery chinook, as evidenced by a clipped adipose fin with a healed scar, may be retained. Release all other salmon. The Snake River opens for steelhead fishing on May 25. Anglers may not continue to fish for salmon or steelhead once the adult salmon daily limit has been retained. Any chinook over 24 inches is considered an adult. Night closure is in effect.

On days and in areas open for salmon, barbless hooks are required for all species.

When open for retention, anglers cannot remove any salmon or steelhead from the water unless it is retained as part of the daily bag limit.

WDFW will monitor this fishery and the returns of spring chinook throughout the season and may close the fishery at any time due to harvest levels, impacts fish listed under the Endangered Species Act, in-season run adjustments, or a combination of these things. Please continue to check emergency rules if you are planning to fish for spring chinook in the Snake River.

Anglers are reminded to refer to the 2018/2019 Fishing in Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for other regulations, including safety closures, closed waters, etc. Through June 30, anglers are required under state law to obtain a Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement to fish for salmon or steelhead in the Columbia River and its tributaries.

Information contact: Jeremy Trump, District 3 Fish Biologist, (509) 382-1005.

SKYKOMISH RIVER TO OPEN FOR CHINOOK MAY 25TH

posted by Mike on 05/06/2019

The Skykomish River to open May 25 to fishing for hatchery chinook salmon

Action:  The Skykomish River will open to fishing for hatchery chinook salmon on May 25 (the Saturday before Memorial Day) to coincide with the gamefish season. 

Effective dates:  May 25 through July 31, 2019.

Species affected:  Hatchery chinook salmon.

Location:  Skykomish River, mouth to the mouth of the Wallace River; salmon, open the Saturday before Memorial Day through July 31.

Rules:  Minimum size 12”, daily limit 4 hatchery chinook only 2 of which may be adults. 

Reason for action: Coordinate the seasons between gamefish and chinook. 

Additional information: This fishery was agreed to during from the North of Falcon salmon-season setting process. Gamefish rules are as described in the pamphlet and are already covered under permanent rules.

Information contact: Region 4 Mill Creek Office, (425) 775-1311.

ICICLE RIVER WILL NOT OPEN FOR CHINOOK THIS SEASON

posted by Mike on 05/03/2019

Icicle River will not open for spring chinook fishing

Action: Close the Icicle River to salmon fishing.

Effective date:  May 15 through July 31, 2019.

Species affected: Hatchery spring chinook salmon.

Location:  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 shoreline markers where Cyo Road intersects the Icicle River at the Sleeping Lady Resort to the Icicle Peshastin Irrigation Footbridge (approximately 750 feet upstream of the Snow Lakes trailhead parking area).

Reason for action:  The number of spring chinook returning to the Icicle River is not projected to meet broodstock needs (1,000 spawners) at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery. To avoid a potential broodstock shortage and/or a reduced release of fish from the hatchery in 2020, it is necessary to close the fishery at this time.

The WDFW will monitor spring chinook salmon returns to the Icicle River and if numbers improve and broodstock collection goals are met, a season will be opened.
Information contact: Travis Maitland, District 7 Fish Biologist, (509) 665-3337; Chad Jackson, Region 2 Fish Program Manager, (509) 754-4624 ext.250.

HATCHERY STEELHEAD RETENTION REOPENS ON KALAMA RIVER

posted by Mike on 05/02/2019

Hatchery steelhead retention reopens on the lower Kalama River, use of barbless hooks is voluntary

Action:  Retention of hatchery steelhead is open under permanent rule on the lower Kalama River.  The use of barbless hooks remains voluntary on the Kalama River, including when fishing under selective gear rules and in fly-fishing-only waters. All other stipulations of selective gear rules and fly fishing only rules remain in effect.

Effective date:  May 3, 2019.

Species affected:  Steelhead, all species.

Location:  

  • From the mouth to 1,000 feet below the fishway at the upper salmon hatchery (i.e. Kalama Falls Hatchery):  Hatchery steelhead retention open under permanent rule.
  • From the mouth upstream to the 6600 Road Bridge immediately downstream of Jacks Creek:  Use of barbless hooks is voluntary.

Reason for action: Steelhead retention was closed on the lower Kalama River in early April due to limited number of fish returning to hatchery facilities that are needed to meet egg production goals. Over the past month, hatchery facilities on the Kalama River were able to collect additional broodstock and are projected to meet egg collection goals for hatchery winter steelhead programs.

Additional information:  The daily steelhead limit is three hatchery fish. Retention of hatchery spring chinook remains open, with a daily limit of six fish, no more than one adult.

Information contact:  Matt Gardner, District Fish Biologist, (360) 906-6746

MAYS HERE! LOTS OF FISHING CHOICES

posted by Mike on 05/01/2019

May is without a doubt the turning point of many of our Northwest fisheries. Not only has the weather improved, but there are a mulitude of different fisheries that one can participate in. Here's a little run down of some of them.

 

Ling Cod opens up May 1st and runs thru June 15th in Puget Sound, Straits and San Juans. You have a 26 - 36 inch size restriction with a single fish per day limit. This is one of our most popular local fisheries.

 

Halibut opens on May 2nd in Marine Areas 5,6,7,8,9, and 10. We have a quota of 77,550 pounda alloted this season. We have additional days to fish on May 4,9,11,18, 24,& 26 in June we have 6,8,20 & 22. The limit is one der day with no size restriction and an annual limit of 4 fish.

 

Spot Shrimp opens on May 11th this season. Make sure to read your regulations as there have been a number of changes this year, especially in the San Juans and Straits.

 

Spring Chinook opens on a section of the Skagit River from the Memorial Highway Bridge in Mount Vernon up to Gilligan Creek. This is the first time in amlost 30 years that it is open. We have a two fish limit per day and they must be hatchery fish. The river is a bit high at present but we should still see some good opportunities.

LOWER COLUMBIA RIVER TO REOPEN FOR CHINOOK APRIL 27TH & 28TH

posted by Mike on 04/25/2019

Third weekend opening planned for Columbia River spring chinook fishery below Bonneville Dam

OLYMPIA – For the third weekend in a row, a section of the lower Columbia River will reopen for two days of recreational spring chinook salmon fishing beginning Saturday, state fishery managers announced today.

The initial spring chinook fishing period from Bonneville Dam downriver to Warrior Rock closed at midnight Wednesday, April 10, then reopened for the weekends beginning April 13 and 20, based on catch and run estimates at that time.

High, turbid waters have created challenging fishing conditions for anglers, with difficult conditions likely to continue into early May. Fishery managers estimate that recreational harvest remains well below pre-season expectations. Fish counts at Bonneville Dam to date have also been below expectations.

"Water conditions have made fishing difficult in April, but we want to provide opportunity when we can," said Bill Tweit, special assistant with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. "These weekend openings offer that opportunity while allowing us to maintain a conservative approach to this important fishery."

The fishery will reopen for spring chinook on April 27 and 28 on the Columbia River upstream from the Warrior Rock boundary line to Bonneville Dam. The lower river downstream from Warrior Rock remains closed to fishing for salmon, steelhead, and shad.

Anglers may retain two adult salmon, two steelhead, or one of each per day, but only one salmon may be a chinook. Only hatchery fish may be retained.

Waters above Bonneville Dam to the Oregon/Washington state line above McNary Dam remain open to salmon fishing through May 5.

Anglers are reminded that the use of barbless hooks is required when fishing for salmon and steelhead in these areas.

 

LOWER SKAGIT RIVER TO OPEN FOR SPRING CHINOOK

posted by Mike on 04/22/2019

Lower Skagit River opens May 1 to fishing for hatchery spring chinook

OLYMPIA – For the first time in nearly 30 years, anglers will get the chance to fish for spring chinook salmon in the lower Skagit River next month.

State and tribal co-managers recently agreed to move forward with this year's fishery, based on the number of wild and hatchery fish projected to return to the river, said Edward Eleazer, regional fish manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

"We've seen a sufficient number of spring chinook returning to the Skagit River in the last several years to allow us to open this section of the river," Eleazer said. "This is essentially a new opportunity for most anglers. We hope it provides some great fishing this spring." 

The fishery will be open for hatchery spring chinook from May 1 through May 31. Anglers fishing this section will have a daily limit of two hatchery chinook, which are marked with a clipped adipose fin, but must release all other species.

The lower Skagit fishery includes the area from the Highway 536 Bridge (Memorial Highway Bridge) in Mount Vernon to Gilligan Creek.

Eleazer noted that the upper Skagit River, from the Highway 530 Bridge at Rockport to the Cascade River Road, will open June 1 to fishing for spring hatchery chinook, as will the Cascade River, from the mouth to the Rockport-Cascade Road Bridge. More details on those fisheries can be found in the 2018-19 Sport Fishing Rules Pamphlet, available online at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations.

 

COLUMBIA RIVER TO REOPEN FOR CHINOOK APRIL 20TH & 21ST

posted by Mike on 04/18/2019

Another brief opening planned for Columbia River spring chinook fishery below Bonneville Dam

OLYMPIA – A section of the lower Columbia River will again reopen for two days of recreational spring chinook salmon fishing beginning Saturday, April 20, state fishery managers announced today.

The initial spring chinook fishing period from Bonneville Dam downriver to Warrior Rock closed at midnight Wednesday, April 10, then reopened for two days on April 13 and 14 based on catch and run estimates at that time.

This weekend’s opening comes after fishery managers from Washington and Oregon evaluated additional information collected from the recreational fishery, said Bill Tweit, special assistant with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Staff will continue to closely monitor the run as it progresses.

“With updated catch estimates still well below the expected harvest numbers, we feel comfortable reopening this section of river for another round of weekend fishing,” Tweit said. “Water levels are still high but are starting to stabilize, which may provide improved fishing opportunity.”

The fishery will reopen for spring chinook on April 20 and 21 on the Columbia River upstream from the Warrior Rock boundary line to Bonneville Dam. The lower river downstream from Warrior Rock remains closed to fishing for salmon, steelhead, and shad.

Anglers may retain one adult chinook and one adult steelhead, or two adult steelhead, per day. Only hatchery fish may be retained.

Waters above Bonneville Dam to the Oregon/Washington state line above McNary Dam remain open to salmon fishing through May 5.

Anglers are reminded that the use of barbless hooks is required when fishing for salmon and steelhead in these areas.

TWO ADDITIONAL DAYS OF CHINOOK FISHING ON COLUMIA BELOW BONNEVILLE DAM

posted by Mike on 04/11/2019

Short reopening scheduled for Columbia River
spring chinook fishery below Bonneville Dam

OLYMPIA – A section of the lower Columbia River will reopen for recreational spring chinook fishing for two days beginning Saturday, April 13, state fishery managers announced.

The initial spring chinook fishing period from Bonneville Dam downriver to Warrior Rock ended at midnight Wednesday, April 10. But with less than half of the expected harvest of 3,689 upriver spring chinook salmon reeled in so far, additional opportunity remains available to anglers, and fishery managers from Washington and Oregon agreed to reopen the area to fishing for one more weekend from April 13-14.

"Given the low forecast, we're closely monitoring this run," said Bill Tweit, special assistant for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. "We're going to meet our conservation objectives and work within our means to provide harvest opportunities."

Tweit noted that cold spring temperatures and recent heavy rains may have also contributed to slow fishing in recent weeks.

The fishery will reopen for spring chinook over the weekend on the Columbia River upstream from the Warrior Rock boundary line to Bonneville Dam. The lower river downstream from Warrior Rock remains closed to fishing for salmon, steelhead, and shad.

Anglers may retain two adult salmon, two steelhead, or one of each per day, but only one salmon may be a chinook. Only hatchery fish may be retained.

Waters above Bonneville Dam to the Oregon/Washington state line above McNary Dam remain open to salmon fishing through May 5.

Anglers are reminded that the use of barbless hooks is required when fishing for salmon and steelhead in these areas.

 

SPRING CHINOOK FISHERY ABOVE BONNEVILLE TO OPEN APRIL 1ST

posted by Mike on 03/29/2019

Spring chinook bank fishery set to open above Bonneville Dam

Action: Sets fishing regulations for spring chinook bank fishery upstream of Bonneville Dam.

Effective date: April 1 through May 5, 2019.

Species affected: Spring chinook, steelhead.

Reason for action: Sets the 2019 spring salmon season in the Columbia River consistent with the Compact Action of Feb. 20, 2019. Spring chinook runs are projected to be significantly lower than recent year returns. The fisheries were set within allowable catch levels for upriver spring chinook.

Location: Washington shoreline from Bonneville Dam to the Tower Island power lines (except for those waters closed under permanent regulations.)

Additional information: All lines must be hand cast from the bank. Daily limit is 6 adipose fin-clipped salmonids, including no more than 2 adults of which no more than 1 may be an adult chinook. Release all wild chinook and wild steelhead. Salmon minimum size: 12 inches. Anglers must purchase a Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement.

Information contact: Region 5: (360) 696-6211, Region 3: (509) 575-2474.

SALMON LIMIT REDUCED ON WIND RIVER

posted by Mike on 03/22/2019

Adult salmon daily limit reduced on the Wind River

Action: Reduces the adult salmon daily limit to one fish on days and in locations open for salmon retention in the Wind River.

Locations and effective dates: 

  • From the mouth to 400 feet downstream of Shipherd Falls fish ladder: Effective April 1, 2019 until further notice.
  • From 100 feet above Shipherd Falls to 800 yards below Carson National Fish Hatchery: Effective May 1, 2019 until further notice.

Species affected: Salmon

Reason for action: An estimated 2,800 adult spring chinook are forecast to return to the Wind River in 2019. Managers need to reduce the adult salmon daily limit to ensure that hatchery chinook broodstock goals are achieved. Reducing the adult salmon daily limit will provide continued opportunity for anglers to harvest spring chinook and help ensure future hatchery returns. 

Additional information: For salmon and steelhead the daily limit is 6 fish; including no more than two adults (salmon and steelhead) of which only one may be a salmon.  Anglers are reminded to check the Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for areas where and dates when the Wind River is open for salmon retention.  WDFW will continue to monitor the spring chinook return with Co-Managers and Carson National Fish Hatchery staff to determine if further fishery modification is needed.

Information contact: Matt Gardner, District Fish Biologist, (360) 906-6746. 

 

SALMON LIMIT REDUCED ON KLICKITAT RIVER

posted by Mike on 03/22/2019

Adult salmon daily limit reduced on the Klickitat River

Action: Reduces the adult salmon daily limit to one fish, on days and in locations open for salmon retention in the Klickitat River.

Locations and Effective dates: 

  • From the mouth (Burlington Northern Railroad Bridge) to Fisher Hill Bridge:  effective April 1, 2019 until further notice.
  • From 400 feet upstream of #5 fishway to boundary markers below Klickitat Salmon Hatchery: Effective Saturday before Memorial Day until further notice.

Species affected: Salmon

Reason for action: An estimated 1,100 adult spring chinook are forecast to return to the Klickitat River in 2019. Managers need to reduce the adult salmon daily limit to ensure that hatchery chinook broodstock goals are achieved. Reducing the adult salmon daily limit will provide continued opportunity for anglers to harvest spring chinook and help ensure future hatchery returns. 

Additional information: In the lower Klickitat River, between April 1 and the Friday before Memorial Day, the combined salmon and steelhead daily limit is two fish of which only 1 may be an adult salmon. Anglers are reminded to check the Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for other areas and dates when the Klickitat River is open for salmon retention. WDFW will continue to monitor the spring chinook return with Co-Managers to determine if additional fishery modification is needed.

Information contact: Matt Gardner, District Fish Biologist, (360) 906-6746. 

WDFW REDUCES SAMON LIMIT TO ONE FISH IN MARINE AREA 6

posted by Mike on 03/01/2019

WDFW reduces daily catch limit to 1 salmon in Marine Area 6

Action: Reduces the daily limit for salmon to one fish in Marine Area 6 (east Juan de Fuca Strait).

The 2018-19 Washington Sportfishing Rules pamphlet erroneously states that anglers can keep two salmon daily.

Effective date:  Immediately.

Species affected:  Salmon.

Location:  Marine Area 6 (east Juan de Fuca Strait).

Reason for action: This corrects an error in the 2018-19 Washington Sportfishing Rules pamphlet. These regulations were agreed to with co-managers during the annual North of Falcon salmon season-setting process.

State fishery managers set the daily salmon limit at one fish to meet conservation objectives and increase the likelihood the winter fishery would remain open for the entire season.

Additional information: Anglers are reminded to release wild coho and wild chinook.

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

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