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OLYMPIC PENINSULA SALMON DERBY - TICKETS

posted by Mike on 01/03/2019

The tickets for the Plympic Peninsula Salmon Derby were dropped off this morning. Tickets are $40.00 per person, and everyone in the boat must have one. 

 

If you need any information you can stop by and we can give you a brochure or you can go on line and see them at www.GardinerSalmonDerby.org .

MARINE AREAS 7,9 & 10 OPEN FOR SALMON FISHING JANUARY 1ST

posted by Mike on 12/27/2018

Finally, we have a number of areas opening for Winter blackmouth this next Tuesday, January 1st, 2019. Marine Areas 7(San Juan Islands), Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet) and Marine Area 10 (Seattle/Bremerton) will open Tuesday, January 1st, 2019. These areas were delayed this season due to large impacts on sub legal fish when these areas opened earlier. By delaying the opener it is hoped that a lager number of fish will have grown to legal size, lessing the impacts on smaller (sub-legal) fish which have caused WDFW to close areas earlier when impact numbers are reached.

Make sure to read your WDFW regulations for the areas you intend to fish as every area is slightly diferent. Please take note that WDFW has changed the Area 10 limit to just a single fish. 

Hopefully, we should see some fairly good sized fish in marine Area 9 & 10 as we have seen some good sized fish landed off the Edmonds Pier this Fall / Winter season. There have been a number of fish landed in the 7 -14 pound range in the past month. This has been the best Fall / Winter season we have seen off the pier, with many of the regulars landing legal fish on a consistant basis. 

If you want to curtail the number of sub - legal fish you encounter consider fishing larger offerings. Going to plugs in the 4 - 5 inch range, such as Silver Hordes or Tomics, will help cut down on the smaller fish. Fishing larger soons in the 4 - 5 inch range will also accomplish curtailing the impacts on smaller fish. Yes, you may not catch as many fish, but the average will be considerably larger. If we lessen the impacts, then we will see a longer season, and just might see a full season, giving us more time on the water.

 

Good Luck To All Of You!

OLYMPIC PENINSULA SALMON DERBY - MARCH 8 - 9 - 10, 2019

posted by Mike on 12/27/2018

It's time to be thinking of participating in the Olympic Peninsula Salmon Deby! It will take palce on March 8th, 9th & 10th this next year. This is the most popular of the Winter Blackmouth Derbies, often called the Iron Man Derby due to the conditions which are endured during the event. There are some "Great" money prizes, with $10,000.00 for 1st prize, $2,00.00 for 2nd and $1,000.00 for 3rd. The are "Mystery Fish" as well as lots of merchandise prizes.

 

You can take a look at the derby website at www.GardinerSalmonDerby.org.

 

Tickets are $40.00 per person, which we will have shortly.

LIMIT TO CHANGE TO ONE SALMON IN MARINE AREA 10 ON JAN 1ST OPENER

posted by Mike on 12/22/2018

Daily limit of one salmon when season opens in Marine Area 10

Action: The daily limit of salmon is one.

Effective date: Jan. 1 through March 31, 2019.

Species affected: Salmon.

Location: Marine Area 10 (Seattle/Bremerton).

Reason for action: Based on abundance estimates, there is not sufficient salmon available to maintain a fishery though the planned season. A daily limit of one salmon will increase the likelihood that the winter fishery will remain open for the entire winter season. 

Additional information: Chinook minimum size is 22 inches. Release all wild Chinook salmon.

For specific regulations, anglers should consult the 2018-19 Washington Sports Fishing Rules pamphlet available online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/.

Anglers can check WDFW's website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/reports_plants.html for the latest information on marine areas that are managed to a quota or guideline.

Information contact: David Stormer, Puget Sound recreational salmon fishery manager, (360) 902-0058 or Mark Baltzell, Puget Sound salmon manager, (360) 902-2807.

 

ANOTHER BLOW TO WASHINGTON SALMON

posted by Mike on 12/18/2018

Chinook fry lost after power outage at Minter Creek Hatchery

OLYMPIA – As many as 6.2 million chinook salmon fry died last weekend when a windstorm cut power to the Minter Creek Hatchery in Pierce County and the facility's backup generator failed.

The fry were in incubators at the Minter Creek Hatchery operated by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). The pump that supplies water to those incubators stopped working when both the main power and backup generator failed.

WDFW staff tried to start the generator and attempted to provide water to the incubators using other methods, but those efforts were largely unsuccessful, said Eric Kinne, WDFW hatchery division manager.

"This is a devastating loss," Kinne said. "The department is conducting an analysis to determine the root cause of what went wrong so that we can improve procedures at Minter Creek and our other hatcheries to help ensure this doesn't happen again."

An inventory of the fish lost includes:

  • 4.2 million Deschutes fall chinook fry
  • 1.5 million Minter Creek fall chinook fry
  • 507,000 White River spring chinook fry

Kinne said the department was raising the White River spring chinook as part of the state's early efforts to provide more food for southern resident orcas, which are listed as endangered both federally and in Washington. The Deschutes and Minter Creek fall chinook were part of WDFW's ongoing hatchery operations that support state fisheries, not new production for orcas.

Other fish – including roughly 4.2 million chum salmon and 2 million coho salmon – being held at Minter Creek Hatchery survived the power outage.

WDFW is determining whether fish from other facilities can replace some of the fry lost at Minter Creek Hatchery, which is located in Gig Harbor. The chinook were scheduled for release in May or June 2019. Chinook typically return to their natal streams to spawn after three to five years in marine waters.

The department operates 80 hatcheries across Washington and raises approximately 68 million chinook annually.

SALMON RETENTION REOPENS ON LEWIS RIVER & CEDAR CHEEK

posted by Mike on 12/04/2018

Salmon retention reopens, area closures lifted on the Lewis River and Cedar Creek

Action:  Restores angling rules on the Lewis River and Cedar Creek to those listed in the 2018-19 Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet.

Effective dates:  Dec. 6, 2018.

Species affected:  All species.

Locations:   Lewis River: from the mouth to Colvin Creek.  Cedar Creek: from the mouth to the Grist Mill Bridge.

Reason for action:  The Lewis River wild fall chinook salmon run has improved and is currently projected to meet the escapement goal for this population. The hatchery coho return has also improved and the hatchery broodstock goal is expected to be met. 

Additional information:  Fishing remains closed on the Lewis River above Colvin Creek under permanent rule, but will reopen on Dec.16.  All other permanent rules remain in effect.  Anglers should refer to the Sport Fishing Rules Pamphlet for complete rule information.

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

 

WINTER BLACKMOUTH OPENS IN MARINE AREAS 8-1 & 8-2 ON SATURDAY DECEMBER 1ST

posted by Mike on 11/24/2018

Next Saturday, December 1st will be the opening of Marine Areas 8-1 & 8-2 for Winter blackmouth fishing. Both areas will be open for hatchery Chinook with a 22 inch minimum size and a two fish limit. Wild Chinook and Coho must be returned. If you do luck into a late returning Chum you may also retain it under your two fish limit. 

On the first weekend we will be fishing an incoming tide both days with the high on Saturday at 12.09 pm (Edmonds) and Sunday at 12.54 pm (Edmonds). During the Winter I find being out there at the crack of dawn less important than the tides. There are a number of reasons for this: 1st: The depth that we are fishing is generally somewhere in the 90 - 200 foot depths, which have little light penatration to those depths. 2nd: Light in general is less intense in the Winter months. 3rd: We are dealing with blackmouth, which are the teenagers of Chinook, and they are generally always hungry.

These areas wil be open until the end of April 2019, unless we exceed our guidelines for Chinook incounters.

LEWIS RIVER & CEDAR CREEK TO SEE FISHING RESTRICTIONS & CLOSURES

posted by Mike on 11/09/2018

Fishing closures set for Lewis River and Cedar Creek

Action: Closes salmon retention on the Lewis River from the mouth to Johnson Creek. Closes the Lewis River to all fishing between Johnson and Colvin creeks. Closes Cedar Creek to all fishing from the mouth to the Grist Mill Bridge.

Effective dates: Nov. 13, 2018 until further notice.

Species affected: All species.

Locations: Lewis River: from the mouth to Colvin Creek. Cedar Creek: from the mouth to the Grist Mill Bridge.

Reason for action: The Lewis River wild fall chinook salmon run is tracking below the pre-season forecast and is currently projected to fall short of the escapement goal for this population. The returns of hatchery coho is also tracking well below forecast and the hatchery broodstock goals. Closing the lower Lewis River and Cedar Creek to salmon retention will increase the number of wild chinook spawning and the number coho returning to the Lewis River Hatchery. The will help to ensure fishing opportunities in future years.

Additional information: The lower Lewis River remains open to harvest of hatchery steelhead downstream of Johnson Creek. All other permanent rules remain in effect. Please refer to the Sport Fishing Pamphlet for complete rule information.

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

 

DRANO LAKE TO CLOSE TO ALL FISHING

posted by Mike on 10/16/2018

WDFW FISHING RULE CHANGE   
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091
http://wdfw.wa.gov

October 15, 2018

Drano Lake to close to all fishing

Action: Closes Drano Lake to all fishing.

Effective date: Oct. 17, 2018 until further notice.

Species affected: All species

Location: In the waters downstream of markers on a point of land downstream and across from Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery and upstream of the Highway 14 Bridge.      

Reason for action: The return of fall chinook to Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery is currently projected to be below the number needed to meet egg take goals for 2018. Closing the fishing season in Drano Lake will increase the number of hatchery fish available for broodstock and help ensure future hatchery returns.

Information contact: Matt Gardner, Region 5 Fish Biologist, 360-906-6746

 

YAKIMA RIVER SALMON FISHERY TO CLOSE

posted by Mike on 10/12/2018

Yakima River fall salmon fishery to close

Action: Closes the Yakima River to fishing for salmon.

Effective date: Oct. 18, 2018.

Species affected:  Fall chinook and coho salmon.

Location: From the Hwy. 240 bridge in Richland (river mile 2.1) to the Grant Avenue Bridge in Prosser (river mile 47.0) approximately 1,000 feet downstream of Prosser Dam.

Reason for action: Fall chinook are returning in extremely low numbers to the Yakima River. Closure is necessary to meet conservation and hatchery broodstock collection needs for fall chinook and coho in the Yakima River Basin.  

Information contact: Paul Hoffarth, District 4 fish biologist, (509) 545-2284.

 

HANFORD REACH FALL CHINOOK FISHERY TO CLOSE

posted by Mike on 10/11/2018

Hanford Reach fall chinook fishery to close Oct. 16

Action:  Closes the Columbia River from the Highway 395 Bridge (Pasco/Kennewick) upstream to the old Hanford townsite wooden powerline towers to fishing for fall chinook salmon.

Effective date:  Oct. 16, 2018.

Species affected:  Chinook salmon.

Location:  Highway 395 Bridge (Kennewick/Pasco) upstream to the old Hanford townsite wooden powerline towers.

Reason for action:  Based on the updated return estimate for natural origin Hanford Reach fall chinook, all adult chinook in excess of escapement will be harvested by Oct. 15. 

Additional information:  Anglers are reminded that the remaining sections of the Hanford Reach (the area from the old Hanford townsite wooden powerline towers upstream to Priest Rapids Dam) also closes to salmon fishing Oct. 16 as listed in the 2018-19 Washington Sport Fishing Rules.

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

 

TOUTLE AND NORTH FORK TOUTLE TO CLOSE FOR CHINOOK RETENTION

posted by Mike on 10/04/2018

Chinook salmon retention to close on Toutle, North Fork Toutle rivers

Action: Chinook salmon retention closes on the Toutle River and the North Fork Toutle.

Effective dates: October 6, 2018 until further notice. 

Species affected: Chinook salmon.

Locations: The Toutle River from the mouth to the forks; the North Fork Toutle River from the mouth to the posted markers downstream of the fish collection facility.

Reason for action: Fall chinook salmon returning to the North Toutle Hatchery, located on the Green River, are tracking well below the pre-season forecast and are not currently projected to meet the hatchery broodstock goal. These fish must first migrate through the Toutle and North Fork Toutle rivers. Closing the Toutle River and North Fork Toutle River to chinook salmon retention will increase the number of hatchery fish available for broodstock and help ensure fishing opportunities in future years.

Additional information: The Green River is also currently closed to chinook retention. Retention of hatchery coho remains open on the Toutle, North Fork Toutle and Green rivers. All other permanent rules remain in effect. Please refer to the Sport Fishing Pamphlet for complete rule information.

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

 

WASHOUGAL RIVER CLOSING TO CHINOOK RETENTION

posted by Mike on 09/18/2018

Washougal River to close to the retention of chinook salmon

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

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

Species affected:  Chinook salmon.

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

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

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

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

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

 

LOWER COWLITZ RIVER CLOSING TO CHINOOK FISHING

posted by Mike on 09/18/2018

Chinook salmon retention to close on the lower Cowlitz River

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

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

Species affected: Chinook salmon.

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

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

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

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

 

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

posted by Mike on 09/13/2018

Anglers limited to one adult fall chinook in the Hanford Reach

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

Effective dates and locations:

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

Species affected:  Fall chinook and coho.

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

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

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

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

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

 

LOWER SAMISH RIVER CLOSING TO ALL FISHING

posted by Mike on 09/13/2018

Lower Samish River to close to all fishing

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

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

Species affected: All species.

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

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

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

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

 

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

posted by Mike on 08/30/2018

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

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

Effective date: Sept. 2 and 3, 2018.

Species affected: Chinook and coho salmon.

Location: Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco).

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

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

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

Marine Area 4 remains closed to salmon fishing.

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

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

 

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

posted by Mike on 08/25/2018

Hatchery chinook retention to close in Marine Area 11

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

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

Species affected: Hatchery chinook salmon.

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

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

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

For more information, anglers should consult the 2018-19 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet available online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/.

Anglers can check WDFW’s website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/reports_plants.html for the latest information on marine areas that are managed to a quota or guideline.

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

 

CHINOOK LIMIT INCREASES TO TWO IN MARINE AREA 11 (TACOMA/VASHON iSLAND)

posted by Mike on 08/15/2018

Hatchery chinook retention to increase to 2 per day in Marine Area 11

Action:  Daily limit of hatchery chinook salmon will increase to two in Marine Area 11 (Tacoma-Vashon Island). 

Effective date: 12 a.m. Friday, Aug. 17.

Species affected: Hatchery chinook salmon

Location: Marine Area 11 (Tacoma-Vashon Island).

Reason for action:  Preliminary estimates indicate that anglers have harvested 63 percent of the summer quota through Aug. 12. Sufficient quota remains to increase the daily limit for hatchery chinook salmon to two.

Additional information: Anglers fishing Marine Area 11 have a daily catch limit of two salmon but must release wild chinook. For more information, anglers should consult the 2018-19 Washington Sports Fishing Rules pamphlet available online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/.

Anglers can check WDFW’s website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/reports_plants.html for the latest information on marine areas that are managed to a quota or guideline.

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

 

SALMON FISHING MARINE AREA 10 (SEATTLE/BREMERTON) August 14th

posted by Mike on 08/14/2018

We are seeing the end of the Chinook season in Marine Area 10 (Seattle/Bremerton) as we getting close to reaching our quota. As of Sunday, August 12th we have caught 3,934 of our 4,742 Chinook. With just a few over 800 fish left on the table will we make it though this next weekend or will be closed earlier? I suppose we will just have to wait and see.

 

The fishing has been quite good this past week, even with the tides the way they were. All the usual sports have been productive with the oil docks down to Boeing Creek, Jefferson Head and Apple Tree Point down to Kingston all producing good numbers of fish.

 

We have been seeing good numbers of resident Coho as well as a fair number of ocean Coho showing up in the catches. A few of the ocean Coho have been pushing the ten pound mark. Coho fishing will go until the end of September in Area 10 and we can retain both hatchery or wild fish.

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