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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.

 

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.

 

DUNGENESS RIVER TO REOPEN TO ANGLING

posted by Mike on 11/01/2018

Dungeness River to reopen to fishing

Action:  Reopens a portion of the Dungeness River to permanent rule as listed in the Sport Fishing Rules Pamphlet.

 Effective date:  Nov. 1, 2018.

Species affected:  All species.

Location:  Dungeness River from the mouth to Gray Wolf River at Dungeness Forks Campground.

Reason for action: River levels have returned to normal allowing for sufficient upstream passage of coho such that the Department expects to achieve egg take goals at the hatchery.

Additional information: Salmon daily limit will return to 4 hatchery coho, all other salmon must be released.

Information contact: Region 6 Office, (360) 249-4628.

 

SALMON FISHING TO OPEN ON NASELLE RIVER

posted by Mike on 10/16/2018

Salmon angling to open Oct. 16 on the Naselle River

Action: Opens salmon fishing in the Naselle River. Salmon daily limit is 6 fish, up to 2 adults may be retained, and no more than 1 adult may be a wild coho. Release all chinook.

Effective date: Oct. 16 through Jan. 31, 2019.

Species affected: Salmon.

Location: Naselle River from the Hwy. 101 Bridge to Crown Mainline (Salme) Bridge, except from 300 feet downstream of the Naselle Hatchery attraction channel to the attraction channel and from 400 feet downstream of the falls in Sec. 6 T10N R8W to the falls remain closed waters.

Reason for action: Fall chinook returns to tributaries of Willapa Bay have been significantly lower than preseason predictions. Retention of chinook is prohibited in all fisheries prosecuted in the Willapa Bay watershed as a conservation measure in order to focus harvest opportunity on coho and chum. In-season estimates for coho stock abundance are consistent with pre-season expectation and chum encounters are tracking near pre-season expectations.

Additional information: For more information on other Willapa tributaries open for salmon see https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/erule.jsp?id=2221.

 

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.

 

SKAGIT COHO LIMIT INCREASED

posted by Mike on 10/11/2018

Skagit River coho salmon limit to increase

Action:  Increase the daily salmon limit to 4 fish, including up to 2 wild coho. Release chinook and chum.

Effective date: Oct. 10, 2018.

Species affected:  Coho salmon.

Location: Skagit River (Skagit County) from the mouth to the Cascade River Road (Marblemount Bridge).

Reason for action: On Oct. 9, WDFW and co-managers revised the projection for returning Skagit River coho to 90,000 fish, up from73,000. The increased run size allows Skagit River coho daily limits to be raised.

Additional information: The Skagit River from the mouth to 200 feet upstream of the Baker River remains closed to all fishing on Oct. 10 and 11. More information on that closure can be found online at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/erule.jsp?id=2226.

All other rules remain unchanged. Please refer to https://wdfw.wa.gov for further information on seasons.

Information contact: Team Mill Creek, 425 775-1311.

 

GRAYS AND WEST FORK GRAYS RIVERS TO CLOSE FOR HATCHERY COHO

posted by Mike on 10/04/2018

Grays and West Fork Grays rivers to close for hatchery coho retention

Action: Closes the Grays and West Fork Grays rivers to retention of coho.

Effective date: October 6, 2018 until further notice.

Species affected: Coho salmon.

Location: The Grays River to the mouth of the South Fork Grays River and West Fork Grays River from the mouth upstream.

Reason for action: The Grays River Hatchery coho return to date is below what is needed for hatchery broodstock. The 2018 return has been influenced by poor ocean conditions and reduced juvenile releases in previous years. Closing coho retention in the Grays River and West Fork Grays River will increase the number of hatchery fish available for broodstock and help ensure fishing opportunities in future years. 

Additional information: Fishing remains open on the mainstem Grays River upstream of the mouth of the South Fork as well as the South and East Fork Grays Rivers under permanent rule as described in the 2018/2019 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet.

Information contact: Region 5 Office, 360-696-6211 *1010

 

SNOHOMISH,SNOQUALMIE, SKYKOMISH & WALLACE RIVER SALMON FISHING RULES TO CHANGE

posted by Mike on 09/27/2018

Salmon fishing rules to change on Snohomish,
Snoqualmie, Skykomish and Wallace rivers  

Action:  Closes all salmon fishing in the following areas: Snohomish River, Snoqualmie River, and the Skykomish River upstream of the Wallace River.

In addition, all salmon must be released except for marked hatchery coho on the Wallace River and the Skykomish River from the mouth to the Wallace River.

Effective date:  Sept. 29 through Nov. 15, 2018.

Species affected:  Salmon.

Location:  Snohomish, Snoqualmie, Skykomish, and Wallace rivers.

Reason for action:  In-season run size updates indicate that the Snohomish wild coho run is lower than the pre-season forecast. These measures are needed to protect future runs of coho by increasing chances wild spawner escapement goals are met.  

Additional information: Areas that remain open for salmon have a daily limit of two fish, release all salmon other than hatchery coho. Gamefish remain open in these rivers as described in the 2018-19 Fishing Rules Pamphlet.

For the Wallace River, the area between the hatchery weir and 400 feet downstream of the weir remains closed until the weir is removed.   

If coho salmon abundance improves, fisheries may be reopened. 

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

 

SNOHOMISH, SKYKOMISH & SNOQUALMIE RIVERS OPEN FOR SALMON

posted by Mike on 09/13/2018

The Snohomish system is opening two weeks later this season and closing earlier also. The system will open this Sunday, 16th of September and will remain open until November 15th. Limit is 2 fish with a min length of 12 inches. You must release all Chinook and Chum salmon, so it is really only open for Coho. Remember that the Snoqualmie is a selective fishery which means barbless single hooks on your lures and "NO" bait or scents. Take a few minutes to read though your regulation phamplet to refresh yourself with the current regulations before you venture forth.

 

There are a few Coho in the system at the present time, so you do have a reasonable chance of getting into some fish on the opener.

 

We have lots of Coho gear in stock

2018 EDMONDS COHO DERBY RESULTS

posted by Mike on 09/08/2018

Place Fisherman Weight Time
1st Bill Turner   10.100lb 09-08-18 12:36 PM
2nd Shawn Tyree   9.690lb 09-08-18 01:48 PM
3rd Rob Flaherty   9.650lb 09-08-18 01:35 PM
4th Dwight Etheridge   9.540lb 09-08-18 01:21 PM
5th Greg Hatcher   9.070lb 09-08-18 01:19 PM
6th Ron Leach   8.810lb 09-08-18 02:10 PM
7th Kozmo Zajac   8.220lb 09-08-18 01:31 PM
8th Chris Record   8.200lb 09-08-18 02:09 PM
9th Stuart Nethery   8.170lb 09-08-18 12:38 PM
10th Jim Murray   8.010lb 09-08-18 01:05 PM

Adult Division - Top 10

Place Fisherman Weight Time
1st Bill Turner   10.100lb 09-08-18 12:36 PM
2nd Shawn Tyree   9.690lb 09-08-18 01:48 PM
3rd Rob Flaherty   9.650lb 09-08-18 01:35 PM
4th Dwight Etheridge   9.540lb 09-08-18 01:21 PM
5th Greg Hatcher   9.070lb 09-08-18 01:19 PM
6th Ron Leach   8.810lb 09-08-18 02:10 PM
7th Chris Record   8.200lb 09-08-18 02:09 PM
8th Stuart Nethery   8.170lb 09-08-18 12:38 PM
9th Jim Murray   8.010lb 09-08-18 01:05 PM
10th Jodi Hopkins   7.930lb 09-08-18 01:09 PM

Kids 14 & Under Division - Top 10

Place Fisherman Weight Time
1st Kozmo Zajac   8.220lb 09-08-18 01:31 PM
2nd Kendra Lee   7.640lb 09-08-18 12:59 PM
3rd Tate Lynch   7.460lb 09-08-18 01:17 PM
4th Bennett Jones   6.500lb 09-08-18 12:10 PM
5th Kael Flaherty   6.380lb 09-08-18 01:35 PM
6th Quinn Lawrence   6.350lb 09-08-18 12:42 PM
7th JJay Polacek   6.100lb 09-08-18 01:20 PM
8th Morgan Spellman   5.940lb 09-08-18 02:13 PM
9th Julian Delallia   5.900lb 09-08-18 01:48 PM
10th Noah Starup   5.810lb 09-08-18 01:46 PM
SEPTEMBER 08, 2018 03:13 PM

Derby Stats

274 Fish weighed in.

EDMONDS COHO DERBY SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 8TH

posted by Mike on 09/05/2018

The Edmonds Coho Derby will take place this Saturday, September 8th. The Coho fishing has been outstanding and we should see some very good results. Taickets are $30.00 per person and we'll have them until closing at 6:00pm Friday evening.

Prizes  are as follows:

1st Place $5,000.00

2nd Place $2,500.00

3rd Place $1,000.00

Mystery Weight Fish $500.00

1st Place Youth Division $500.00

Plus Lots of Merchandise Prizes

 

WHIDBEY ISLAND COHO BEACH FISHING

posted by Mike on 09/04/2018

Bush Point and Lagoon Point put out good numbers of Coho from the beaches yesterday. It was a little slow in coming this season considering how good the fishing has been for the boat angles in Marine Area 8-2 and 10 this past week. They had to pass through Admiralty Inlet on their way to the inside areas. Perhaps they stayed in the shipping lanes or came through in the deeper water. None the less they are now doing well of the beaches. 

 

Anglers have been fishing a variety of methods with the vast majority tossing either Rotators and Buzz Bombs or fishing Herring under a float. 

 

We have a good selection of all this tackle and if you have never fished the beaches before we'll be more than happy to show you how to rig up.

WHIDBEY ISLAND BEACH FISHING

posted by Mike on 08/31/2018

The Whidbey Island beach salmon fisheries have not been stellar so far this season. There have been a few fish being caught virtually every day, but hot it's not! This could turn around any day and fishing could be fantastic. 

 

Spoke with Danny at Possession Point Bait Company (360) 579-4704 Wednesday evening to see what was happening at his place. He said that the fishing had been slow, but fish were being caught, On Wednesday there were just 3 fish landed, Tuesday 3, Monday 7 and Sunday produced 9. Not hot fishing by any means but at least there are a few fish being caught. He has lots of minnow herring on hand mixed with a few larger plug cuts if you are in need of bait. 

 

We have lots of beach fishing tackle on hand, with lots of Rotators, Buzz Bombs and float fishing tackle. If you haven't fished the beaches before stop by and we;ll be glad to give you a hand setting up.

 

Remember that the Marine Area 9 beaches are open for Hatchery Coho only with a 2 fish limit. Area 9 will close at the end of September (September 3oth last day). Marine Area 8-2 is open for both Hatchery and Wild Coho with a 2 fish limit. Area 8-2 will be open through September 23rd. Marine Area 8-1 will be open for both Hatchery and Wild Coho with a two fish limit. Area 8-1 will be open through September 30th.

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.

 

OCEAN SALMON FISHERIES TO START JUNE 23RD

posted by Mike on 06/18/2018

Recreational salmon fishing gets underway June 23 in the ocean

OLYMPIA – Anglers can reel in salmon off the Washington coast beginning June 23, when three marine areas open for recreational salmon fishing.

Marine areas 1 (Ilwaco), 3 (La Push), and 4 (Neah Bay) will be open daily starting Saturday, June 23. Marine Area 2 (Westport) will be open Sundays through Thursdays beginning Sunday, July 1.

Fewer chinook salmon are expected to make their way through Washington's ocean waters this year as compared to 2017, said Wendy Beeghley, a fishery manager with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

Beeghley said the agency anticipates a return of coho fairly similar to last year's return.

The recreational chinook catch quota this year is 27,500 fish, which is 17,500 fewer fish than 2017's quota of 45,000. Meanwhile, the coho quota is 42,000 fish, the same as in 2017.

Although all four marine areas are scheduled to close Sept. 3, Beeghley reminds anglers that areas could close earlier if the quota is met. Throughout the summer, anglers can check WDFW's webpage at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/creel/ocean/ for updates.

In marine areas 1, 2, and 4, anglers will be allowed to retain two salmon, only one of which can be a chinook. Anglers fishing in Marine Area 3 will have a two-salmon daily limit. In all marine areas, anglers must release wild coho.

More information about the fisheries can be found in the 2018-19 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet, available at license vendors and sporting goods stores and online at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/.

 

MARINE AREA 10 (SEATTLE/BREMERTON) RESIDENT COHO

posted by Mike on 06/16/2018

Coho fishing for the smaller delayed release resident coho has been quite good since it opened in Marine Area 10. Most anglers I;ve spoke with have had no problem in conecting with them. Both the area south of Edmonds and the Jefferson Head area have both held good number of fish. Most are not anything to write home about size wise but do make for some good eating. The fish are feeding highly upon krill, crab and shrimp spawn as well as some herring.

This might be a fun fishery to participate in until the king season opens July 16th in Marine Area 9 & 10.

MARINE AREA 11 OPENS TO SALMON FISHING JUNE 1ST

posted by Mike on 05/31/2018

Salmon season opens June 1 in Marine Area 11 
with a modified daily catch limit

Action: Marine Area 11 (Tacoma-Vashon Island) will open June 1 for salmon fishing as listed in the 2017-18 pamphlet but anglers will be able to retain only one hatchery chinook as part of a two-salmon daily limit; release wild chinook.

Effective Date:  Effective 12:01 a.m., Friday, June 1, through 11:59 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018.

Species affected: Salmon.

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

Reason for action: This emergency rule modifies fisheries listed in the 2017-18 Washington Sportfishing Rules pamphlet to reflect fisheries agreed to during this year’s North of Falcon, the annual salmon-season setting process.

Other information:  Anglers will be allowed to retain 2 salmon but only 1 chinook as part of the daily salmon limit for the summer fishery. For the 2018 summer season, Area 11 will have a chinook catch quota of 5,344 fish. Fishery managers anticipate that the lower daily catch limit will allow the chinook fishery to remain open through the summer.

Information contact: Mark Baltzell, (360) 902-2807.

 

SALMON FISHING OPENS IN MARINE AREA 10

posted by Mike on 05/31/2018

Salmon fishing opens June 1 in Marine Area 10

Action: Opens salmon fishing in Marine Area 10.

Effective Date:  Effective 12:01 a.m., Friday, June 1, 2018, through July 15, 2018.

Species affected: Salmon.

Location: Marine Area 10 (Seattle/Bremerton Area).

Reason for action: This emergency rule modifies fisheries listed in the 2017-18 Washington Sportfishing Rules pamphlet to reflect fisheries agreed to during this year’s North of Falcon, the annual salmon-season setting process.

Other information: Marine Area 10 opens June 1 for salmon fishing. Through July 15, anglers have a daily limit of two salmon but must release chinook and chum. Anglers should check the 2018-19 Sportfishing Rules pamphlet (effective July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019), for fishery regulations after July 15. The pamphlet will be available mid-June at license dealers and sporting goods stores, as well as online at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/.

Information contact: Mark Baltzell, (360) 902-2807.

 

SALMON SEASON EXTENDED ON SOL DUC RIVER

posted by Mike on 11/30/2017

Salmon season on the Sol Duc River extended
through Dec. 15
to allow retention of hatchery coho

Action:  Extends the salmon season to allow harvest of hatchery coho on the Sol Duc River. The season was scheduled to end Nov. 30.

Effective date:  Dec.1 through Dec.15, 2017.

Species affected:  Salmon. 

Location:  The Sol Duc River downstream of the hatchery.

Reason for action: Coho broodstock needs at the Sol Duc Hatchery have been met, and surplus hatchery (adipose fin-clipped) coho remain in the Sol Duc River below the hatchery.    

Additional Information: The daily limit for salmon during this period will be two hatchery coho (marked with a clipped adipose fin) only; minimum size 14 inches; release all chinook and wild coho.

On Dec.16, the regulations for the Sol Duc River will revert to those listed in the 2017-18 "Washington Sport Fishing Rules" pamphlet.

Information contact: WDFW Region 6 Office, (360) 249-4628.

DUNGENESS RIVER TO REOPEN FOR HATCHERY COHO NOVEMBER 15TH

posted by Mike on 11/13/2017

Dungeness River to re-open Nov. 15 to fishing for hatchery coho salmon

Action: The Dungeness River will re-open to salmon fishing.

Effective date:  Nov. 15 through Nov. 30, 2017.

Species affected:  Hatchery coho salmon. 

Location:  The Dungeness River downstream of the hatchery intake pipe.

Reason for action: WDFW recently closed the Dungeness to salmon fishing in an effort to meet hatchery egg take goals. Recent rains brought sufficient coho to the Dungeness Hatchery to satisfy broodstock needs. 

Further Information:  The Dungeness River will re-open to salmon fishing per the rules listed in the "Sport Fishing Rules" pamphlet.

Information contact: Region 6 Office, (360) 249-4628.

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