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Columbia River Smelt Season Set for February 7 & 14th

posted by Mike on 01/29/2015

2015 recreational smelt season set in the Cowlitz River

Action: Opens smelt fishing in the Cowlitz River.

Species affected: Eulachon smelt.

Effective dates: Open Saturday Feb. 7 and Saturday, Feb. 14 (2 days).

Open hours: 6:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. (noon) (6-hour periods).

Location: Cowlitz River (bank only).

Daily Limit: 10-pound daily limit. Possession limit is equal to one daily limit.

Gear: Dip net.

Reason for action: The regulations are consistent with a reduced Level One fishery as described in the "Washington and Oregon Eulachon Management Plan" for the Columbia River. Returns of eulachon to the Columbia River have improved since 2010, with a large return expected in 2015. The minimal fishing season adopted is designed to be consistent with recovery of eulachon smelt. The fishery serves as an important test fishery to monitor run strength and timing and to collect biological data.

Information contact: Region 5 Office (360) 696-6211

 

Ted's hopes to have smelt nets in stock by the end of next week. Give us a call and we'll tell you if they have made it here. (425) 743-9505

Additional Smelt Dipping Opportunity - Saturday March 8th

posted by Mike on 03/05/2014

Action: Opens recreational smelt fishing in the Cowlitz River for one more 6-hour period.

Species affected: Eulachon smelt.

Effective dates: Open Sat. March 8, 2014

Open hours: 6:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

Location: Cowlitz River (bank only).

Daily Limit: 10-pound daily limit. Possession limit is equal to one daily limit.

Gear: Dip net only.

Reason for action: Sets one additional day of recreational smelt dipping opportunity in the Cowlitz River. The eulachon return was delayed due to cold river temperatures that caused the fish to hold in the warmer Columbia River estuary for most of February. The fish only showed up in the Cowlitz River on the final day of the original four-day season (Saturdays from Feb. 8 through Mar. 1). This year will be the fourth year of significantly improved smelt returns to the Columbia River beginning in 2011. Even with the one day extension to the sport season, combined sport and commercial harvest is expected to not exceed 1% of the total run size forecasted for 2014. The fishery serves as an important test fishery to monitor run strength and timing and to collect biological data. The regulations are consistent with a reduced Level One fishery as described in the "Washington and Oregon Eulachon Management Plan" for the Columbia River.

 

Ted's still has a handful of smelt dip nets on hand at $39.99 ea.

Cowlitz River Smelt Fsihing To Open Saturday February 8th...

posted by Mike on 02/06/2014

Though this is just a short opener at least we have an opprutunity to dip smelt on the Cowlitz for the first time in three years. 

 

If you are looking for smelt nets we have a limited supply on hand at the prest time.  They have been going fast!

 

Smelt dipping opens Saturday (Feb. 8)
on Cowlitz River for first time in 3 years

 

 

OLYMPIA - The first recreational fishery for eulachon smelt in three years will get under way Saturday (Feb. 8) on the Cowlitz River under a new rule approved by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

Under the new rule, fishing with dip nets will be allowed from the riverbank from 6 a.m. until noon each Saturday through March 1. Each dip-netter may retain 10 pounds of smelt per day.

In a joint meeting Wednesday, fishery managers from Washington and Oregon also approved a similar smelt-dipping schedule on the Sandy River in Oregon and a limited gillnetting fishery on the lower Columbia River.

Ron Roler, WDFW Columbia River policy coordinator, said all three fisheries are designed primarily to gather basic biological data on smelt, which were listed as threatened from northern California into British Columbia under the federal Endangered Species Act in 2010.

"In the three years since the fishery closed, we've lacked basic data to monitor the smelt population returning to the lower Columbia River," Roler said. "The limited fishing opportunities approved this year will allow us to monitor this resource without affecting its recovery."

Working in consultation with NOAA-Fisheries, state fishery managers developed fishing seasons that are expected to take no more than 1 percent of the total amount of smelt expected to return this year.

After declining for more than a decade, smelt returns began to increase in 2011, reaching 110 million spawners in 2013, Roler said. Another large run is expected this year, he said.

"This year's fishery will provide limited fishing opportunities that are consistent with the conservation of smelt and will assist NOAA-Fisheries in developing a recovery plan," Roler said.

The commercial fishery for smelt approved this year is scheduled to run Mondays and Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Columbia River below Warrior Rock at the mouth of the Lewis River.

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