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Columbia - 10:15 a.m. 8/31/2014
The Columbia is a game of feet. These fish
swim up tiny slots. With years of river
knowledge and outstanding GPS fish finders
you can get in the slots. Mix that with finely
tuned wobblers and you got two different
fishing worlds, those work hard and learn the
river and those that bump in to one now and
then. Keep learning the river, pay for a guide
trip now and then and learn from the people
that do it for a living. God Bless America!

Fred Bear - Woodland,WA

gps - 5:18 p.m. 8/30/2014
Jay, those guys are pros. They have a lot of
river knowledge and know where the fish
are. Also, they have a lot of sponsors that
want you to run out and buy their product.
You most likely won't do that if they tell you
that the fishing is slow.
Its been real good closer to the coast. Its
been fair to good else where. The run is
definately gonna be a good one. Hang in
there, the best is yet to come.

GT - sw wa

Lets be honest about the last 4 or 5 days - 9:14 p.m. 8/29/2014

Ya know...I watch that Outdoor GPS show every time its on and mabey they are seeing something I have not. They said that the bite was excellent and fishing has been great all through the Columbia system below boniville. Well this past week its been a dead sea. I fished 3 of the last 5 days on Woodland Bar. 2 of those days right at the mouth of the Lewis just inside the Columbia. I bet there were 200 boats within view and I saw exactly 2 salmon and 2 Steelhead caught for all those boats....fishing from before the tide till after. I was plunking from shore. Someone please point me to the areas that the GPS guys on Comcast are refering so I can join the good fishing.
Ok....rant over but please....give accurate info....gps


Jay S - Vancouver

Weekender Report click on web site - 5:58 p.m. 8/29/2014

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA

Speelyai Park closing temporarily for renovation - 3:19 p.m. 8/28/2014
Speelyai Park closing temporarily for renovation
Popular recreation area enhancements to be completed before winter

WOODLAND, Wash. — PacifiCorp’s popular Speelyai Park on the Merwin Reservoir of the Lewis River will be temporarily closed beginning Sept. 2 until at least mid-December for renovation and significant enhancements. A contractor will completely replace the park’s septic system, construct improvements to the parking lot and the picnic area, and install additional ADA access to benefit all members of the public.

The temporary park closure includes the Speelyai boat ramp, but boat launching on Merwin Reservoir can still be accommodated at PacifiCorp’s nearby Cresap Bay Park through the end of September. Day-use activities, including picnicking, are still open at both Cresap Bay and Merwin Park.

“These improvements will make Speelyai Park even better and more enjoyable. Labor Day weekend is an incredibly busy one at the park, so we waited for that to pass and now will begin immediately to make sure all these upgrades are done by winter and ready for our guests next spring,” said Sheila Holden, Pacific Power regional community manager “These improvements will benefit the health, safety, convenience and enjoyment for everyone. We know people will appreciate that, but also appreciate knowing about this short-term inconvenience ahead of time so they can make alternative plans if this beautiful weather continues.”

In advance of the busy Labor Day weekend, signs have been posted at the Speelyai boat ramp and notices will be given to anyone entering the area.

PacifiCorp operates 10 parks open to the public in Washington. For more information about outdoor recreation areas in Washington offered by PacifiCorp, visit: http://www.pacificorp.com/about/or/washington.html.


Tom Gauntt

Spokesman, Pacific Power


Media Hotline: 800-570-5838

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA

Anglers can soon retain hatchery and - 12:02 p.m. 8/28/2014
Anglers can soon retain hatchery and
wild coho salmon in marine areas 2, 3 and 4

OLYMPIA - Anglers will be allowed to retain both wild and hatchery coho salmon beginning Monday, Sept. 1, in ocean waters off Westport, La Push and Neah Bay.

Those changes will not affect the ocean salmon fishery off of Ilwaco (Marine Area 1), where anglers will continue to be allowed to retain hatchery coho, but must release wild coho, said Doug Milward, ocean salmon manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

Anglers were initially limited to hatchery coho - marked with a missing adipose fin - to ensure the department would meet conservation goals for wild coho while extending fishing through the entire salmon season, said Milward.

However, with a month remaining in the fishery, only 55 percent of the coho quota has been reached in Marine Area 2 (Westport), 63 percent in Marine Area 3 (La Push) and 20 percent in Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay).

"With so much of the coho catch quota remaining in each of those three marine areas this late in the season, we can allow anglers to keep both hatchery and wild coho without exceeding our conservation objectives for wild salmon," Milward said.

Through Aug. 24, anglers fishing out of Westport had caught 37,539 coho of the 68,380 fish quota. Anglers fishing off La Push, where there is a coho catch quota of 4,750 fish, had caught 2,981 coho. And anglers fishing out of Neah Bay have caught 3,809 coho of the 19,220 fish quota.

Anglers have a two-salmon daily catch limit in all four marine areas off the Washington coast. Up to two chinook may be retained in areas 2, 3 and 4. However, chinook must be released east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh Line in Marine Area 4. Anglers fishing Marine Area 1 are limited to one chinook as part of their two-salmon daily catch limit.

All ocean areas (marine areas 1-4) are open to salmon fishing seven days a week.

Ocean salmon fisheries are currently scheduled to continue through Sept. 21 in marine areas 3 and 4 and through Sept. 30 in marine areas 1 and 2. A portion of Marine Area 3 will open again Sept. 27 through Oct. 12.

Fishery managers will continue to monitor the ocean salmon fishery throughout the season, and announce any other changes on WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/ .

Additional information on the ocean fishery, including minimum size limits and area catch guidelines, is available in WDFW's Sportfishing Rules pamphlet, available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/ .

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA

Any reports? - 11:40 a.m. 8/27/2014
I am looking forward to doing some bank fishing on the Columbia in the next month or so. Do people know if plunking is the only option at Frenchman's Bar or below Bonneville? Can you fish spinners here too?

Jeff - Vancouver, WA

Swift Reservoir - 11:32 a.m. 8/25/2014
Took the Grandkids fishing Saturday up at
Swift. The trout fishing was good. It took
us about 2-3 hours to limit out. The high lite
of the trip was a 8 lb steel head we caught
and released on a Dick Knight spoon. So it
looks like they might be trucking steel head
from the traps for release in the lake...a side
note..there are lots of 6-7 inch coho smolt
inthe lake..my thinking is they should have
migrated down stream to the smolt trap at
the dam this spring if they were going to
head downstream...just pondering how
effective that scheme is going to
be...anybody have any info on how many
smolt they trucked downstream for release
this year?

jim - yacolt, WA

Fall chinook fishery to open on Snake River; - 12:39 p.m. 8/23/2014
Fall chinook fishery to open on Snake River;
steelhead rules set to change on Tucannon

OLYMPIA - Starting Aug. 30, anglers will be able to catch and keep hatchery fall chinook salmon seven days a week on the Snake River.

Predicting another strong return of upriver bright chinook salmon this year, state fishery managers have expanded the daily catch limit to include six adult hatchery chinook, plus six hatchery jack chinook under 24 inches in length.

Anglers may also catch and keep up to three hatchery steelhead on the Snake River, but must stop fishing for the day - for both hatchery chinook and steelhead - once they have taken their three-fish steelhead limit.

Barbless hooks are required, and any salmon or steelhead not marked as a hatchery fish by a clipped adipose fin must be released, along with any chinook salmon under 12 inches.

"This is a great opportunity for anglers to catch hatchery chinook salmon during the traditionally productive Snake River steelhead fishery," said John Whalen, regional fish manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

Meanwhile, anglers should be aware of new fishing rules set to take effect Sept. 1 on the Tucannon River, where the daily catch limit for hatchery steelhead will be reduced to two fish to provide additional protection for wild steelhead. The new rules for steelhead and other gamefish also:

Require anglers to use barbless hooks and keep any hatchery steelhead they catch.
Close the fishery upstream from Marengo at Turner Road Bridge.
Establish new fishing boundaries at the mouth of the Tucannon.
Details of the Tucannon River fishery are posted on WDFW's website at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA

Lake Wenatchee sockeye fishery season - 4:20 p.m. 8/21/2014
Lake Wenatchee sockeye fishery season
to close end of Labor Day

Action: Lake Wenatchee closes for sockeye salmon fishing.

Effective date: Sept. 1, 2014 (one hour after official sunset).

Species affected: Sockeye salmon

Location: Lake Wenatchee (Chelan Co.)

Reason for action: The majority of adult sockeye salmon currently in Lake Wenatchee will soon become largely unavailable to anglers due to their annual migration to the spawning grounds on the White and Little Wenatchee Rivers. Sockeye condition and desirability will have declined drastically. This closure will further reduce unnecessary impacts to bull trout with such relatively few sockeye still being present in Lake Wenatchee.

Information contacts: Travis Maitland, (509) 665-3337, Wenatchee District Office, (509) 662-0452, Jeff Korth (509) 765-8255

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA

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