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Hundreds of lakes open April 26 - 11:17 a.m. 4/15/2014
Hundreds of lakes open April 26 |
for biggest fishing day of the year
OLYMPIA -Trout fishing in Washington hits full throttle April 26, when several hundred lowland lakes - stocked with millions of fish - open for a six-month season.
Although many waterways are open year-round, the fourth Saturday in April marks the traditional start of the lowland lakes fishing season. Hundreds of thousands of anglers are expected to turn out for the big day.
"The lowland lakes season opener is the biggest fishing day of the year," said Phil Anderson, director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). "Lakes in every county are well-stocked, so there should be good fishing opportunities close to home."
To participate, anglers must have a current Washington freshwater fishing license valid through March 31, 2015. Licenses can be purchased online at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov ; by telephone at 1-866-246-9453; or at hundreds of license dealers across the state. For details on license vendor locations, visit the WDFW website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/vendors/ .
Freshwater fishing licenses cost $29.50 for resident adults 16 to 69 years old. Fifteen-year-olds can buy a license for $8.05, and seniors 70 and older can buy an annual freshwater fishing license for $7.50. Children 14 years of age and younger do not need a fishing license.
To prepare for opening day, WDFW fish hatchery crews have been stocking nearly 16.5 million trout and kokanee in lakes on both sides of the Cascades. Those fish include 2.3 million catchable trout, nearly 115,000 jumbo trout weighing up to 11 pounds apiece, more than 50,000 triploid trout averaging 1½ pounds apiece, and millions of smaller trout that were stocked last year that have grown to catchable size.
"Opening weekend should provide terrific opportunities for catching fish," said Chris Donley, WDFW inland fish program manager. "Whether fishing from shore or boat, using spinning rods and bait, or casting fly lines, plentiful fish provide excellent reasons to get out there and enjoy Washington's lakes."
Fish stocking details, by county and lake, are available in the annual stocking plan on WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/statewide/ .
WDFW has been working to expand Internet-based resources to suit anglers of all skill levels, said Donley, who encourages anglers to check the "Fish Washington" feature at the department's homepage wdfw.wa.gov for details on lake fishing opportunities. The map-based webpage includes fishing information by county, lake and fish species throughout the state.
For those planning fishing vacations this spring or summer, Donley recommends Great Washington Getaways, another WDFW homepage feature that showcases some of the state's best family travel and fishing opportunities.
And, for those who prefer the show-and-tell approach, Donley recommends the department's YouTube page http://www.youtube.com/thewdfw , with "how to" fishing videos designed to introduce techniques for both new and seasoned anglers.
Of more than 7,000 lakes, ponds and reservoirs in Washington, nearly 700 have WDFW-managed water-access sites, including areas accessible for people with disabilities. Other state and federal agencies operate hundreds more.
Details on water access site locations can be found on WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/lands/water_access/ .
"We expect the biggest crowds of the year on this opener, so it's especially important for everyone to be patient and careful at boat launches and docks," Donley said. "Everyone in boats, and all children on shore, should use personal flotation devices."
Anglers parking at WDFW water-access sites are required to display on their vehicle the WDFW Vehicle Access Pass that is provided free with every annual fishing license purchased. The passes are transferable between two vehicles. Anglers who use Washington State Parks or Department of Natural Resource areas need a Discover Pass. Information on the pass can be found at http://discoverpass.wa.gov/ .
Before heading out, anglers should check fishing regulations on WDFW's webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/ .
- Woodland, WA
Washington's salmon fisheries set for 2014 - 6:01 p.m. 4/10/2014
Washington's salmon fisheries set for 2014 |
VANCOUVER - State and tribal co-managers yesterday agreed on a package of salmon fisheries that meets conservation goals for wild salmon populations and provides fishing opportunities on healthy stocks.
Washington's 2014 salmon fishing seasons, developed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and treaty tribal co-managers, were finalized yesterday during the Pacific Fishery Management Council's (PFMC) meeting in Vancouver. The regulations cover salmon fisheries in Puget Sound, Washington's ocean and coastal areas and the Columbia River.
WDFW fishery managers worked closely with tribal managers to develop salmon seasons and catch quotas that meet conservation goals for wild salmon, said Phil Anderson, WDFW director. Many members of the public also provided valuable input.
"This year's process had a number of difficult challenges in designing salmon fisheries," he said. "We were able to overcome those challenges through a commitment by all those involved to recover and protect wild salmon stocks while providing meaningful fishing opportunities in Washington's waters."
While conservative management plans for salmon assist in aiding salmon recovery, good habitat is the backbone of strong, sustainable fisheries, said Lorraine Loomis, Swinomish Tribe fisheries manager.
"Right now we are losing salmon habitat faster than we can restore it," she said. "Fortunately, decent returns of hatchery salmon mean that both tribal and non-tribal fishermen will be on the water this year."
As in past years, recreational salmon fisheries will vary by area:
Puget Sound: Anglers will have an opportunity to take advantage of a strong return of coho and Skagit River sockeye salmon but will see adjustments to wild chinook fisheries.
The forecast for sockeye returning to Baker Lake is strong enough this year to allow for both a lake fishery, open July through September, and a fishery on the Skagit River, which will be open June 14 through June 29.
A portion of the estimated 23 million sockeye returning to Canada's Fraser River will make their way to the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the waters around the San Juan Islands. Anglers fishing for sockeye in Marine Areas 5-7 will be allowed to keep two sockeye in addition to daily catch limits for other salmon during July and August.
In fall and winter, several Puget Sound marine areas will be converted to mark-selective fisheries to help protect wild chinook returning to Lake Washington and other watersheds. In the following areas, anglers will only be allowed to keep hatchery fish:
Marine Area 11 (Tacoma/Vashon Island) will become a mark-selective fishery October through December. Anglers in Marine Area 5 (Sekiu) must release wild chinook and wild coho during the month of October and must release wild chinook from Feb. 16 through April 10.
Marine Area 7 (the San Juan Islands) will convert to a mark-selective fishery for the month of October and the South Sound (Marine Area 13) will be restricted to hatchery chinook from Oct. 1 through April 30.
Marine areas 9 (Admiralty Inlet) and 10 (Seattle/Bremerton) are scheduled from July 16 through Aug. 31, but will have more restrictive in-season management triggers.
The mark-selective fishery for hatchery chinook on the Skykomish River is scheduled June 1 through July 31. Meanwhile, day closures will be in effect for all anglers on the Puyallup and Nisqually rivers this year.
Anglers on the Skokomish River will have an additional week to fish for chinook. The season will be open Aug. 1 through Sept. 1, but day closures remain in effect. The Skokomish also will be open daily for coho beginning Sept. 15.
Columbia River: The Buoy 10 salmon fishery will be open from Aug. 1 through Dec. 31. The fishery will be open for chinook and hatchery coho Aug. 1 through Sept. 1 with a daily limit of two salmon, only one of which can be chinook. From Aug. 30 through Sept 1, all retained chinook must have an adipose or left ventral clip.
From Sept. 2 through Sept. 30, anglers will have a daily limit of three hatchery coho but must release chinook. Fisheries managers will assess in-season catch and may enact in-season changes to the chinook retention in August and September. From Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, anglers can keep five fish, two of which can be chinook.
In the following fisheries, anglers fishing from the same boat may continue fishing for salmon until all licensed anglers have reached their daily limits:
The mainstem Columbia River from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to Lewis River will be open for hatchery coho Aug. 1 through Dec. 31. Anglers will be allowed to retain one adult chinook as part of their two-adult daily limit from Aug. 1 through Sept. 6. From Sept. 7 through Sept. 14, anglers will be allowed to retain hatchery chinook. From Oct. 1 through Dec 31, anglers can retain two chinook daily.
The Lewis River upstream to Steamboat Landing dock and the point straight across on the Oregon side of the river will be open Aug. 1 through Dec. 31 for hatchery coho and chinook, with a daily limit of two salmon.
The Steamboat Landing dock upstream to the Bonneville Dam will be open Aug. 1 through Dec. 31 for hatchery coho and chinook with a daily limit of three salmon, two of which can be hatchery coho.
Bonneville Dam to McNary Dam will be open Aug. 1 through Dec. 31 with a daily limit of three salmon, two of which can be hatchery coho. Anglers must release any unmarked coho caught downstream of the Hood River Bridge.
The sockeye and hatchery summer chinook fishery below Bonneville Dam will be open from June 16 through June 30 on the mainstem Columbia River, with a daily limit of two adult salmon or steelhead, or one of each.
Washington's ocean waters: The PFMC yesterday approved a recreational chinook catch quota of 59,100 fish, which is an increase of 11,000 fish from 2013's quota. The PFMC, which establishes fishing seasons in ocean waters three to 200 miles off the Pacific coast, also adopted a quota of 184,800 coho for this year's recreational ocean fishery - about 110,000 fish higher than last year's quota.
Mark-selective salmon fisheries will begin in ocean areas on various dates in May.
The recreational salmon fishing season in Marine areas 3 (La Push) and 4 (Neah Bay) will begin with two short openings May 16 and 17, and May 23 and 24 for hatchery chinook. The mark-selective fishery for hatchery chinook in those two marine areas will then reopen May 31 and run seven days a week through June 13.
Mark-selective fisheries for hatchery chinook will be open daily May 31 through June 13 in Marine Area 2 (Westport/Ocean Shores) and Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco). In all areas, anglers will have a daily limit of two salmon, but must release coho and wild chinook. The fisheries could close earlier if a coastwide quota of 9,000 hatchery chinook is reached.
Recreational ocean salmon fisheries for chinook and hatchery coho will be open daily beginning June 14 in Marine areas 1-4. Anglers will have a daily limit of two salmon in Marine areas 3 and 4. Those fishing Marine areas 1 and 2 also will have a two-salmon daily limit, but can keep only one chinook per day. Marine Area 4 will close Sept. 21 while Marine areas 1 and 2 close Sept. 30. Marine Area 3 closes Sept. 21 but will be open again Sept. 27 through Oct. 12.
Specific fishing seasons and regulations for marine areas in Washington and a portion of the Columbia River will be posted on WDFW's North of Falcon website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/northfalcon/ within a few weeks.
- Woodland, WA
OLYMPIA – State shellfish managers today approved a series of morning razor-clam digs starting Monday, April 14, at Twin Harbors and expanding to include three other ocean beaches over the next week. - 4:07 p.m. 4/9/2014
OLYMPIA – State shellfish managers today approved a series of morning razor-clam digs starting Monday, April 14, at Twin Harbors and expanding to include three other ocean beaches over the next week. |
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the digs after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat. No digging will be allowed at any beach after noon.
Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, reminds diggers that anyone age 15 or older must have an applicable 2014-15 fishing license to harvest razor clams on state beaches. Fishing licenses of various kinds are available on the department’s website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.
“It’s always a good idea to have a current license in hand before you reach the beach,” Ayres said. “Otherwise, you may find yourself waiting in line to buy one at low tide.”
The upcoming digs are scheduled on the following dates, beaches and low tides:
• April 14, Monday, 6:46 a.m.; +0.2 feet; Twin Harbors
• April 15, Tuesday, 7:24 a.m.; -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
• April 16, Wednesday, 8:03 a.m.; -0.6 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
• April 17, Thursday, 8:43 a.m.; -0.8 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
• April 18, Friday, 9:26 a.m.; -0.8 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
• April 19, Saturday, 10:14 a.m.; -0.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks
• April 20, Sunday, 11:06 a.m.; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks
Under state law, diggers can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger's clams must be kept in a separate container.
Ayres noted that the weekend digs will coincide with two beachside events. The second annual Long Beach Razor Clam Festival is scheduled April 19-20, (see http://longbeachrazorclamfestival.com/ ) and Washington Coast Cleanup Day is set for April 19 (see http://www.coastsavers.org/ ).
Once the next series of digs is over, state shellfish managers will analyze harvest data and propose additional digging dates in the weeks ahead, Ayres said.
“This year’s season is nearing the end, but we’re not there yet,” he said. “We hope to offer more digging days into May.”
- Woodland, WA
Columbia River Spring Chinook - 7:13 a.m. 4/4/2014
Spring chinook salmon angling in the lower Columbia River will continue through Monday, be closed on Tuesday, then reopen Wednesday through April 14 with sportsmen projected to catch 89 percent of their allocation.|
Washington and Oregon adopted the sport-fishing extension on Thursday. Angling was to be closed beginning Tuesday. The extension adds six days of fishing. State officials will provide a catch update on April 15 to determine if another extension is possible.
Biologist Robin Ehlke of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said there are expected to be 14,600 angler trips this week with a kept catch of 2,000 spring chinook, of which 1,654 are upper Columbia-origin salmon.
That will bring the spring total to 2,786 chinook kept, of which 2,183 are upper Columbia chinook. That’s 21 percent of the initial sport allocation of 10,157 upper Columbia chinook.
State biologists predict 43,700 trips between April 9 and 14 with a catch of 8,100 chinook, of which 6,806 are upper Columbia chinook. That would bring the season total to 10,886 spring chinook kept, of which 8,989 are upper Columbia origin, or 89 percent of the early-season allocation.
Most guides and anglers testifying on Thursday said the sport catch estimates between now and April 14 are excessively optimistic, given the high and somewhat dirty water conditions in the lower Columbia River.
Guide Jack Glass of Troutdale, Ore., said fishing has been slow this season.
While it is expected to improve with more chinook in the river and clearing water “it’s not going to be totally on-fire type of catching,’’ Glass said.
Randy Woolsey of Oregon, a member of the bistate Columbia River Recreational Adviser Group, said the estimates of angler trips are too high, as are projected catch rates.
“It’s going to stay tough for a while,’’ Woolsey said.
Runs of 227,000 spring chinook to waters upstream of Bonneville Dam and 81,000 to tributaries downstream of the dam are forecast for 2014. The Bonneville Dam season count through Wednesday was 620 adult spring chinook.
Counts at Bonneville peak in late April to mid-May.
- Woodland, WA
Report - 6:59 a.m. 4/3/2014
Even with marginal water conditions, it’s April and time to fish for spring chinook in the Columbia or Willamette rivers.|
State officials estimate there were 9,500 angling trips for the week ending Sunday with a catch of 677 spring chinook and 35 steelhead kept plus 156 spring chinook and 31 steelhead released.
That’s a chinook per 11.4 rods, not good, but at least worth now making an effort to catch.
The total for March was 23,200 angler trips with 800 chinook kept and 200 released. Slightly more than 500 of those spring chinook were upper Columbia salmon. The sport allocation allows for 10,157 upper Columbia fish to be killed prior to the run update in mid-May.
Catch numbers for Tuesday’s commercial fishery in the lower Columbia River are not available yet.
State officials monitored 98 drifts and recorded 169 spring chinook and 49 steelhead. Repeat: This is only a subsample of the catch. Sixty-seven percent of the chinook were salmon destined for upstream of Bonneville Dam.
The observers also recorded 48 sublegal sturgeon and 21 shad.
A hearing is scheduled for noon today to review the fishery downstream of Bonneville Dam but an extension beyond Tuesday’s scheduled closure is virtually a given.
The Klickitat River is open now for hatchery spring chinook and hatchery steelhead on Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays through May 31. The daily limit is two hatchery chinook or two hatchery steelhead or one of each.
Angler checks from the Washington (WDFW) and Oregon (ODFW) departments of Fish and Wildlife:
Lower Columbia — Tongue Point to Wauna power lines, 28 boaters with five spring chinook and one steelhead kept plus one chinook released. (ODFW)
Estuary, 161 boaters with 15 spring chinook kept and one released; three bank rods with no salmon or steelhead. (WDFW)
Cathlamet, 19 boaters and 11 bank rods with no catch. (WDFW)
Westport, Ore., to Portland, 269 boaters with 16 spring chinook kept and three released; 356 bank rods with 15 spring chinook and two steelhead kept plus eight spring chinook and one steelhead released. (ODFW)
Longview, 264 boaters with 20 spring chinook and one steelhead kept plus three spring chinook released; 33 bank rods with one steelhead released. (WDFW)
Cowlitz River mouth, five boaters with no catch. (WDFW)
Kalama, 207 boaters with 12 spring chinook kept and four released; 22 bank rods with no catch. (WDFW)
Woodland, 128 boaters with 24 spring chinook kept and two released; 36 bank rods with no catch; two boaters with seven sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)
Warrior Rock to Kelley Point, 114 boaters with one spring chinook kept; 35 bank rods with one spring chinook kept. (WDFW)
Davis Bar to Portland airport tower, 127 boaters with two spring chinok kept. (WDFW)
Troutdale, Ore., 88 boaters with eight spring chinook kept and four released. (ODFW)
Camas-Washougal, 32 boaters and five bank rods with no catch. (WDFW)
Columbia Gorge, downstream of Beacon Rock, eight boaters with no catch. (ODFW)
Columbia Gorge, Oregon side, 21 bank rods with one spring chinook kept and one released. (ODFW)
North Bonneville, 176 bank rods with 28 spring chinook kept and seven released. (WDFW)
Mid-Columbia — The Dalles pool, 35 boaters with two legal sturgeon kept plus one oversize and 38 sublegals released; 11 bank rods with two sublegal sturgeon released; 47 boaters with 29 walleye kept and 16 released. (WDFW)
John Day pool, 58 boaters with seven legal sturgeon kept plus three oversize, two legal and 26 sublegals released; 48 boaters with 20 walleye kept and 23 released; two boaters with four bass released. (WDFW)
Cowlitz — Seventy-nine boaters with one spring chinook and 54 steelhead; 144 bank rods with four spring chinook and 24 steelhead kept plus one spring chinook and two steelhead released. (WDFW)
Kalama — Eight boaters with three steelhead kept and five released; 10 bank rods with one steelhead kept. The river is closed for spring chinook. (WDFW)
Lewis — Two bank rods with no catch. The river is closed for spring chinook. (WDFW)
Merwin Resevoir — Two boaters with five kokanee last week. On Wednesday, approximately 30 boats were on the reservoir with almost no catch.
- Woodland, WA
States approve summer sturgeon fishery, - 9:01 a.m. 4/2/2014
States approve summer sturgeon fishery, |
spawning sanctuary in the Bonneville Pool
OLYMPIA - Fishery managers from Oregon and Washington have approved summer fishing seasons for catching and keeping sturgeon and a new sturgeon spawning sanctuary in the Columbia River behind Bonneville Dam.
Retention of legal-sized sturgeon will be allowed on June 13-14 and June 20-21 on the Columbia River between Bonneville and The Dalles dams. The seasons were adopted last week during a joint state hearing of the Oregon and Washington departments of fish and wildlife.
The states also adopted a new sturgeon spawning sanctuary in the upper end of Bonneville Reservoir, extending from The Dalles Dam downstream 1.8 miles. All angling for sturgeon will be prohibited in the sanctuary from May 1-July 31. The lower boundary of the sanctuary extends from the upper end of the boat ramp at the Port of The Dalles to a marker on the Washington shore.
Brad James, a fish biologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, said the new restriction is designed to reduce handling of sturgeon in prime spawning area at the height of spawning season. Previously, catch-and-release sturgeon fishing was allowed in the area during those months.
Retention sturgeon fisheries are currently under way seven days a week in The Dalles and John Day reservoirs until harvest guidelines of 300 and 500 sturgeon, respectively, are achieved. Sturgeon fishing is currently restricted to catch-and-release in the Bonneville Reservoir.
The catch limit in all three areas is one sturgeon per day and two for the year. Sturgeon must be between 38 and 54 inches fork length to be retained in Bonneville Reservoir and 43-54 inches fork length upstream of The Dalles Dam.
- Woodland, WA
http://wdfw.wa.gov/weekender/ - 2:31 p.m. 3/31/2014
Columbia River Compact meeting about potential gill-net season for lower Columbia River (live updates) - 2:01 p.m. 3/31/2014
Columbia River Compact meeting about potential gill-net season for lower Columbia River (live updates)|
Print By Bill Monroe, Special to The Oregonian The Oregonian
on March 31, 2014 at 1:00 PM, updated March 31, 2014 at 1:06 PM View/Post Comments
Meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m. via telephone conference between Oregon and Washington.
A potential gill-net season for the lower Columbia River is under consideration for Tuesday, based on the results of test netting conducted Sunday.
Those results aren't yet published, but usually become available shortly before the meeting as biologists scramble to put together as much evidence as possible before a decision is made
- Woodland, WA
Merwin Kokes - 9:42 a.m. 3/30/2014
Hey Lon. Thanks for the input on the longer rod. Someone else also suggested that I use a really limber one that was long. I have always used gear that is a heavier action and not so limber. Hopefully my hooked vs. landing ratio goes up when I switch to your soft gear.
- battle ground, wa
woodland bottoms ? - 12:51 p.m. 3/29/2014
Hey i normaly fish the north fork for |
steelys and fish dibbly beach in rainer for
springers plunking spin glows and a flatty
been looking for a good plunking beach
closer to vancouver and on the washingto.
Side i was told about the woodland bottoms
at austin point has anyone fished/caught or
herd anything and any info as far as how
fast it drops off or if its huck it as far as
possable i have a port pass any tips or info
would be cool also i check this site often for
years thx to all the good tips and reports
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