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winter steelhead..salmon creek - 6:33 p.m. 12/4/2013
I was wondering best time for steelhead on salmon creek
- vancouver, wa
claming - 6:20 p.m. 12/2/2013
went claming yesterday at long with my son an a couple of buddies we got four limits in about 20 minutes there was almost no one on the beach witch was nice for a change
- vancouver wa
0 for 3 - 2:39 p.m. 12/1/2013
Hoping to get some steel today. Lots of silvers |
in the system. Actually, I should say lots of
burgundies considering how dark they were.
Went 0 for 3, but happy I was able to find a
couple biters. Few other people managed to
get some on the bank. Only saw one that was
worth keeping. Good water color except on
cedar creek side, which was chocolate brown.
- Vancouver, Wa
Lost a life jacket - 1:45 p.m. 12/1/2013
My nephew was fishing with me at day break |
and left his life jacket at day break park on a
rock by the entrance to the big field. It would
be great to get it back thanks!
Southwest Washington - 7:23 p.m. 11/27/2013
(Clark, Cowlitz, Klickitat, Lewis, Skamania and Wahkiakum counties)
Fishing: This year's winter steelhead season got off to a promising start just before Thanksgiving, when the first wave of fish started taking anglers' lures in several tributaries to the lower Columbia River. With decent river conditions, catch rates should continue to improve in the weeks ahead.
“The first jag of winter steelhead was definitely on the bite,” said Joe Hymer, a fish biologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). “So long as the rivers don't rise too high or fall too low, we could be looking at a darn good fishery this year.”
Hymer recommends the Cowlitz, Lewis (including north and east fork), Kalama, Grays, Washougal, Elochoman rivers, along with Salmon Creek in Clark County and Abernathy Creek in Cowlitz County. All have a two-fish daily limit, but anglers should check the Fishing in Washington rules pamphlet for additional rules specific to each river.
As with all steelhead fisheries in southwest Washington, only hatchery fish with a clipped adipose fin and healed scar may be retained. All wild steelhead must be released.
As basic preparation for a steelheading trip, Hymer recommends checking the Northwest River Forecast or other sources for river conditions before heading out. “Most anglers do best when water levels are rising or dropping,” Hymer said. “It's a lot harder to catch steelhead in the peaks and troughs.”
In deciding where to fish, it also helps to know how many smolts were planted in specific rivers and how many adult fish have returned to area hatcheries. In the first case, Hymer recommends checking WDFW’s smolt-planting schedule for 2012. WDFW also posts hatchery returns on a weekly basis.
While winter steelhead are the main attraction right now, late-stock coho will continue to bite through December. Most of those fish are too dark for consumption, but Hymer said some bright fish are still available. State regulations allow anglers to catch and keep up to six adult coho salmon per day on the Cowlitz, Klickitat, Kalama, Lewis and Washougal rivers – and on the lower portion of the Grays River. Except in the Klickitat River, only those fish with a clipped adipose fin may be retained.
As Hymer sees it, the best bet for coho is the Cowlitz River, where more than 14,000 fish returned through the middle of November. For fall chinook, the North Fork Lewis should continue to produce catchable fish through December. Any chinook, adipose fin clipped or not, may be retained on the Lewis.
Hymer flagged several new fishing regulations that take effect Dec. 1 on those and other rivers:
•Grays River – Opens to fishing for hatchery steelhead, hatchery coho and adipose and/or ventral fin clipped chinook from the Highway 4 Bridge to the South Fork. Also on Dec. 1, the open area on the West Fork expands from the hatchery intake/footbridge to the mouth that day.
•Green River, North Fork Toutle River, and the mainstem Toutle from the mouth to the forks will all be closed to fishing for steelhead and salmon.
•South Fork Toutle River – Closes to fishing for steelhead from the 4100 Bridge upstream. Fishing remains open from the mouth to the bridge under selective gear rules.
•North Fork Lewis River – The night closure and anti-snagging rules are lifted from Johnson Creek to Colvin Creek. In addition, the area from Colvin Creek upstream to the overhead powerlines below Merwin Dam reopens for hatchery steelhead, chinook, and hatchery coho Dec. 16.
•Cowlitz River from Mill Creek to the barrier dam – Night closure and anti-snagging rules are lifted.
•Mill Creek (tributary to Cowlitz River) – Opens to fishing for hatchery steelhead under permanent rules. Night fishing closures and anti-snagging rules are in effect.
•Klickitat River – Closes to fishing for trout, hatchery steelhead and salmon, except for salmon fishing from the Fisher Hill Bridge downstream, which remains open through January. The night closure and anti-snagging rules remain in effect. The whitefish-only fishery opens from 400 feet upstream from #5 fishway upstream to the Yakama Reservation. Whitefish gear rules will be in effect.
•Swift Reservoir – Closes to fishing.
- Woodland, WA
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Razor clam dig starts Nov. 30 - 6:13 p.m. 11/25/2013
Razor clam dig starts Nov. 30|
on ‘exceptional’ low evening tides
OLYMPIA - State fishery managers have approved an evening razor-clam dig on ocean beaches starting Saturday, Nov. 30, and running for eight days on the lowest tides so far this season.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig after marine toxin tests showed the clams on those beaches are safe to eat.
"We’ve had some great digs so far this season, but this one could be truly exceptional," said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. "If the weather cooperates, most diggers should be able to get their limit in record time."
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 said the best digging typically occurs one to two hours before low tide, noting that no digging is allowed at any beach before noon.
The upcoming dig is scheduled on the following dates, beaches and low tides:
- Nov. 30, Saturday, 4:28 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks
- Dec. 1, Sunday, 5:13 p.m.; -0.9 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
- Dec. 2, Monday, 5:59 p.m.; -1.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
- Dec. 3, Tuesday, 6:44 p.m.; -1.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
- Dec. 4, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.; -1.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
- Dec. 5, Thursday, 8:17 p.m.; -1.4 feet; Twin Harbors
- Dec. 6, Friday, 9:05 p.m.; -1.0 feet; Twin Harbors
- Dec. 7, Saturday, 9:56 p.m.; -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors
All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2013-14 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.
- Woodland, WA
Seal - 4:28 p.m. 11/25/2013
Seemed a little slower over the weekend, with the water dropping. |
Also, saw a seal a Happa, maybe there is a connection there.
- Ridgefield, Wa
Coho in the Lewis - 3:25 p.m. 11/25/2013
We have heard many reports of coho |
being caught on the Aerojig's
Twitching jigs! They are in stock
and selling fast at Harpers!
Steelhead are starting to trickle
into the system as well.
Fish Black Friday for big rainbows stocked - 2:55 p.m. 11/22/2013
Fish Black Friday for big rainbows stocked |
in eight western Washington lakes
OLYMPIA - Rather spend the day after Thanksgiving fishing for big rainbow trout than shopping for holiday discounts?
Starting Friday, Nov. 29, anglers will find thousands of "holiday specials" during a seasonal Black Friday trout fishing opportunity at eight lakes in western Washington.
To prepare for the post-holiday event, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will plant 2,000 rainbow trout into each of the six southwest Washington lakes. Those rainbow trout average 1¼ pounds apiece.
Spencer Lake in Mason County also will receive 2,000 large rainbow trout, while Leland Lake in Jefferson County will receive 975 trout. The trout that will be planted in those two lakes average about a pound apiece.
"This is a great opportunity to skip the crowded malls and enjoy a fun day out on the water with family and friends catching some beautiful trout," said Chris Donley, WDFW inland fish program manager.
The eight lakes scheduled to receive fish are:
Battleground Lake and Klineline Pond in Clark County
Kress Lake in Cowlitz County
Fort Borst Park Pond and South Lewis County Park Pond in Lewis County
Rowland Lake in Klickitat County
Leland Lake in Jefferson County
Spencer Lake in Mason County
The lakes in Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis and Klickitat counties will be closed to fishing Nov. 25-28, when they will be stocked with hefty trout from the Mossyrock and Goldendale fish hatcheries. The lakes in Jefferson and Mason counties will remain open to fishing during fish stocking.
Twenty five other lakes in the Puget Sound area have already been stocked with about 60,000 large rainbow trout. A list of those lakes, most of which were stocked in October, is available at http://1.usa.gov/1gusSdq .
- Woodland, WA
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