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LONG BEACH, Wash. — Eight more days of razor clam digging start Sunday on Long Beach Peninsula with the chance for even another season in mid-May. - 4:07 p.m. 4/23/2014
LONG BEACH, Wash. — Eight more days of razor clam digging start Sunday on Long Beach Peninsula with the chance for even another season in mid-May.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Tuesday the upcoming dig will last eight consecutive days.

“This has been a great year for razor clams,’’ said Dan Ayres, state shellfish manager. “Clams this year have been bigger than average and abundant enough to add another series of digs.’’

Low tides for the coming dig are: Sunday, 5:53 a.m., -0.3 feet; Monday, 6:39 a.m., -0.8 feet; Tuesday, 7:22 a.m., -1.1 feet; Wednesday, 8:03 a.m., -1.2 feet; May 1, 8:43 a.m., -1.0 feet; May 2, 9:23 a.m., -0.7 feet; May 3, 10:04 a.m., -0.3 feet; May 4, 10:47 a.m., 0.1 feet.

Long Beach and Twin Harbors will be open all eight days. Mocrocks will be open May 2 through 4.

If enough clams remain for another dig, the best tides are around the weekend of May 17 and 18, Ayres said.

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA

steelhead - 8:37 a.m. 4/21/2014
I caught two wild steelhead in the north fork last Sunday. A buck and a hen.

jeremy - woodland

NF Lewis - 8:21 p.m. 4/20/2014
Anything being caught on the Lewis in the last few weeks?...any Steelhead?

Mike @ RevCom.com

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/ .

Noel Johnson - 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.

Noel Johnson - 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.

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA

http://wdfw.wa.gov/weekender/ - 2:31 p.m. 3/31/2014
Weekender report Click on web site

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA

Two-pole rule to begin early for - 3:39 p.m. 3/14/2014
Two-pole rule to begin early for
salmon and steelhead at Drano Lake

Action: Drano Lake anglers with a two-pole endorsement will be allowed to use two poles for salmon and steelhead beginning May 1.

Species affected: Chinook and steelhead

Effective dates: May 1 through June 30, 2014 (except closed to all fishing on Wednesdays during this period).

Location: Drano Lake downstream of markers on point of land downstream and across from Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery and upstream of the Hwy. 14 Bridge.

Other information: Anglers with a two-pole endorsement may fish for salmon and steelhead with two poles. When fishing for sturgeon or other species, only one pole per angler may be used.

All other permanent rules apply.

Reason for action: The 2014 Drano Lake spring chinook returns are expected to be similar to the recent 5 year average and almost twice last year’s actual return. Surplus hatchery origin fish are available for harvest.

Information contact: (360) 696-6211. For the latest information, press *1010.

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

Spring Chinook Fishing Derby - 5:37 p.m. 3/12/2014
Harpers Tackle & Outdoor is
sponsoring a fishing contest! Stop
by during normal business hours (Mon
- Sat 6am to 6pm and Sun 6am to 2pm)
with your freshly caught, gutted and
gilled spring chinook.
Heaviest fish wins an Okuma fishing
rod. 2nd and 3rd place win great
prizes, too!
Questions? Call 360-841-8292.
Fishermen must be licensed.

Janet Harper - Woodland

Smelt - 9:57 p.m. 3/9/2014
Largest run in my 37yrs of living on
the Cowlitz, no birds or Sealions! They
are so thick they don't have to come up
here to feast!


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