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Recreational shrimp fishery - 6:50 p.m. 3/28/2014
Recreational shrimp fishery
opens May 3 in Puget Sound

OLYMPIA – Recreational spot shrimp fishing will open May 3 in Puget Sound under seasons announced today by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

This year’s Puget Sound shrimp fishing seasons are similar to those in 2013 with a few exceptions, said Mark O’Toole, a shellfish biologist for WDFW.
Puget Sound recreational shrimp season opening days are:

Hood Canal Shrimp District (Marine Area 12): Open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 3, 7, 10 and 21.
Discovery Bay Shrimp District (Marine Area 6): Open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 3, 7, 10 and 21.
Marine Areas 4 (east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line), 5, 6 and 13 (excluding Discovery Bay Shrimp District): Open daily beginning May 3. The sport spot shrimp season closes when the quota is attained or Sept. 15, whichever comes first. The exception is Marine Area 13, which closes for spot shrimp May 31.
Marine Area 7 East, South and West: Open May 3 for a one-day fishery and will reopen May 7-10, May 21-24 and May 28-31. In Marine Area 7 West only, the season will be open daily beginning June 1 until the quota is reached or Sept. 15, whichever comes first.
Marine Areas 8-1, 8-2, 9 and 10: Open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 3 and May 7.
Marine Area 11: Open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 3, 7 and 10.
In areas 4, 5, 6, 7 (East, South and West) and 13, start times will be one hour before sunrise.

Additional dates and times will be announced if sufficient quota remains after the initial fishing days scheduled above. For the latest information on sport shrimp seasons, or for a description of marine areas, visit WDFW’s Recreational Shrimp Fishing website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/shrimp/ .

“We have slightly lower quotas than last year in Hood Canal and Discovery Bay, which are traditionally popular areas,” O’Toole said. “We will reopen the areas later if sufficient quota remains.”

WDFW is expanding the opportunity for shrimp fishing in Marine Area 7 West, which will be open daily beginning June 1 until the quota is reached or until Sept. 15, whichever comes first. That’s a change from last season’s schedule of Thursday through Saturday for the same time period. It is likely this area will be open for spot shrimp fishing well into the summer, due to an increase in allocation that was implemented last year, O’Toole said.

Also known as prawns, spot shrimp are the largest shrimp in Puget Sound and may grow up to nine inches in length. In all areas of Puget Sound, fishers are limited to 80 spot shrimp per day. A valid 2014-15 fishing license is required to participate in the fishery.

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA
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Try for trout: Lake Sacajawea was planted with no less than 3,583 big rainbow trout three weeks ago, and some of them are likely still swimming around. Leroy Burns Pond in Wahkiakum County received 2,500 trout. - 12:46 p.m. 3/28/2014
Try for trout: Lake Sacajawea was planted with no less than 3,583 big rainbow trout three weeks ago, and some of them are likely still swimming around. Leroy Burns Pond in Wahkiakum County received 2,500 trout.

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA
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Willamette spring chinook - 4:47 p.m. 3/27/2014
«×A «ÖAPORTLAND ¡ª Fishing effort and spring chinook catch in the lower Willamette River improved considerably last week as the water dropped and cleared.

Here are the catch estimates, released Thursday, for March 17-23, from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife:

Lower river ¡ª 2,177 boater trips with 169 spring chinook kept and 29 released.

Middle river ¡ª 1,070 boater trips with 84 spring chinook kept and 19 released.

Upper river ¡ª 819 boater trips with 43 spring chinook kept and 11 released; 1,014 bank rods with seven spring chinook kept.

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA
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Sturgeon retention dates set for Bonneville pool - 4:39 p.m. 3/27/2014
Sturgeon retention dates set for Bonneville pool
By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter

Published: March 27, 2014, 12:15 PM
Share on facebookShare on twitterShare on emailShare on printMore Sharing Services0 «×A «ÖAFour days of sturgeon retention will be allowed in mid-June in the Bonneville pool of the Columbia River, plus a spawning sanctuary downstream of The Dalles Dam has been adopted.

Washington and Oregon agreed today to allow sturgeon retention on June 13 and 14, a Friday and Saturday, then again on June 20 and 21.

Sturgeon retention season in the reservoir behind Bonneville Dam is split into winter and summer components.

During 50 days of fishing in January, February and early March, anglers kept 241 sturgeon, which was 23 percent of the 1,100-fish guideline for the year, said biologist John North of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Windy weather in January and ice and snow in February put a damper on angling opportunity during the winter months, North said.

There are 849 fish for the summer segment, which typically is in mid-June.

Sportsmen keep about 225 sturgeon per day in the summer, although perhaps less now due to the spawning sanctuary, North said.

Sturgeon angling generally is best in the Cascade Locks-to-Hood River portion of Bonneville pool in the winter and best in the upper end of the pool at The Dalles in the summer.

Spawning sanctuary ¡ª Angling for sturgeon will be prohibited in May, June and July from The Dalles Dam downstream for 1.8 miles to protect spawning fish.

The lower boundary will be a perpendicular line from the upstream end of the boat ramp docks in The Dalles to a marker on the Washington shore.

Biologist Dennis Gilliland of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said the sanctuary will protect 60 percent to 65 percent of the spawning sturgeon at the upper end of Bonneville pool.

The states considered setting the boundary at 2.4 miles downstream of The Dalles Dam, then reduced the area based on the testimony of local anglers.

Guide Jack LaFond said he¡¯s seen no data that catch-and-release fishing in the Bonneville pool is hurting the sturgeon population.

The sanctuary will hurt fishing opportunity and local businesses, he said.

Had the boundary been set at 2.4 miles downstream of The Dalles Dam, about 95 percent of the fishing area would have been lost because waters farther west get buffeted by wind. LaFond said.

Angler Greg Gustafson said the sanctuary could push anglers into areas dangerous due to nets, cables and barges.

He said catch and release is not harming sturgeon.

¡°When we release these fish they take off like rockets,¡¯¡¯ Gustafson said.

Jim Jones of The Dalles said sea lions in The Dalles pool are a bigger threat to sturgeon than anglers.

Guy Norman, regional director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, noted there are spawning sanctuaries below Bonneville, John Day and McNary dams, plus downstream of Willamette Falls.

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA
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Hook ups - 4:04 p.m. 3/27/2014
Bobber Dogger, hooking the Kokes is pretty easy this time of year but hanging onto them is another story. If you had a longer rod you would do better.

Lon G Dykk - Battleground

Merwin - 12:01 p.m. 3/27/2014
Karen and I went out this last weekend, then we went Kokanee fishing. We hooked quite a few but getting them into the boat was tough.
Had a lot of fun. Always exciting to see my girlfriend hook up.

bobber dogger - Battle Ground, WA

Merwin Kokes - 2:11 p.m. 3/26/2014
wife and I went Monday (24th) and landed 15 nice kokanee (must have lost at least 10) Using dodger, pink hootchie and 1 oz @ 35 pulls with cured and scented Walmart frozen whole kernel corn. Great day...during one 2 hour stretch it was a take down every 5 minutes. Don't believe the Shoepeg corn hype.

Fisherman Dave - Kalama

Steelhead fishing to close on upper - 5:00 p.m. 3/25/2014
Steelhead fishing to close on upper
Columbia River and tributaries

Actions: Close the Columbia River and tributaries above Rock Island Dam to fishing for steelhead.

Species affected: Steelhead.

Effective date: One hour after sunset on March 31, 2014.

Locations:

Mainstem Columbia River: From Rock Island Dam to 400 feet below Chief Joseph Dam.
Wenatchee River: From the mouth to 400 feet below Tumwater Dam, including the Icicle River from the mouth to 500 feet downstream of the Leavenworth Fish Hatchery Barrier Dam.
Methow River: From the mouth to the confluence with the Chewuch River in Winthrop.
Okanogan River: From the mouth to the Highway 97 Bridge in Oroville.
Similkameen River: From the mouth to 400 feet below Enloe Dam.
Reason for action: Most steelhead will be spawning beginning in April. National Marine Fisheries Service Permit 1395 for this program allows a fishery to be promulgated only through March 31.

Information contacts: Jeff Korth

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA
Noel@lewisriver.com
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Kokanee - 1:01 a.m. 3/25/2014
To Iceman, This time of year you want to fish from the surface to about 30 feet. I usually just run pink hootchies with a sling blade or with whatever dodger you prefer and about 12 inches of leader from the dodger to the hootchie. Bait wise you can use corn, cocktail shrimp, Burkley gulp magnets or crappie nipples or even squid tentacles. And don't forget scents; shrimp, clam, craw fish, garlic, even bloody tuna, all work great. AND for Ryan, If you are catching that many steelhead at that size, in the Kalama you need to start your own guide service because you'd be rich. That's all I am saying!

Dan Cole - Vancouver, WA
coledaniel49@yahoo.com

Kokanee - 2:05 p.m. 3/23/2014
Was up at Merwin the other and fishing was slow hooked into eight fish and that was it.

What colors and depths have been the all yall been hooking into the most fish?

iceman - battle ground

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