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WDFW seeks comments on Willapa Bay salmon policy - 7:20 a.m. 5/16/2015
WDFW seeks comments on Willapa Bay salmon policy

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking public comments through June 3 on a new draft policy to improve salmon management in Willapa Bay.

State fishery managers have been working since last October with a citizen committee and the public to develop draft options for a new policy for Willapa Bay salmon fisheries. The revised policy includes provisions to conserve wild salmon, clarify catch allocation, and reduce conflicts between sport and commercial fishers in the bay.

The policy is available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/fisheries/willapa_bay_salmon/ . Written comments may be submitted via email to willapabay@dfw.wa.gov or by mail to Steve Thiesfeld, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA 98501-1091.

At its April meeting, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA 98674
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Spring chinook limit and 2-pole area - 7:16 a.m. 5/16/2015
Spring chinook limit and 2-pole area
increased on lower Cowlitz River

Action: Cowlitz River anglers may retain up to 3 hatchery adult spring chinook. In addition, anglers may fish with two poles up to the barrier dam.

Effective dates: May 17 until further notice

Species affected: Chinook

Location: Daily limit increase from boundary markers at the mouth to 400 feet or posted markers below the barrier dam.

Two-pole area increase from Lexington Drive Bridge (Sparks Road Bridge) upstream to 400 feet or posted markers below the barrier dam.

Reason for action: Hatchery returns have been strong to date. The hatchery brood stock goal is expected to be met and surplus hatchery fish are available for harvest.

The area for using two poles was increased from the Highway 505 Bridge at Toledo upstream to the barrier dam in an attempt to harvest more hatchery spring Chinook. In addition, it is consistent with the recently adopted North of Falcon rules which will allow the use of two poles to target hatchery salmon, steelhead, and cutthroat trout up to the barrier dam year round.

Other information: The salmon daily limit is 6 hatchery chinook of which no more than 3 may be adults. Release wild chinook. Anglers may also retain up to 3 hatchery steelhead under a previously adopted emergency regulation.

Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement is required. A valid Two Pole Endorsement is needed to fish with two poles from the Lexington Drive Bridge (Sparks Road Bridge) upstream to the barrier dam.

Barbless hooks are required through June. Under recently approved permanent game fish rules, barbed hooks may be used to target hatchery summer run steelhead in July.

Under permanent rules, bank angling from the south side of the river from Mill Creek (below the salmon hatchery) to the barrier dam are closed to all fishing through June 15.

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

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA 98674
Noel@lewisriver.com
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Hatchery spring chinook daily limit - 7:13 a.m. 5/16/2015
Hatchery spring chinook daily limit
increased at Drano Lake

Action: Drano Lake anglers may retain up to 3 hatchery adult spring chinook.

Effective dates: May 17 through June 30

Species affected: Chinook

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

Reason for action: Hatchery returns have been strong to date. The hatchery brood stock goal has been met and surplus hatchery fish are available for harvest.

Other information: The salmon/steelhead daily limit is a 3 hatchery chinook or hatchery steelhead of which no more than 2 may be hatchery steelhead. Salmon minimum size is 12 inches. Release wild chinook and wild steelhead.

Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement is required. Anglers may fish for salmon and steelhead with two poles with a Two Pole Endorsement. In addition, each angler aboard a vessel may deploy salmon/steelhead angling gear until the salmon/steelhead limit for all anglers aboard has been achieved.

Anglers are reminded the lake is closed to all fishing on Wednesdays through June. In addition, the area west of a line projected from the easternmost pillar of the Highway 14 Bridge to a posted marker on the north shore is open to bank fishing only.

Barbed hooks may be used under a previously adopted emergency regulation.

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

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA 98674
Noel@lewisriver.com
www.lewisriver.com

Spring chinook catch limit increased on Wind River; - 7:11 a.m. 5/16/2015
Spring chinook catch limit increased on Wind River;
also changes in snagging rule, two poles, boat limits

Action: Wind River anglers may retain up to 3 adult spring chinook.

The Burlington Northern Railroad Bridge will no longer be used as boundary. Instead, the Highway 14 Bridge will be used as a boundary for the anti-snagging rule, two poles, and boat limits.

Effective dates: May 17 through June 30

Species affected: Salmon and steelhead

Location: Daily limit increase - Wind River from the mouth (boundary line/markers) upstream to 800 yards downstream of Carson National Fish Hatchery except closed waters from 400 feet below to 100 feet above Shipherd Falls and from 400 feet below to 100 feet above the coffer dam.

Anti-snagging rule - Wind River from the Highway 14 Bridge upstream to 800 yards downstream of Carson National Fish Hatchery.

Two poles and boat limits - Wind River from the mouth (boundary line/markers) upstream to Highway 14 Bridge.

Reason for action: Hatchery returns have been strong to date. The hatchery brood stock goal is expected to be met and surplus hatchery fish are available for harvest.

Using the Highway 14 Bridge as a new boundary will implement new permanent rules recently adopted during the North of Falcon salmon regulation process. The attempt is to make boundaries for the spring season anti-snagging rule, two poles, and boat limits consistent with those used for the fall season. There should be little to no lost opportunity as the two bridges are within feet of each other.

Other information: The salmon/steelhead daily limit is a 3 chinook or hatchery steelhead of which no more than 2 may be hatchery steelhead. Salmon minimum size is 12 inches. Release wild steelhead. From Shipherd Falls downstream, release wild chinook.

Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement is required. Anglers from the mouth to the Highway 14 Bridge may fish for salmon and steelhead with two poles with a Two Pole Endorsement. In addition, each angler aboard a vessel may deploy salmon/steelhead angling gear until the salmon/steelhead limit for all anglers aboard has been achieved.

When the anti-snagging rule is in effect, only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained. Barbed hooks may be used under a previously adopted emergency regulation.

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

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA 98674
Noel@lewisriver.com
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Hatchery steelhead limits rise on Klickitat River; - 7:11 p.m. 5/14/2015
Hatchery steelhead limits rise on Klickitat River;
upper river opens early for hatchery spring chinook

Action: The hatchery steelhead daily limit will be increased to 3 fish.
Up to two hatchery adult spring chinook may be kept as part of the daily limit for salmon on the upper Klickitat River.

Effective dates: June 1 until further notice

Species affected: Salmon and trout, including hatchery steelhead

Locations:

Lower Klickitat River from the mouth upstream to the Fisher Hill Bridge (located approximately 3 miles upstream from the mouth);

Upper Klickitat River from 400 feet upstream from #5 fishway (located about one-half mile upstream from the Fisher Hill Bridge) to the boundary markers below the Klickitat Salmon Hatchery and from the boundary markers above the hatchery to the Yakama Reservation boundary.

Other information: On the lower Klickitat, the trout daily limit is 3 hatchery steelhead. Release all other trout. On the upper Klickitat, the trout daily limit is 3 fish of which no more than 2 may be other than hatchery steelhead. Wild steelhead must be released.

On the lower and upper Klickitat, the salmon daily limit is 6 hatchery chinook of which no more than two may be adults. Wild chinook must be released.

Anglers are reminded there are closed waters from Fisher Hill Bridge to 400 feet upstream from #5 fishway and from the boundary markers below Klickitat Salmon Hatchery to the boundary markers just upstream of the hatchery. The section upstream from the salmon hatchery remains closed to fishing for salmon.

Reasons for action: This will implement new permanent rules recently adopted during the game fish and North of Falcon salmon regulation processes. Since 2009, the upper Klickitat has been opened for adult salmon via emergency regulation from early to mid-June. Trout, including hatchery steelhead, season opens June 1. This regulation will match that season and eliminate the need for salmon emergency regulations in the future and provide a consistent opening date for both salmon and trout (steelhead).

For hatchery steelhead, the daily limit is increased to 3 fish. These fish are not needed for hatchery broodstock and are available for harvest.

Information contact: (360) 696-6211. For 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 98674
Noel@lewisriver.com
www.lewisriver.com

WDFW's 2015 'Citizen Awards' honor - 4:44 p.m. 5/14/2015
WDFW's 2015 'Citizen Awards' honor
dedication to fish and wildlife

OLYMPIA-Dedicated volunteers carried 35 pound backpacks with gallons of water and thousands of delicate trout fry miles up steep trails to stock mountain lakes year after year. Another group traversed Washington's marine areas and coastlines to provide scientific data and analysis on species ranging from porpoises to puffins.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) recognized the contributions of these organizations and other top volunteers and landowners during its 2015 citizen awards ceremony today in Olympia.

The Washington Trail Blazers , a club devoted to alpine fishing for public enjoyment, earned an "organization of the year" award at the ceremony. With some 50 volunteers, the Trail Blazers stock fish in about 120 lakes per year. Founded more than 80 years ago, work crews from the group regularly make long treks up mountain paths to create distinctive fishing opportunities, maintain trails to high lakes, and monitor fish health.

"The Trail Blazers' volunteer efforts help make iconic high lakes fishing experiences possible in Washington," said Annette Hoffmann, a regional fish program manager with the department.

Another organization honored during this year's ceremony was the SeaDoc Society , a program of the Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

Headquartered on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands , SeaDoc was recognized for efforts to protect Washington's salt-water habitats and wildlife. Its work in Washington includes data gathering, mapping and analysis on issues such as derelict fishing gear, marine bird population declines, orca whale disease, forage fish spawning areas and the status of tufted puffins.

"It's difficult to pare down a short list of the important contributions SeaDoc has made in working with the department," said Eric Gardner, WDFW wildlife program deputy assistant director. "They have been active, productive contributors on a surprising range of topics in support of Washington's marine wildlife and coastal ecosystems."

Bill Young of Shelton was recognized as a "volunteer of the year." A retired fish biologist and ecologist now in his 70s, Young has conducted a census of wild sea run cutthroat spawning in Skookum Creek and other Mason County streams for more than 10 years.

"Young's collaboration with the department on the study of in-stream water flow needs of sea run cutthroat provides a clearer picture of the habitat requirements of this species," said Steve Boessow, a natural resource scientist with the department.

Dr. Eric Johnson , an anesthesiologist from Spokane , was recognized as a "volunteer of the year" for work to establish emergency response protocols for accidental human exposure to veterinary drugs department staff use to capture wildlife.

"Thanks to Dr. Johnson, the safety of WDFW field staff with responsibility for capturing wild animals has been greatly enhanced," said Kristin Mansfield, WDFW veterinarian.

Other citizen awards announced by WDFW for 2015 include:

Landowner of the year: Mark Schmid of Trout Lake was recognized for building relationships between hunters and private landowners, facilitating access to hunting on his land and other properties, and for his work with the department on new elk damage mitigation techniques to protect crops.

Terry Hoffer Memorial Firearm Safety Award: This award honors state Fish and Wildlife Officer Terry Hoffer, who was fatally wounded in 1984 by a hunter accidentally discharging his firearm. Nominated by peers in the hunter education community, Rick Webber of Snohomish was recognized for his commitment and teaching skills as a chief hunter education instructor. In addition to his leadership in certifying more than 400 students in hunter education, Webber "trained the trainers," certifying an additional 32 new hunter education instructors in 2014.
Jim Unsworth, WDFW director said citizen volunteers around the state contributed more than 63,800 hours of time to WDFW projects in 2014.

WDFW welcomes volunteer help in activities that benefit fish, wildlife and habitat. For more information, visit the agency volunteer page at http://wdfw.wa.gov/about/volunteer/ .

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA 98674
Noel@lewisriver.com
www.lewisriver.com

Area expanded for fishing for hatchery spring chinook - 4:38 p.m. 5/14/2015
Area expanded for fishing for hatchery spring chinook
on the White Salmon River

Action: White Salmon River anglers will be allowed to fish for hatchery spring chinook from the county bridge below the former power house upstream to the Northwestern Road Bridge beginning May 23.

Species affected: Chinook

Effective dates: May 23 through July 31, 2015

Location:

(Big) White Salmon River (Skamania/Klickitat Co.) from the county road bridge located below the former power house upstream to the Northwestern Road Bridge.

Daily limits: Through June 30, the daily limit is two hatchery chinook or hatchery steelhead or one of each. Effective July 1, the hatchery salmon/steelhead daily limit will be 3 fish of which no more than 2 may be hatchery spring Chinook. Salmon minimum size is 12 inches. Wild chinook and wild steelhead must be released. Release all gamefish except hatchery steelhead.

Other information: Selective gear rules will be in effect. A Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement is required.

Reason for action: This will implement new permanent rules recently adopted during the gamefish and North of Falcon salmon regulation processes. Spring Chinook strays have been found in the system. This regulation opens an additional 3 miles of river to fishing for salmon.

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

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA
Noel@lewisriver.com
www.lewisriver.com

Looking for info - 11:06 a.m. 5/14/2015
If clamming is closed due to the Domoic acid levels
do other fish like surf perch get contaminated as
well ?

Bobberdogger - B.G.

Fishing closure for Kress Lake safety day event - 7:33 a.m. 5/14/2015
Fishing closure for Kress Lake safety day event

Action: Closes Kress Lake to fishing by the public for two days.

Effective Dates:

May 22 - 12:01 a.m.: Entire lake closed to public fishing
May 23: Lake closed to public fishing until 6 p.m., but open for juvenile anglers participating in the Safety Day Event from 10 a.m. through 3 p.m.
Location: Kress Lake is located near Kalama, Washington in Cowlitz County. Kress Lake is owned by The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Reason for action: Closing the lake to public fishing is necessary to ensure the safety of the public as well as the event participants. Approximately 600 people are expected to participate in the Safety Day program.

Boats will be used for teaching safety classes to kids and adults. Closing the lake will alleviate any boat traffic from anglers.

Other Information: This is the tenth year the event has been held. The public is welcome to observe the event.

Information Contact: John Weinheimer, District 9 Fish Biologist, (360) 906-6746.

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 98674
Noel@lewisriver.com
www.lewisriver.com

Razor clam digging closed - 1:56 p.m. 5/13/2015
Razor clam digging closed
for season on ocean beaches

OLYMPIA - Digging will remain closed on ocean beaches for the remainder of the razor clam season because of elevated toxin levels, state shellfish managers announced today.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has canceled two openings that were tentatively scheduled to start May 15 and May 22 due to high levels of domoic acid. WDFW canceled three days of a four-day dig earlier this month due to elevated toxin levels.

Domoic acid, a natural toxin produced by certain types of marine algae, can be harmful or even fatal if consumed in sufficient quantities. Razor clams absorb domoic acid into their fat cells and can retain it there long after the ocean water is free of toxins, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for WDFW.

"Based on the most recent test results that show increased levels of domoic acid, razor clams will not be safe to eat for the remainder of this month," Ayres said.

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA 98674
Noel@lewisriver.com
www.lewisriver.com

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