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The Merwin flows will be reduced to 800 cfs on July 31st in reaction to the drought conditions and to conserve water for the fall spawning. Today the inflow to Merwin from the entire upper basin is 680 cfs. The inflow to Swift Reservoir is 520 cfs. The key upper river tributary, Muddy River has a flow of 116 cfs and Speelyai Creek flow (tributary to Merwin) is 2.1 cfs. - 8:27 a.m. 7/21/2015
The Merwin flows will be reduced to 800 cfs on July 31st in reaction to the drought conditions and to conserve water for the fall spawning. Today the inflow to Merwin from the entire upper basin is 680 cfs. The inflow to Swift Reservoir is 520 cfs. The key upper river tributary, Muddy River has a flow of 116 cfs and Speelyai Creek flow (tributary to Merwin) is 2.1 cfs.

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA 98674
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Meeting set to discuss management options - 3:30 p.m. 7/17/2015
Meeting set to discuss management options
for fall fisheries on Kalama, Washougal rivers

VANCOUVER, Wash. – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will host a public meeting July 30 to discuss salmon-management policies on the Kalama and Washougal rivers.

The meeting is scheduled 6-8 p.m. at WDFW’s Region 5 Office, 2108 Grand Blvd., in Vancouver.

Cindy LeFleur, WDFW regional fish manager, said fishery managers want to talk with anglers and others who attend the meeting about ways to implement hatchery reform actions designed to support the recovery of wild salmon and steelhead returning to both rivers.

A refurbished handling facility recently installed near the Modrow Bridge on the Kalama River will play a significant role in that effort, LeFleur said.

“The improved handling facility will provide fishery managers with much more control over which fish are allowed to move upstream,” she said. “We’d like to discuss various options for what that might mean for managing fall chinook salmon, coho salmon and steelhead and the fisheries they support on the Kalama River.”

Another topic for discussion will be the recent change in the fishing boundary below the weir on the Washougal River.

“Starting this year, fishing will be closed within 1,000 feet downstream of the hatchery weir to help protect fish that hold in that area prior to migrating upstream,” LeFleur said. “If people have questions about that or other management decisions on these rivers, we’ll be there to answer them.”


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Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA 98674
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Portion of Marine Area 7 South reopening - 9:06 a.m. 7/17/2015
Portion of Marine Area 7 South reopening
for eight days of spot shrimp fishing

Action: The portion of Marine Area 7 South that is west of Point Colville is reopening for eight days of recreational shrimp fishing. The portion of Marine Area 7 South that is east of Point Colville will remain closed to shrimp fishing.

Effective date: 4:30 a.m. July 21 through 10 p.m. July 28, 2015.

Species affected: All shrimp species including spot shrimp.

Location: Marine Area 7 South: west of a line projected due south from Point Colville on Lopez Island. This open area includes the Iceberg Point and Salmon Bank shrimp fishing grounds. The area east of Point Colville that will remain closed includes the Biz Point shrimp fishing ground.

Reason for action: Sufficient recreational spot shrimp quota remains in this area for eight more days of fishing. The eastern portion of Marine Area 7 South (including Biz Point) has a separate spot shrimp quota, and the quota was reached in that area during the recreational shrimp season in May.

Other information: Marine Areas 4, 5, 6 and 7 West remain open daily to all shrimp species.

Contact: Mark O’Toole, La Conner, (360) 466-4345 ext. 241, or Don Velasquez, Mill Creek, (425) 775-1311 ext. 112.

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
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Trout size and daily limits change in Ross Lake - 9:04 a.m. 7/17/2015
Trout size and daily limits change in Ross Lake
Action: Change size restrictions and daily bag limits on rainbow trout; add increased limit on brook trout.

Effective dates: July 18, 2015, until further notice.

Species affected: Rainbow trout and brook trout.

Location: Ross Lake (Whatcom County)

Size and daily limits: Rainbow trout, one fish per day, minimum size 16 inches. Brook trout, five fish per day, no minimum size.

Reasons for action: Recruitment of rainbow trout has been poor in recent years. Rainbows are growing faster than in the past. As a result, the 13-inch minimum size restriction no longer protects first-time spawners, resulting in anglers harvesting fish that had not had an opportunity to reproduce. The minimum size limit needs to be adjusted accordingly. Brook trout are a non-native species and harvest is encouraged.

Other information: This action will align Washington State fishing regulations on Ross Lake with those in effect in British Columbia on this trans-boundary lake. Selective gear rules are in effect.

Information Contact: Brett Barkdull 360-466-4345 x 270 barkdbcb@dfw.wa.gov

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA 98674
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Drought prompts fishing moratorium - 9:01 a.m. 7/17/2015
Drought prompts fishing moratorium
for sturgeon on Columbia, Snake rivers

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will close sturgeon fishing on portions of the Columbia and Snake rivers under temporary rules to reduce stress on the fish caused by low, warm water conditions.

The closure takes effect Saturday, July 18, and applies from Bonneville Dam upstream in the Columbia River, the lower Snake River, and adjacent tributaries. All sturgeon fishing, including catch-and-release, will be prohibited in those waters until further notice.

In a meeting today, fishery managers from Washington and Oregon agreed to the sturgeon-fishing moratorium in shared waters of the Columbia River above Bonneville Dam.

Guy Norman, WDFW southwest regional director, said department staff has observed more than 80 dead and dying sturgeon on the riverbanks upriver from Bonneville Dam in the past two weeks. Most were large fish, over five feet long, he said.

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA 9674
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Closed to fishing: - 8:58 a.m. 7/17/2015
Closed to fishing:

East Fork Lewis River from Lewisville Park downstream.
Washougal River from Mt. Norway Bridge downstream.
Hoot-owl restrictions:

East Fork Lewis River from Lewisville Park upstream.
Washougal River from Mt. Norway Bridge upstream.
WDFW has also closed fishing for spring chinook on the Grande Ronde River in eastern Washington due to low river flows.

For more information about drought’s impact on fish and wildlife, visit WDFW’s drought webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/drought/.

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

Idaho angler shatters Washington - 4:30 p.m. 7/15/2015
Idaho angler shatters Washington
tiger trout sport fish record

OLYMPIA – Kelly Flaherty of Priest River, Idaho, has set a new state record for the largest tiger trout caught in Washington, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) confirmed today.

The 53-year-old angler caught the 18.49-pound fish measuring 32.5 inches on Cinco de Mayo, May 5, while bait fishing with a worm and egg at Bonaparte Lake, near Tonasket in Okanogan County.

“The fish skyrocketed out of the water,” said Flaherty, who was fishing from a boat launch. “As soon as I hooked it, I was whooping it up, while a crowd gathered around the whole time.”

Flaherty estimates it took him 15 minutes to land the fish from the time he set the hook until he pulled his prize onto the boat launch without a landing net.

According to WDFW, the new record exceeded the previous record tiger trout record by 3.45 pounds. The previous record was held by Kirk Herrin on a fish caught in Roses Lake, Chelan County in 2012.

Noel Johnson
Noel
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Release salmon with floy tag, - 10:47 a.m. 7/15/2015
Release salmon with floy tag,
hole punch in upper Columbia

Actions: Salmon with floy tags and/or one or more holes (round, approximately ¼” in diameter) punched in the tail must be released.

Species affected: Sockeye and summer chinook salmon.

Effective date: Immediately until further notice.

Locations: Columbia River and tributaries from Priest Rapids Dam upstream to Chief Joseph Dam.

Reason for action: Salmon marked with floy tags and/or one or more holes (round, approximately ¼” in diameter) punched in the tail have been anesthetized during various studies and should not be kept or consumed.

For more information, call the fishing hotline at 360-902-2500 or check the webpage at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/.

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

Tony: - 4:31 a.m. 7/15/2015
There are a few fish around.. Not as many as there should be for this time of the year. From the looks of the Bonneville counts the fish are a few weeks late, probably the reason for low numbers so far.

Rick - LaCenter, WA

where's the fish - 10:37 p.m. 7/10/2015
Work to much! haven't hit the river in
weeks. Is there any fish around to
kill a sunday? I want to burn some
fuel and hook a few!

Tony - The DELL
aherrera553@gmail.com

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Call 1.800.547.1501 for updated reservoir levels and estimated river flow below Merwin.
For N. F . Lewis River flow go to River Flows At Ariel.
For East Fork Lewis River flow go to East Fork Lewis River Near Heisson, Wa.

Stream flow and reservoir levels at:
Lewis River at Woodland       Speelyai Creek      Muddy Creek
Lewis River at Ariel      Lewis River Reservoir Levels

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