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Upper Columbia River and selected tributaries - 5:39 p.m. 10/7/2014
Upper Columbia River and selected tributaries
to open for hatchery steelhead fishing

Action: Allow retention of hatchery steelhead.

Species affected: Hatchery steelhead

General Rules:

1) Mandatory retention of hatchery steelhead, identified by a missing adipose fin with a healed scar at the location of the clipped fin.

2) Daily limit two (2) hatchery steelhead.

3) Selective gear rules and night closure are in effect for all steelhead fishery areas, except the use of bait is allowed on mainstem Columbia River.

4) Adipose present steelhead must be released unharmed and cannot be removed from the water prior to release.

5) Release all steelhead with a floy (anchor) tag attached and/or one or more round 1/4 inch in diameter holes punched in the caudal (tail) fin.

6) Motorized vessels are not allowed on the Wenatchee and Icicle Rivers (Chelan Co ordinance 7.20.190 Motorboat restrictions)

Effective dates and locations:

1) The mainstem Columbia River from Rock Island Dam to 400 feet below Chief Joseph Dam; October 8, 2014 until further notice.

2) The Wenatchee River from the mouth to the Wenatchee River at the Icicle Road Bridge, including the Icicle River from the mouth, to 500 feet downstream of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Barrier Dam; October 8, 2014 until further notice.

3) The Entiat River from the mouth to approximately mile upstream to a point perpendicular with the intersection of the Entiat River Road and Hedding Street; October 8, 2014 until further notice.

4) The Methow River from the mouth to the confluence with the Chewuch River in Winthrop; October 8, 2014 until further notice. Fishing from a floating device is prohibited from the second powerline crossing (1 mile upstream from the mouth) to the first Hwy 153 Bridge (4 miles upstream from the mouth).

5) The Okanogan River from the mouth to the Highway 97 Bridge in Oroville; October 8, 2014 until further notice.

6) The Similkameen River, from its mouth to 400 feet below Enloe Dam; November 1, 2014 until further notice.

Reason for action: Hatchery-origin steelhead in excess of desired escapement are forecast to return to the upper Columbia River. The fishery will reduce the number of excess hatchery-origin steelhead and consequently increase the proportion of natural-origin steelhead on the spawning grounds. Higher proportions of naturally produced spawners are expected to improve genetic integrity and stock recruitment of upper Columbia River steelhead through perpetuation of steelhead stocks with the greatest natural-origin lineage.

Other information:

Anglers should be aware that fishing rules are subject to change and that rivers can close at any time due to impacts on natural origin steelhead. Adhering to the mandatory retention of adipose clipped steelhead is vital in allowing the fishery to continue and to provide the maximum benefit to natural origin fish.

All anglers must possess a valid fishing license and a Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement to participate in these fisheries. Revenue from the endorsement supports salmon or steelhead seasons on many rivers in the Columbia River system, including enforcing fishery regulations and monitoring the upper Columbia River steelhead fisheries. The endorsement has generated more than $1 million annually for WDFW to maintain and increase fishing opportunities throughout the Columbia River Basin.

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA
Noel@lewisriver.com
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Wiggle Warts & Trolling - 3:14 p.m. 10/5/2014
This time of year I have good luck just trolling
with wiggle warts at the mouth to about the
first bridge. I like metallics like DW29
someone else mentioned. This also works well
in front of the RV park on the Cowlitz County
side. That stretch of River from RV park to the
first bend is a great spot for Silvers. Still
seeing a lot of bright downriver from the
hatchery.

Mike - Woodland WA

Reports of sport angler checks from the past week and related information provided by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. - 6:07 a.m. 10/3/2014
Reports of sport angler checks from the past week and related information provided by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Columbia River sturgeon: Closed for sturgeon retention downstream of The Dalles dam for the rest of 2014. Catch-and-release fishing allowed.

Columbia River salmonids: Last week WDFW sampled 814 salmonid anglers (including 216 boats) with 207 adult and 31 jack fall Chinook, 40 adult and 2 jack coho and 12 steelhead. Most of the coho were caught off the mouth of the Cowlitz while fall Chinook were caught from Longview upstream.

The 181,514 adult coho counted at Bonneville Dam through September 30 is the 2nd highest since at least 1938. The record is 225,388 fish in 2001.

Buoy 10: Boat anglers averaged better than a coho per rod last weekend. The limit remains at three adult salmon or steelhead, of which at least one must be a coho.

Columbia River commercial seasons: Below the Lewis River, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 6, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 7 and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 8. Above the Lewis River, 8 p.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday nights though Oct. 15. 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. through Oct. 1 and 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. thereafter.

Cowlitz River: 109 bank anglers kept 9 chinook adults, 35 coho, 3 steelhead and 6 cutts, and released 7 chinook and 1 coho. 206 boat anglers kept 21 chinook, 124 coho and 2 steelhead and released 14 chinook and 45 coho. For current river flow information, call (888) 502-8690.

Kalama River: 37 bank anglers kept 10 coho and released 1 chinook and 3 coho.

Lewis River: On the North Fork, 44 bank anglers kept 2 steelhead and 12 boat anglers released 1 chinook jack.

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA
Noel@lewisriver.com
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Coho retention to increase at Buoy 10 - 3:21 p.m. 10/2/2014
Coho retention to increase at Buoy 10
on the Columbia River beginning Friday

OLYMPIA - Starting Friday, anglers will be allowed to retain up to three adult hatchery coho salmon as part of their daily limit at the Buoy 10 fishery near the mouth of the Columbia River.

Fishery managers from Washington and Oregon agreed to increase anglers' daily limit for hatchery coho on the stretch of the Columbia River from Buoy 10 to the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line.

The change goes into effect Friday, Oct. 3, and continues through the end of the year, said Ron Roler, Columbia River Policy Coordinator for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

"We've had an exceptional run of coho this year and wanted to give anglers the opportunity to keep an additional hatchery coho each day," Roler said.

Beginning Friday, anglers will be able to keep up to three adult salmon or hatchery steelhead daily but one of those fish must be a hatchery coho, which is marked with a clipped adipose fin. Anglers must release all wild coho.

For more information, check the fishing rule change at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/ .

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA
Noel@lewisriver.com
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were to go - 12:30 p.m. 9/30/2014
noel Johnson or someone are the kokanee still biteing at Mervin were do I go from cresap bay andhow deep do I fish going this Friday.thank you

mcdonald - longview st

As you are likely aware, PacifiCorp is currently completing renovations to Speelyai Park and accordingly, the park is closed through the end of December 2014. The purpose of this notice is to advise you that PacifiCorp consulted with the Lewis River Terrestrial Coordination Committee and received their approval to extend public use of the Cresap Bay boat ramp through the end of October 2014 to provide boaters access to Merwin reservoir. - 9:56 a.m. 9/30/2014
As you are likely aware, PacifiCorp is currently completing renovations to Speelyai Park and accordingly, the park is closed through the end of December 2014. The purpose of this notice is to advise you that PacifiCorp consulted with the Lewis River Terrestrial Coordination Committee and received their approval to extend public use of the Cresap Bay boat ramp through the end of October 2014 to provide boaters access to Merwin reservoir.

Typically Cresap Park is closed in the end of September each year; however, the committee is providing a one-time extended use period to help offset the closure of Speelyai Park.


Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA
Noel@lewisriver.com
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Most areas of Puget Sound reopen - 9:52 a.m. 9/30/2014
Most areas of Puget Sound reopen
Oct. 1 for late-season crab fishing

OLYMPIA - Most marine areas of Puget Sound will reopen for recreational crab fishing Oct. 1, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced today.

The openings were approved by fishery managers after summer catch assessments by WDFW indicated more crab are available for harvest, said Rich Childers, shellfish manager for the department.

Waters reopening to sport crabbing Oct. 1 at 8 a.m. include marine areas 4 (Neah Bay), 5 (Sekiu), 6 (eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca), 7 (San Juan Islands), 8-1 (Deception Pass, Hope Island, and Skagit Bay), 8-2 (Port Susan and Port Gardner), 9 (Admiralty Inlet), 12 (Hood Canal), and 13 (South Puget Sound).

In each area, crabbing will be allowed seven days a week through Dec. 31.

Sport crabbing will not reopen at this time in marine areas 10 (Seattle/Bremerton Area) and 11 (Tacoma-Vashon Island).

The daily catch limit in Puget Sound is five Dungeness crab, males only, in hard-shell condition with a minimum carapace width of 6 inches. In addition, fishers may catch six red rock crab of either sex per day, provided those crab measure at least 5 inches across. Additional information is available on WDFWs website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/crab/ .

All Dungeness crab caught in the late-season fishery must be recorded on winter catch cards, which are valid through Dec. 31. Winter cards free to those with crab endorsements are available at license vendors across the state.

Winter catch reports are due to WDFW by Feb. 1, 2015. For more information on catch record cards, visit WDFWs website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/crab/crc.html .

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

RE: Snaggers - 8:37 a.m. 9/30/2014
I have been fishing the NF since I
was a boy. It has always been a
general rule of thumb that, if you
don't like to see fish snagged
don't go to the hatchery during the
runs.
When city slickers and weekend
warriors find out there's fish in
the river, most have no clue where
to find them, so they go to the
hatchery. These same people don't
know how to fish either. So when
they see one guy snag a fish, they
think, hey I can do that. It
spreads like the plague.
In my experience they're mainly
getting the darkies laying on the
bottom. These fish are likely to
die without ever reaching the
hatchery anyway. I am not condoning
the practice but it's like gill
netting, you're never gonna stop
it.

On another note, there's fish out
there to be caught. It has slowed a
little this week though. With any
luck the next wave will hit soon.

Jason Sanders - Woodland

Hatchery. - 5:56 a.m. 9/30/2014
I agree with Jeremy but I think instead of closing
the hatchery, make them actually learn how to fish
instead of flossing. Make the rule maximum 2'
leaders. Now the 8' leaders makes it obvious they
are not fishing but snagging. Everyone has the
right to fish and enjoy the sport. but learn it don't
abuse it.

bobberdogger

pressure - 9:00 a.m. 9/29/2014
There's still plenty of fish in the north fork. You will have to pick thru some of the dark ones. However the snaggers are in so thick, especially on the weekend, that its is almost impossible to fish legally! They are so rude its unbelievable. They throw their lines on top of yours and just look at you with a dumb grin when you tell them to knock it off. I
think the state should just close the hatchery section of the river in the fall!!! Its that bad! :(

jeremy - woodland
jeremy@j2b.com

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For more information go to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
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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