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Fishing closed in areas of Nooksak River Basin due to drought - 11:23 a.m. 8/27/2015
Fishing closed in areas of Nooksak River Basin due to drought

Action: Closes current seasons for game fish, and upcoming salmon seasons in select areas of the Nooksack Basin.

Species affected: All species.

Location:

North Fork Nooksack from the mouth to North Fork Falls
All tributaries draining into the North Fork Nooksack from the mouth to North Fork Falls
The Middle Fork Nooksack from mouth to the City of Bellingham Diversion Dam
All tributaries draining into the Middle Fork Nooksack from the mouth to the Diversion Dam
The mainstem Nooksack from Slater Road to the forks.
Effective dates: Immediately until further notice.

Previously announced restrictions and closures remain in effect on the following Nooksack Basin reaches and tributaries:

South Fork Nooksack from the mouth to Skookum Creek.
South Fork Nooksack from Wanlick Creek upstream, including Wanlick Creek and all tributaries.
Reasons for action: Nooksack spring chinook are experiencing high pre-spawn mortality rates and cannot enter the South Fork Nooksack due to extremely low flows and high water temperatures.

Other information: Anglers are reminded that the South Fork Nooksack from Skookum Creek to Wanlick Creek is closed by permanent rules. Angling for salmon and gamefish will reopen as listed in the Sport Fishing Rules 2015/2016 pamphlet edition, FISHING IN WASHINGTON, in the above described reaches when the concern has passed, or when spring chinook spawning is completed.

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

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
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NFL - 8:08 a.m. 8/25/2015
There are still steelhead in the NFL. Most are pretty
beat up from truck rides during the recycle
program. A few good ones still there.

Fishslayer - Vancouver WA

Nfl - 9:33 p.m. 8/22/2015
Still some summer steelhead to be had
in the NFL caught one and lost two
today
Even saw two big nooks caught in the
morning on eggs

Anglerofdeath - Van WA
Batpig.jg@gmail.com

Anglers must release wild chinook - 3:57 p.m. 8/21/2015
Anglers must release wild chinook
at Buoy 10 fishery starting Aug. 24

OLYMPIA - Starting Monday, Aug. 24, anglers participating in the popular Buoy 10 fishery at the mouth of the Columbia River will be required to release any chinook salmon with an intact adipose fin that strikes their lures.

A new rule, approved today by state fishery managers from Washington and Oregon, will limit the chinook salmon catch to abundant hatchery fish marked by a missing adipose fin. As before, coho salmon with an intact adipose fin must also be released on the same 16-mile stretch of the lower river.

The two states' action follows three weeks of soaring catch rates and high angler turnout that have rapidly propelled the chinook fishery toward its annual catch quota of 34,800 salmon.

Guy Norman, southwest regional director for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), said the recreational catch in the Buoy 10 fishery is expect to reach 70 percent of the quota by the time the new regulation takes effect.

"This year's Buoy 10 chinook fishery got off to a fast start and just kept going," Norman said. "We had to switch to mark-selective regulations to meet federal conservation limits and to have a chance of keeping the chinook fishery open through Labor Day as previously scheduled."

Wild chinook salmon returning to the lower Columbia River are listed for protection under the Endangered Species Act, which limits on impacts to those fish in the river system and on the Washington coast.

Under the new rule, anglers are limited to one adult hatchery chinook with a clipped adipose fin as part of their daily catch limit of two salmon, two steelhead, or one of each. Wild, unmarked steelhead and all salmon except for hatchery chinook and coho with a clipped adipose fin must be released unharmed.

Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon and steelhead on the Columbia River and many of its tributaries.

According to the preseason forecast, 925,300 adult fall chinook salmon will return to the Columbia River this year - up 50 percent from the 10-year average. This year's projected return of 539,600 coho is also well above the 10-year average of 459, 000 fish.

For more information on fishing rules for the Buoy 10 fishery, see WDFW's website at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/ .


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Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA 98674
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Kalama kings - 10:10 a.m. 8/21/2015
I saw that the kalama falls hatchery already got over 400 fall chinook last week. Took some eggs up last night to a few spots but no salmon. Hooked and lost one steelhead. Anyone know if you can get bright nooks out of the kalama if you start early enough?

Chaz - Woodland

Nfl - 7:31 p.m. 8/20/2015
Any new news about the north fork or
the Lewis?

Anglerofdeath - Van
Batpig.Jg@gmail.com

Neah Bay reopens daily for chinook retention - 7:11 a.m. 8/20/2015
Neah Bay reopens daily for chinook retention

OLYMPIA - Anglers fishing in ocean waters off Neah Bay will be allowed to keep one chinook daily beginning Friday, Aug. 21, state fishery managers announced today.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) closed Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay) to chinook retention earlier this summer when the catch of chinook salmon was expected to reach the harvest guideline for the area. But catch rates dropped in the final days, allowing WDFW to reopen the area to chinook retention Aug. 14 and 15, said Doug Milward, ocean salmon manager for WDFW.

"Angler participation and catch rates remained low last week," Milward said. "We're still below the guideline for the area, which means we can give anglers the opportunity to catch chinook daily in Marine Area 4."

Beginning Aug. 21, anglers fishing in Neah Bay can keep one chinook as part of the two salmon daily limit, plus two additional pink salmon, but must release all wild coho and chum salmon. However, the section of Marine Area 4 that is east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line will remain closed to chinook retention.

More information on the ocean fishery, including catch guidelines and size limits, can be found in the Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/ .

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

We're not all idiots - 4:35 p.m. 8/19/2015
Noel...this is a great source of info and
most of us are very thankful that you
provide this report. Only the slow
thinkers will question its validity and
gripe. Don't let it hamper you one bit.

KalamaDave

Cowlits. - 5:26 a.m. 8/18/2015
Usually I am fishing with my buddies in a boat on
the Cowlitz. The fish are there so any spot you
know that has bank access will produce fish. Good
Luck.

Bobberdogger - B.G.

Steelhead northfork of Lewis - 11:50 a.m. 8/17/2015
There are plenty of Steelhead in there
i witnessed 8 come out last weekend
and I lost two

Anglerofdeath - Vancouver Washington
Batpig.Jg@gmail.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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