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smelt- cowlitz - 4:09 p.m. 2/16/2015
Dipping for smelt on the 14th was slower than anticipated. Smelt were further out than usual due to low water conditions. People who scoured the area for deep drop offs near the bank had the best luck, netting about 6-7 smelt per dip.

leo - vancouver, wa
levi1800@gmail.com

Smelt - 8:07 a.m. 2/16/2015
I do not know if they will open the Lewis. I saw a
family heading down to dip on the Lewis in
Woodland but obviously were not aware of the
rules. The Sandy opens March 7th and 15th with
the usual 6 AM to Noon, and 10 lb liit.

Bobberdogger - Battle Ground wa

smelt dipping - 6:52 p.m. 2/15/2015
smelt dipping was terrible on
valentines day but i have a question
has anyone heard if they will open
lewis for dipping in march thks for
the feedback

philip thompson - Vancouver
philthompson63@yahoo.com

smelt - 3:39 p.m. 2/15/2015
What happened ?
Thousands of people - no smelt.

bobberdogger - battle ground

Smelt Dipping - 8:24 a.m. 2/15/2015
Unfortunately the smelt seemed to disappear
on the 14th. There were a lot of disappointed
dippers including me . Guess we'll have to
wait for next year again. Yeah!!!

robert - vancouver
thater

WDFW seeks nominations to - 4:51 p.m. 2/13/2015
WDFW seeks nominations to
Cowlitz River advisory group

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking nominations through Feb. 27 for membership on its Cowlitz River Advisory Group.

The ad hoc group generally meets about four times a year to develop recommendations designed to support sustainable fishing opportunities on the Cowlitz River, while conserving wild native runs.

"We want a diverse group of individuals to promote sustainable fisheries that meet our recovery and conservation goals," said Jim Scott, who administers WDFW's fish program. "Cowlitz River hatcheries produce salmon, steelhead and cutthroat trout that support a vast array of fisheries."

WDFW initially formed the group in 2010 to advise fishery managers engaged in updating the Cowlitz River Fishery and Hatchery Management Plan, which establishes Tacoma Power's obligations to support hatchery production and fish management activities in the Cowlitz Basin. The plan is scheduled to be updated again in 2016.

Specific issues addressed in the plan include the quantity and size of fish produced at the Cowlitz Hatchery Complex as well as strategies for maximizing the natural production of fish stocks and species in the basin.

The plan also addresses fishery management strategies, including monitoring and evaluation efforts that support conservation of naturally produced fish and sustainable fishing opportunities.

A nomination form, along with email and postal addresses for submissions, is available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/about/advisory/crag/nominations.html . Nominees for the advisory group do not have to be affiliated with an organized group.

For more information, contact Cindy Le Fleur at (360) 906-6708.

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

smelt - 7:24 p.m. 2/11/2015
sorry that i am responding so late Levi1800, but
thank you for the info that you have given me. I
was also wondering if the smelt would be there on
Feb 14, and is there good river bank access that
isn't that steep thank you again.

jonh - Vancouver WA
Jonhsmith@gmail.com

CORRECTION: Corrects reference to March opening date, fishing license information. - 11:26 a.m. 2/10/2015
CORRECTION: Corrects reference to March opening date, fishing license information.

February 9, 2015
Contact: Dan Ayres, (360) 249-4628

WDFW OKs razor clam dig starting Feb.15,
lists proposed digs through March

OLYMPIA - Razor clam diggers can count on an eight-day opener beginning Feb. 15 and start planning trips to Washington's beaches in March, state shellfish managers said today.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the upcoming dig, which runs Feb. 15-22, after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat.

Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, said the best digging typically occurs one to two hours before low tide. No digging is allowed at any beach before noon.

"We're expecting a good turnout this upcoming Presidents' Day weekend," Ayres said. "Tides will be early enough the first few days that diggers can enjoy some daylight on the beach."

Under state law, diggers are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger's clams must be kept in a separate container.

Feb. 15, Sunday, 3:47 p.m.; 0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Feb. 16, Monday, 4:37 p.m.; -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Feb. 17, Tuesday, 5:24 p.m.; -0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Feb. 18, Wednesday, 6:08 p.m.; -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Feb. 19, Thursday, 6:51 p.m.; -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Feb. 20, Friday, 7:33 p.m.; -0.7 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
Feb. 21, Saturday, 8:16 p.m.; -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis
Feb. 22, Sunday, 9:00 p.m.; 0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
Shellfish managers also announced a new schedule of proposed digs through March, which includes an opening tentatively set for March 2.

"We're announcing these dates so people can make plans for digging in March," Ayres said. "The proposed digs include an opening for the Ocean Shores razor clam festival."

Below is the list of proposed razor clam digs, along with low tides and beaches:

March 2, Monday, 4:46 p.m.; 0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
March 3, Tuesday, 5:26 p.m.; 0.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
March 4, Wednesday, 5:59 p.m.; 0.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
March 5, Thursday; 6:30 p.m., 0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
March 16, Monday, 4:15 p.m.; 0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
March 17, Tuesday, 5:08 p.m.; -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors
March 18, Wednesday, 5:57 p.m.; -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
March 19, Thursday; 6:42 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
March 20, Friday, 7:26 p.m.; -0.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
Seasonal switch to morning tides

March 21, Saturday, 7:55 a.m.; -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors Copalis, Mocrocks
March 22, Sunday, 8:42 a.m.; -0.7 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors Copalis, Mocrocks
March 23, Monday, 9:31 a.m.; -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
March 24, Tuesday, 10:21 a.m.; -0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2014-15 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW's website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.

WDFW has razor clam recipes as well as advice on digging and cleaning clams on its webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/ .

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

Smelt location - 8:40 p.m. 2/9/2015
Somebody asked where to dip. Popular spot is the Allen st bridge by the kelso police department. Both sides of the river produce smelt but seems everyone likes to fish one side. Big crowds and lots of fish. Good luck.

leo - vancouver, wa
levi1800@gmail.com

WDFW OKs razor clam dig starting Feb.15, - 6:58 p.m. 2/9/2015
WDFW OKs razor clam dig starting Feb.15,
lists proposed digs through March

OLYMPIA – Razor clam diggers can count on an eight-day opener beginning Feb. 15 and start planning trips to Washington’s beaches in March, state shellfish managers said today.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the upcoming dig, which runs Feb. 15-22, after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat.

Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, said the best digging typically occurs one to two hours before low tide. No digging is allowed at any beach before noon.

“We’re expecting a good turnout this upcoming Presidents’ Day weekend,” Ayres said. “Tides will be early enough the first few days that diggers can enjoy some daylight on the beach.”

Under state law, diggers are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger's clams must be kept in a separate container.

Feb. 15, Sunday, 3:47 p.m.; 0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Feb. 16, Monday, 4:37 p.m.; -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Feb. 17, Tuesday, 5:24 p.m.; -0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Feb. 18, Wednesday, 6:08 p.m.; -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Feb. 19, Thursday, 6:51 p.m.; -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Feb. 20, Friday, 7:33 p.m.; -0.7 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
Feb. 21, Saturday, 8:16 p.m.; -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis
Feb. 22, Sunday, 9:00 p.m.; 0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
Shellfish managers also announced a new schedule of proposed digs through March, which includes an opening tentatively set for March 5.

“We’re announcing these dates so people can make plans for digging in March,” Ayres said. “The proposed digs include an opening for the Ocean Shores razor clam festival.”

Below is the list of proposed razor clam digs, along with low tides and beaches:

March 2, Monday, 4:46 p.m.; 0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
March 3, Tuesday, 5:26 p.m.; 0.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
March 4, Wednesday, 5:59 p.m.; 0.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
March 5, Thursday; 6:30 p.m., 0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

March 16, Monday, 4:15 p.m.; 0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
March 17, Tuesday, 5:08 p.m.; -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors
March 18, Wednesday, 5:57 p.m.; -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
March 19, Thursday; 6:42 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
March 20, Friday, 7:26 p.m.; -0.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
Seasonal switch to morning tides

March 21, Saturday, 7:55 a.m.; -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors Copalis, Mocrocks
March 22, Sunday, 8:42 a.m.; -0.7 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors Copalis, Mocrocks
March 23, Thursday, 9:31 a.m.; -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
March 24, Thursday, 10:21 a.m.; -0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2015-16 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW's website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.

WDFW has razor clam recipes as well as advice on digging and cleaning clams on its webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams

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

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