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Fall chinook season opens early in Priest Rapids Pool - 4:18 p.m. 8/21/2014
Fall chinook season opens early in Priest Rapids Pool

Action: Fall chinook season opens two days early to coincide with Labor Day weekend.

Effective date: Aug 30, 2014 (one hour before official sunrise).

Species affected: Chinook salmon

Location: Columbia River from Priest Rapids Dam to Wanapum Dam

General Rules: Daily limit six (6) chinook only; up to two adults may be retained. All other rules for Columbia River apply, including barbless hooks. Two poles allowed through Aug 31, 2014.

Reason for action: The standard opening date for fall chinook in the Priest Rapids Pool is September 1. With Labor Day weekend falling on August 30, 2014, opening two days early will allow for additional angling opportunity.

Anglers are required to possess a Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement as part of their valid fishing license 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 spring chinook fisheries. The endorsement has generated more than $1 million annually for WDFW to maintain and increase fishing opportunities throughout the Columbia River basin. Check the fishing hotline at 360-902-2500 or the webpage at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/rules_all_freshwater.j

Information contact: Travis Maitland, (509) 665-3337, (Wenatchee District Office) (509) 662-0452, Jeff Korth (509) 765-8255

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
Noel@lewisriver.com
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Hatchery steelhead daily limit to - 6:21 p.m. 8/20/2014
Hatchery steelhead daily limit to
increase on the lower Cowlitz River

Action: Cowlitz River anglers may retain up to three hatchery steelhead.

Species affected: Steelhead

Effective dates: Aug. 22 through Oct. 31, 2014

Location: From the Hwy. 4 Bridge at Kelso upstream to Mayfield Dam.

Reason for action: There has been strong showing of hatchery summer run steelhead on the Cowlitz. Through mid-August, a total of nearly 7,000 hatchery summer run steelhead have returned to the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery. Also this year, a limited number of steelhead is being recycled downstream to provide additional angling opportunity.

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA
Noel@lewisriver.com
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Steelhead in the NF - 8:30 a.m. 8/19/2014
Just out checking out the fishing holes
yesterday afternoon..I stopped by the NF at
the meat hole to check water levels and see
what was happening...a guy drives in and
parks at the top end of the parking
lot..grabs a rod from his truck armed with a
jigger and jig..whips a cast over towards the
far bank towards the waterfalls..and just
that quick hooks and lands a 10-12 pound
steel head...3 pm...

jim - yacolt, WA
kk7al@centurytel.net

Lost bag - 3:37 p.m. 8/18/2014
I left my gear bag at the bottom of the Haapa boat ramp on sunday (8-17) around 9 am. Its a green fishpond bag, missing at 11 when I came back. Any info please call me. 360-448-9299

Dallin Wise - Woodland, WA
dallin.wise@si-forest.com

New Puget Sound smelt fishing regulations now in effect - 11:52 a.m. 8/15/2014
New Puget Sound smelt fishing regulations now in effect

OLYMPIA - State fisheries managers are reminding people of new recreational and commercial smelt fishing regulations now in effect for Puget Sound.

The new rules, adopted by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission in June, provide greater protection for smelt, which serve as a food source for a variety of species in Puget Sound.

The commission, a citizen panel that sets policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, adopted new regulations that:

Close nighttime recreational dip net fishing. Recreational dip net fishing will be allowed from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Tuesday. Jig gear can continue to be used seven days per week, 24 hours per day.
Add a new 60,000-pound annual quota for the Puget Sound commercial smelt fishery.
Reduce the commercial fishery by one day each week, allowing commercial fishing from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday during seasonal openings in each area.
Close inactive commercial smelt fisheries, including dip bag and purse seine.

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA
Noel@lewisriver.com
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Anglers can keep two chinook off Westport beginning Aug. 18 - 7:56 a.m. 8/15/2014
Anglers can keep two chinook off Westport beginning Aug. 18

OLYMPIA – Starting Monday, Aug. 18, anglers fishing in ocean waters off Westport can keep up to two chinook salmon as part of their two-salmon daily limit.

With that change, anglers will be allowed to keep two chinook per day in ocean waters off Westport (Marine Area 2), La Push (Marine Area 3) and Neah Bay (Marine Area 4).

Those fishing Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco) will continue to be limited to one chinook as part of their two-salmon daily limit.

All ocean areas are open to salmon fishing seven days per week. Wild coho must be released in all four areas.

Ron Warren, fisheries policy lead for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), said the previous daily limit of one chinook off Westport was designed to ensure the fishery would remain open the entire season.

“We’ve kept a close eye on the pace of catch in the area,” Warren said. “With sufficient quota remaining, we want to maximize the recreational fishing opportunity through the rest of the season.”

Ocean salmon fisheries are scheduled to continue through Sept. 30 in marine areas 1 and 2 and through Sept. 21 in marine areas 3 and 4. However, a portion of Marine Area 3 will reopen Sept. 27 through Oct. 12.

Fishery managers will continue to monitor the ocean salmon fishery throughout the season and will announce any other changes on WDFW’s website at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/rules_all_saltwater.j .

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

Havin fun - 11:27 p.m. 8/15/2014
Today me and my kids went fishing in the
Columbia for steelhead and caught two
steelhead that were ten pounds and also my
son landed a nice 17 pound chinook! It was
great!! Good number of steelhead or going!!

Nick - Troutdale oregon
Artems710@gmail.com

Steelhead Northfork Lewis - 12:07 p.m. 8/14/2014
Been catching a lot of steelhead up
at the hatchery the last 2 weeks.Best
start at 5:30am with the bite slowing
down at 9am and more fish moving
through by 11am.Give it a try and
good luck to you all.

wade - vancouver,wa
wade11311@yahoo.com

Coho fishing opens Aug. 16 south of Foulweather Bluff - 8:53 a.m. 8/14/2014
Coho fishing opens Aug. 16 south of Foulweather Bluff

OLYMPIA – The waters south of Foulweather Bluff in Marine Area 9 will open to salmon fishing beginning Aug. 16.

Anglers fishing that area, south of a line from Foulweather Bluff to Olele Point, will have a daily limit of two salmon, but must release chum and chinook salmon. The area was closed to protect mid-Hood Canal chinook.

“With the chinook season wrapping up and a strong run of coho expected, we are able to open the area two weeks early this year,” said Ryan Lothrop, Puget Sound recreational salmon manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Through Aug. 15, anglers fishing Marine Area 9 north of Foulweather Bluff can retain hatchery chinook, as part of their two-salmon daily limit. Beginning Aug. 16, anglers in Marine Area 9 must release all chinook salmon and chum. For details on regulations, check the fishing rules pamphlet, which is available on the department’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/ .

Lothrop reminds anglers to respect private property adjacent to Salsbury Point Park.

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

SteelHead - 12:05 a.m. 8/14/2014
I saw two guys pull 5 steelhead out in
about 45 minutes. Isn't the limit 2? It
was around 5 PM at Hoppa. It looked
like they were using a yellow and
Orange combo possibly corky and yarn.

Todd Cobbs - Tigard
todd.cobbs@gmail.com

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