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merwin access - 8:34 a.m. 12/6/2014
anybody know when speelyai boatramp will be open???


pirate eddy - battleground wa
haskinsbe@comcast.net

Report WDFW: - 9:35 a.m. 12/5/2014
Cowlitz River: Has slowed for coho but some winter steelhead are being caught. 128 bank anglers kept 33 coho, 2 steelhead and 3 cutts, and 18 boat anglers kept 13 coho. Researchers netted some smelt this week; no decision has been made on whether sport-dipping will be allowed this season. For current river flow information, call (888) 502-8690.

Lewis River: On the North Fork, 53 bank anglers kept 16 coho.

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

East fork lewis - 1:12 a.m. 12/3/2014
Anyone know if the East Fork of the Lewis is
still jammed up at Daybreak park?

Jeff - Battle Ground
J.crager@hotmail.com

Weekender Report - 1:11 p.m. 12/2/2014
Hi Noel,
Your posting talks quite a bit about the Klickitat...however, I think Nov 30th was the last day there, wasn't it?

Chase - Ridgefield

Southwest Washington - 4:18 p.m. 12/1/2014
Southwest Washington
(Clark, Cowlitz, Klickitat, Lewis, Skamania and Wahkiakum counties)

Fishing: This year's winter steelhead season got off to a promising start just before Thanksgiving, when the first wave of fish started snapping up anglers' lures in several Columbia River tributaries. With decent river conditions, catch rates should continue to improve in the weeks ahead.

The first jag of winter steelhead was definitely on the bite, said Joe Hymer, a fish biologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). So long as the rivers don't rise too high or fall too low, we could be looking at a darn good fishery this year.

Hymer recommends the Cowlitz, Lewis (including north and east fork), Kalama, Grays, Washougal and Elochoman rivers, along with Salmon Creek in Clark County and Abernathy Creek in Cowlitz County.

Anglers might also want to try Lower Rock Creek in Skamania County, which is open to fishing for hatchery steelhead until further notice. Last year, WDFW released 20,000 smolts there and first adults are expected to return during the 2014-15 winter season.

All streams have a two-fish daily limit, but anglers should check the Fishing in Washington rules pamphlet for other rules specific to each river. As with all steelhead fisheries in southwest Washington, only hatchery fish with a clipped adipose fin and healed scar may be retained. All wild steelhead must be released.

As basic preparation for a steelheading trip, Hymer recommends checking the Northwest River Forecast or other sources for river conditions before heading out. Most anglers do best when water levels are rising or dropping, Hymer said. It's a lot harder to catch steelhead in the peaks and troughs.

In deciding where to fish, it also helps to know how many smolts were planted in specific rivers and how many adult fish have returned to area hatcheries. Hymer recommends checking WDFWs steelhead smolt-planting schedule for 2013, along with hatchery returns posted on a weekly basis.

While winter steelhead are the main attraction right now, late-stock coho will continue to bite through December. As of mid-November, boat anglers were averaging one hatchery coho per day on the Cowlitz River, where returns to Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery through Nov. 17 have been on a record pace with 88,306 adults. The Klickitat River has also been producing strong coho catches.

State regulations allow anglers to catch and keep up to six adult coho salmon per day on the Cowlitz, Klickitat, Kalama, Lewis and Washougal rivers and on the lower portion of the Grays River. Only those fish with a clipped adipose fin may be retained, except in the Klickitat River where anglers can also keep unmarked coho.
For fall chinook, the North Fork Lewis should continue to produce catchable fish through December. Any chinook, adipose fin clipped or not, may be retained on the Lewis.


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

When do Salmon Creek winter steelhead show up - 2:36 p.m. 11/27/2014
I remember last year ...i think it was december 1st

dave triol - vancouver
dtriol@msn.com

Very high water in North Fork Lewis. - 5:06 a.m. 11/27/2014
Discharge, cubic feet per second

Most recent instantaneous value: 16,300 11-27-2014 04:00 PST

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

WDFW approves razor clam dig starting Dec. 3, - 2:59 p.m. 11/26/2014
WDFW approves razor clam dig starting Dec. 3,
tentatively schedules digs through February

OLYMPIA - Razor clam diggers can count on a week-long opening beginning Dec. 3 and start planning trips to Washington's beaches in early 2015, after state shellfish managers today announced a schedule of proposed digs through February.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the seven-day dig, which runs Dec. 3-9, 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.

"Crowds of diggers have been on the light side, but the clams continue to grow and are getting fatter," Ayres said. "If you're willing to brave the elements, it's a great opportunity to get some clams."

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.

Digging days and evening tides during the upcoming opening are:

Dec. 3, Wednesday; 4:14 p.m., -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Dec. 4, Thursday; 5:02 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Dec. 5, Friday; 5:45 p.m., -0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
Dec. 6, Saturday; 6:26 p.m., -1.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis
Dec. 7, Sunday; 7:05 p.m., -0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
Dec. 8, Monday; 7:44 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Dec. 9, Tuesday; 8:21 pm, -0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
WDFW has proposed another dig in mid-December, if upcoming marine toxin tests are favorable. That dig is tentatively scheduled on the following dates, beaches and low tides:

Dec. 19, Friday; 4:41 p.m., 0.0.feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
Dec. 20, Saturday, 5:23 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis
Dec. 21, Sunday, 6:06 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
Dec. 22, Monday, 6:48 p.m., -1.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Dec. 23, Tuesday, 7:31 p.m., -1.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Shellfish managers also announced a new schedule of proposed digs for early 2015, which extends an opening tentatively set for Dec. 3. The schedule announced today proposes six more days of digging during the first week in January and three more multi-day digs through February.

"We're announcing these dates now so people can start making plans for the New Year," Ayres said. "We've had a terrific season so far, and expect plenty of great digging in the months ahead."

Below is the tentative schedule of proposed razor clam digs, along with evening low tides and beaches and if marine toxin tests are favorable:

Dec. 31, 2014, Wednesday, 3:05 p.m., 0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis
Jan. 1, 2015, Thursday; 4:01 p.m., 0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks and Copalis
Jan. 2, Friday; 4:49 p.m., -0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks and Copalis
Jan. 3, Saturday; 5:32 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks and Copalis
Jan. 4, Sunday; 6:12 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
Jan. 5, Monday; 6:48 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Jan. 6, Tuesday; 7:23 p.m., -0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Jan. 7, Wednesday; 7:57 p.m., -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Jan. 17, Saturday; 4:15 p.m., 0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks and Copalis
Jan. 18, Sunday; 5:02 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
Jan. 19, Monday; 5:47 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Jan. 20, Tuesday; 6:30 p.m., -1.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Jan. 21, Wednesday; 7:13 p.m., -1.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Jan. 22, Thursday; 7:56 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Jan. 23, Friday; 8:40 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
Jan. 24, Saturday; 9:25 p.m., 0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks and Copalis
Jan. 30, Friday; 3:43 p.m., 0.5 feet Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
Jan. 31, Saturday; 4:32 p.m., 0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks and Copalis
Feb. 1, Sunday; 5:15 p.m., 0.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
Feb. 2, Monday; 5:53 p.m., -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Feb. 3, Tuesday; 6:27 p.m., -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Feb. 4, Wednesday; 6:59 p.m., 0.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Feb. 5, Thursday; 7:30 p.m., 0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Feb. 6, Friday; 8:00 p.m., 0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
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 and Copalis
Feb. 22, Sunday; 9:00 p.m., 0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks
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

Ellensburg angler breaks Pacific bluefin tuna record - 6:14 p.m. 11/25/2014
Ellensburg angler breaks Pacific bluefin tuna record

OLYMPIA - Sam Ellinger of Ellensburg has set a new state record for the largest Pacific bluefin tuna caught off the coast of Washington, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) confirmed today.

The 39.20 pound fish measured 41 inches and was caught 28 miles offshore southwest of Grays Harbor, while bait fishing with anchovies.

Ellinger, a student at Central Washington University, said he began the day early and was fishing, "from the crack of dawn until it got dark."

"Catching a fish this size was pretty exhausting," added Ellinger. "We didn't know what we hooked until we got it on the boat."

The new record exceeded the previous record Pacific bluefin tuna weight by 2.71 pounds. That record was held by Patrick Fagan on a fish caught 35 miles offshore from Westport in 2012.

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

Coho run - 9:29 p.m. 11/23/2014
Can anyone explain why this years coho run
was so good on our local rivers? Ocean
conditions? More smolt releases? Looking at
the Lewis, Cowlitz, Kalama, and Toutle river
escapement reports, all of our rivers have had
outstanding returns. If you have had a chance
to get out, I hope you have had the same luck
I have...excellent catch rates for last month
and a half. Several days with my six fish limit.
All from the bank. The fishing has been as
good as some of my trips to Soldotna AK on
the Kenai. I bring this up because of the huge
economic benefit Soldnota receives during the
yearly sockeye run in July and early August. If
our State Fisheries could maintain these coho
runs...and other salmon runs...I think our
region would receive similar economic
benefits.

Brian - Vancouver, WA
Brian.ngr@gmail.com

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