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Spring chinook fishery reopens May 20-22 below Bonneville Dam OLYMPIA – Anglers can catch and keep spring chinook salmon May 20-22 on a section of the lower Columbia River under a three-day extension approved today by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon. Although the latest projection of returning upriver spring chinook is down slightly from the preseason forecast, representatives from both states agreed it is still strong enough to allow at least one more opening – and perhaps more – in the lower river this year. More than 2,300 upriver fish are still available for harvest under the current catch guideline, said Ron Roler, Columbia River policy advisor for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). "We're hoping to reopen the fishery again prior to Memorial Day, but that will depend on the count of upriver fish passing Bonneville Dam," Roler said. This week's three-day extension will reopen the spring chinook fishery from the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line upriver to Beacon Rock for boat anglers, with bank fishing allowed up to the deadline below the dam. Anglers are limited to one adult hatchery chinook salmon as part of their daily limit of two adult fish. Under permanent rules, anglers may retain hatchery steelhead and hatchery chinook jacks through June 15 from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to the I-5 Bridge. Shad fishing is open up to Bonneville Dam and beyond Fishery managers now anticipate a return of 180,000 upriver spring chinook to the Columbia River this year, down from 188,800 projected prior to the season. Salmon and steelhead fishing remains closed until further notice above Bonneville Dam but reopens for the summer chinook season June 16 in waters above and below the dam under rules outlined in the Washington Sport Fishing rules pamphlet (http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/). Persons with disabilities who need to receive this information in an alternative format or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-902-2349), TTY (360-902-2207), or email (dolores.noyes@dfw.wa.gov). For more information, see http://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/reasonable_request.html. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This message has been sent to the WDFW All Information mailing list. Visit the WDFW News Release Archive at: http://wdfw.wa.gov/news/ To UNSUBSCRIBE from this mailing list: - 5:26 p.m. 5/18/2016
Spring chinook fishery reopens May
20-22 below Bonneville Dam

OLYMPIA – Anglers can catch and keep
spring chinook salmon May 20-22 on a
section of the lower Columbia River
under a three-day extension approved
today by fishery managers from
Washington and Oregon.

Although the latest projection of
returning upriver spring chinook is
down slightly from the preseason
forecast, representatives from both
states agreed it is still strong
enough to allow at least one more
opening – and perhaps more – in the
lower river this year.

More than 2,300 upriver fish are
still available for harvest under the
current catch guideline, said Ron
Roler, Columbia River policy advisor
for the Washington Department of Fish
and Wildlife (WDFW).

"We're hoping to reopen the fishery
again prior to Memorial Day, but that
will depend on the count of upriver
fish passing Bonneville Dam," Roler
said.

This week's three-day extension will
reopen the spring chinook fishery
from the Tongue Point/Rocky Point
line upriver to Beacon Rock for boat
anglers, with bank fishing allowed up
to the deadline below the dam.
Anglers are limited to one adult
hatchery chinook salmon as part of
their daily limit of two adult fish.

Under permanent rules, anglers may
retain hatchery steelhead and
hatchery chinook jacks through June
15 from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point
line upstream to the I-5 Bridge. Shad
fishing is open up to Bonneville Dam
and beyond

Fishery managers now anticipate a
return of 180,000 upriver spring
chinook to the Columbia River this
year, down from 188,800 projected
prior to the season.

Salmon and steelhead fishing remains
closed until further notice above
Bonneville Dam but reopens for the
summer chinook season June 16 in
waters above and below the dam under
rules outlined in the Washington
Sport Fishing rules pamphlet
(http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulatio
ns/).

Persons with disabilities who need to
receive this information in an
alternative format or who need
reasonable accommodations to
participate in WDFW-sponsored public
meetings or other activities may
contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-
902-2349), TTY (360-902-2207), or
email (dolores.noyes@dfw.wa.gov). For
more information, see
http://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/reas
onable_request.html.


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Halibut fishing re-opens in Marine Areas 3 and 4 on May 28; Westport northern nearshore area will close on May 21 Action: Recreational halibut fishing in Marine Area 3 (La Push) and Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay) will re-open for one additional fishing day. Closes the northern nearshore area in Marine Area 2 (Westport). Effective date: Marine areas 3 and 4: Open May 28, 2016. Marine Area 2: Closed effective May 21, 2016. Species affected: Pacific halibut Location: Marine Areas 2, 3 and 4 Reason for action: There is sufficient quota remaining in Marine areas 3 and 4 to open the recreational halibut fishery for another day. The recreational halibut quota for the northern nearshore area in Marine Area 2 has reached the Pacific halibut quota reserved for this area; there is not enough quota pounds available to open this area for an additional fishing day. This rule conforms to federal action taken by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC). Additional Information: Recreational halibut fishing remains open in other coastal and Puget Sound areas. Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco): Open 4 days/week (Thursday-Sunday) in all depth areas, and the Neashore area is open on days when the all depth halibut fishery is closed (Mon-Wed) until the subarea quota is taken. Marine areas 5-10 (Puget Sound): Open May 26 through 29, Thursday through Sunday. Information contact: Heather Reed, (360) 249-4628, ext. 202. 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. Persons with disabilities who need to receive this information in an alternative format or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-902-2349), TTY (360-902-2207), or email (dolores.noyes@dfw.wa.gov). For more information, see http://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/reasonable_request.html. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This message has been sent to the WDFW All Information mailing list. Visit the Emergency Fishing Rule Website at: https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/ To UNSUBSCRIBE from this mailing list: http://wdfw.wa.gov/lists/unsubscribe.html - 4:44 p.m. 5/18/2016
Halibut fishing re-opens in Marine
Areas 3 and 4 on May 28;
Westport northern nearshore area will
close on May 21

Action: Recreational halibut fishing
in Marine Area 3 (La Push) and Marine
Area 4 (Neah Bay) will re-open for
one additional fishing day. Closes
the northern nearshore area in Marine
Area 2 (Westport).

Effective date:

Marine areas 3 and 4: Open May 28,
2016.
Marine Area 2: Closed effective May
21, 2016.
Species affected: Pacific halibut

Location: Marine Areas 2, 3 and 4

Reason for action: There is
sufficient quota remaining in Marine
areas 3 and 4 to open the
recreational halibut fishery for
another day. The recreational halibut
quota for the northern nearshore area
in Marine Area 2 has reached the
Pacific halibut quota reserved for
this area; there is not enough quota
pounds available to open this area
for an additional fishing day. This
rule conforms to federal action taken
by the National Marine Fisheries
Service (NMFS) and the International
Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC).

Additional Information: Recreational
halibut fishing remains open in other
coastal and Puget Sound areas.

Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco): Open 4
days/week (Thursday-Sunday) in all
depth areas, and the Neashore area is
open on days when the all depth
halibut fishery is closed (Mon-Wed)
until the subarea quota is taken.

Marine areas 5-10 (Puget Sound): Open
May 26 through 29, Thursday through
Sunday.

Information contact: Heather Reed,
(360) 249-4628, ext. 202.

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.
Persons with disabilities who need to
receive this information in an
alternative format or who need
reasonable accommodations to
participate in WDFW-sponsored public
meetings or other activities may
contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-
902-2349), TTY (360-902-2207), or
email (dolores.noyes@dfw.wa.gov). For
more information, see
http://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/reas
onable_request.html.


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WDFW's 2016 'Citizen Awards' honor volunteers' dedication to fish and wildlife Olympia – One volunteer built nest boxes and a global following of wood duck conservation enthusiasts over three decades, while another helped pilot a state-wide hunter education effort oriented toward women and girls. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) recognized the contributions of these and other top volunteers during its 2016 citizen awards ceremony today in Olympia. Wood ducks are just one of many species to benefit from the dedication of Volunteer of the Year, Dale Schielke. Working with colleagues at the Richland Rod and Gun Club for more than 30 years, Schielke's nest boxes have provided a window on annual duckling jumps, in which new ducklings jump from their nest boxes to delight viewers around the world via live video (http://www.rrgcwoodducks.org/) "Dale always has a smile, whether he is providing shelter for wood ducks, organizing fishing days for thousands of young people in Central Washington, or working in fish slime from dawn to dusk at Ringold Hatchery," said Jason Fidorra, a WDFW wildlife biologist. Educator of the Year, Cathy Lynch certified 369 students, or more than 10 percent of hunter education students in the North Puget Sound region, in 2015. She also helped train and certify 24 new volunteer hunter education instructors. When asked if she would assist in classes oriented toward women hunters, she quickly secured a venue and an all-female teaching team to make it happen months ahead of schedule. "Cathy sees what needs to be done and does it," said Steve Dazey, a hunter education and volunteer coordinator with WDFW. "The classes oriented toward women have been so well received by the public that we decided to expand the program statewide." Other citizen awards announced by WDFW included the following: Terry Hoffer Memorial Firearm Safety Award: Bill Vincent was recognized with the Terry Hoffer award for his outstanding contributions as a hunter education instructor. He also currently serves on the Instructor Advisory Committee, and has served on the Master Hunter Advisory Group and the Fish and Wildlife Commission's Americans with Disabilities Act advisory committee. "Serving hunters in remote communities, as well as youth, tribal and military populations, Bill has done it all," said David Whipple, hunter education division manager. "He is a versatile, involved leader who is helping to ensure a bright future for hunting in Washington." The award honors Wildlife Agent Terry Hoffer, who was fatally wounded by a hunter accidentally discharging his firearm in 1984. Organization of the Year: The 15 independent chapters of Puget Sound Anglers were recognized for thousands of hours spent volunteering at hatcheries, organizing kids fishing events and educating anglers on release techniques to protect wild salmon, steelhead and rockfish. "Puget Sound Anglers consistently support policies that are critical to stewardship of Washington's fish and natural resources, mark selective fisheries and hatcheries, and many other conservation efforts," said Larry Phillips, WDFW inland fish manager. Landowner of the Year: Murray Benjamin and his daughter, Jenna Benjamin, were recognized for committing over 240 volunteer hours to organize people and equipment to prevent elk damage on agricultural lands in the Skagit Valley. "The Benjamins helped organize a community group to address elk damage concerns, said Scott Witman, an environmental specialist with WDFW. "This led to WDFW and tribal managers implementing landowner proposed habitat and fencing solutions to reduce elk damage in the valley." WDFW Director Jim Unsworth said citizen volunteers around the state logged nearly 60,000 hours on WDFW projects in 2015. WDFW welcomes volunteer help in activities that benefit fish, wildlife and habitat. For more information, visit the agency volunteer page at http://wdfw.wa.gov/about/volunteer/. Persons with disabilities who need to receive this information in an alternative format or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-902-2349), TTY (360-902-2207), or email (dolores.noyes@dfw.wa.gov). For more information, see http://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/reasonable_request.html. - 5:08 a.m. 5/18/2016
WDFW's 2016 'Citizen Awards' honor
volunteers' dedication to fish and
wildlife

Olympia – One volunteer built nest
boxes and a global following of wood
duck conservation enthusiasts over
three decades, while another helped
pilot a state-wide hunter education
effort oriented toward women and
girls.

The Washington Department of Fish and
Wildlife (WDFW) recognized the
contributions of these and other top
volunteers during its 2016 citizen
awards ceremony today in Olympia.

Wood ducks are just one of many
species to benefit from the
dedication of Volunteer of the Year,
Dale Schielke. Working with
colleagues at the Richland Rod and
Gun Club for more than 30 years,
Schielke's nest boxes have provided a
window on annual duckling jumps, in
which new ducklings jump from their
nest boxes to delight viewers around
the world via live video
(http://www.rrgcwoodducks.org/)

"Dale always has a smile, whether he
is providing shelter for wood ducks,
organizing fishing days for thousands
of young people in Central
Washington, or working in fish slime
from dawn to dusk at Ringold
Hatchery," said Jason Fidorra, a WDFW
wildlife biologist.

Educator of the Year, Cathy Lynch
certified 369 students, or more than
10 percent of hunter education
students in the North Puget Sound
region, in 2015. She also helped
train and certify 24 new volunteer
hunter education instructors. When
asked if she would assist in classes
oriented toward women hunters, she
quickly secured a venue and an all-
female teaching team to make it
happen months ahead of schedule.

"Cathy sees what needs to be done and
does it," said Steve Dazey, a hunter
education and volunteer coordinator
with WDFW. "The classes oriented
toward women have been so well
received by the public that we
decided to expand the program
statewide."

Other citizen awards announced by
WDFW included the following:

Terry Hoffer Memorial Firearm Safety
Award: Bill Vincent was recognized
with the Terry Hoffer award for his
outstanding contributions as a hunter
education instructor. He also
currently serves on the Instructor
Advisory Committee, and has served on
the Master Hunter Advisory Group and
the Fish and Wildlife Commission's
Americans with Disabilities Act
advisory committee.

"Serving hunters in remote
communities, as well as youth, tribal
and military populations, Bill has
done it all," said David Whipple,
hunter education division manager.
"He is a versatile, involved leader
who is helping to ensure a bright
future for hunting in Washington."

The award honors Wildlife Agent Terry
Hoffer, who was fatally wounded by a
hunter accidentally discharging his
firearm in 1984.
Organization of the Year: The 15
independent chapters of Puget Sound
Anglers were recognized for thousands
of hours spent volunteering at
hatcheries, organizing kids fishing
events and educating anglers on
release techniques to protect wild
salmon, steelhead and rockfish.

"Puget Sound Anglers consistently
support policies that are critical to
stewardship of Washington's fish and
natural resources, mark selective
fisheries and hatcheries, and many
other conservation efforts," said
Larry Phillips, WDFW inland fish
manager.
Landowner of the Year: Murray
Benjamin and his daughter, Jenna
Benjamin, were recognized for
committing over 240 volunteer hours
to organize people and equipment to
prevent elk damage on agricultural
lands in the Skagit Valley.

"The Benjamins helped organize a
community group to address elk damage
concerns, said Scott Witman, an
environmental specialist with WDFW.
"This led to WDFW and tribal managers
implementing landowner proposed
habitat and fencing solutions to
reduce elk damage in the valley."
WDFW Director Jim Unsworth said
citizen volunteers around the state
logged nearly 60,000 hours on WDFW
projects in 2015.

WDFW welcomes volunteer help in
activities that benefit fish,
wildlife and habitat. For more
information, visit the agency
volunteer page at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/about/volunteer/.

Persons with disabilities who need to
receive this information in an
alternative format or who need
reasonable accommodations to
participate in WDFW-sponsored public
meetings or other activities may
contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-
902-2349), TTY (360-902-2207), or
email (dolores.noyes@dfw.wa.gov). For
more information, see
http://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/reas
onable_request.html.

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

WDFW seeks comments on management plan for Klickitat Wildlife Area OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking public comments on a draft management plan for the Klickitat Wildlife Area in south central Washington. WDFW also will host a public meeting next month to discuss the plan. The meeting is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m., June 13, at the Klickitat PUD, 1313 S. Columbus Ave., Goldendale. The draft plan covers seven separate wildlife area units and nearly 16,000 acres in Klickitat County. Over the past year, WDFW staff has worked with a citizen-based advisory group to develop a draft management plan that addresses the status of wildlife species and their habitat, forest management, restoration efforts and public recreation on the wildlife area. "Wildlife areas are public lands, so it is critical for us to have public input to inform management," said Clay Sprague, WDFW lands division manager. The plan is now available for review on WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/lands/wildlife_areas/management_plans/klickitat/ The public can submit comments online through June 17 at http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/sepa/sepa_comment_docs.html. Comments can also be submitted at the June 13 meeting. The public comment period will be conducted under the State Environmental Policy Act, which is designed to ensure that Washington citizens can participate in governmental decisions that could affect the environment. The department is revising management plans for the state's 33 wildlife areas to reflect current conditions and identify new priorities. WDFW is currently updating plans for Oak Creek Wildlife Area in Yakima County, Snoqualmie Wildlife Area in King and Snohomish counties, and Sinlahekin and Scotch Creek wildlife areas in Okanogan County. Persons with disabilities who need to receive this information in an alternative format or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-902-2349), TTY (360-902-2207), or email (dolores.noyes@dfw.wa.gov). For more information, see http://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/reasonable_request.html. - 5:06 a.m. 5/18/2016
WDFW seeks comments on management
plan for Klickitat Wildlife Area

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department
of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is
seeking public comments on a draft
management plan for the Klickitat
Wildlife Area in south central
Washington.

WDFW also will host a public meeting
next month to discuss the plan. The
meeting is scheduled from 6 to 8
p.m., June 13, at the Klickitat PUD,
1313 S. Columbus Ave., Goldendale.

The draft plan covers seven separate
wildlife area units and nearly 16,000
acres in Klickitat County. Over the
past year, WDFW staff has worked with
a citizen-based advisory group to
develop a draft management plan that
addresses the status of wildlife
species and their habitat, forest
management, restoration efforts and
public recreation on the wildlife
area.

"Wildlife areas are public lands, so
it is critical for us to have public
input to inform management," said
Clay Sprague, WDFW lands division
manager.

The plan is now available for review
on WDFW's website at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/lands/wildlife_are
as/management_plans/klickitat/

The public can submit comments online
through June 17 at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/sepa/sep
a_comment_docs.html. Comments can
also be submitted at the June 13
meeting.

The public comment period will be
conducted under the State
Environmental Policy Act, which is
designed to ensure that Washington
citizens can participate in
governmental decisions that could
affect the environment.

The department is revising management
plans for the state's 33 wildlife
areas to reflect current conditions
and identify new priorities. WDFW is
currently updating plans for Oak
Creek Wildlife Area in Yakima County,
Snoqualmie Wildlife Area in King and
Snohomish counties, and Sinlahekin
and Scotch Creek wildlife areas in
Okanogan County.

Persons with disabilities who need to
receive this information in an
alternative format or who need
reasonable accommodations to
participate in WDFW-sponsored public
meetings or other activities may
contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-
902-2349), TTY (360-902-2207), or
email (dolores.noyes@dfw.wa.gov). For
more information, see
http://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/reas
onable_request.html.

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

Final razor clam digs of the season to start May 20 OLYMPIA – Clam diggers have one last chance to dig razor clams this season during a final opening set to begin May 20. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved a last round of digs at Copalis and Mocrocks after marine toxin tests showed the clams on those beaches are safe to eat. No digging will be allowed at either beach after noon. All other ocean beaches remain closed to digging. "This has been a great clam digging season, despite getting a late start," said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. "Diggers have harvested lots of good-sized clams this season." Razor clam digs at all ocean beaches were delayed during the past season due to elevated marine toxin levels, which began causing problems along the Pacific coast in the spring of 2015. WDFW eventually was able to open Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks for digs. However, toxin levels never dropped below the threshold set by state public officials at Twin Harbors Beach. WDFW routinely closes the razor clam fishery by the end of May to give the clams a chance to spawn. The next season will begin in fall, when the older clams have recovered from spawning and a new generation begins to grow beneath the sand. "This summer, we'll conduct our annual assessment of razor clam stocks and will hope to open beaches again sometime in October," Ayres said. The upcoming dig is scheduled on the following dates, beaches, and low tides: May 20, Friday, 6:37 a.m.; -0.3 feet; Mocrocks, Copalis May 21, Saturday, 7:12 a.m.; -0.6 feet; Mocrocks, Copalis May 22, Sunday, 7:47 a.m.; -0.8 feet; Mocrocks Ayres recommends that diggers arrive at the beaches an hour or two before low tide for best results. 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. All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2016-17 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. For more information on razor clam digging, visit the WDFW website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html - 3:44 p.m. 5/16/2016
Final razor clam digs of the season
to start May 20

OLYMPIA – Clam diggers have one last
chance to dig razor clams this season
during a final opening set to begin
May 20.

The Washington Department of Fish and
Wildlife (WDFW) approved a last round
of digs at Copalis and Mocrocks after
marine toxin tests showed the clams
on those beaches are safe to eat. No
digging will be allowed at either
beach after noon.

All other ocean beaches remain closed
to digging.

"This has been a great clam digging
season, despite getting a late
start," said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal
shellfish manager. "Diggers have
harvested lots of good-sized clams
this season."

Razor clam digs at all ocean beaches
were delayed during the past season
due to elevated marine toxin levels,
which began causing problems along
the Pacific coast in the spring of
2015. WDFW eventually was able to
open Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks
for digs. However, toxin levels never
dropped below the threshold set by
state public officials at Twin
Harbors Beach.

WDFW routinely closes the razor clam
fishery by the end of May to give the
clams a chance to spawn. The next
season will begin in fall, when the
older clams have recovered from
spawning and a new generation begins
to grow beneath the sand.

"This summer, we'll conduct our
annual assessment of razor clam
stocks and will hope to open beaches
again sometime in October," Ayres
said.

The upcoming dig is scheduled on the
following dates, beaches, and low
tides:

May 20, Friday, 6:37 a.m.; -0.3 feet;
Mocrocks, Copalis
May 21, Saturday, 7:12 a.m.; -0.6
feet; Mocrocks, Copalis
May 22, Sunday, 7:47 a.m.; -0.8 feet;
Mocrocks
Ayres recommends that diggers arrive
at the beaches an hour or two before
low tide for best results.

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.

All diggers age 15 or older must have
an applicable 2016-17 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.

For more information on razor clam
digging, visit the WDFW website at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/
razorclams/current.html


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

WDFW seeks members for the Hunter Education Instructor Advisory Committee OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is accepting letters of interest through June 15 for membership on its Hunter Education Instructor Advisory Committee (IAC). The group, which represents the nearly 1,000 volunteer hunter education instructors statewide, advises WDFW on issues and opportunities affecting the hunter education program and its instructors. "We are extremely appreciative of all the work that current and past IAC members have contributed to the program," said David Whipple, WDFW hunter education division manager. "Their involvement has been instrumental in making Washington's hunter education program one of the best in the country." Current members of the IAC are eligible for reappointment and are encouraged to apply to serve on the committee again, said Whipple. The application process is only open to certified hunter education instructors. WDFW will be recruiting to fill 15 available positions serving terms ranging from one to three years in duration. All appointees must retain their instructor certification throughout their entire term. The new appointees will start on Aug. 1, 2016 and the first meeting with the new members of the IAC will be Aug. 20, 2016, in Ellensburg. The group's bylaws state that at least two advisory group members should reside within each of the six WDFW administrative regions (http://wdfw.wa.gov/about/regions/). Applicants for membership on the advisory committee are asked to explain 1) why they want to be a member of IAC, 2) what qualifies them to be a member, and 3) how they can help the group effectively advise WDFW on Hunter Education issues and opportunities. Letters of interest must include contact information (phone number, email address, mailing address, county of residence) and permission for WDFW to conduct a criminal background check. The background check is free to applicants. Letters of interest should be emailed to Kris Thorson at Kristopher.thorson@dfw.wa.gov or sent to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wildlife Program, Hunter Education Division, Attn: Kris Thorson, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091. Interested hunter education instructors are advised to review the IAC information on the instructor webpage. The IAC meets approximately four times per year, usually in Ellensburg. Members serve as volunteers and do not receive direct compensation, but mileage reimbursement is provided by WDFW to attend meetings. Members can expect to donate at least 50 hours of their time annually in excess of normal instruction. Hunter education instructors certify between 10,000 and 13,000 students annually. Persons with disabilities who need to receive this information in an alternative format or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-902-2349), TTY (360-902-2207), or email (dolores.noyes@dfw.wa.gov). For more information, see http://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/reasonable_request.html. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This message - 3:40 p.m. 5/16/2016
WDFW seeks members for the Hunter
Education Instructor Advisory
Committee

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department
of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is
accepting letters of interest through
June 15 for membership on its Hunter
Education Instructor Advisory
Committee (IAC).

The group, which represents the
nearly 1,000 volunteer hunter
education instructors statewide,
advises WDFW on issues and
opportunities affecting the hunter
education program and its
instructors.

"We are extremely appreciative of all
the work that current and past IAC
members have contributed to the
program," said David Whipple, WDFW
hunter education division manager.
"Their involvement has been
instrumental in making Washington's
hunter education program one of the
best in the country."

Current members of the IAC are
eligible for reappointment and are
encouraged to apply to serve on the
committee again, said Whipple. The
application process is only open to
certified hunter education
instructors.

WDFW will be recruiting to fill 15
available positions serving terms
ranging from one to three years in
duration.

All appointees must retain their
instructor certification throughout
their entire term. The new appointees
will start on Aug. 1, 2016 and the
first meeting with the new members of
the IAC will be Aug. 20, 2016, in
Ellensburg.

The group's bylaws state that at
least two advisory group members
should reside within each of the six
WDFW administrative regions
(http://wdfw.wa.gov/about/regions/).

Applicants for membership on the
advisory committee are asked to
explain 1) why they want to be a
member of IAC, 2) what qualifies them
to be a member, and 3) how they can
help the group effectively advise
WDFW on Hunter Education issues and
opportunities.

Letters of interest must include
contact information (phone number,
email address, mailing address,
county of residence) and permission
for WDFW to conduct a criminal
background check.

The background check is free to
applicants. Letters of interest
should be emailed to Kris Thorson at
Kristopher.thorson@dfw.wa.gov or sent
to the Washington Department of Fish
and Wildlife, Wildlife Program,
Hunter Education Division, Attn: Kris
Thorson, 600 Capitol Way North,
Olympia, WA 98501-1091.

Interested hunter education
instructors are advised to review the
IAC information on the instructor
webpage.

The IAC meets approximately four
times per year, usually in
Ellensburg. Members serve as
volunteers and do not receive direct
compensation, but mileage
reimbursement is provided by WDFW to
attend meetings.

Members can expect to donate at least
50 hours of their time annually in
excess of normal instruction.

Hunter education instructors certify
between 10,000 and 13,000 students
annually.

Persons with disabilities who need to
receive this information in an
alternative format or who need
reasonable accommodations to
participate in WDFW-sponsored public
meetings or other activities may
contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-
902-2349), TTY (360-902-2207), or
email (dolores.noyes@dfw.wa.gov). For
more information, see
http://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/reas
onable_request.html.


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

All-depth halibut fishing to close in Marine 2 Action: Close the all-depth recreational halibut fishery in Marine Area 2 (Westport). The nearshore area will remain open seven days per week until further notice. Effective date: Immediately Species affected: Pacific halibut Location: Marine Area 2 Reason for action: The Marine Area 2 recreational halibut fishery has taken the Pacific halibut quota set aside for the all-depth fishery. There are not enough quota pounds remaining for another day. There is sufficient quota set aside to allow fishing in the Marine Area 2 Nearshore Area until further notice. This rule conforms to federal action taken by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC). Information contact: Heather Reed, (360) 249-4628, ext. 202 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. Persons with disabilities who need to receive this information in an alternative format or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-902-2349), TTY (360-902-2207), or email (dolores.noyes@dfw.wa.gov). For more information, see http://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/reasonable_request.html. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This message has been sent to the WDFW All Information mailing list. Visit the Emergency Fishing Rule Website at: https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/ To UNSUBSCRIBE from this mailing list: http://wdfw.wa.gov/lists/unsubscribe.html - 4:25 p.m. 5/12/2016
All-depth halibut fishing to close in
Marine 2

Action: Close the all-depth
recreational halibut fishery in
Marine Area 2 (Westport). The
nearshore area will remain open seven
days per week until further notice.

Effective date: Immediately

Species affected: Pacific halibut

Location: Marine Area 2

Reason for action: The Marine Area 2
recreational halibut fishery has
taken the Pacific halibut quota set
aside for the all-depth fishery.
There are not enough quota pounds
remaining for another day. There is
sufficient quota set aside to allow
fishing in the Marine Area 2
Nearshore Area until further notice.
This rule conforms to federal action
taken by the National Marine
Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the
International Pacific Halibut
Commission (IPHC).

Information contact: Heather Reed,
(360) 249-4628, ext. 202

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.
Persons with disabilities who need to
receive this information in an
alternative format or who need
reasonable accommodations to
participate in WDFW-sponsored public
meetings or other activities may
contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-
902-2349), TTY (360-902-2207), or
email (dolores.noyes@dfw.wa.gov). For
more information, see
http://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/reas
onable_request.html.


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

Limit on spring chinook increased in the Snake River Action: Increase limit to two adult spring chinook. Effective date: Immediately. Species affected: Chinook salmon. Locations: A) Below Ice Harbor Dam: Snake River from the South Bound Highway 12 Bridge near Pasco upstream about 7 miles to the fishing restriction boundary below Ice Harbor Dam; B) Below Little Goose Dam: Snake River from Texas Rapids boat launch (south side of the river upstream of the mouth of Tucannon River) to the fishing restriction boundary below Little Goose Dam. This zone includes the rock and concrete area between the juvenile bypass return pipe and Little Goose Dam along the south shoreline of the facility (includes the walkway area locally known as “the Wall” in front of the juvenile collection facility); C) Clarkston: Snake River from the downstream edge of the large power lines crossing the Snake River (just upstream from West Evans Road on the south shore) upstream about 3.5 miles to the Washington state line (from the east levee of the Greenbelt boat launch in Clarkston northwest across the Snake River to the WA/ID boundary waters marker on the Whitman County shore). Dates: Each area continues to be open two days per week until further notice. Area A (Below Ice Harbor Dam) open Friday and Saturday each week. Areas B and C (Below Little Goose Dam and near Clarkston) open Sunday and Monday each week. Daily limits: 6 hatchery chinook (adipose fin clipped), of which no more than two may be an adult chinook salmon. For all areas open for chinook salmon harvest, anglers must cease fishing for salmon when the hatchery adult limit has been retained for the day. Reason for action: Lower than normal catch rates have produced a current harvest estimate for spring chinook in the Snake River of 290 adults. With the run update to the preseason forecast the harvest allotment for the Snake River has increased to 1,421 adults. This leaves 1,131 adults available for harvest. Snake River fisheries in each of these zones will continue to be open for only two days per week, as listed above. Other information: The minimum size of any retained chinook salmon is 12 inches. Jacks are less than 24 inches long. The adipose fin-clipped chinook salmon that can be retained must have a healed scar at the location of the missing fin. All chinook salmon with the adipose fin intact, and all bull trout and steelhead, must be immediately released unharmed. In addition: Anglers fishing for all species, in the areas open for chinook salmon, during the days of the week the salmon fishery is open in that area, must use barbless hooks. Only single point barbless hooks are allowed when fishing for sturgeon. A night closure is in effect for salmon and sturgeon. It shall be unlawful to use any hook larger than 5/8 inch (point of hook to shank) when fishing for all species except sturgeon. Anglers cannot remove any chinook salmon or steelhead from the water unless it is retained as part of the daily bag limit. Anglers are reminded to refer to the Fishing in Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for other regulations, including safety closures, CLOSED WATERS, etc. Information contact: Jeremy Trump, District 3 fish biologist, (509) 382-1005. 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. Persons - 5:20 p.m. 5/11/2016
Limit on spring chinook increased in
the Snake River

Action: Increase limit to two adult
spring chinook.

Effective date: Immediately.

Species affected: Chinook salmon.

Locations:

A) Below Ice Harbor Dam: Snake
River from the South Bound Highway 12
Bridge near Pasco upstream about 7
miles to the fishing restriction
boundary below Ice Harbor Dam;

B) Below Little Goose Dam: Snake
River from Texas Rapids boat launch
(south side of the river upstream of
the mouth of Tucannon River) to the
fishing restriction boundary below
Little Goose Dam. This zone includes
the rock and concrete area between
the juvenile bypass return pipe and
Little Goose Dam along the south
shoreline of the facility (includes
the walkway area locally known as
“the Wall” in front of the juvenile
collection facility);

C) Clarkston: Snake River from the
downstream edge of the large power
lines crossing the Snake River (just
upstream from West Evans Road on the
south shore) upstream about 3.5 miles
to the Washington state line (from
the east levee of the Greenbelt boat
launch in Clarkston northwest across
the Snake River to the WA/ID boundary
waters marker on the Whitman County
shore).

Dates: Each area continues to be
open two days per week until further
notice.

Area A (Below Ice Harbor Dam) open
Friday and Saturday each week.
Areas B and C (Below Little Goose Dam
and near Clarkston) open Sunday and
Monday each week.
Daily limits: 6 hatchery chinook
(adipose fin clipped), of which no
more than two may be an adult chinook
salmon. For all areas open for
chinook salmon harvest, anglers must
cease fishing for salmon when the
hatchery adult limit has been
retained for the day.

Reason for action: Lower than normal
catch rates have produced a current
harvest estimate for spring chinook
in the Snake River of 290 adults.
With the run update to the preseason
forecast the harvest allotment for
the Snake River has increased to
1,421 adults. This leaves 1,131
adults available for harvest. Snake
River fisheries in each of these
zones will continue to be open for
only two days per week, as listed
above.

Other information: The minimum size
of any retained chinook salmon is 12
inches. Jacks are less than 24
inches long. The adipose fin-clipped
chinook salmon that can be retained
must have a healed scar at the
location of the missing fin. All
chinook salmon with the adipose fin
intact, and all bull trout and
steelhead, must be immediately
released unharmed.

In addition: Anglers fishing for all
species, in the areas open for
chinook salmon, during the days of
the week the salmon fishery is open
in that area, must use barbless
hooks. Only single point barbless
hooks are allowed when fishing for
sturgeon. A night closure is in
effect for salmon and sturgeon. It
shall be unlawful to use any hook
larger than 5/8 inch (point of hook
to shank) when fishing for all
species except sturgeon. Anglers
cannot remove any chinook salmon or
steelhead from the water unless it is
retained as part of the daily bag
limit.

Anglers are reminded to refer to the
Fishing in Washington Sport Fishing
Rules pamphlet for other regulations,
including safety closures, CLOSED
WATERS, etc.

Information contact: Jeremy Trump,
District 3 fish biologist, (509) 382-
1005.

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.
Persons

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

Icicle River opens for hatchery chinook fishing Action: Opens Icicle River for hatchery chinook salmon. Effective dates: May 16, 2016, until further notice. Species affected: Hatchery spring chinook salmon. Locations: Icicle River (Chelan County). From the closure signs located 800 feet upstream of the mouth to 500 feet downstream of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Barrier Dam. From the closure signs located upstream of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery where Cyo Road would intersect the Icicle River at the Sleeping Lady Resort (RM 4.0) to the Icicle Peshastin Irrigation District footbridge approx. 750' upstream of the Snow Lakes trailhead parking area (RM 5.7). Daily limit: Two hatchery chinook (adult or jack) minimum size 12 inches. Note: Anglers are reminded that under statewide regulations they may only retain one daily limit of salmon regardless of the number of waters they fish in. GENERAL RULES: Mandatory retention of hatchery spring chinook. Hatchery spring chinook are identified by a missing adipose fin with a healed scar in its location. Adipose present spring chinook must be released unharmed and cannot be removed from the water prior to release. Night closure is in effect. No gear restriction except two pole endorsement does not apply to this fishery. Release all spring chinook with one or more round 1/4 inch diameter holes punched in the caudal (tail) fin. Motorized vessels are not allowed on the Icicle River (Chelan County ordinance 7.20.190 Motorboat restrictions). Reason for action: In-season run analysis has predicted that about 3,000 salmon are currently enroute to the Icicle River. Although upper Columbia River spring chinook have been listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the salmon returning to the Icicle River are a non-endemic stock returning to Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery, and are not listed under the ESA. About 1,600 salmon are needed to meet hatchery broodstock requirements. The 2016 return ensures that the hatchery will meet its escapement needs; the remaining fish will be available for harvest. Other Information: Anglers should be aware that fishing rules are subject to change and that the river can close at any time if hatchery broodstock requirements are not being met. 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/. Information contact: Travis Maitland, District 7 Fish Biologist, (509) 665-3337, Jeff Korth, Region 2 Fish Program Manager, (509) 754-4624 x 224. 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. Persons with disabilities - 5:18 p.m. 5/11/2016
Icicle River opens for hatchery
chinook fishing

Action: Opens Icicle River for
hatchery chinook salmon.

Effective dates: May 16, 2016, until
further notice.

Species affected: Hatchery spring
chinook salmon.

Locations: Icicle River (Chelan
County).

From the closure signs located 800
feet upstream of the mouth to 500
feet downstream of the Leavenworth
National Fish Hatchery Barrier Dam.


From the closure signs located
upstream of the Leavenworth National
Fish Hatchery where Cyo Road would
intersect the Icicle River at the
Sleeping Lady Resort (RM 4.0) to the
Icicle Peshastin Irrigation District
footbridge approx. 750' upstream of
the Snow Lakes trailhead parking area
(RM 5.7).
Daily limit: Two hatchery chinook
(adult or jack) minimum size 12
inches. Note: Anglers are reminded
that under statewide regulations they
may only retain one daily limit of
salmon regardless of the number of
waters they fish in.

GENERAL RULES: Mandatory retention of
hatchery spring chinook. Hatchery
spring chinook are identified by a
missing adipose fin with a healed
scar in its location.

Adipose present spring chinook must
be released unharmed and cannot be
removed from the water prior to
release.

Night closure is in effect.

No gear restriction except two pole
endorsement does not apply to this
fishery.

Release all spring chinook with one
or more round 1/4 inch diameter holes
punched in the caudal (tail) fin.

Motorized vessels are not allowed on
the Icicle River (Chelan County
ordinance 7.20.190 Motorboat
restrictions).

Reason for action: In-season run
analysis has predicted that about
3,000 salmon are currently enroute to
the Icicle River. Although upper
Columbia River spring chinook have
been listed as endangered under the
Endangered Species Act (ESA), the
salmon returning to the Icicle River
are a non-endemic stock returning to
Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery,
and are not listed under the ESA.
About 1,600 salmon are needed to meet
hatchery broodstock requirements. The
2016 return ensures that the hatchery
will meet its escapement needs; the
remaining fish will be available for
harvest.

Other Information: Anglers should be
aware that fishing rules are subject
to change and that the river can
close at any time if hatchery
broodstock requirements are not being
met.

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/ef
ishrules/.

Information contact: Travis Maitland,
District 7 Fish Biologist, (509) 665-
3337, Jeff Korth, Region 2 Fish
Program Manager, (509) 754-4624 x
224.

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.
Persons with disabilities

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

Limit on spring chinook increased in the Snake River Action: Increase limit to two adult spring chinook. Effective date: Immediately. Species affected: Chinook salmon. Locations: A) Below Ice Harbor Dam: Snake River from the South Bound Highway 12 Bridge near Pasco upstream about 7 miles to the fishing restriction boundary below Ice Harbor Dam; B) Below Little Goose Dam: Snake River from Texas Rapids boat launch (south side of the river upstream of the mouth of Tucannon River) to the fishing restriction boundary below Little Goose Dam. This zone includes the rock and concrete area between the juvenile bypass return pipe and Little Goose Dam along the south shoreline of the facility (includes the walkway area locally known as “the Wall” in front of the juvenile collection facility); C) Clarkston: Snake River from the downstream edge of the large power lines crossing the Snake River (just upstream from West Evans Road on the south shore) upstream about 3.5 miles to the Washington state line (from the east levee of the Greenbelt boat launch in Clarkston northwest across the Snake River to the WA/ID boundary waters marker on the Whitman County shore). Dates: Each area continues to be open two days per week until further notice. Area A (Below Ice Harbor Dam) open Friday and Saturday each week. Areas B and C (Below Little Goose Dam and near Clarkston) open Sunday and Monday each week. Daily limits: 6 hatchery chinook (adipose fin clipped), of which no more than two may be an adult chinook salmon. For all areas open for chinook salmon harvest, anglers must cease fishing for salmon when the hatchery adult limit has been retained for the day. Reason for action: Lower than normal catch rates have produced a current harvest estimate for spring chinook in the Snake River of 290 adults. With the run update to the preseason forecast the harvest allotment for the Snake River has increased to 1,421 adults. This leaves 1,131 adults available for harvest. Snake River fisheries in each of these zones will continue to be open for only two days per week, as listed above. Other information: The minimum size of any retained chinook salmon is 12 inches. Jacks are less than 24 inches long. The adipose fin-clipped chinook salmon that can be retained must have a healed scar at the location of the missing fin. All chinook salmon with the adipose fin intact, and all bull trout and steelhead, must be immediately released unharmed. In addition: Anglers fishing for all species, in the areas open for chinook salmon, during the days of the week the salmon fishery is open in that area, must use barbless hooks. Only single point barbless hooks are allowed when fishing for sturgeon. A night closure is in effect for salmon and sturgeon. It shall be unlawful to use any hook larger than 5/8 inch (point of hook to shank) when fishing for all species except sturgeon. Anglers cannot remove any chinook salmon or steelhead from the water unless it is retained as part of the daily bag limit. Anglers are reminded to refer to the Fishing in Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for other regulations, including safety closures, CLOSED WATERS, etc. Information - 5:12 p.m. 5/11/2016
Limit on spring chinook increased in
the Snake River

Action: Increase limit to two adult
spring chinook.

Effective date: Immediately.

Species affected: Chinook salmon.

Locations:

A) Below Ice Harbor Dam: Snake
River from the South Bound Highway 12
Bridge near Pasco upstream about 7
miles to the fishing restriction
boundary below Ice Harbor Dam;

B) Below Little Goose Dam: Snake
River from Texas Rapids boat launch
(south side of the river upstream of
the mouth of Tucannon River) to the
fishing restriction boundary below
Little Goose Dam. This zone includes
the rock and concrete area between
the juvenile bypass return pipe and
Little Goose Dam along the south
shoreline of the facility (includes
the walkway area locally known as
“the Wall” in front of the juvenile
collection facility);

C) Clarkston: Snake River from the
downstream edge of the large power
lines crossing the Snake River (just
upstream from West Evans Road on the
south shore) upstream about 3.5 miles
to the Washington state line (from
the east levee of the Greenbelt boat
launch in Clarkston northwest across
the Snake River to the WA/ID boundary
waters marker on the Whitman County
shore).

Dates: Each area continues to be
open two days per week until further
notice.

Area A (Below Ice Harbor Dam) open
Friday and Saturday each week.
Areas B and C (Below Little Goose Dam
and near Clarkston) open Sunday and
Monday each week.
Daily limits: 6 hatchery chinook
(adipose fin clipped), of which no
more than two may be an adult chinook
salmon. For all areas open for
chinook salmon harvest, anglers must
cease fishing for salmon when the
hatchery adult limit has been
retained for the day.

Reason for action: Lower than normal
catch rates have produced a current
harvest estimate for spring chinook
in the Snake River of 290 adults.
With the run update to the preseason
forecast the harvest allotment for
the Snake River has increased to
1,421 adults. This leaves 1,131
adults available for harvest. Snake
River fisheries in each of these
zones will continue to be open for
only two days per week, as listed
above.

Other information: The minimum size
of any retained chinook salmon is 12
inches. Jacks are less than 24
inches long. The adipose fin-clipped
chinook salmon that can be retained
must have a healed scar at the
location of the missing fin. All
chinook salmon with the adipose fin
intact, and all bull trout and
steelhead, must be immediately
released unharmed.

In addition: Anglers fishing for all
species, in the areas open for
chinook salmon, during the days of
the week the salmon fishery is open
in that area, must use barbless
hooks. Only single point barbless
hooks are allowed when fishing for
sturgeon. A night closure is in
effect for salmon and sturgeon. It
shall be unlawful to use any hook
larger than 5/8 inch (point of hook
to shank) when fishing for all
species except sturgeon. Anglers
cannot remove any chinook salmon or
steelhead from the water unless it is
retained as part of the daily bag
limit.

Anglers are reminded to refer to the
Fishing in Washington Sport Fishing
Rules pamphlet for other regulations,
including safety closures, CLOSED
WATERS, etc.

Information

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA 98674
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For fishing pictures go to LewisRiver.com monthy fishing pictures.
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

We are very pleased to offer you this fishing report site. Please only post reports or information that is of interest to all. Many people want a fast report and don't have time to read a lot of other stuff. Inappropriate posts will be deleted. Thanks, Noel Johnson.

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