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New Fishing Pamphlet: The Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for 2017-18 will be available online and at license vendors around the state starting in late June. As always, WDFW will post changes to those rules on the Emergency Rules webpage. Free Fishing Weekend: June 10-11 no license is required to fish in any waters open to fishing statewide. No vehicle access pass (which comes with a fishing license) or Discover Pass will be required during Free Fishing Weekend to park at any of the nearly 700 water-access sites maintained by WDFW. This is a great time for experienced anglers to introduce friends or family to this great outdoor activity, or for those who used to fish to get back into the sport. All fishing regulations still apply during Free Fishing Weekend, so be sure to read the Washington Sport Fishing Rules. Columbia River salmon: The summer salmon season begins June 16 as hefty upriver summer chinook salmon and sockeye salmon begin moving into the Columbia River in increasing numbers. Known as "June hogs," summer chinook can weigh 40 pounds or more, providing plenty of action for anglers throughout the river. Sockeye salmon are also great on the grill, but can be challenging to catch. The fishery for both species runs through July 31 on the mainstem Columbia River from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to the Hwy. 395 Bridge in Pasco. According to the preseason forecast, approximately 63,100 summer chinook salmon will return to the Columbia River this year, down about one-third from 2016. Sockeye are also expected to return in lower numbers than last year (the fifth highest on record), but will still provide some good fishing opportunities. Shad, which can be taken without limits during the summer fishery, are crossing Bonneville Dam in larger numbers after a slow start in May. Anglers can take a total of six salmonids, including two adult hatchery chinook, two adult sockeye, or one of each. Barbless hooks are required, and anglers must release any summer chinook with an intact adipose fin. Summer steelhead restrictions: Hatchery steelhead also count toward daily salmonid limits, but fishery managers have proposed new restrictions on those runs due to poor returns anticipated this year. Washington and Oregon expect to announce new rules for summer steelhead fisheries prior to the June 16 opening. Those rules will be described here, in a news release, and on WDFW's emergency fishing rule webpage. Fishing the tributaries: Although returns of both spring chinook salmon and summer-run steelhead may be down this year, anglers still have a good chance to catch both species in tributaries flowing into the Columbia Rivers. The Cowlitz and Kalama rivers are a good bet for springers below Bonneville Dam. The Lewis River also opens for spring chinook June 1 from the mouth upstream to the overhead powerlines below Merwin Dam. The limit there is one hatchery adult chinook per day. As the spring chinook run winds down, summer-run steelhead will arrive to pick up the slack on the Cowlitz, Kalama, Lewis, and Washougal rivers in June. Above the dam, the spotlight will be on Drano Lake and the Wind and Klickitat rivers. As on the mainstem Columbia, watch for emergency rules affecting the steelhead fishery. Sturgeon: Starting June 5, anglers can catch and keep white sturgeon in the lower Columbia River for the first time in three years, thanks to the growing population of legal-size sturgeon below Bonneville Dam. The fishery will be open for six days from the mouth of the river to the Wauna power lines (downstream from Longview) on the following schedule: Monday, June 5; Wednesday, June 7; Saturday, June 10 Monday, June 12; Wednesday, June 14; Saturday, June 17 Anglers will not be allowed to retain sturgeon after 2 p.m. on any of those days. Anglers will have a daily limit of one fish measuring 44 to 50 inches from its snout to the fork in its tail. An annual limit of two white sturgeon, regardless of where they are caught, will also be in effect. In a separate action, both states also approved a one-day sturgeon fishery for Saturday, June 10 in the Bonneville Pool, where 229 fish are available for harvest under current harvest guidelines. The legal size limit for that fishery is 38 to 54 inches. Trout: Anglers looking to catch trout should check the region's trout stocking schedule for good spots to go in June. Klineline Pond, Rowland Lake and Spearfish Lake are some of the waters scheduled to receive fish this month. Swift Reservoir in Skamania County opens June 3 and fishing should be very good. WDFW is planting 45,000 catchable-size rainbow trout for the June opener, but anglers are required to release any wild steelhead and bull trout they intercept. An additional 2,500 extra catchable rainbows are also being planted for June into the Swift Power Canal, which is currently open. Kokanee are biting at both Merwin sand Yale reservoirs on the Lewis. Access to the high lakes in Southwest Washington is slowly opening as the snow pack receeds. Goose Lake in Skamania County will be planted soon with thousands of catchable-size rainbow, cutthroat and brown trout. Excellent fishing should be available both shore and boat anglers. Due to a road washout this past winter, Canyon Creek out of Chelatchie is not being planted this year. The catchable rainbow trout planned for the creek will instead be planted into some other lakes in the region. Don't forget: Although "opening day" of the lowland lakes season has come and gone, WDFW's fishing derby goes on. Anglers who catch tagged fish in more than 20 lakes throughout the region can claim prizes ranging from fishing gear to gift cards offered by license dealers around the state. For more information on WDFW's 2017 fishing derby, see the department's website. Merwin Special Kids Day: Children with disabilities will have a chance to reel in some big trout during a special fishing event July 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Merwin Fish Hatchery, east of Woodland. Sponsors of this year's event will be pre-registering participants through June 30 at 1-800-899-4421. Prior to the event, WDFW will plant the wheelchair-accessible hatchery waters with up to 3,000 trout ranging in size from one to four pounds. Volunteers will then serve as one-on-one fishing coaches, assisting youngsters throughout the day. The event is sponsored by WDFW and Pacific Power. For more information call (360) 225-4391. - 9:19 a.m. 6/2/2017
New Fishing Pamphlet: The Sport
Fishing Rules pamphlet for 2017-18
will be available online and at
license vendors around the state
starting in late June. As always,
WDFW will post changes to those rules
on the Emergency Rules webpage.

Free Fishing Weekend: June 10-11 no
license is required to fish in any
waters open to fishing statewide. No
vehicle access pass (which comes with
a fishing license) or Discover Pass
will be required during Free Fishing
Weekend to park at any of the nearly
700 water-access sites maintained by
WDFW. This is a great time for
experienced anglers to introduce
friends or family to this great
outdoor activity, or for those who
used to fish to get back into the
sport. All fishing regulations still
apply during Free Fishing Weekend, so
be sure to read the Washington Sport
Fishing Rules.

Columbia River salmon: The summer
salmon season begins June 16 as hefty
upriver summer chinook salmon and
sockeye salmon begin moving into the
Columbia River in increasing numbers.
Known as "June hogs," summer chinook
can weigh 40 pounds or more,
providing plenty of action for
anglers throughout the river. Sockeye
salmon are also great on the grill,
but can be challenging to catch.

The fishery for both species runs
through July 31 on the mainstem
Columbia River from the Astoria-
Megler Bridge upstream to the Hwy.
395 Bridge in Pasco.

According to the preseason forecast,
approximately 63,100 summer chinook
salmon will return to the Columbia
River this year, down about one-third
from 2016. Sockeye are also expected
to return in lower numbers than last
year (the fifth highest on record),
but will still provide some good
fishing opportunities. Shad, which
can be taken without limits during
the summer fishery, are crossing
Bonneville Dam in larger numbers
after a slow start in May.

Anglers can take a total of six
salmonids, including two adult
hatchery chinook, two adult sockeye,
or one of each. Barbless hooks are
required, and anglers must release
any summer chinook with an intact
adipose fin.

Summer steelhead restrictions:
Hatchery steelhead also count toward
daily salmonid limits, but fishery
managers have proposed new
restrictions on those runs due to
poor returns anticipated this year.
Washington and Oregon expect to
announce new rules for summer
steelhead fisheries prior to the June
16 opening. Those rules will be
described here, in a news release,
and on WDFW's emergency fishing rule
webpage.
Fishing the tributaries: Although
returns of both spring chinook salmon
and summer-run steelhead may be down
this year, anglers still have a good
chance to catch both species in
tributaries flowing into the Columbia
Rivers.

The Cowlitz and Kalama rivers are a
good bet for springers below
Bonneville Dam. The Lewis River also
opens for spring chinook June 1 from
the mouth upstream to the overhead
powerlines below Merwin Dam. The
limit there is one hatchery adult
chinook per day.

As the spring chinook run winds down,
summer-run steelhead will arrive to
pick up the slack on the Cowlitz,
Kalama, Lewis, and Washougal rivers
in June. Above the dam, the spotlight
will be on Drano Lake and the Wind
and Klickitat rivers. As on the
mainstem Columbia, watch for
emergency rules affecting the
steelhead fishery.

Sturgeon: Starting June 5, anglers
can catch and keep white sturgeon in
the lower Columbia River for the
first time in three years, thanks to
the growing population of legal-size
sturgeon below Bonneville Dam. The
fishery will be open for six days
from the mouth of the river to the
Wauna power lines (downstream from
Longview) on the following schedule:

Monday, June 5; Wednesday, June 7;
Saturday, June 10
Monday, June 12; Wednesday, June 14;
Saturday, June 17
Anglers will not be allowed to retain
sturgeon after 2 p.m. on any of those
days.

Anglers will have a daily limit of
one fish measuring 44 to 50 inches
from its snout to the fork in its
tail. An annual limit of two white
sturgeon, regardless of where they
are caught, will also be in effect.

In a separate action, both states
also approved a one-day sturgeon
fishery for Saturday, June 10 in the
Bonneville Pool, where 229 fish are
available for harvest under current
harvest guidelines. The legal size
limit for that fishery is 38 to 54
inches.

Trout: Anglers looking to catch trout
should check the region's trout
stocking schedule for good spots to
go in June. Klineline Pond, Rowland
Lake and Spearfish Lake are some of
the waters scheduled to receive fish
this month.

Swift Reservoir in Skamania County
opens June 3 and fishing should be
very good. WDFW is planting 45,000
catchable-size rainbow trout for the
June opener, but anglers are required
to release any wild steelhead and
bull trout they intercept. An
additional 2,500 extra catchable
rainbows are also being planted for
June into the Swift Power Canal,
which is currently open.

Kokanee are biting at both Merwin
sand Yale reservoirs on the Lewis.

Access to the high lakes in Southwest
Washington is slowly opening as the
snow pack receeds. Goose Lake in
Skamania County will be planted soon
with thousands of catchable-size
rainbow, cutthroat and brown trout.
Excellent fishing should be available
both shore and boat anglers. Due to a
road washout this past winter, Canyon
Creek out of Chelatchie is not being
planted this year. The catchable
rainbow trout planned for the creek
will instead be planted into some
other lakes in the region.

Don't forget: Although "opening day"
of the lowland lakes season has come
and gone, WDFW's fishing derby goes
on. Anglers who catch tagged fish in
more than 20 lakes throughout the
region can claim prizes ranging
from fishing gear to gift cards
offered by license dealers around the
state. For more information on WDFW's
2017 fishing derby, see the
department's website.

Merwin Special Kids Day: Children
with disabilities will have a chance
to reel in some big trout during a
special fishing event July 8 from 9
a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Merwin Fish
Hatchery, east of Woodland. Sponsors
of this year's event will be pre-
registering participants through June
30 at 1-800-899-4421.

Prior to the event, WDFW will plant
the wheelchair-accessible hatchery
waters with up to 3,000 trout ranging
in size from one to four pounds.
Volunteers will then serve as one-on-
one fishing coaches, assisting
youngsters throughout the day. The
event is sponsored by WDFW and
Pacific Power. For more information
call (360) 225-4391.

Noel E Johnson - Woodland
Noel@lewisriver.com
www.lewisriver.com

Columbia River sturgeon fisheries approved below and above Bonneville OLYMPIA Starting Monday (June 5), anglers can catch and keep white sturgeon in the lower Columbia River for the first time in three years under an agreement reached today by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon. The two states approved the limited retention fishery based on surveys indicating that the number of legal-size sturgeon below Bonneville Dam has grown each year since 2014, when the fishery was closed to allow stocks to rebuild. The fishery will be open for six days from the mouth of the river to the Wauna power lines (downstream from Longview) on the following schedule: Monday, June 5; Wednesday, June 7; Saturday, June 10 Monday, June 12; Wednesday, June 14; Saturday, June 17 Anglers will not be allowed to retain sturgeon after 2 p.m. on any of those days. Anglers will have a daily limit of one fish measuring 44 to 50 inches from its snout to the fork in its tail. An annual limit of two white sturgeon, regardless of where they are caught, will also be in effect. In a separate action, both states also approved a one-day sturgeon fishery for Saturday, June 10 in the Bonneville Pool, where 229 fish are available for harvest under current harvest guidelines. The legal size limit for that fishery is 38 to 54 inches. Ron Roler, a fishery manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), said the two states are taking a "cautionary approach" to the fishery below Bonneville Dam. "We believe the sturgeon population in the lower river has increased to the point where it can support a limited fishery, without impeding future growth," Roler said. "This is a very popular fishery, and we need to take this one step at a time." Roler said the fishery managers currently estimate there are 165,600 legal-size fish in the Columbia River Bonneville Dam. The harvest guideline for the upcoming fishery is 3,000 sturgeon. In designing the fishery, the two states adopted several measures specifically aimed at controlling the catch, Roler said. Those measures include: Holding the harvest rate to 3.8 percent, compared to 14.5 percent in the years before the closure. Protecting larger-size fish by reducing the previous maximum size limit of 54 inches to a 50-inch maximum fork length. Reducing the range of legal-sized fish from 38-54 inches to 44-50 inches. For additional information about both sturgeon openings, see WDFW's Emergency Fishing Rule webpage at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/. Roler noted that the fishery will overlap with the arrival and departure of the Rose Festival fleet on June 10 and June 12. Anglers are advised that there is a Homeland Security buffer of 500 yards surrounding all naval vessels and boats are not permitted to approach within 100 yards. 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: http://wdfw.wa.gov/lists/unsubscribe.html - 9:14 a.m. 6/2/2017
Columbia River sturgeon fisheries
approved below and above Bonneville

OLYMPIA Starting Monday (June 5),
anglers can catch and keep white
sturgeon in the lower Columbia River
for the first time in three years
under an agreement reached today by
fishery managers from Washington and
Oregon.

The two states approved the limited
retention fishery based on surveys
indicating that the number of legal-
size sturgeon below Bonneville Dam
has grown each year since 2014, when
the fishery was closed to allow
stocks to rebuild.

The fishery will be open for six days
from the mouth of the river to the
Wauna power lines (downstream from
Longview) on the following schedule:

Monday, June 5; Wednesday, June 7;
Saturday, June 10
Monday, June 12; Wednesday, June 14;
Saturday, June 17
Anglers will not be allowed to retain
sturgeon after 2 p.m. on any of those
days.

Anglers will have a daily limit of
one fish measuring 44 to 50 inches
from its snout to the fork in its
tail. An annual limit of two white
sturgeon, regardless of where they
are caught, will also be in effect.

In a separate action, both states
also approved a one-day sturgeon
fishery for Saturday, June 10 in the
Bonneville Pool, where 229 fish are
available for harvest under current
harvest guidelines. The legal size
limit for that fishery is 38 to 54
inches.

Ron Roler, a fishery manager for the
Washington Department of Fish and
Wildlife (WDFW), said the two states
are taking a "cautionary approach" to
the fishery below Bonneville Dam.

"We believe the sturgeon population
in the lower river has increased to
the point where it can support a
limited fishery, without impeding
future growth," Roler said. "This is
a very popular fishery, and we need
to take this one step at a time."

Roler said the fishery managers
currently estimate there are 165,600
legal-size fish in the Columbia River
Bonneville Dam. The harvest guideline
for the upcoming fishery is 3,000
sturgeon.

In designing the fishery, the two
states adopted several measures
specifically aimed at controlling the
catch, Roler said. Those measures
include:

Holding the harvest rate to 3.8
percent, compared to 14.5 percent in
the years before the closure.
Protecting larger-size fish by
reducing the previous maximum size
limit of 54 inches to a 50-inch
maximum fork length.
Reducing the range of legal-sized
fish from 38-54 inches to 44-50
inches.
For additional information about both
sturgeon openings, see WDFW's
Emergency Fishing Rule webpage at
https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/ef
ishrules/.

Roler noted that the fishery will
overlap with the arrival and
departure of the Rose Festival fleet
on June 10 and June 12. Anglers are
advised that there is a Homeland
Security buffer of 500 yards
surrounding all naval vessels and
boats are not permitted to approach
within 100 yards.

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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May 30, 2017 Spring chinook fishing reopens on the Lewis River Action: Lewis River, anglers are allowed a daily limit of one hatchery adult chinook. Effective date and locations: June 1, 2017 through July 31, 2017 on the Lewis River from the mouth upstream to the overhead powerlines below Merwin Dam. Species affected: Chinook salmon. Reason for action: Escapement goals for the hatchery have been met. Other information: Daily limit 6 hatchery chinook of which only 1 may be an adult. Minimum size 12 inches. All other permanent rules apply. In addition to hatchery needs and providing a sport fishery, adult hatchery chinook will be trucked upstream above Swift Reservoir for reintroduction efforts. Information contact: (360) 696-6211. For latest information press *1010. Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing regulations are subject to change. Call the WDFW Fishing Hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules or check the WDFW webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fish/regs/fishregs.htm for details on fishing seasons and regulations. For the Shellfish Rule Change Hotline call (360) 796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431. 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 - 9:26 a.m. 5/31/2017
May 30, 2017

Spring chinook fishing reopens on the
Lewis River

Action: Lewis River, anglers are
allowed a daily limit of one hatchery
adult chinook.

Effective date and locations: June 1,
2017 through July 31, 2017 on the
Lewis River from the mouth upstream
to the overhead powerlines below
Merwin Dam.

Species affected: Chinook salmon.

Reason for action: Escapement goals
for the hatchery have been met.

Other information: Daily limit 6
hatchery chinook of which only 1 may
be an adult. Minimum size 12 inches.
All other permanent rules apply.

In addition to hatchery needs and
providing a sport fishery, adult
hatchery chinook will be trucked
upstream above Swift Reservoir for
reintroduction efforts.

Information contact: (360) 696-6211.
For latest information press *1010.

Fishers must have a current
Washington fishing license. Check
the WDFW "Fishing in Washington"
rules pamphlet for details on fishing
seasons and regulations. Fishing
regulations are subject to change.
Call the WDFW Fishing Hotline for the
latest rule information at (360) 902-
2500, press 2 for recreational rules
or check the WDFW webpage at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/fish/regs/fishregs
.htm for details on fishing seasons
and regulations. For the Shellfish
Rule Change Hotline call (360) 796-
3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

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
Noel@lewisriver.com
www.lewisriver.com

May 24, 2017 Lake Roosevelt to open for white sturgeon fishing Action: Open a harvest fishery for white sturgeon in Lake Roosevelt. Species affected: White sturgeon. Locations and effective dates: Lake Roosevelt. From Grand Coulee Dam to China Bend Boat Ramp (including the Spokane River from Highway 25 Bridge upstream to 400' below Little Falls Dam, Colville River upstream to Meyers Falls and the Kettle River upstream to Barstow Bridge). Open 7 days per week beginning May 27 through Sept. 17, 2017. From China Bend Boat Ramp upstream to the Canadian Border (white sturgeon spawning sanctuary). Open seven days per week beginning Aug.1 through Sept. 17, 2017. Fishery Rules: Daily limit 1 sturgeon. Annual limit 2 sturgeon. It is legal to retain sturgeon between 38 inches and 63 inches fork length. Fork length is measured from the tip of the snout to middle of the fork in the caudal fin (tail). All harvested sturgeon must be recorded on a Catch Record Card (Catch Code 549). Two-pole fishing is allowed. Closed to night fishing. All other statewide rules for white sturgeon must be observed, including the use of barbless hooks. Anglers are asked to use heavy gear (50 lb test mainline and leader, at minimum) and use 14/0 hooks or smaller (approximately 2 inches or less from point to shank) to help ensure anglers hook and land sturgeon effectively. WDFW recommends that any fish that will not be legally retained should not be removed from the water prior to release. Reason for action: Fishery managers in Washington state and British Columbia began sturgeon hatchery programs in the early 2000s in response to a decades-long decline in the white sturgeon population in Lake Roosevelt. Survival rates for those hatchery-produced juvenile sturgeon is much higher than was anticipated. As a result, there is a surplus of approximately that are available for harvest from Lake Roosevelt. Other information: The Lake Roosevelt co-managers (WDFW, Spokane Tribe and the Colville Confederated Tribes) will all be conducting sturgeon fisheries. The co-managers have negotiated a catch share agreement that allows each entity a guaranteed portion of the sturgeon harvest. Non-tribal licensed anglers will have the opportunity to harvest up to 10,250 sturgeon over the next 10 years. Anglers are reminded that fishery dates, times, slot limits, daily limits and annual limits may be adjusted over the next decade to ensure a sustainable population of sturgeon is maintained in Lake Roosevelt and that equitable access to the negotiated catch share amongst the three co-managers is achieved. Information Contact: For more information, contact Chris Donley, WDFW Region 1 Fish Program Manager, (509) 892 1001 ext. 307, or Bill Baker, WDFW District 1 Fisheries Biologist, (509) 684-2362 ext. 23. Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington - 12:05 p.m. 5/24/2017
May 24, 2017

Lake Roosevelt to open for white
sturgeon fishing

Action: Open a harvest fishery for
white sturgeon in Lake Roosevelt.

Species affected: White sturgeon.

Locations and effective dates: Lake
Roosevelt.

From Grand Coulee Dam to China Bend
Boat Ramp (including the Spokane
River from Highway 25 Bridge upstream
to 400' below Little Falls Dam,
Colville River upstream to Meyers
Falls and the Kettle River upstream
to Barstow Bridge). Open 7 days per
week beginning May 27 through Sept.
17, 2017.
From China Bend Boat Ramp upstream to
the Canadian Border (white sturgeon
spawning sanctuary). Open seven days
per week beginning Aug.1 through
Sept. 17, 2017.
Fishery Rules: Daily limit 1
sturgeon. Annual limit 2 sturgeon. It
is legal to retain sturgeon between
38 inches and 63 inches fork length.
Fork length is measured from the tip
of the snout to middle of the fork in
the caudal fin (tail). All harvested
sturgeon must be recorded on a Catch
Record Card (Catch Code 549). Two-
pole fishing is allowed. Closed to
night fishing. All other statewide
rules for white sturgeon must be
observed, including the use of
barbless hooks.

Anglers are asked to use heavy gear
(50 lb test mainline and leader, at
minimum) and use 14/0 hooks or
smaller (approximately 2 inches or
less from point to shank) to help
ensure anglers hook and land sturgeon
effectively. WDFW recommends that any
fish that will not be legally
retained should not be removed from
the water prior to release.

Reason for action: Fishery managers
in Washington state and British
Columbia began sturgeon hatchery
programs in the early 2000s in
response to a decades-long decline in
the white sturgeon population in Lake
Roosevelt. Survival rates for those
hatchery-produced juvenile sturgeon
is much higher than was anticipated.
As a result, there is a surplus of
approximately that are available for
harvest from Lake Roosevelt.

Other information:

The Lake Roosevelt co-managers (WDFW,
Spokane Tribe and the Colville
Confederated Tribes) will all be
conducting sturgeon fisheries. The
co-managers have negotiated a catch
share agreement that allows each
entity a guaranteed portion of the
sturgeon harvest. Non-tribal licensed
anglers will have the opportunity to
harvest up to 10,250 sturgeon over
the next 10 years.
Anglers are reminded that fishery
dates, times, slot limits, daily
limits and annual limits may be
adjusted over the next decade to
ensure a sustainable population of
sturgeon is maintained in Lake
Roosevelt and that equitable access
to the negotiated catch share amongst
the three co-managers is achieved.
Information Contact: For more
information, contact Chris Donley,
WDFW Region 1 Fish Program Manager,
(509) 892 1001 ext. 307, or Bill
Baker, WDFW District 1 Fisheries
Biologist, (509) 684-2362 ext. 23.

Fishers must have a current
Washington fishing license,
appropriate to the fishery. Check the
WDFW "Fishing in Washington

Noel E Johnson - Woodland
Noel@lewisriver.com
www.lewisriver.com

releasing fish above the dams - 5:39 a.m. 5/22/2017
The reason they are releasing fish above the dam is because someone decided hatcheries are bad and the fish are inferior to the wild fish. I don't agree with any of this. But it was part of the power companies recent licensing agreement to keep the dam on the river. They spent millions on it. Eventually they claim they will eliminate the hatchery. Hatcheries seemed to work just fine for the last 70 years, but now they seemed to forget how to operate them, which is why we don't see fish coming back any longer.

JP - Woodland

Fish - 9:03 p.m. 5/21/2017
Are you kidding if they had there way
wouldn't be any salmon fishing .except
for the comercial kill nets .they make
the state more $.I heard talk of even
shutting the wind down.as far as the
upper Lewis goes its a use it or loose
it operation.they receive funding so
they waist it on things like fish
cannons .shoot em if you got em.if
they can't puss away there funding on
something they surely won't receive
any more.it amazes me that here were
salmon belong we can't even fish for
them most of the time there is a good
chance to get them unless your a
commercial guy.where in the great
lakes where salmon are not native
.they have huge runs .the state needs
to come up with a better plan before
we have nothing left.people need to
speak out without our licensing which
is ridiculously priced they font have
jobs..sorry if you disagree and
apologies for the long rant

Brian - Vancouver.washington
Gonefishin.bg@gmail.com

nfl springers - 1:53 p.m. 5/21/2017
I called the hatchery a couple weeks
ago and they said that 1300 was the
goal but they wanted 700 more for the
above dam project. Them maybe we get
a Crack at em.

jeremy - battle ground, wa
jeremy@j2b.com

Please explain: - 11:03 a.m. 5/19/2017
Can anyone tell me why WDFW is so
intent on re-establishing the
salmon steelhead run on the waters
above the dams at the expense of
one of the best fisheries in the
state below the dams?
I know I'm not the only one talking
about this.

Wartguy

Wartguy - Vancouver

1212 springers in the trap so far - 10:59 a.m. 5/18/2017
If they only need 1300 to operate the
hatchery, I wonder if they will open
it back up at some point.

JP - Woodland

Steelhead fishery in lower Columbia delayed by slow salmon returns OLYMPIA The slow passage of spring chinook salmon over Bonneville Dam has prompted fishery managers from Washington and Oregon to delay a recreational steelhead fishery originally set to begin May 16 in the lower Columbia River. The annual fishery for hatchery steelhead and jack chinook salmon, stretching from Rocky Point upriver to the Interstate 5 Bridge, is closed until further notice, said Ron Roler, a fishery manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). Roler said the halting movement of spring chinook past Bonneville Dam has delayed an updated projection of the size of this year's run, a key factor in determining if additional spring chinook will be available for harvest under state catch guidelines. Although the rules for the steelhead fishery require anglers to release any adult salmon they catch, any salmon that do not survive count toward the annual harvest guideline for sport fisheries in the lower river, Roler said. "All these fisheries are closely connected," Roler said. "Right now, we're waiting for an update on the spring chinook return, so we can determine how the steelhead fishery will fit within the spring chinook guideline." As of May 10, only about 26,200 of the 160,400 upriver spring chinook anticipated under this year's preseason forecast had been counted at Bonneville Dam. In most years, an updated estimate is issued by the first week of May, after about 50 percent of the run has passed the dam. Roler cited this year's high, cold, and turbid water conditions in the Columbia River as a major reason for the slow movement of spring chinook upstream. Another factor may be the unusually warm water conditions in 2015, which likely took a toll on a portion of this year's run, he said. Sport fisheries below the dam reached their initial catch guideline of about 6,900 fish last month, but spring chinook counts at the dam didn't top a thousand fish per day until early May. "We should know pretty soon if the run is lower than expected, or just slow," Roler said. "Spring chinook don't spawn until fall, so they're not in a big hurry to get upstream. That's especially true if they encounter unusual water conditions along the way." 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: http://wdfw.wa.gov/lists/unsubscribe.html - 8:40 a.m. 5/13/2017
Steelhead fishery in lower Columbia
delayed by slow salmon returns

OLYMPIA The slow passage of spring
chinook salmon over Bonneville Dam
has prompted fishery managers from
Washington and Oregon to delay a
recreational steelhead fishery
originally set to begin May 16 in the
lower Columbia River.

The annual fishery for hatchery
steelhead and jack chinook salmon,
stretching from Rocky Point upriver
to the Interstate 5 Bridge, is closed
until further notice, said Ron Roler,
a fishery manager for the Washington
Department of Fish and Wildlife
(WDFW).

Roler said the halting movement of
spring chinook past Bonneville Dam
has delayed an updated projection of
the size of this year's run, a key
factor in determining if additional
spring chinook will be available for
harvest under state catch guidelines.

Although the rules for the steelhead
fishery require anglers to release
any adult salmon they catch, any
salmon that do not survive count
toward the annual harvest guideline
for sport fisheries in the lower
river, Roler said.

"All these fisheries are closely
connected," Roler said. "Right now,
we're waiting for an update on the
spring chinook return, so we can
determine how the steelhead fishery
will fit within the spring chinook
guideline."

As of May 10, only about 26,200 of
the 160,400 upriver spring chinook
anticipated under this year's
preseason forecast had been counted
at Bonneville Dam. In most years, an
updated estimate is issued by the
first week of May, after about 50
percent of the run has passed the
dam.

Roler cited this year's high, cold,
and turbid water conditions in the
Columbia River as a major reason for
the slow movement of spring chinook
upstream. Another factor may be the
unusually warm water conditions in
2015, which likely took a toll on a
portion of this year's run, he said.

Sport fisheries below the dam reached
their initial catch guideline of
about 6,900 fish last month, but
spring chinook counts at the dam
didn't top a thousand fish per day
until early May.

"We should know pretty soon if the
run is lower than expected, or just
slow," Roler said. "Spring chinook
don't spawn until fall, so they're
not in a big hurry to get upstream.
That's especially true if they
encounter unusual water conditions
along the way."

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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