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

May 12, 2017 Halibut fishing will be open May 21 in the ocean, portions of Puget Sound Action: Recreational halibut fishing will open in marine areas 2 (Westport), 3 (La Push), 4 (Neah Bay), and 5-10 (Puget Sound). Effective date: May 21, 2017. Species affected: Pacific halibut. Location: Marine Areas 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. Reason for action: Sufficient quota remains to open the recreational Pacific halibut fishery for another day in these marine areas. Catch data will be evaluated following the opening on May 21 to determine if enough quota remains for additional fishing days. Additional Information: The nearshore fishery in Marine Area 2 (Westport) will open on the Saturday following the close of the all-depth primary fishery. Opening of the nearshore area will be announced after catch data from the all-depth primary fishery is compiled. The recreational halibut fishery remains open in Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco) Thursdays through Sundays at all depths and Mondays through Wednesdays in the nearshore area. These rules conform to action taken by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) and the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC). Information contact: Heather Reed, (360) 902-2487. 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 - 8:38 a.m. 5/13/2017
May 12, 2017

Halibut fishing will be open May 21
in the ocean, portions of Puget Sound

Action: Recreational halibut fishing
will open in marine areas 2
(Westport), 3 (La Push), 4 (Neah
Bay), and 5-10 (Puget Sound).

Effective date: May 21, 2017.

Species affected: Pacific halibut.

Location: Marine Areas 2, 3, 4, 5,
6, 7, 8, 9 and 10.

Reason for action: Sufficient quota
remains to open the recreational
Pacific halibut fishery for another
day in these marine areas. Catch data
will be evaluated following the
opening on May 21 to determine if
enough quota remains for additional
fishing days.

Additional Information: The nearshore
fishery in Marine Area 2 (Westport)
will open on the Saturday following
the close of the all-depth primary
fishery. Opening of the nearshore
area will be announced after catch
data from the all-depth primary
fishery is compiled.

The recreational halibut fishery
remains open in Marine Area 1
(Ilwaco) Thursdays through Sundays at
all depths and Mondays through
Wednesdays in the nearshore area.

These rules conform to action taken
by the Pacific Fishery Management
Council (PFMC) and the International
Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC).

Information contact: Heather Reed,
(360) 902-2487.

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
Noel@lewisriver.com
www.lewisriver.com

Fishing opportunities abound in May Trout fishing is off and running at hundreds of lakes across the state, followed in the weeks ahead by fishing opportunities for other species. With all the new fisheries opening in Washington, May is a great time to go head outside for outdoor adventures. Popular outings this month include fishing for: Eastside salmon: Areas of the Snake and Yakima rivers will be open to recreational fishing for spring chinook salmon in May. Trout: The lowland lakes fishing season is officially underway and anglers will have plenty of opportunities to reel in some nice-size fish in May, as well as in the months to come. Shrimp: Sport fisheries for spot shrimp are scheduled to begin May 6 in Puget Sound. More information is available on WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/shrimp/. Halibut: Several marine areas in Puget Sound and on the coast open to halibut fishing in early May. For most people, a valid 2017-18 fishing license will be required to participate in those activities. The exception is young people under age 15, who can fish for free. Licenses and permits are available online (https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/), by phone (1-866-246-9453) and from sporting goods stores and other retail license dealers around the state. More information about outdoor activities coming up this month is available in the Weekender Regional Reports at http://wdfw.wa.gov/weekender/. These reports are updated throughout the month to provide current information about recreational opportunities around the state. 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 WDFW All Information Visit the Weekender Report Archive at: http://wdfw.wa.gov/weekender To UNSUBSCRIBE from this mailing list: http://wdfw.wa.gov/lists/unsubscribe.html - 3:51 a.m. 5/2/2017
Fishing opportunities abound in May

Trout fishing is off and running at
hundreds of lakes across the state,
followed in the weeks ahead by
fishing opportunities for other
species.

With all the new fisheries opening in
Washington, May is a great time to go
head outside for outdoor adventures.

Popular outings this month include
fishing for:

Eastside salmon: Areas of the Snake
and Yakima rivers will be open to
recreational fishing for spring
chinook salmon in May.
Trout: The lowland lakes fishing
season is officially underway and
anglers will have plenty of
opportunities to reel in some nice-
size fish in May, as well as in the
months to come.
Shrimp: Sport fisheries for spot
shrimp are scheduled to begin May 6
in Puget Sound. More information is
available on WDFW's website at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/
shrimp/.
Halibut: Several marine areas in
Puget Sound and on the coast open to
halibut fishing in early May.
For most people, a valid 2017-18
fishing license will be required to
participate in those activities. The
exception is young people under age
15, who can fish for free. Licenses
and permits are available online
(https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/), by
phone (1-866-246-9453) and from
sporting goods stores and other
retail license dealers around the
state.

More information about outdoor
activities coming up this month is
available in the Weekender Regional
Reports at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/weekender/. These
reports are updated throughout the
month to provide current information
about recreational opportunities
around the state.

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

Razor clam dig OK'd with bonus at Long Beach OLYMPIA Razor clam diggers can look forward to a six-day opening starting tomorrow (April 26) on various ocean beaches and will have an increased daily limit of 25 clams at Long Beach. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has approved the dig on morning tides at four ocean beaches after toxin test results show the clams on those beaches are safe to eat. State shellfish managers agreed to increase the daily limit for this dig at Long Beach, which has been closed much of the razor clam season due to elevated marine toxin levels, said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. "We wanted to provide diggers with some additional opportunity at Long Beach since we know there are plenty of clams there for harvest," Ayres said. The increased limit of 25 clams per day applies only at Long Beach, Ayres said. Diggers at Twin Harbors, Mocrocks and Copalis can harvest the typical limit of 15 clams per day. Diggers are required to keep the first 15 clams (or first 25 clams at Long Beach) they dig. Each digger's clams must be kept in a separate container. Ayres noted the opening coincides with the annual Long Beach Razor Clam Festival, which is held April 29 and 30. For more information, visit the festival website at http://longbeachrazorclamfestival.com/. The upcoming dig is approved on the following beaches, dates and morning low tides: April 26, Wednesday, 7:09 a.m.; -1.1 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach April 27, Thursday, 7:55 a.m.; -1.5 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Long Beach April 28, Friday, 8:42 a.m.; -1.8 feet, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Long Beach April 29, Saturday, 9:32 a.m.; -1.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Long Beach April 30, Sunday, 10:24 a.m.; -1.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis, Long Beach May 1, Monday, 11:20 a.m.; -0.8 feet; Long Beach All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2017-18 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. State health officials recently requested additional toxin tests at all four beaches after increased amounts of the algae that can cause domoic acid were observed in ocean waters. A natural toxin, domoic acid can be harmful or even fatal if consumed in sufficient quantities. "The latest round of test results indicate we're in the clear for digging at all four beaches," Ayres said. A decision about possible additional dates in May will be announced following another round of toxin tests next week. State wildlife managers urge clam diggers to avoid disturbing snowy plovers and streaked horned larks. Both species nest in the soft, dry sand on the southern section of Twin Harbors beach and at Leadbetter Point on the Long Beach Peninsula. The snowy plover is a small bird with gray wings and a white breast. The lark is a small bird with a pale yellow breast and brown back. Male larks have a black mask, breast band and "horns." To protect these birds, the department asks that clam diggers avoid the dunes and areas of the beach with soft, dry sand. When driving to a clam-digging area, diggers should enter the beach only at designated access points and stay on the hard-packed sand near or below the high tide line. More details on how to avoid disturbing nesting birds can be found on the WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/. 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 - 8:47 a.m. 4/26/2017
Razor clam dig OK'd with bonus at
Long Beach

OLYMPIA Razor clam diggers can look
forward to a six-day opening starting
tomorrow (April 26) on various ocean
beaches and will have an increased
daily limit of 25 clams at Long
Beach.

The Washington Department of Fish and
Wildlife (WDFW) has approved the dig
on morning tides at four ocean
beaches after toxin test results show
the clams on those beaches are safe
to eat.

State shellfish managers agreed to
increase the daily limit for this dig
at Long Beach, which has been closed
much of the razor clam season due to
elevated marine toxin levels, said
Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish
manager.

"We wanted to provide diggers with
some additional opportunity at Long
Beach since we know there are plenty
of clams there for harvest," Ayres
said.

The increased limit of 25 clams per
day applies only at Long Beach, Ayres
said. Diggers at Twin Harbors,
Mocrocks and Copalis can harvest the
typical limit of 15 clams per day.
Diggers are required to keep the
first 15 clams (or first 25 clams at
Long Beach) they dig. Each digger's
clams must be kept in a separate
container.

Ayres noted the opening coincides
with the annual Long Beach Razor Clam
Festival, which is held April 29 and
30. For more information, visit the
festival website at
http://longbeachrazorclamfestival.com
/.

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

April 26, Wednesday, 7:09 a.m.; -1.1
feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
April 27, Thursday, 7:55 a.m.; -1.5
feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Long
Beach
April 28, Friday, 8:42 a.m.; -1.8
feet, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Long
Beach
April 29, Saturday, 9:32 a.m.; -1.7
feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Long
Beach
April 30, Sunday, 10:24 a.m.; -1.3
feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis, Long
Beach
May 1, Monday, 11:20 a.m.; -0.8 feet;
Long Beach
All diggers age 15 or older must have
an applicable 2017-18 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.

State health officials recently
requested additional toxin tests at
all four beaches after increased
amounts of the algae that can cause
domoic acid were observed in ocean
waters. A natural toxin, domoic acid
can be harmful or even fatal if
consumed in sufficient quantities.

"The latest round of test results
indicate we're in the clear for
digging at all four beaches," Ayres
said.

A decision about possible additional
dates in May will be announced
following another round of toxin
tests next week.

State wildlife managers urge clam
diggers to avoid disturbing snowy
plovers and streaked horned larks.
Both species nest in the soft, dry
sand on the southern section of Twin
Harbors beach and at Leadbetter Point
on the Long Beach Peninsula. The
snowy plover is a small bird with
gray wings and a white breast. The
lark is a small bird with a pale
yellow breast and brown back. Male
larks have a black mask, breast band
and "horns."

To protect these birds, the
department asks that clam diggers
avoid the dunes and areas of the
beach with soft, dry sand. When
driving to a clam-digging area,
diggers should enter the beach only
at designated access points and stay
on the hard-packed sand near or below
the high tide line.

More details on how to avoid
disturbing nesting birds can be found
on the WDFW's website at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/
razorclams/.

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

Lewis River Road closure - 10:06 p.m. 4/24/2017
Can someone please tell me if the road has been reopened or if you still have to get to Speelyai by going through the NE Cedar Creek Rd route?

Bob - Rochester, WA
flyfisherguy@hotmail.com

WDFW cancels first 2 days of upcoming razor clam dig; April 26 opening depends on toxin tests OLYMPIA State shellfish managers have canceled the first two days (April 24 and 25) of a tentatively planned eight-day razor clam dig due to rising marine toxin levels. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will announce next week whether the rest of the dig, now scheduled to begin April 26, will go forward as planned. Recent tests have found toxin levels at all ocean beaches meet health standards, but the Washington Department of Health has asked for one more test to be sure, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for WDFW. "In the last few days, we've seen increasing levels of the algae that can cause domoic acid in ocean water," Ayres said. "We just want to make sure razor clams are safe to eat before giving the green light on this dig." Domoic acid, a natural toxin produced by certain types of marine algae, can be harmful or even fatal if consumed in sufficient quantities. The toxin has disrupted razor clam digs along Washington's coast over the past two years. More information about domoic acid can be found on WDFW's webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/domoic_acid.html. The department will announce the results of the upcoming toxin test early next week on WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html. The proposed dig, along with morning low tides and beaches, is listed below: April 26, Wednesday, 7:09 a.m.; -1.1 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach April 27, Thursday, 7:55 a.m.; -1.5 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Long Beach April 28, Friday, 8:42 a.m.; -1.8 feet, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Long Beach April 29, Saturday, 9:32 a.m.; -1.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Long Beach April 30, Sunday, 10:24 a.m.; -1.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis, Long Beach May 1, Monday, 11:20 a.m.; -0.8 feet; Long Beach All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2017-18 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. 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 - 9:43 a.m. 4/19/2017
WDFW cancels first 2 days of upcoming
razor clam dig;
April 26 opening depends on toxin
tests

OLYMPIA State shellfish managers
have canceled the first two days
(April 24 and 25) of a tentatively
planned eight-day razor clam dig due
to rising marine toxin levels.

The Washington Department of Fish and
Wildlife (WDFW) will announce next
week whether the rest of the dig, now
scheduled to begin April 26, will go
forward as planned.

Recent tests have found toxin levels
at all ocean beaches meet health
standards, but the Washington
Department of Health has asked for
one more test to be sure, said Dan
Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for
WDFW.

"In the last few days, we've seen
increasing levels of the algae that
can cause domoic acid in ocean
water," Ayres said. "We just want to
make sure razor clams are safe to eat
before giving the green light on this
dig."

Domoic acid, a natural toxin produced
by certain types of marine algae, can
be harmful or even fatal if consumed
in sufficient quantities. The toxin
has disrupted razor clam digs along
Washington's coast over the past two
years.

More information about domoic acid
can be found on WDFW's webpage at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/
razorclams/domoic_acid.html.

The department will announce the
results of the upcoming toxin test
early next week on WDFW's website at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/
razorclams/current.html.

The proposed dig, along with morning
low tides and beaches, is listed
below:

April 26, Wednesday, 7:09 a.m.; -1.1
feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
April 27, Thursday, 7:55 a.m.; -1.5
feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Long
Beach
April 28, Friday, 8:42 a.m.; -1.8
feet, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Long
Beach
April 29, Saturday, 9:32 a.m.; -1.7
feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Long
Beach
April 30, Sunday, 10:24 a.m.; -1.3
feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis, Long
Beach
May 1, Monday, 11:20 a.m.; -0.8 feet;
Long Beach
All diggers age 15 or older must have
an applicable 2017-18 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.

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
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Marine Area 7 recreational salmon season to close Action: Marine Area 7 (San Juan Islands) will close to salmon fishing at the end of the day April 21. Effective Date: 12: 01 a.m. April 22 through April 30, 2017. Species affected: Salmon. Location: Marine Area 7. Reason for action: Preliminary estimates and fishery projections indicate that Marine Area 7 will exceed the allowable limit of total chinook encounters including both retained and released fish prior to the planned April 30 closure date. The fishery is being closed to control impacts on stocks of concern and ensure compliance with conservation objectives. Other information: Through April 21, Marine Area 7 has a one hatchery chinook limit. Salmon fishing remains open in other areas, including marine areas 5, 8-1, 8-2, 11, 12 and 13. Check the sport fishing rules page for details: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/. The most recent preliminary estimates can be found at: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/reports_plants.html. Information contact: Ryan Lothrop, (360) 902-2808, or Mark Baltzell, (360) 902-2807. 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 - 9:41 a.m. 4/19/2017
Marine Area 7 recreational salmon
season to close

Action: Marine Area 7 (San Juan
Islands) will close to salmon fishing
at the end of the day April 21.

Effective Date: 12: 01 a.m. April 22
through April 30, 2017.

Species affected: Salmon.

Location: Marine Area 7.

Reason for action: Preliminary
estimates and fishery projections
indicate that Marine Area 7 will
exceed the allowable limit of total
chinook encounters including both
retained and released fish prior to
the planned April 30 closure date.
The fishery is being closed to
control impacts on stocks of concern
and ensure compliance with
conservation objectives.

Other information: Through April 21,
Marine Area 7 has a one hatchery
chinook limit. Salmon fishing remains
open in other areas, including marine
areas 5, 8-1, 8-2, 11, 12 and 13.
Check the sport fishing rules page
for details:
http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulation
s/. The most recent preliminary
estimates can be found at:
http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/reports_pl
ants.html.

Information contact: Ryan Lothrop,
(360) 902-2808, or Mark Baltzell,
(360) 902-2807.

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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Lower Yakima River to open for spring chinook fishing Action: Open two sections of the lower Yakima River to fishing for hatchery spring chinook salmon. Species affected: Chinook salmon. Dates: April 28 through June 15, 2017. Locations: Area 1: From the Hwy. 240 bridge in Richland (river mile 2.1) to the Grant Avenue Bridge in Prosser (river mile 47.0), approximately 1,000 feet downstream of Prosser Dam. Area 2: From the Wine Country Road Bridge in Prosser (1,300 feet upstream of Prosser Dam at river mile 47.3) to the State Route 241 Bridge (Sunnyside - Mabton Hwy.) at river mile 59.8 Reason for action: Yakama Nation and WDFW fishery managers are forecasting a harvestable return of 2,760 adult hatchery spring chinook to the Yakima River in 2017. Opening the two sections of the Yakima River for spring chinook will provide additional fishing opportunity Other information: Daily limit of two (2) hatchery chinook. Minimum size - 12 inches. Hatchery salmon are identified by a missing adipose fin and a healed scar in the location of the missing fin. Wild salmon (adipose fin intact) must be immediately released unharmed and cannot be removed from the water prior to release. Terminal Gear: Up to two (2), single-point, barbless hooks with a hook gap from point to shank of 3/4 inch or less when fishing for salmon. Use of bait is allowed. For the duration of this salmon fishery, the Yakima River is closed to all fishing within 400 feet (upstream and downstream) of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's Chandler Powerhouse/Pumping Station tailrace pool at river mile 35.8. A Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement is required to participate in this fishery except for "Free Fishing Weekend," June 10-11 (recording salmon catch on a free Catch Record Card is required on Free Fishing Weekend). The use of two (2) fishing poles is permitted during the salmon fishery provided the participating angler has purchased a "Two-Pole Endorsement" (in addition to the freshwater fishing license and Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement). Fishing for steelhead remains closed. All steelhead (rainbow trout greater than 20" in total length) must be immediately released unharmed and cannot be removed from the water prior to release. Information contacts: Paul Hoffarth, District 4 Fish Biologist, (509) 545-2284 (Pasco); or John Easterbrooks, Regional Fish Program Manager, (509) 457-9330 (Yakima). 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 - 9:39 a.m. 4/19/2017
Lower Yakima River to open for spring
chinook fishing

Action: Open two sections of the
lower Yakima River to fishing for
hatchery spring chinook salmon.

Species affected: Chinook salmon.

Dates: April 28 through June 15,
2017.

Locations:

Area 1: From the Hwy. 240 bridge in
Richland (river mile 2.1) to the
Grant Avenue Bridge in Prosser (river
mile 47.0), approximately 1,000 feet
downstream of Prosser Dam.

Area 2: From the Wine Country Road
Bridge in Prosser (1,300 feet
upstream of Prosser Dam at river mile
47.3) to the State Route 241 Bridge
(Sunnyside - Mabton Hwy.) at river
mile 59.8

Reason for action: Yakama Nation and
WDFW fishery managers are forecasting
a harvestable return of 2,760 adult
hatchery spring chinook to the Yakima
River in 2017. Opening the two
sections of the Yakima River for
spring chinook will provide
additional fishing opportunity

Other information:

Daily limit of two (2) hatchery
chinook. Minimum size - 12 inches.
Hatchery salmon are identified by a
missing adipose fin and a healed scar
in the location of the missing fin.
Wild salmon (adipose fin intact) must
be immediately released unharmed and
cannot be removed from the water
prior to release.
Terminal Gear: Up to two (2), single-
point, barbless hooks with a hook gap
from point to shank of 3/4 inch or
less when fishing for salmon. Use of
bait is allowed.
For the duration of this salmon
fishery, the Yakima River is closed
to all fishing within 400 feet
(upstream and downstream) of the U.S.
Bureau of Reclamation's Chandler
Powerhouse/Pumping Station tailrace
pool at river mile 35.8.
A Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead
Endorsement is required to
participate in this fishery except
for "Free Fishing Weekend," June 10-
11 (recording salmon catch on a free
Catch Record Card is required on Free
Fishing Weekend).
The use of two (2) fishing poles is
permitted during the salmon fishery
provided the participating angler has
purchased a "Two-Pole Endorsement"
(in addition to the freshwater
fishing license and Columbia River
Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement).
Fishing for steelhead remains closed.
All steelhead (rainbow trout greater
than 20" in total length) must be
immediately released unharmed and
cannot be removed from the water
prior to release.
Information contacts: Paul Hoffarth,
District 4 Fish Biologist, (509) 545-
2284 (Pasco); or John Easterbrooks,
Regional Fish Program Manager, (509)
457-9330 (Yakima).

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 E Johnson - Woodland
Noel@lewisriver.com
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Halibut fishing to open May 4 under higher catch quotas OLYMPIA Anglers fishing for halibut will notice a change this year with consistent halibut seasons across all Puget Sound and ocean areas, except marine waters near the mouth the Columbia River. The scheduled season dates are May 4, 6, 11, 21 and 25, and June 1 and 4, provided there is sufficient quota to accommodate all these fishing days. These dates apply to halibut fishing in Puget Sound marine areas 5-10 and in ocean marine areas 2-4. Halibut fishing in Marine Area 1 also gets under way May 4, but will be open four days per week (Thursday through Sunday) until the quota has been met. State halibut seasons are established by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), using catch quotas adopted by the International Pacific Halibut Commission for coastal fisheries from California to Alaska. Heather Reed, WDFW coastal policy coordinator, noted that this year's quota for recreational halibut fisheries in Washington state is 243,667 pounds an increase of about 23,652 pounds from 2016. "We expect that the effort to align halibut season dates, together with a higher quota for the state's recreational fisheries, will result in a longer season than what anglers have experienced in past years," Reed said. Halibut fishing has become an increasingly popular sport in Washington, making it difficult to predict how quickly anglers will reach the harvest limit for any given area, Reed said. The new season structure will help to ensure the state does not exceed federal quotas, with periodic catch assessments in each fishing area, she said. Anglers should check the WDFW website for the latest information on openings before heading out, she said. In all marine areas open to halibut fishing, there is a one-fish daily catch limit and two-fish possession limit in the field, and no minimum size restriction. Anglers must record their catch on a WDFW catch record card. As in past years, Puget Sound marine areas 11, 12 and 13 will remain closed to halibut fishing. In Marine areas 5 and 6, lingcod and Pacific cod can be retained in waters deeper than 120 feet on days when the recreational halibut fishery is open. Additional changes in halibut-fishing rules that take effect for specific waters this year include: Marine Area 1: Anglers will be allowed to keep a lingcod when halibut are on board during the all-depth fishery, but only when fishing north of the Washington-Oregon border during the month of May. The nearshore area in Marine Area 1 will open three days per week (Monday through Wednesday) beginning May 8 until the nearshore quota is taken. Bottomfish can be retained when halibut are onboard in the nearshore area. Marine Area 2 (Westport): Beginning the Saturday after the all-depth fishery closes, the nearshore fishery will open seven days per week until the quota is taken. Marine areas 3 (La Push) and 4 (Neah Bay) west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line: Bottomfish fishing will be restricted to the area shoreward of 20 fathoms (120 feet) beginning May 1 through Labor Day. Lingcod, sablefish, and Pacific cod can be retained seaward of 20 fathoms (120 feet) on days open to recreational halibut fishing. Anglers should check the WDFW website for complete information on recreational halibut regulations and seasons at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/creel/halibut/ 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. - 3:12 p.m. 4/14/2017
Halibut fishing to open May 4 under
higher catch quotas

OLYMPIA Anglers fishing for halibut
will notice a change this year with
consistent halibut seasons across all
Puget Sound and ocean areas, except
marine waters near the mouth the
Columbia River.

The scheduled season dates are May 4,
6, 11, 21 and 25, and June 1 and 4,
provided there is sufficient quota to
accommodate all these fishing days.
These dates apply to halibut fishing
in Puget Sound marine areas 5-10 and
in ocean marine areas 2-4.

Halibut fishing in Marine Area 1 also
gets under way May 4, but will be
open four days per week (Thursday
through Sunday) until the quota has
been met.

State halibut seasons are established
by the Washington Department of Fish
and Wildlife (WDFW), using catch
quotas adopted by the International
Pacific Halibut Commission for
coastal fisheries from California to
Alaska.

Heather Reed, WDFW coastal policy
coordinator, noted that this year's
quota for recreational halibut
fisheries in Washington state is
243,667 pounds an increase of about
23,652 pounds from 2016.

"We expect that the effort to align
halibut season dates, together with a
higher quota for the state's
recreational fisheries, will result
in a longer season than what anglers
have experienced in past years," Reed
said.

Halibut fishing has become an
increasingly popular sport in
Washington, making it difficult to
predict how quickly anglers will
reach the harvest limit for any given
area, Reed said. The new season
structure will help to ensure the
state does not exceed federal quotas,
with periodic catch assessments in
each fishing area, she said.

Anglers should check the WDFW website
for the latest information on
openings before heading out, she
said.

In all marine areas open to halibut
fishing, there is a one-fish daily
catch limit and two-fish possession
limit in the field, and no minimum
size restriction. Anglers must record
their catch on a WDFW catch record
card.

As in past years, Puget Sound marine
areas 11, 12 and 13 will remain
closed to halibut fishing.

In Marine areas 5 and 6, lingcod and
Pacific cod can be retained in waters
deeper than 120 feet on days when the
recreational halibut fishery is open.

Additional changes in halibut-fishing
rules that take effect for specific
waters this year include:

Marine Area 1: Anglers will be
allowed to keep a lingcod when
halibut are on board during the all-
depth fishery, but only when fishing
north of the Washington-Oregon border
during the month of May. The
nearshore area in Marine Area 1 will
open three days per week (Monday
through Wednesday) beginning May 8
until the nearshore quota is taken.
Bottomfish can be retained when
halibut are onboard in the nearshore
area.
Marine Area 2 (Westport): Beginning
the Saturday after the all-depth
fishery closes, the nearshore fishery
will open seven days per week until
the quota is taken.
Marine areas 3 (La Push) and 4 (Neah
Bay) west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh
line: Bottomfish fishing will be
restricted to the area shoreward of
20 fathoms (120 feet) beginning May 1
through Labor Day. Lingcod,
sablefish, and Pacific cod can be
retained seaward of 20 fathoms (120
feet) on days open to recreational
halibut fishing.
Anglers should check the WDFW website
for complete information on
recreational halibut regulations and
seasons at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/creel/hali
but/

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

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