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Select Yakima Basin tributaries to close - 6:39 a.m. 8/15/2015
Select Yakima Basin tributaries to close
to fishing for game fish due to drought

Actions: Partially or completely close current seasons for game fish in select areas to reduce drought-related injury and/or mortality.

Effective date: Immediately until further notice

Species affected: All game fish (trout, whitefish, etc.)

Locations for new restrictions or closures:

Yakima River from I-82 Bridge at Union Gap to the South Cle Elum Bridge: Closed 2 p.m. until midnight
Swauk Creek and all tributaries downstream of Williams Creek: Closed 2 p.m. until midnight
Williams Creek and all tributaries: Closed
Swauk Creek and all tributaries upstream of Williams Creek: Closed
American River: Closed
Previously announced restrictions and closures remain in effect on the following Yakima Basin tributaries:

Ahtanum Creek, including North and Middle Forks: Closed
Naches River from Tieton River to Bumping River/Little Naches River: Closed 2 p.m. until midnight
Rattlesnake Creek: Closed 2 p.m. until midnight
Little Naches River: Closed
Teanaway River, including West, Middle and North Forks: Closed
Reason for action: Afternoon water temperatures in Yakima Basin rivers and creeks are approaching the upper limit for survival of trout and salmon. Most of the above waters do not benefit from cold water releases from the Bureau of Reclamation storage reservoirs. These select waters receive significant summer fishing effort that will subject hooked fish to handling stress, injury or death directly related to elevated water temperature combined with record low instream flow conditions.

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Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA 98674
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Anglers allowed 2 chinook off Westport; - 6:37 a.m. 8/13/2015
Anglers allowed 2 chinook off Westport;
Neah Bay re-opens for chinook Aug. 14-15

OLYMPIA - Anglers will be allowed to retain two chinook salmon daily beginning Saturday, Aug. 15, in ocean waters off Westport (Marine Area 2), state fishery managers announced today.

In addition, anglers can keep one chinook per day while fishing off Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay) for two days, Aug. 14 and 15.

Anglers off Westport were previously limited to one chinook as part of a two-salmon daily limit to ensure that the fishery would remain open for the entire season, said Doug Milward, ocean salmon manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

"We're keeping a close eye on the catch rate and are in a good position to allow anglers two chinook per day without exceeding the harvest guideline for Westport," Milward said.

Through Aug. 9, anglers fishing out of Westport had caught 13,515 chinook of the 29,295 harvest guideline.

Meanwhile, WDFW is allowing anglers to keep chinook for two days off Neah Bay, which was closed to chinook retention earlier this month when anglers came close to meeting the harvest guideline for the area.

"Anglers caught fewer chinook than we expected in the last few days Neah Bay was open," Milward said. "We have a sufficient number of chinook remaining under the guideline to re-open for two days."

Anglers fishing in Marine Area 4 currently have a daily limit of two salmon, plus two additional pink salmon, but must release wild coho, chinook and chum. Anglers can retain one chinook as part of the daily limit Aug. 14 and 15.

Beginning Aug. 16, the regulations revert back to those prior to the two-day chinook opening in Neah Bay.

Those anglers fishing east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line in Marine Area 4 may not keep chinook. This section of Marine Area 4 will remain closed to chinook retention Aug. 14 and 15.

The changes announced today do not affect ocean salmon fisheries off Ilwaco (Marine Area 1) and La Push (Marine Area 3). In both areas, anglers can keep one chinook as part of the daily limit of two salmon. Anglers fishing in Marine Area 3 can also retain an additional two pink salmon.

More information on the ocean fishery, including catch guidelines and size limits, can be found in the Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA 98674
Noel@lewisriver.com
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Fishing to close on Newaukum River and all tributaries - 9:19 a.m. 8/11/2015
Fishing to close on Newaukum River and all tributaries

Action: Closes the Newaukum River and all tributaries

Effective Dates: Aug. 11, 2015, until further notice

Species affected: All species

Location: Newaukum River (Lewis Co.) and all tributaries

Reason for action: Low waters are reducing the available holding habitat for spring chinook and concentrating them into fewer and smaller pools. This in turn makes them more vulnerable to fishing pressure. Increased water temperatures and higher potential encounter rates subject these fish to stress, injury, or death.

Information Contact: Chad Herring, District Area Biologist Region 6, 360-249-1299.

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA 98674
Noel@lewisriver.com
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Salmon fishing will not open - 6:48 a.m. 8/11/2015
Salmon fishing will not open
on the Big Quilcene River

Action: Close salmon fishing in all waters of the Big Quilcene River

Effective date: Aug.16, 2015, until further notice.

Species affected: Salmon.

Location: All waters of the Big Quilcene River from the mouth to Highway 101.

Reason for action: Flows in the Big Quilcene River are at less than half of average, water temperatures are elevated, and a large return of Endangered Species Act-listed summer chum is forecast to enter the river beginning in August. These conditions are not conducive to an orderly in-river coho fishery.

Information contact: Mark Downen, (360) 202-7005

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA 98674
Noel@lewisriver.com
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Commission sets waterfowl seasons, - 11:23 a.m. 8/10/2015
Commission sets waterfowl seasons,
discusses steelhead management

OLYMPIA — With a record number of ducks counted on the northern breeding grounds, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission approved migratory waterfowl hunting seasons for this fall and winter during a public meeting in Olympia Aug. 7-8.

The commission, a citizen panel appointed by the governor to set policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), also discussed the implementation of the Statewide Steelhead Management Plan and a report that outlines management actions designed to address threats to wild steelhead populations.

Under the waterfowl hunting package, most hunting opportunities approved by the commission will be similar to last year. That includes a statewide duck season that will be open for 107 days, starting Oct. 17-21 and continuing Oct. 24-Jan. 31. A special youth hunting weekend also is scheduled Sept. 19-20.

Limits for mallard, pintail, scaup, redhead, goldeneye, harlequin, scoter and long-tailed duck will remain the same as last season. But the commission raised the daily bag limit for canvasback from one to two per day because of increasing numbers throughout North America.

Goose hunting seasons will vary among management areas across the state, but most open mid-October and run through late January.

In southwest Washington, however, the commission approved several changes to the goose hunting season. Those changes include:

Closing the season for dusky Canada geese to ensure protection of the birds in areas where the small population of this subspecies winters.
Expanding the length of the general hunting season into March for other geese.
Adding all of Clark County to Goose Management Area 2A, and Grays Harbor County to Goose Management Area 2B
Eliminating check stations for geese, and instead increasing checks in the field to monitor harvest.
The commission did not take action on a proposal that would have required hunters to pass a new goose identification test before receiving authorization to hunt in Goose Management Areas 2A and 2B. Instead, the current testing requirements to hunt in those two areas will remain effect for this season.

The commission also added another option to the Skagit County brant hunting season that is scheduled for early January. In previous years, WDFW has opened the Skagit brant hunt for eight days when at least 6,000 brant were counted during an aerial survey of the region. The new rule authorizes the department to open a three-day hunt when counts exceed 3,000 brant but fall below the 6,000-bird threshold.

The goose and duck hunting seasons approved by the commission are based on state and federal waterfowl population estimates and guidelines. According to those estimates, a record number of ducks – approximately 49.5 million – were on the northern breeding grounds this spring in Canada and the United States. That’s slightly more than last year’s record of 49.2 million ducks on the breeding grounds.

Details on the waterfowl hunting seasons will be available later this week on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/regulations/.

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

WFDW schedules meetings on - 6:36 a.m. 8/8/2015
WFDW schedules meetings on
roposed freshwater gamefish rules

OLYMPIA – State fishery managers are seeking public comments on proposed sportfishing rules for the freshwater areas of Puget Sound and the Washington coast.

As part of that effort, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has scheduled four meetings to discuss rules proposed for the 2016 season with the public. All but one of the proposals is specific to the rivers and lakes of the Puget Sound and coastal regions.

The exception is a proposal for the lower Columbia River that was held over from last year in order to coordinate with fishery managers in Oregon.

To review and comment on the proposed rules, visit WDFW’s webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/rule_proposals/. Comments will be accepted through Nov. 4. For a hard copy of the proposed rules, please call (360) 902-2200.

More than 300 proposals were submitted by department staff and the public in March. State fishery managers are recommending that 50 of the proposals move forward for additional review. The webpage has more information about the proposals as well as those not recommended for further consideration.

The public meetings are scheduled for:

Mill Creek: 6 to 8 p.m., Aug. 13, WDFW Region 4 headquarters, 16018 Mill Creek Blvd, Mill Creek
Vancouver: 6 to 8 p.m., Aug. 17, WDFW Region 5 headquarters, 2108 Grand Blvd, Vancouver
Aberdeen: 6 to 8 p.m., Aug. 18, Aberdeen Rotary Log Pavilion, 1401 Sargent Blvd, Aberdeen
Olympia: 6 to 8 p.m., Sept. 1, Natural Resources Building - Room 175, 1111 Washington St. SE, Olympia
The public will also have the opportunity to provide testimony on the proposed rule changes during the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission’s meeting Nov. 13 and 14 in Olympia. Check the commission’s website http://wdfw.wa.gov/commission/meetings.html for details on the meeting.

The commission, which sets policy for WDFW, is scheduled to vote on the proposals during a meeting in December.

WDFW is recommending further discussion on proposals that would:

Eliminate size restrictions and daily limits for eastern brook trout in most western Washington streams and crappie in several western Washington lakes.
Provide trout-fishing opportunities in sections of several streams currently closed to fishing. These streams, which include the Little Quilcene and Snoqualmie Rivers, would open to fishing in sections farther upstream from where endangered fish return.
Require anglers to retain hatchery steelhead they catch in some western Washington waters in order to reduce the effects of hatchery fish on wild stocks.
Remove rules limiting anglers to keeping only two trout that are larger than 14 inches in several western Washington lowland lakes. WDFW is stocking these lakes with larger trout, making the requirement unnecessary.
Eliminate size restrictions and daily limits for bass, channel catfish and walleye for areas in the Columbia River and tributaries contiguous with Oregon.
The department is also considering several proposals to protect wild steelhead on the north coast of Washington. Those proposals include implementing selective gear rules on some north coast rivers and prohibiting the harvest of wild steelhead in several coastal rivers including the Clallam, Bogachiel, Hoh and Sol Duc. WDFW is working with an advisory group to refine options for the commission’s consideration.


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Fishing to close on Clearwater - 6:33 a.m. 8/8/2015
Fishing to close on Clearwater
and Salmon rivers and tributaries

Action: Closes to all fishing the Clearwater River (Jefferson Co.) and its tributaries, and all tributaries to the Queets River, including the Salmon River outside Olympic National Park and the Quinault Indian Reservation.

Effective date: Aug. 10, 2015, until further notice.

Species affected: All species.

Location: In west Jefferson County, the Clearwater River and its tributaries, and tributaries of the Queets River (Matheny Creek and the Salmon River outside Olympic National Park and the Quinault Reservation).

Reason for action: Low water flows and higher-than-normal water temperatures this summer are creating conditions that can stress fish stocks by limiting their movements and making them more susceptible to diseases and fishing pressure. These areas are closing to fishing until river conditions improve.

The Olympic National Park has also closed the Queets River and tributaries within the Park. These closures are needed to protect wild fish stocks.

Information contact: Mike Gross, District 16 Fish Biologist, (360) 249-1210.

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

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

Fishing to close on Black River - 6:30 a.m. 8/8/2015
Fishing to close on Black River
in Grays Harbor, Thurston counties

Action: Closes Black River within Grays Harbor and Thurston counties.

Effective Dates: Aug. 12, 2015 until further notice.

Species affected: All species.

Location: Black River from the mouth upstream to Black Lake.

Reason for action: Low stream flows, increased water temperatures, and higher potential encounter rates subject these fish to stress, injury, or death.

Information Contact: Chad Herring, Region 6 Area Biologist 360-249 -1299.

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

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

Portion of Marine Area 9 closes to salmon fishing - 2:24 p.m. 8/5/2015
Portion of Marine Area 9 closes to salmon fishing

Action: Fishing for salmon is closed south and west of a line from Foulweather Bluff to Olele Point to the Hood Canal Bridge within Marine Catch Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet), except angling for salmon from shore is allowed from the Hood Canal Bridge to the northern boundary of Salsbury Point Park.

Effective Date: Aug. 6 through Aug. 15, 2015.

Species affected: Coho and pink salmon.

Location: Waters south and west of a line from Foulweather Bluff to Olele Point to the Hood Canal Bridge in Marine Catch Area 9.

Reason for action: Closing salmon fishing in this area is necessary to protect mid-Hood Canal chinook per state-tribal management plans agreed to during the North of Falcon pre-season process.

Other information: Shore angling for salmon is allowed from the Hood Canal Bridge to the northern boundary of Salsbury Point Park with the following regulations:

Daily limit is 2 salmon, plus 2 additional pink salmon. Release chinook and chum. Anglers should consult the Sports Fishing Rules pamphlet for specific regulations (see Marine Area 9 map, "Hood Canal Closure and Fishery" specified in footnote number 6).

Information contact: Laurie Peterson (360) 902-2790 or Ryan Lothrop (360) 902-2808.

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

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

Marine toxins prompt expansion - 3:38 p.m. 8/4/2015
Marine toxins prompt expansion
of crab-fishing closure on coast

OLYMPIA - State shellfish managers today doubled the area of Washington's coast closed to crab fishing after finding elevated levels of marine toxins in crab tested north to the Queets River.

Effective immediately, recreational and commercial crab fishing is prohibited in 45 miles of coastal waters from Point Chehalis to the Queets River, expanding on a closure in effect since early June that extends 45 miles south to the Columbia River.

Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), said the area now closed to crab fishing includes more than half the state's 157-mile-long coast.

Bays and estuaries affected by the closure include crabbing areas inside the Columbia River, Willapa Bay, and Grays Harbor.

"Ongoing testing shows that crab in these waters have domoic acid levels that exceed health-safety standards," Ayres said. "We've been closely watching toxin levels in crab since closing beaches to razor-clam digging in May."

Domoic acid, a natural toxin produced by certain types of marine algae, can be harmful or even fatal if consumed in sufficient quantities, Ayres said. Cooking or freezing does not destroy domoic acid in shellfish.

Although the algae blooms that produce the toxin appear to have waned, the toxin can persist in razor clams for months, Ayres said.

"Razor clams are a major food source for crab, so that's likely why we're seeing this lingering effect in the food chain," he said.

Under WDFW's latest action, all commercial crab gear must be removed from waters stretching from Point Chehalis to the Queets River by Aug. 10 at 12:01 a.m.

"This closure likely marks the end of this year's coastal commercial crab fishery, which was already set close in September," Ayres said.

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

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

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