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New Puget Sound smelt fishing regulations now in effect - 11:52 a.m. 8/15/2014
New Puget Sound smelt fishing regulations now in effect

OLYMPIA - State fisheries managers are reminding people of new recreational and commercial smelt fishing regulations now in effect for Puget Sound.

The new rules, adopted by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission in June, provide greater protection for smelt, which serve as a food source for a variety of species in Puget Sound.

The commission, a citizen panel that sets policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, adopted new regulations that:

Close nighttime recreational dip net fishing. Recreational dip net fishing will be allowed from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Tuesday. Jig gear can continue to be used seven days per week, 24 hours per day.
Add a new 60,000-pound annual quota for the Puget Sound commercial smelt fishery.
Reduce the commercial fishery by one day each week, allowing commercial fishing from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday during seasonal openings in each area.
Close inactive commercial smelt fisheries, including dip bag and purse seine.

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA
Noel@lewisriver.com
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Havin fun - 11:27 p.m. 8/15/2014
Today me and my kids went fishing in the
Columbia for steelhead and caught two
steelhead that were ten pounds and also my
son landed a nice 17 pound chinook! It was
great!! Good number of steelhead or going!!

Nick - Troutdale oregon
Artems710@gmail.com

Steelhead Northfork Lewis - 12:07 p.m. 8/14/2014
Been catching a lot of steelhead up
at the hatchery the last 2 weeks.Best
start at 5:30am with the bite slowing
down at 9am and more fish moving
through by 11am.Give it a try and
good luck to you all.

wade - vancouver,wa
wade11311@yahoo.com

Coho fishing opens Aug. 16 south of Foulweather Bluff - 8:53 a.m. 8/14/2014
Coho fishing opens Aug. 16 south of Foulweather Bluff

OLYMPIA – The waters south of Foulweather Bluff in Marine Area 9 will open to salmon fishing beginning Aug. 16.

Anglers fishing that area, south of a line from Foulweather Bluff to Olele Point, will have a daily limit of two salmon, but must release chum and chinook salmon. The area was closed to protect mid-Hood Canal chinook.

“With the chinook season wrapping up and a strong run of coho expected, we are able to open the area two weeks early this year,” said Ryan Lothrop, Puget Sound recreational salmon manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Through Aug. 15, anglers fishing Marine Area 9 north of Foulweather Bluff can retain hatchery chinook, as part of their two-salmon daily limit. Beginning Aug. 16, anglers in Marine Area 9 must release all chinook salmon and chum. For details on regulations, check the fishing rules pamphlet, which is available on the department’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/ .

Lothrop reminds anglers to respect private property adjacent to Salsbury Point Park.

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA
Noel@lewisriver.com
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SteelHead - 12:05 a.m. 8/14/2014
I saw two guys pull 5 steelhead out in
about 45 minutes. Isn't the limit 2? It
was around 5 PM at Hoppa. It looked
like they were using a yellow and
Orange combo possibly corky and yarn.

Todd Cobbs - Tigard
todd.cobbs@gmail.com

Buoy 10 is HOT! - 6:18 a.m. 8/2/2014
About 1.5 million Chinook and 600,000 coho salmon are expected to swim up the Columbia this year. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Chris Kern said it could be the biggest run since the Bonneville Dam went online in 1937.

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA
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For report click on weekender web site - 11:24 a.m. 8/1/2014
http://wdfw.wa.gov/weekender/

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA
Noel@lewisriver.com
http://wdfw.wa.gov/weekender/

Summer chinook mark selective fishery - 7:02 p.m. 7/22/2014
Summer chinook mark selective fishery
to open in the Entiat River

Action: Anglers will be able to fish for and retain adipose fin-clipped adult and jack summer chinook salmon in the lower mainstem Entiat River beginning July 25, 2014.

Effective date: July 25 through Sept. 30, 2014.

Location: Upstream from the Alternate Highway 97 Bridge near the mouth of the Entiat River to the upper Roaring Creek Road Bridge, immediately downstream of the Entiat National Fish Hatchery.

Daily limit: Two hatchery chinook salmon, (adult or jack) minimum size 12 inches. Anglers are reminded that under statewide regulations they may only retain one daily limit of salmon regardless of the number of waters they fish in.

Species affected: Chinook salmon.

General Rules: Hatchery summer chinook are identified by a missing adipose fin with a healed scar in its location. All other fish must be released. Selective gear rules (single barbless lures or flies, knotless nets, no bait allowed). In addition, no boats with motors (Chelan Co ordinance 7.20.190 Motorboat restrictions) and a night closure are in effect. The regulation allowing two-pole angling on the Columbia River does not apply to the Entiat River.

Reason for action: Hatchery summer chinook returning to the Entiat River are predicted to be in excess of hatchery brood stock needs. The population is not listed under the Endangered Species Act. The majority of spring chinook and bull trout will have migrated to the upper reaches of the Entiat River, and few steelhead will be present during this fishery.

Anglers are required to possess a Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement as part of their valid fishing license. Revenue from the endorsement supports salmon or steelhead seasons on many rivers in the Columbia River system, including enforcing fishery regulations and monitoring the upper Columbia River spring chinook fisheries

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA
Noel@lewisriver.com
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Sockeye salmon retention begins in Lake Osoyoos - 5:40 p.m. 7/10/2014
Sockeye salmon retention begins in Lake Osoyoos

Action: Anglers will be able to retain adult sockeye salmon in Lake Osoyoos

Effective dates: July 11 through Oct. 15, 2014

Location: Lake Osoyoos south of the 49th parallel (US-Canadian border, which is marked with large fluorescent orange signs)

Species affected: Sockeye salmon

Reason for action: Sockeye salmon returns above Zosel Dam are predicted to be in excess of needs for wild fish escapement to the spawning grounds. The population is not listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Other rules: Minimum size 12 inches. Daily limit is six sockeye salmon. Release all other salmon. Statewide freshwater gear rules apply. From July 11 through Aug. 31, 2014, anglers may fish with two poles with a Two-Pole endorsement. Release all sockeye with colored anchor (floy) tag attached.

Information contacts: Jeff Korth, Region Two Fish Program Manager, Ephrata, (509) 754-4624, ext 224 and Ryan Fortier, District Six Fish Biologist, Twisp (509) 997-0316.

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

Salmon daily limits increase for mainstem - 5:39 p.m. 7/10/2014
Salmon daily limits increase for mainstem
Columbia River above Priest Rapids Dam

Action: Anglers will be able to retain eight salmon, including up to six adult sockeye salmon, in the mainstem Columbia River above Priest Rapids Dam.

Effective dates and locations:

Mainstem Columbia River:

From Priest Rapids Dam to Wanapum Dam, July 11-Aug. 31, 2014.
From Wanapum Dam to Wells Dam, July 11-Oct. 15, 2014.
From Wells Dam to Hwy 173 Bridge in Brewster, July 16-Aug. 31, 2014.
From Hwy 173 Bridge in Brewster to Chief Joseph Dam, July 11-Oct 15, 2014.
Species affected: Sockeye salmon.

Reason for action: Sockeye salmon returns above Priest Rapids Dam are predicted to be far in excess of needs for wild fish escapement to the spawning grounds. The population is not listed under the Endangered Species Act.

Other rules: Minimum size 12 inches. Daily limit eight salmon, up to two may be adult hatchery chinook and up to six may be sockeye. Release coho and wild adult chinook. Release all sockeye with colored anchor (floy) tag attached.

Other information: All anglers must possess a valid fishing license and a Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement to participate in this fishery. Revenue from the endorsement supports salmon or steelhead seasons on many rivers in the Columbia River system, including enforcing fishery regulations and monitoring the upper Columbia River steelhead fisheries. The endorsement has generated more than $1 million annually for WDFW to maintain and increase fishing opportunities throughout the Columbia River Basin.

Information contact: Travis Maitland, District 7 Fish Biologist, Wenatchee, (509) 665-3337; Ryan Fortier, District 6 Fish Biologist, Twisp (509) 997-0316; Jeff Korth, Region Two Fish Program Manager, Ephrata, (509) 754-4624 ext. 224.

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

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

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Lewis River at Woodland       Speelyai Creek      Muddy Creek
Lewis River at Ariel      Lewis River Reservoir Levels

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