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Kalama - 5:53 a.m. 9/25/2014
The Kalama is plum full of fish. It is so easy that if
you are making a plan to spend the day fishing be
sure to have something to do after you limit in 2
hours, and that is if it slowed down !
Have not seen it this good for a few years. Go get
'em while they are fresh !!

bobberdogger - battle ground wa

Retention of chum in Willapa Bay Rivers - 10:58 a.m. 9/24/2014
Retention of chum in Willapa Bay Rivers

Action: Retention of chum is allowed as part of the daily limit when open for salmon fishing.

Effective date: Immediately

Species affected: Chum salmon.


Bear River (from Hwy 101 Bridge to Lime Quarry Rd.),
Fork Creek (from Fork Creek Hatchery rack upstream 500’ at fishing boundary sign),
Naselle River (from Hwy 101 Bridge to Crown Mainline (Salme) Bridge),
Middle Nemah River (from mouth to DNR bridge on Middle Nemah A-Line Rd.),
North Nemah River (from Hwy 101 Bridge to bridge on Nemah Valley Rd.),
South Nemah River (from mouth to confluence with Middle Nemah),
Niawiakum River (from Hwy 101 Bridge to South Bend/Palix Rd. Bridge),
North River (from Hwy 105 Bridge to Fall River),
Palix River (from Hwy 101 Bridge to mouth of the Middle Fork),
Smith Creek (from mouth to Hwy 101 Bridge),
Willapa River (from mouth to Fork Creek),
South Fork Willapa River (from mouth to bridge on Pehl Rd.)
Reason for action: The Sport Fishing Rules 2014/2015 pamphlet had been published prior to rules being adopted by the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Other information: North Nemah River also allows for one additional hatchery chinook in the daily limit through Nov. 30, 2014.

Anglers should refer to the Washington Sport fishing Rules 2014/2015 pamphlet for seasons and limits.

Information Contact: Information Contact: Mike Scharpf (360) 249-1205, Mike.scharpf@dfw.wa.gov or Steve Thiesfeld (360) 249-1201, Steve.Thiesfeld@dfw.wa.gov .

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA

North Fork Lewis - 8:02 p.m. 9/22/2014
Coho are jumping and being caught, in the river just above Woodland. From the Auction Barn hole downriver. Thst is where I can see them. Fishing from the bank and a large coho almost splashed water on me.

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA

nf lewis fishing - 7:48 p.m. 9/22/2014
THANKS D for the great information
would definitely be interested in
your winter king info any help I can
get would be appreciated havent had
much luck fishing lately.

jeremy - battle ground, wa

Coho Report - 5:16 p.m. 9/22/2014
Thanks D. That was one of the more informative reports that I've seen on this site in awhile. The more legitimate success we see and share, for Coho in particular, the more help we'll see to the fishing economy of our great little river.

Matt - La Center

Where and How to get the Coho - 10:57 p.m. 9/20/2014
In the past 10 days, myself and 2 others have
pulled 66 coho out of the Lewis!! The best way
to do this is with Wiggle warts.....DW29 is a
great one but the bright pink along with a fire
tiger (chartreuse , orange & black striped) are
also great when it's overcast). Metallic pinks
and purples are great when the sun is shining.
The best run of river is starting at big bend
where the river curves just above the golf
course boat ramp. Cast towards the opposite
shore all the way down to right before the fish
pens . Directly behind the fish pens is also an
excellent place to hook many coho. Also, you
can go deeper into the alcove behind the fish
pens and cast directly towards the bank right
below Lewis River Road. Once back in the
main stem of the river, cast towards the RV
park just below the bank.....float all the way
down past the first then second private dock.
After these docks is one of the most
productive coho spots. Keep casting towards
the RV park side all the way to the edge of the
wAter. A lot of the coho lay close to the edge
of the river. Keep floating and casting in this
spot til the river bends. At that point I would
motor back up to just below the first dock and
start again. I have seen and caught for myself
several coho limits caught here within an hour
for the past several years. When you have
exhausted that area...go down around to the
bend until you are below the houses on your
left and start casting on the opposite side of
the RV park....keep floating and casting all the
way to the edge of the water and as far as you
can without hitting the docks in the way. This
is another extremely productive area for Coho
this time of year. Once you are past the 5th or
6th dock motor back up again and repeat.
These are seriously some of the best spots on
the river. These areas are also productive for
Winter Kings but that is another post if anyone
is interested in when and how to catch these
huge fish. If you don't have access to a boat,
fish the bend of the river casting wiggle warts
out through the bend in the river. There's a
few more runs of the river I would be happy to
share. This is a terminal fishery and I feel
everyone should enjoy catching these
deliciously abundant fish before they end up at
the hatchery!!! You can keep catching these
fish usually up until early November ;-(). Fish

D - Woodland WA
Please keep my email private....thanks !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What's the limit on the NFL? - 5:58 a.m. 9/19/2014
I've looked at the regs for 2014 on the Lewis, but I'm not a lawyer, so maybe someone can confirm this.

It looks like you can keep up to 6 adult clipped coho per person, and up to clipped kings (if it were possible). Is this correct?

JP - Woodland

Section of Yakima River closed to - 3:50 p.m. 9/18/2014
Section of Yakima River closed to
fishing from any floating device

Action: Close a 1.25 mile section of the lower Yakima River in Prosser to fishing from any floating device

Species affected: All fish species

Location: Yakima River from the Grant Ave. Bridge in Prosser downstream approximately 1.25 miles to the downstream side of the westbound Interstate 82 Bridge

Effective Date: Sept. 20 – Oct. 22, 2014

Reason for action: This section of the Yakima River is adjacent to the Yakama Nation’s Prosser Fish Hatchery where over 2 million fall chinook smolts are released annually. Returning adult salmon congregate in this terminal area and attract many anglers during the Yakima River fall salmon season that is open through October 22. During the peak fishing period (late Sept. through Oct. 22), as many as 75 bank anglers may be fishing at one time from the north (left) and south (right) shoreline. The river at this location is narrow (50 – 100 feet wide) and will not accommodate bank anglers casting from shore and boat anglers who anchor in mid-channel. Limiting fishing in this reach to bank angling prevents conflicts between boat and bank anglers.

Other information:

Daily limit of six salmon (hatchery or wild); up to two adults. Minimum size - 12 inches.
Night Closure is in effect. Barbless hooks are required.
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.
A Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement is required to participate in this fishery.
Information contacts: Paul Hoffarth, District 4 Fish Biologist, (509) 545-2284 (Pasco); or John Easterbrooks, Regional Fish Program Manager, (509) 457-9330 (Yakima

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA

Wild Fish Like Crazy - 8:05 p.m. 9/14/2014
Been hitting the mouth of the Lewis
and below. Catching a ton of wild
fish but only 1 in 10 are clipped.

Jason Sanders - Woodland

North Fork Lewis - 7:25 p.m. 9/14/2014
A lot of fish are jumping and being caught by Woodland.

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA

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