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smelt - 3:39 p.m. 2/15/2015
What happened ?
Thousands of people - no smelt.

bobberdogger - battle ground

Smelt Dipping - 8:24 a.m. 2/15/2015
Unfortunately the smelt seemed to disappear
on the 14th. There were a lot of disappointed
dippers including me . Guess we'll have to
wait for next year again. Yeah!!!

robert - vancouver
thater

WDFW seeks nominations to - 4:51 p.m. 2/13/2015
WDFW seeks nominations to
Cowlitz River advisory group

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking nominations through Feb. 27 for membership on its Cowlitz River Advisory Group.

The ad hoc group generally meets about four times a year to develop recommendations designed to support sustainable fishing opportunities on the Cowlitz River, while conserving wild native runs.

"We want a diverse group of individuals to promote sustainable fisheries that meet our recovery and conservation goals," said Jim Scott, who administers WDFW's fish program. "Cowlitz River hatcheries produce salmon, steelhead and cutthroat trout that support a vast array of fisheries."

WDFW initially formed the group in 2010 to advise fishery managers engaged in updating the Cowlitz River Fishery and Hatchery Management Plan, which establishes Tacoma Power's obligations to support hatchery production and fish management activities in the Cowlitz Basin. The plan is scheduled to be updated again in 2016.

Specific issues addressed in the plan include the quantity and size of fish produced at the Cowlitz Hatchery Complex as well as strategies for maximizing the natural production of fish stocks and species in the basin.

The plan also addresses fishery management strategies, including monitoring and evaluation efforts that support conservation of naturally produced fish and sustainable fishing opportunities.

A nomination form, along with email and postal addresses for submissions, is available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/about/advisory/crag/nominations.html . Nominees for the advisory group do not have to be affiliated with an organized group.

For more information, contact Cindy Le Fleur at (360) 906-6708.

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

smelt - 7:24 p.m. 2/11/2015
sorry that i am responding so late Levi1800, but
thank you for the info that you have given me. I
was also wondering if the smelt would be there on
Feb 14, and is there good river bank access that
isn't that steep thank you again.

jonh - Vancouver WA
Jonhsmith@gmail.com

CORRECTION: Corrects reference to March opening date, fishing license information. - 11:26 a.m. 2/10/2015
CORRECTION: Corrects reference to March opening date, fishing license information.

February 9, 2015
Contact: Dan Ayres, (360) 249-4628

WDFW OKs razor clam dig starting Feb.15,
lists proposed digs through March

OLYMPIA - Razor clam diggers can count on an eight-day opener beginning Feb. 15 and start planning trips to Washington's beaches in March, state shellfish managers said today.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the upcoming dig, which runs Feb. 15-22, after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat.

Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, said the best digging typically occurs one to two hours before low tide. No digging is allowed at any beach before noon.

"We're expecting a good turnout this upcoming Presidents' Day weekend," Ayres said. "Tides will be early enough the first few days that diggers can enjoy some daylight on the beach."

Under state law, diggers are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger's clams must be kept in a separate container.

Feb. 15, Sunday, 3:47 p.m.; 0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Feb. 16, Monday, 4:37 p.m.; -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Feb. 17, Tuesday, 5:24 p.m.; -0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Feb. 18, Wednesday, 6:08 p.m.; -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Feb. 19, Thursday, 6:51 p.m.; -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Feb. 20, Friday, 7:33 p.m.; -0.7 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
Feb. 21, Saturday, 8:16 p.m.; -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis
Feb. 22, Sunday, 9:00 p.m.; 0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
Shellfish managers also announced a new schedule of proposed digs through March, which includes an opening tentatively set for March 2.

"We're announcing these dates so people can make plans for digging in March," Ayres said. "The proposed digs include an opening for the Ocean Shores razor clam festival."

Below is the list of proposed razor clam digs, along with low tides and beaches:

March 2, Monday, 4:46 p.m.; 0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
March 3, Tuesday, 5:26 p.m.; 0.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
March 4, Wednesday, 5:59 p.m.; 0.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
March 5, Thursday; 6:30 p.m., 0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
March 16, Monday, 4:15 p.m.; 0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
March 17, Tuesday, 5:08 p.m.; -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors
March 18, Wednesday, 5:57 p.m.; -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
March 19, Thursday; 6:42 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
March 20, Friday, 7:26 p.m.; -0.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
Seasonal switch to morning tides

March 21, Saturday, 7:55 a.m.; -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors Copalis, Mocrocks
March 22, Sunday, 8:42 a.m.; -0.7 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors Copalis, Mocrocks
March 23, Monday, 9:31 a.m.; -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
March 24, Tuesday, 10:21 a.m.; -0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2014-15 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.

WDFW has razor clam recipes as well as advice on digging and cleaning clams on its webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/ .

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

Smelt location - 8:40 p.m. 2/9/2015
Somebody asked where to dip. Popular spot is the Allen st bridge by the kelso police department. Both sides of the river produce smelt but seems everyone likes to fish one side. Big crowds and lots of fish. Good luck.

leo - vancouver, wa
levi1800@gmail.com

WDFW OKs razor clam dig starting Feb.15, - 6:58 p.m. 2/9/2015
WDFW OKs razor clam dig starting Feb.15,
lists proposed digs through March

OLYMPIA – Razor clam diggers can count on an eight-day opener beginning Feb. 15 and start planning trips to Washington’s beaches in March, state shellfish managers said today.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the upcoming dig, which runs Feb. 15-22, after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat.

Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, said the best digging typically occurs one to two hours before low tide. No digging is allowed at any beach before noon.

“We’re expecting a good turnout this upcoming Presidents’ Day weekend,” Ayres said. “Tides will be early enough the first few days that diggers can enjoy some daylight on the beach.”

Under state law, diggers are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger's clams must be kept in a separate container.

Feb. 15, Sunday, 3:47 p.m.; 0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Feb. 16, Monday, 4:37 p.m.; -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Feb. 17, Tuesday, 5:24 p.m.; -0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Feb. 18, Wednesday, 6:08 p.m.; -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Feb. 19, Thursday, 6:51 p.m.; -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Feb. 20, Friday, 7:33 p.m.; -0.7 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
Feb. 21, Saturday, 8:16 p.m.; -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis
Feb. 22, Sunday, 9:00 p.m.; 0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
Shellfish managers also announced a new schedule of proposed digs through March, which includes an opening tentatively set for March 5.

“We’re announcing these dates so people can make plans for digging in March,” Ayres said. “The proposed digs include an opening for the Ocean Shores razor clam festival.”

Below is the list of proposed razor clam digs, along with low tides and beaches:

March 2, Monday, 4:46 p.m.; 0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
March 3, Tuesday, 5:26 p.m.; 0.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
March 4, Wednesday, 5:59 p.m.; 0.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
March 5, Thursday; 6:30 p.m., 0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

March 16, Monday, 4:15 p.m.; 0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
March 17, Tuesday, 5:08 p.m.; -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors
March 18, Wednesday, 5:57 p.m.; -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
March 19, Thursday; 6:42 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
March 20, Friday, 7:26 p.m.; -0.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
Seasonal switch to morning tides

March 21, Saturday, 7:55 a.m.; -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors Copalis, Mocrocks
March 22, Sunday, 8:42 a.m.; -0.7 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors Copalis, Mocrocks
March 23, Thursday, 9:31 a.m.; -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
March 24, Thursday, 10:21 a.m.; -0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2015-16 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.

WDFW has razor clam recipes as well as advice on digging and cleaning clams on its webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams

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

Upper Columbia River, tributaries re-open - 5:04 p.m. 2/5/2015
Upper Columbia River, tributaries re-open
for steelhead fishing; parts of Okanogan to close

Action 1: Effective immediately, allow retention of hatchery steelhead on portions of the upper Columbia River and portions of the Wenatchee, Entiat, Icicle, Methow, Okanogan, and Similkameen rivers until further notice.

Action 2: Close sections of the Okanogan River on March 1, 2015, to protect natural origin steelhead staging prior to spawning.

Species affected: Hatchery adipose fin clipped steelhead.

ACTION 1 - Reopen hatchery steelhead fishery

Effective dates: Immediately, until further notice.

Locations:

The mainstem Columbia River from Rock Island Dam to 400 feet below Chief Joseph Dam.
The Wenatchee River from the mouth to the Wenatchee River at the Icicle Road Bridge, including the Icicle River from the mouth to 500 feet downstream of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Barrier Dam.
The Entiat River from the mouth to approximately ½ mile upstream to a point perpendicular with the intersection of the Entiat River Road and Hedding Street.
The Methow River from the mouth to the confluence with the Chewuch River in Winthrop. Fishing from a floating device is prohibited from the second powerline crossing (1 mile upstream from the mouth) to the first Hwy 153 Bridge (4 miles upstream from the mouth).
The Okanogan River from the mouth to the Highway 97 Bridge in Oroville.
The Similkameen River , from its mouth to 400 feet below Enloe Dam.
General Rules:

Mandatory retention of hatchery steelhead, identified by a missing adipose fin with a healed scar at the location of the clipped fin.
Daily limit two (2) adipose fin clipped hatchery steelhead.
Selective gear rules and night closure are in effect for all steelhead fishery areas, except the use of bait is allowed on the mainstem Columbia River.
Adipose present steelhead must be released unharmed and cannot be removed from the water prior to release.
Release all steelhead with a floy (anchor) tag attached and/or one or more round 1/4 inch in diameter holes punched in the caudal (tail) fin.
Motorized vessels are not allowed on the Wenatchee and Icicle rivers (Chelan County ordinance 7.20.190 Motorboat restrictions)
ACTION 2 - Close steelhead fishing

Effective dates: One hour after sunset Feb. 28, 2015.

Locations:

Okanogan River: From the first power line crossing downstream of the Highway 155 Bridge in Omak (Coulee Dam Credit Union Building) to the mouth of Omak Creek.
Okanogan River: From the Tonasket Bridge (4th street) downstream to the Tonasket Lagoons Park boat launch.
REASON FOR ACTIONS: Hatchery-origin steelhead have returned to the upper Columbia River in excess of desired escapement. The fishery will reduce the number of excess hatchery-origin steelhead, and consequently increase the proportion of natural-origin steelhead on the spawning grounds. Higher proportions of naturally produced spawners are expected to improve genetic integrity and stock recruitment of upper Columbia River steelhead through perpetuation of steelhead stocks with the greatest natural-origin lineage.

Sections of the Okanogan River around the mouth of Omak and Tonasket creeks will close early to protect natural origin steelhead staging prior to spawning within those tributaries.

OTHER ANGLER INFORMATION:

Anglers should be aware that fishing rules are subject to change and that rivers can close at any time due to impacts on natural origin steelhead. Adhering to the mandatory retention of adipose clipped steelhead is vital in allowing the fishery to continue and to provide the maximum benefit to natural origin fish.

All anglers must possess a valid fishing license and a Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement to participate in these fisheries. 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 contacts: Travis Maitland, District 7 Fish Biologist, (509) 665-3337; Ryan Fortier, District 6 Fish Biologist, (509) 997-0316; Jeff Korth, Region 2 Fish Program Manager, (509) 754-4624.

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

Kokanee - 1:35 p.m. 1/12/2015
Kokanee are biting good at Lake Merwin.

http://www.lewisriver.com/merwin.html

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA 98674
Noel@lewisriver.com
http://www.lewisriver.com/merwin.html

Ellensburg angler breaks Pacific bluefin tuna record - 6:14 p.m. 11/25/2014
Ellensburg angler breaks Pacific bluefin tuna record

OLYMPIA - Sam Ellinger of Ellensburg has set a new state record for the largest Pacific bluefin tuna caught off the coast of Washington, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) confirmed today.

The 39.20 pound fish measured 41 inches and was caught 28 miles offshore southwest of Grays Harbor, while bait fishing with anchovies.

Ellinger, a student at Central Washington University, said he began the day early and was fishing, "from the crack of dawn until it got dark."

"Catching a fish this size was pretty exhausting," added Ellinger. "We didn't know what we hooked until we got it on the boat."

The new record exceeded the previous record Pacific bluefin tuna weight by 2.71 pounds. That record was held by Patrick Fagan on a fish caught 35 miles offshore from Westport in 2012.

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

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