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Groundbreaking event to celebrate - 4:58 p.m. 6/17/2015
Groundbreaking event to celebrate
Skagit Bay restoration project

OLYMPIA - A groundbreaking celebration is scheduled June 30 to mark the start of a two-year construction project in the Skagit River Delta that will support salmon recovery, protect farmland, and improve access to a popular bird-watching destination.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is sponsoring the event, which will begin at 1 p.m. at the Fir Island Farm Reserve unit of the Skagit Wildlife Area. Following a brief ceremony, WDFW project manager Jenna Friebel will lead a walking tour of the site at 2 p.m.

The reserve is located on the south end of Fir Island, about three miles southwest of Conway.

WDFW leaders will be joined by representatives of several organizations that are financing the $16.4 million project, including the Puget Sound Partnership (PSP), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), The Nature Conservancy, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Speakers will include Skagit County Commissioner Ken Dahlstedt, WDFW Deputy Director Joe Stohr, and WDFW North Puget Sound Regional Director Bob Everitt.

Other project participants include the Skagit Conservation District, Skagit County Consolidated Dike and Drainage District No. 22, Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group, Skagit River System Cooperative, Skagit Watershed Council, Western Washington Agriculture Association, and the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO).

The Skagit is the largest river that drains into Puget Sound, but more than 70 percent of the river's historic tidal marsh habitat has been lost since the 1800s. The restoration project is designed to reverse that decline by replacing the existing dike with a new 5,800-foot dike, set back from the current shoreline by approximately 5,500 feet.

The project will restore 131 acres of tidal marsh habitat for migrating juvenile Chinook salmon, and include protections designed to reduce flooding, maintain drainage, and prevent saltwater from damaging nearby farmland, Friebel said.

The project will also preserve 100 acres of protected bird forage habitat and improve public access for people viewing snow geese, shorebirds and other waterfowl, she said.

Friebel said the groundbreaking follows six years of planning and development involving discussions with area landowners as well as state, federal, tribal and local agencies. Federal agencies provided 15 percent of the project construction costs.

PSP Executive Director Sheida Sahandy said the project represents the largest single investment -- $13.6 million - by the state's Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration Fund (PSAR) since the fund was created in 2007. PSAR funds are appropriated by the Legislature through the state Salmon Recovery Funding Board.

"This project represents a major step toward restoring juvenile Chinook salmon rearing habitat in the Skagit watershed and providing important public benefits like flood protection and recreational use," Sahandy said.

RCO Director Kaleen Cottingham, whose agency administers awards from four grant programs for this project, said the habitat restoration will support about 65,000 salmon per year. "Marshes serve as a resting place for salmon as they transition from freshwater to saltwater, so the project will help young salmon at critical stages of their migration," she said.

NOAA restoration ecologist Polly Hicks said, "Estuary restoration projects are critical to salmon recovery and support the vitality of Puget Sound and its communities. In addition, the Fir Island Farm project will support other community assets, such as farming and tourism."

WDFW's primary goal this summer is to build the new setback dike as a first step toward restoring the tidal marsh, Friebel said. Next summer, crews will remove the old dike and allow the tides to establish a new shoreline.

Public access to the project site has been closed since early June, when marsh restoration work began. The popular birding area, purchased 20 years ago by WDFW as a snow-goose reserve, will be closed until early October this year and from mid-May until mid-October in 2016, which will enable bird-watchers to see snow geese return to the area in the fall.

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA 98674
Noel@lewisriver.com
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Ramp - 5:35 a.m. 6/17/2015
Barge man, I hope you are right.That ramp has
needed attention for many years yet nothing has
been done. Hopefully they get it fixed, and yes,
hopefully before coho get here.

Bobberdogger - BG

Sol Duc River will close to fishing near Sol Duc Hatchery - 5:42 p.m. 6/16/2015
Sol Duc River will close to fishing near Sol Duc Hatchery

Action: Close to fishing the Sol Duc River from 200 feet downstream of the hatchery outfall creek upstream to the concrete pump station at the Sol Duc Hatchery.

Effective Dates: June 18, 2015, until further notice.

Species affected: All species

Location: Sol Duc River, from 200 feet downstream of the Sol Duc Hatchery outfall creek upstream to the concrete pump station at the Sol Duc Hatchery.

Reason for action: Low water is causing a delay in migration past the hatchery, resulting in greater vulnerability of the wild spring/summer chinook to fishing pressure. This is likely to remain a problem until stream flows increase in the fall. The Quileute Tribe is implementing a similar closure to subsistence fishing in the vicinity of the hatchery. This closure is needed to protect wild chinook.

Information Contact: Mike Gross, District 16 fish biologist, (360) 249-1210; David Low, Area fish biologist, (360 249-1216.

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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Lower Lewis Landing - 2:45 p.m. 6/16/2015
Does anyone know when the landing
near the bulb farm is going to get
repaired. It is pretty bad. Hope they
don't decide to give it attention
during Sept and Oct...when everyone
is using it

Barge Man - Kalama

Commission adopts policy to boost - 7:42 a.m. 6/16/2015
Commission adopts policy to boost
wild chinook salmon in Willapa Bay

OLYMPIA - The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission approved a new management policy designed to restore depleted runs of wild, natural-origin chinook salmon in Willapa Bay during a public meeting June 12-13 in Olympia.

The commission, a citizen panel appointed by the Governor to set policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), also approved several land transactions and a proposal to reopen fisheries for some flatfish in portions of two bays in Hood Canal.

Developed over the past nine months with extensive public involvement, the new salmon-management policy includes three basic strategies for rebuilding natural-origin chinook stocks in Willapa Bay:

Fisheries: Mortality rates for wild chinook intercepted by sport and commercial fisheries returning to the Willapa and Naselle rivers will be limited to 20 percent a year through 2018, declining to 14 percent thereafter. If fisheries exceed projected levels in any year, WDFW has the authority to reduce the next year's limit by a corresponding amount.
Hatcheries: WDFW will reduce hatchery production of chinook salmon at three hatcheries in the Willapa Bay watershed by 36 percent to curtail interference with natural-origin fish on the spawning grounds.
Fishing gear: The commission directed WDFW to pursue options for introducing new types of commercial fishing gear that improve survival rates for natural-origin salmon and steelhead released in accordance with state fishing rules.
The new policy takes effect immediately, replacing a one-year interim policy approved by the commission in April.

"This policy clearly establishes rebuilding natural-origin chinook runs as our top priority for salmon management in Willapa Bay," said Brad Smith, who chairs the nine-member commission. "It is consistent with similar actions this commission has taken in recent years to restore wild salmon and steelhead runs in Puget Sound, the Columbia River and Grays Harbor."

The new management policy also establishes new guidelines for coho and chum salmon, but does not call for significant changes in fisheries or hatchery programs for those species.

Jim Scott, director of WDFW's Fish Program, said surveys conducted by WDFW estimated last year's return at approximately 975 fish to the Naselle River, 780 to the Willapa River, and 100 to the North/Smith rivers - all well below the natural annual spawning capacity of those rivers.

"The new policy adopted by the commission will help to ensure that future returns of natural-origin chinook salmon meet annual spawning goals for Willapa Bay tributaries," Scott said.

The final Willapa Bay Salmon Management Policy will be posted on WDFW's website within a few days at http://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/fisheries/willapa_bay_salmon/ .

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

Boat launches on Merwin, Yale and Swift Creek - 9:20 p.m. 6/15/2015
I have heard the all of these are low can anyone let me know if launches are still usable. Also if they are is anybody doing any good with kokanee

Charley - La Center

Bigger trout await anglers for Father's Day weekend - 6:49 a.m. 6/12/2015
Bigger trout await anglers for Father's Day weekend

OLYMPIA - Fish hatchery crews with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will be stocking 10,000 large rainbow trout in 20 lakes just before Father's Day weekend, June 20 and 21.

This is the fourth straight year the department has stocked these one-and-a-half pound trout before Father's Day weekend, said Chris Donley, WDFW inland fish program manager.

"These fish will provide anglers with some great opportunities to spend time with friends and family," said Donley. "A fishing license also is a great Father's Day gift and catching these big fish will make for some wonderful memories," he adds.

Fishing licenses can be purchased online at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov; by telephone at 1-866-246-9453; or at hundreds of license dealers across the state. For details on license vendor locations, visit WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/vendors/ .

All of the lakes that will be stocked with those larger-15-to-17 inch-fish before Father's Day have good shore and boat access. More details on fishing locations are available at the Fish Washington website: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/washington/ .

The lakes by region and county, and the number of fish that will be stocked, are as follows:

North Puget Sound Region:

King County: Green Lake, 1,500
Snohomish County: Blackmans Lake, 250; Gissburg Ponds 1 and 2 (aka Twin Lakes), 250
Skagit County: Campbell Lake, 250
Whatcom County: Padden Lake, 350

Coastal/Olympic Peninsula Region:

Grays Harbor County: Vance Creek (Elma) Pond #2, 100
Jefferson County: Sandy Shore Lake, 350
Pierce County: American Lake, 1,500
Thurston County: Clear Lake, 350; Hicks Lake, 350
Southwest Region:

Clark County: Horseshoe Lake, 250
Southcentral Region:

Kittitas County: Cooper Lake, 250
Yakima County: Clear Lake, 500
Northcentral Region:

Grant County: Park Lake, 400
Okanogan County: Alta Lake, 350; Conconully Reservoir, 750
Eastern Region:

Spokane County: West Medical Lake, 1,250; Williams Lake, 400
Pend Oreille County: Diamond Lake, 600
Hundreds of other Washington lakes have been stocked with trout over the past year. Fish stocking details, by county and lake, are available in the annual stocking plan on WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/statewide/ .

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

Nearshore halibut fishing to open - 6:45 a.m. 6/12/2015
Nearshore halibut fishing to open
seven days per week in Marine Area 1

Action: Extend the days of the week that the nearshore recreational halibut fishery in Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco) is open from three days per week to seven days per week.

Effective date: June 15, 2015, until further notice.

Species affected: Pacific halibut

Location: Marine Area 1 (nearshore)

Reason for action: There is sufficient quota set aside for the nearshore recreational Pacific halibut fishery in Marine Area 1 to extend the days per week that the fishery is open from three days per week to seven days per week. This rule conforms to federal action taken by the National Marine Fisheries Service and the International Pacific Halibut Commission.

Information contact: Heather Reed, (360) 249-4628 ext. 202

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

north fork reports - 8:41 a.m. 6/11/2015
There is not much to report the river
is closed to Chinook fishing as
usual. The good news is there are
enough springers to ship up to swift
reservior..exciting right?

Reg - ariel, wa
chelseanblake@tds.net

Lewis River - 7:46 a.m. 6/11/2015
I have been out several times on the NFL with no
fish yet. 4 sleds on the river and I was on the bank
last Sunday morning by the gold course. No fish
for anyone. I will be heading to the lower river.
They have to be somewhere !

bobberdogger - BG

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