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Marine areas 8-1 and 8-2 re-opening - 4:54 p.m. 5/28/2015
Marine areas 8-1 and 8-2 re-opening
for one day of spot shrimp fishing

Action: Recreational spot shrimp fishing will re-open for one day in Marine areas 8-1 and 8-2.

Effective date: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, June 24, 2015.

Species affected: All shrimp species including spot shrimp.

Location: Marine Areas 8-1 and 8-2.

Reason for action: In Marine areas 8-1 and 8-2 insufficient quota remains for a standard full day of fishing, so the opening has been modified to take the small amount of remaining quota. This is an experimental opening to determine if smaller amounts of quota can be targeted and harvested by the recreational fishery.

Other information: Marine areas 8-1 and 8-2 will be closed to all shrimp fishing on Wednesday, June 24, except during the 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. time period. All non-spot fishing gear must be removed from the area by Tuesday evening, June 23, and can be reset on Thursday, June 25.

Contact: Mark O'Toole, La Conner, (360) 466-4345 ext. 241, or Don Velasquez, Mill Creek, (425) 775-1311 ext. 112.

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA 98674
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Sport sturgeon retention season closes in John Day Pool - 4:51 p.m. 5/28/2015
Sport sturgeon retention season closes in John Day Pool

Action: Closes retention of sturgeon in John Day pool.

Effective dates: June 3, 2015, until further notice.

Species affected: White sturgeon

Location: The Columbia River and tributaries from The John Day Dam upstream to McNary (The John Day Reservoir).

Reason for action: The harvest guideline of 500 fish is expected to be reached.

Other information: Catch-and-release fishing for sturgeon will continue to be allowed except for no sturgeon angling is allowed in the sanctuary.

The John Day Pool spawning sanctuary is in place. The area from the I-82/Hwy 395 Bridge upstream to McNary Dam is closed to all sturgeon angling through July 31.

Information contact: Region 5 office/ 360-696-6211.

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
Noel@lewisriver.com

Recreational non-spot shrimp fishing re-opening - 6:26 p.m. 5/27/2015
Recreational non-spot shrimp fishing re-opening
in several areas of Puget Sound

Action: Marine Areas 8-1, 8-2, 9 and 11 are re-opening for recreational coonstripe and pink shrimp fishing, with a 150-foot maximum fishing depth restriction. Marine Area 7 East is re-opening for recreational coonstripe and pink shrimp fishing as well, with a 200-foot maximum fishing depth restriction. Open daily. All spot shrimp caught must be returned to the water immediately.

Effective date: June 1, 2015.

Species affected: Non-spot (coonstripe and pink) shrimp.

Location: Marine Areas 7 East, 8-1, 8-2, 9 and 11.

Reason for action: Recreational non-spot shrimp shares are available in these Marine Areas.

Other information: Marine Areas 4, 5, 6 and 7 West remain open daily to all shrimp species.

Contact: Mark O'Toole, La Conner, (360) 466-4345 ext. 241, or Don Velasquez, Mill Creek, (425) 775-1311 ext. 112.

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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Columbia River spring chinook sport fishing - 6:23 p.m. 5/27/2015
Columbia River spring chinook sport fishing
boat boundary lifted below Bonneville Dam

Action: Lifts the boat boundary from Beacon Rock upstream to Bonneville Dam. Allows both boat and bank angling for salmonids in this area.

Species affected: Spring chinook and steelhead

Area: The mainstem Columbia River from the Tongue Point/ Rocky Point line upstream to Bonneville Dam.

Restriction lifted: "A deadline marker on the Oregon bank (approximately four miles downstream from Bonneville Dam Powerhouse 1) in a straight line through the western tip of Pierce Island to a deadline marker on the Washington bank at Beacon Rock."

Effective date: Saturday May 30, 2015.

Daily bag limit: Daily salmonid limit is 6 fish (hatchery chinook or hatchery steelhead), of which no more than two may be adult chinook or steelhead, and no more than one may be an adult chinook. Release all wild chinook and wild steelhead. Salmon minimum size: 12 inches.

Reason for action: Harvestable numbers of hatchery salmon remain available, based on the updated forecast, associated management agreements and harvest estimates to date.

Information contact: (360) 696-6211. For latest information press *1010.

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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Columbia River sport fishery re-opens - 6:21 p.m. 5/27/2015
Columbia River sport fishery re-opens
for spring chinook above Bonneville Dam

Action: Re-opens the chinook and steelhead season on the mainstem Columbia River upstream of Bonneville Dam.

Species affected: Spring chinook and steelhead.

Area: The mainstem Columbia River from the Tower Island power lines (approximately 6 miles below The Dalles Dam) upstream to Oregon/Washington border, plus the Oregon and Washington banks between Bonneville Dam and the Tower Island power lines.

Effective date: Thursday May 28 through June 15, 2015.

Daily bag limit: Daily salmonid limit is 6 fish (hatchery chinook or hatchery steelhead), of which no more than two may be adult chinook or steelhead, and no more than one may be an adult chinook. Release all wild chinook and wild steelhead. Salmon minimum size: 12 inches.

Additional regulations: Effective through June 15: When the mainstem Columbia River from the Tower Island Powerlines (located approximately 6 miles below The Dalles Dam) downstream to Bonneville Dam is open to fishing from the Washington bank for hatchery spring chinook, only hand-casted lines may be used. It is unlawful to use a floating device to set lines for salmon and steelhead.

Effective through June 15: When the mainstem Columbia River from the Tower Island power lines (approximately 6 miles below The Dalles Dam upstream to the Washington/Oregon state line is open to fishing for hatchery spring chinook, upstream of the Dalles Dam the possession limit will allow up to four adult chinook salmon in fresh form. Anglers aboard a boat may only possess one daily limit of salmon in fresh form.

Other information: Anglers are required to possess a Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement as part of their valid fishing license.

Reason for action: Harvestable numbers of hatchery salmon remain available based on the updated forecast of 260,000 fish, associated management agreements, and harvest estimates to date.

Information contact: (360) 696-6211. For latest information press *1010.

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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Columbia River sport fishery re-opens - 6:21 p.m. 5/27/2015
Columbia River sport fishery re-opens
for spring chinook above Bonneville Dam

Action: Re-opens the chinook and steelhead season on the mainstem Columbia River upstream of Bonneville Dam.

Species affected: Spring chinook and steelhead.

Area: The mainstem Columbia River from the Tower Island power lines (approximately 6 miles below The Dalles Dam) upstream to Oregon/Washington border, plus the Oregon and Washington banks between Bonneville Dam and the Tower Island power lines.

Effective date: Thursday May 28 through June 15, 2015.

Daily bag limit: Daily salmonid limit is 6 fish (hatchery chinook or hatchery steelhead), of which no more than two may be adult chinook or steelhead, and no more than one may be an adult chinook. Release all wild chinook and wild steelhead. Salmon minimum size: 12 inches.

Additional regulations: Effective through June 15: When the mainstem Columbia River from the Tower Island Powerlines (located approximately 6 miles below The Dalles Dam) downstream to Bonneville Dam is open to fishing from the Washington bank for hatchery spring chinook, only hand-casted lines may be used. It is unlawful to use a floating device to set lines for salmon and steelhead.

Effective through June 15: When the mainstem Columbia River from the Tower Island power lines (approximately 6 miles below The Dalles Dam upstream to the Washington/Oregon state line is open to fishing for hatchery spring chinook, upstream of the Dalles Dam the possession limit will allow up to four adult chinook salmon in fresh form. Anglers aboard a boat may only possess one daily limit of salmon in fresh form.

Other information: Anglers are required to possess a Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement as part of their valid fishing license.

Reason for action: Harvestable numbers of hatchery salmon remain available based on the updated forecast of 260,000 fish, associated management agreements, and harvest estimates to date.

Information contact: (360) 696-6211. For latest information press *1010.

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

Crab fishing seasons set for Puget Sound - 6:18 p.m. 5/27/2015
Crab fishing seasons set for Puget Sound

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) today announced summer crab-fishing seasons for Puget Sound, starting June 1 with an early opening in Marine Area 13 south of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.

Most other areas of the Sound will open for recreational crab fishing July 2, although two areas around the San Juan Islands open later in summer to protect molting crab.

Seasons for the upcoming fishery are posted on WDFW's crab fishing website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/crab/. The website includes details on fishing regulations, as well as an educational video on crabbing.

Like last year, crabbers will have an extra month to catch their quota in Marine Area 13, said Rich Childers, shellfish policy lead for WDFW.

Recent test fisheries indicate that crab in southern Puget Sound are in hard-shell condition, allowing for an early start to the fishing season in that area, Childers said.

"Sport crabbers in that area have fallen short of reaching their catch quota in recent years, so we can afford to give them more time to fish during the upcoming season," Childers said. "Over the next couple of weeks we will continue to conduct test fisheries in Puget Sound, where we could open a few other areas to sport crabbing earlier than currently scheduled."

Crabbers should check the department's website for any announcements, Childers said.

The daily limit for crab fishers throughout Puget Sound is five Dungeness crab, males only, in hard-shell condition with a minimum carapace width of 6 inches. Fishers may catch six red rock crab of either sex per day, provided those crab measure at least 5 inches across.

Below is the current Puget Sound summer crab fishing schedule:

Marine areas 4 (Neah Bay east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line), 5 (Sekiu), 6 (eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca), 8-1 (Deception Pass to East Point), 8-2 (East Point to Possession Point), 9 (Admiralty Inlet), 10 (Seattle/Bremerton), 11 (Tacoma/Vashon) and 12 (Hood Canal) - Open July 2 through Sept. 7. Crabbing is allowed Thursdays through Mondays each week; closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Marine Area 7 South (San Juan Islands/Bellingham) - Open July 16 through Sept. 28. Crabbing is allowed Thursdays through Mondays each week; closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Marine Area 7 North (Gulf of Georgia) - Open Aug. 13 through Sept. 28. Crabbing is allowed Thursdays through Mondays each week; closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Marine Area 13 (south Puget Sound) - Open June 1 through Sept. 7. Crabbing is allowed seven days per week.
Crab fishers may not set or pull shellfish gear from a vessel from one hour after official sunset to one hour before official sunrise. All shellfish gear must be removed from the water on closed days.

Childers reminds Puget Sound crabbers that they are required to record their harvest of Dungeness crab on their catch record cards immediately after retaining crab. Separate catch record cards are issued for the summer and winter seasons.

Catch record cards are not required to fish for Dungeness crab in the Columbia River or on the Washington coast.

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

Anglers can fish for free June 6-7 - 9:23 a.m. 5/26/2015
Anglers can fish for free June 6-7

OLYMPIA - Each year, thousands of Washingtonians go fishing - legally - without a license. How? By taking advantage of 'Free Fishing Weekend,' scheduled for June 6-7.

During those two days, no license will be required to fish or gather shellfish in any waters open to fishing in Washington state. Also, no vehicle access pass or Discover Pass will be required during Free Fishing Weekend to park at any of the nearly 700 water-access sites maintained by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

Anglers will not need a Two Pole Endorsement to fish with two poles on selected waters where two pole fishing is permitted. Anglers will also not need a Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement, otherwise required to fish for salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River and its tributaries.

"Free Fishing Weekend is a great time to try fishing in Washington, whether you are new to the sport, have not taken up a rod and reel in years, or want to introduce a friend or young family member to the sport," said Chris Donley, WDFW inland fish program manager.

Anglers have been catching daily limits of trout at lakes for the past month, and many rivers will open to trout fishing June 6 throughout the state. Other options available on Free Fishing Weekend include:

Hatchery chinook salmon in Washington's ocean waters.
Lingcod on the coast and Puget Sound.
Bass, crappie, perch and other warmwater fish biting in lakes throughout eastern Washington.
Shad on the Columbia River.
Spring chinook salmon on the Columbia River.
Hatchery steelhead on the mainstem Columbia River and on rivers on the Olympic Peninsula.
For tips, new anglers should check online.

The "Fish Washington" feature at the department's homepage (http://wdfw.wa.gov ) provides details on lowland lake fishing, high lake fishing and marine area opportunities.

For those planning fishing vacations, Great Washington Getaways (http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/vacation ) is a WDFW web feature that showcases some of the state's best family travel and fishing opportunities.

And, for those who want even more fishing advice, the Fish Washington video page (http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/washington/videos/ ) provides "how to" fishing videos designed to introduce techniques to both new and seasoned anglers.

Before heading out, anglers should also check the current fishing regulations, valid through June, at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/ .

While no licenses are required on Free Fishing Weekend, other rules such as size limits, bag limits and closures will still be in effect. Anglers will also be required to complete a catch record card for any salmon or steelhead they catch.

Catch record cards are available free at hundreds of sporting goods stores and other license dealers throughout the state. See http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/vendors/ on the WDFW website to locate a license dealer.

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

Lake Sylvia to close for kids-only fishing event - 12:12 p.m. 5/21/2015
Lake Sylvia to close for kids-only fishing event

Action: Close Lake Sylvia to fishing by the public 12 hours prior to the kids-only fishing event.

Effective dates: 6 p.m. Friday, June 5, through 6 a.m. Saturday, June 6, 2015.

Location: Lake Sylvia (Grays Harbor County) Montesano, Washington

Reason for action: This rule change is necessary to ensure a safe and successful kids fish-in event. The fish will be planted the evening prior to the event to better acclimate them to the lake.

Other Information: Organizers of this event donate time, effort, and money to raise and stock trout into Lake Sylvia. The organizers also help with other fishing events in local lakes. The expected participation for this year's event is about 350 kids. Lake Sylvia is open year-round with the exception of this closure.

Information Contact: Mike Scharpf, Region 6 (360) 249-1205.

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

Hoh River to close to fishing in June and July - 9:47 a.m. 5/21/2015
Hoh River to close to fishing in June and July

Action: Close the Hoh River and South Fork Hoh River to recreational fishing.

Effective Dates: June 6 through July 31, 2015.

Species affected: All species.

Location: Hoh River and South Fork Hoh River outside of Olympic National Park boundaries.

Reason for action: The Hoh River population of spring/summer chinook has been near or below the floor of the escapement goal of 900 for this stock for the past nine years. This closure will reduce encounters and mortalities of spring chinook that occur while anglers are targeting other fish.

Other information: Though the regulations on the river have required sport anglers to release wild chinook during the summer months for several years, the stock continues to be under-escaped and additional measures are necessary to help recover the stock.

The Hoh Tribe has also proposed a fishing schedule that reduces their impacts on wild spring/summer chinook; and Olympic National Park is closing the watershed to fishing.

Information Contact: Steve Thiesfeld, (360) 249-1201; Mike Gross, (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.


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