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Salmon season closes April 4 in Marine Areas 8-1 and 8-2 - 9:11 p.m. 4/1/2016
Salmon season closes April 4 in Marine Areas 8-1 and 8-2

Action: Closes fishing for salmon in Marine Area 8-1 and 8-2.

Effective Date: April 4 through April 30, 2016.

Species affected: Salmon.

Location: Marine Areas 8-1 (Deception Pass, Hope Island, and Skagit Bay) and 8-2 (Ports Susan and Gardner) within Puget Sound.

Reason for action: Before the salmon fishing season started, WDFW and tribal co-managers agreed to a limited number (5,811) of chinook encounters (retaining or releasing fish) that anglers are allowed in Marine Areas 8-1 and 8-2 combined. Preliminary estimates indicate that anglers will reach the limit for chinook encounters by April 4. WDFW is closing salmon fishing to ensure compliance with conservation objectives and agreed-to management plans.

Other information: Salmon fishing will remain open in other areas, including marine areas 5, 9, 11, 12 and 13. Check the sport fishing rules pamphlet for details: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/

Information contact: Ryan Lothrop, (360) 902-2808

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.
Persons with disabilities who need to receive this information in an alternative format or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-902-2349), TTY (360-902-2207), or email (dolores.noyes@dfw.wa.gov). For more information, see http://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/reasonable_request.html.

Noel Johnson - Woodland WA 98674
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WDFW approves razor clam dig beginning Sunday - 9:08 p.m. 4/1/2016
WDFW approves razor clam dig beginning Sunday

OLYMPIA – State shellfish managers today approved 10 days of razor clam digging beginning Sunday on three ocean beaches.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the digs after marine toxin tests showed the clams on those beaches are safe to eat.

Diggers should be aware that the opening switches from evening to morning tides beginning April 7, said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager.

Ayres also noted that razor clam diggers age 15 or older need to have a 2016-17 fishing license to participate in the upcoming dig, since the new license year begins April 1. New licenses are available online (https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/) and from license dealers throughout the state.

The upcoming dig is scheduled on the following dates, beaches, and low tides:

April 3, Sunday, 4:13 p.m.; 0.5 feet; Long Beach
April 4, Monday, 5:04 p.m.; 0.1 feet; Long Beach
April 5, Tuesday, 5:51 p.m.; 0.0 feet; Long Beach
April 6, Wednesday, 6:36 p.m.; 0.0 feet; Long Beach

April 7, Thursday, 7:07 a.m.; -0.6 feet; Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks
April 8, Friday, 7:54 a.m.; -1.1 feet; Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks
April 9, Saturday, 8:42 a.m.; -1.3 feet; Long Beach, Copalis
April 10, Sunday, 9:32 a.m.; -1.2 feet; Long Beach, Mocrocks
April 11, Monday, 10:23 a.m.; -0.9 feet; Long Beach
April 12, Tuesday, 11:19 a.m.; -0.4 feet; Long 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.

The dig coincides with the annual Long Beach razor clam festival, scheduled April 9 and 10, Ayres said. Digging at Long Beach will be limited only to the days listed. The beach had been open daily in February and March.

“After a late start to the season, we have tried to provide as much digging as possible while still conserving our razor clam populations,” Ayres said.

WDFW delayed the razor clam season due to elevated levels of domoic acid, a natural toxin produced by certain types of marine algae. Toxin levels at Twin Harbors Beach remain above the threshold (20 parts per million) set by public health officials. The beach is closed to razor clam digging.

“Razor clams at Twin Harbors had the highest levels of domoic acid during the peak of the harmful algae bloom in 2015,” Ayres said. “It is taking longer for clams there to rid themselves of the toxin.”

It's uncertain whether Twin Harbors will open this spring for razor clam digging, Ayres said. WDFW continues to monitor toxin levels on all Washington beaches and will announce openings on the department’s razor clam webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html.

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA 98674
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State officials are proposing an 8-inch minimum-size limit for trout and landlocked salmon caught in Swift Reservoir on the upper North Fork of the Lewis River. - 9:32 a.m. 4/1/2016
State officials are proposing an 8-inch minimum-size limit for trout and landlocked salmon caught in Swift Reservoir on the upper North Fork of the Lewis River.

Currently, there is no minimum-size limit at Swift. There is a 15-inch maximum-size limit for salmon to protect adult coho and chinook released into the 4,500-acre reservoir as part of the salmon and steelhead reintroduction effort.

The 8-inch minimum size would be intended to prevent the harvest of the young salmon and steelhead that are off-spring of those transplanted adults. Those young fish move through the reservoir en route to being captured at Swift Dam and trucked downstream of Woodland for release into the Lewis.

Swift is managed under landlocked lake rules, meaning the salmon count toward the daily trout limit.

Swift opens June 4. The bag limit is five fish through Aug. 31 and 10 fish in September through November.

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA 98674
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Klineline Pond in Vancouver closes to public for Kids Fish-In - 9:15 a.m. 3/31/2016
Klineline Pond in Vancouver closes to public for Kids Fish-In

Action: Closes Klineline Pond to fishing by the public one day prior to the fishing event, as well as the two days of the event. The pond will reopen on April 10, 2016.

Effective dates:

April 07 – 12:01 a.m., entire pond closed to public fishing
April 08 – pond closed except to registered participants
April 09 – pond closed except to registered participants
April 10 – pond reopens to the public
Location: Klineline Pond is located at Salmon Creek Park, Vancouver Washington.

Reason for action: This rule change is necessary to ensure a safe and successful Kids Fish-In event. The fish will be planted one day prior to the event to better acclimate them before the event. Several thousand fish will be placed into netted areas along the shoreline of the pond. On the days of the event, pre-registered kids will be allowed to fish within these netted areas. The pond will not open to the public until April 10. Anglers will not be able to fish until the day after the event on April 10.

The reason for keeping the pond closed after the event is to ensure the safety of the public as well as the event participants while the event is shutting down and equipment and nets are being removed. There will be several hundred feet of nets that will be pulled from the shoreline area.

Other Information: The event this year will bring in over 2,500 registered kids as well as their families, friends and other members of the public.

Information Contact: Jana Gillotte, (360) 906-6705.

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
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Tanwax Lake (Pierce Co.) opens for 1-day fishing event - 5:01 p.m. 3/30/2016
Tanwax Lake (Pierce Co.) opens for 1-day fishing event

Action: Open to fishing from sunrise to sunset on April 16, 2016 to anglers participating in the project “Hero’s on the Waters NW Chapter” fishing event.

Effective Dates: April 16, 2016

Species affected: Rainbow trout

Location: Tanwax Lake (Pierce Co.)

Reason for action: To ensure a safe and successful event.

Other information: This is a one-day event hosted by the non-profit organization called “Hero’s on the Water NW Chapter.” On the day of the event, pre-registered veterans only will be permitted to fish throughout the lake from boats captained by Hero’s on the Water volunteers.

Information Contact: Tara Livingood-Schott, Fish Biologist, Region 6, Tara.Livingood@dfw.wa.gov or 360-628-4223.

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA 98674
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Rainbow Lake to close for all fishing - 4:58 p.m. 3/30/2016
Rainbow Lake to close for all fishing

Action: Rainbow Lake (Columbia Co.) will be closed to fishing.

Dates: April 11 through April 15, 2016

Species affected: Trout and other game fish.

Reason for action: Large equipment will be utilized around Rainbow Lake from April 11 to April 15 to dig test pits and take core samples for planned construction at the lake as part of the W.T. Wooten Floodplain Management Plan (http://wdfw.wa.gov/publications/01678/wdfw01678.pdf). For safety of the general public and equipment operators, WDFW will close fishing at Rainbow Lake from April 11 through April 15.

Information Contact: Jeremy Trump, District 3 Fish Biologist (509) 382-1005

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

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA 98674
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Steelhead, trout fishing to close on upper Columbia River, tributaries - 2:03 p.m. 3/29/2016
Steelhead, trout fishing to close on upper Columbia River, tributaries

Actions: Closure of steelhead and trout fishing on the upper Columbia River including the Wenatchee, Icicle, Entiat, Okanogan, and Similkameen rivers.

Species affected: Steelhead and rainbow trout.

Effective dates: One hour after official sunset on March 31, 2016.

Locations:

Mainstem Columbia River: From Rock Island Dam upstream to 400 feet below Chief Joseph Dam.

Wenatchee River: From the mouth to 400 feet below Tumwater Dam

Icicle River: From the mouth to 500 feet downstream of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Barrier Dam.

Entiat River: From the mouth to approximately 1/2 mile upstream to a point perpendicular with the intersection of the Entiat River Road and Hedding Street.

Okanogan River: From the mouth to the Hwy. 97 Bridge in Oroville.

Similkameen River: From the mouth to 400 feet below Enloe Dam.
Reason for changes: The season is closed to minimize impacts to spawning steelhead.

Information contacts: Travis Maitland, Wenatchee District 7 Fish Biologist, (509) 665-3337; Ryan Fortier, Methow-Okanogan District 6 Fish Biologist, (509) 997-0316; Jeff Korth, Region 2 Fish Program Manager, (509) 754-4624.

Fishers

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Governor signs bill to create steelhead license plate - 5:07 p.m. 3/25/2016
Governor signs bill to create steelhead license plate

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee today signed legislation that will help fund efforts to conserve wild steelhead populations in Washington through the sale of license plates featuring an image of the state’s iconic fish in the background.

Senate Bill 6200, requested by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), was supported by conservationists and fishing enthusiasts.

The department collected signatures from more than 4,000 people who expressed interest in buying steelhead specialty license plates when the plates are available next year, said Kelly Cunningham, deputy assistant director of WDFW’s Fish Program.

“This steelhead plate has generated a lot of enthusiasm from a wide variety of people,” Cunningham said. “We’re grateful to have another source of funding to help with our wild steelhead conservation efforts.”

In much of Washington, wild steelhead are listed for protection under the federal Endangered Species Act. WDFW is currently taking several actions to restore those populations to sustainable levels, including measures that guide fisheries management, hatchery operations, monitoring and habitat-restoration programs.

For more information on the steelhead license plate, visit WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/license_plates/steelhead/

Persons with disabilities who need to receive this information in an alternative format or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-902-2349), TTY (360-902-2207), or email (dolores.noyes@dfw.wa.gov). For more information, see http://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/reasonable_request.html.


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2016 halibut seasons include new measures to heed quotas - 6:33 p.m. 3/23/2016
2016 halibut seasons include new measures to heed quotas

OLYMPIA – Anglers fishing for halibut in Washington waters can expect some changes in this year’s seasons, even though the state’s annual catch quota remains the same as in 2015.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) establishes halibut seasons using catch quotas adopted by the International Pacific Halibut Commission for coastal fisheries from California to Alaska. This year’s quota for recreational halibut fisheries in Washington state is 214,110 pounds.

As in years past, the growing popularity of recreational halibut fishing will require adjustments in this year’s season, said Heather Reed, WDFW coastal policy coordinator.

“Here and elsewhere, fishery managers are working to keep pace with the growing demand on the resource,” Reed said. “Strong catch rates continue to draw anglers to this popular fishery each year.”

One result, Reed said, is that the halibut catch in Puget Sound has exceeded the area harvest quota for the past four years. In response, this year’s halibut season in Marine Areas 6-10 in central Puget Sound will be reduced to eight days from 11 days last year.

That fishery will run concurrently with the one in Marine Area 5 (Sekiu), where the season has been limited to eight days since 2013, Reed said.

The other major change this year is in Marine Areas 3 and 4 (La Push and Neah Bay), which will open May 7, May 12 and May 14, then close for a catch assessment.

“Last year, we scheduled four days of fishing before the catch assessment, but we had to cancel the fourth day on short notice, because the quota was taken sooner than ever before,” Reed said. “This year’s season is designed to avoid that situation.”

This year’s fishery in Marine Areas 3 and 4 will reopen in late May if sufficient capacity remains under the quota.

In Marine Area 1 off the mouth of the Columbia River, anglers also reached last year’s quota earlier than expected, although not until early June. That fishery is scheduled to run four days a week this year from May 1 until the quota is taken, or Sept. 30, whichever occurs first.

Anglers fishing the nearshore area of that fishery will again be allowed to retain bottomfish – such as flounder and sole – as well as halibut on days when the rest of the area is closed to halibut fishing.

“We continue to look for ways to increase fishing opportunity in the Columbia River area where the catch has been below the quota in recent years,” Reed said.

In all marine areas open to halibut fishing, there is a one-fish daily catch limit and no minimum size restriction. Anglers may possess a maximum of two fish in any form and must record their catch on a WDFW catch record card.

Anglers should check the WDFW website for complete information on recreational halibut regulations and seasons at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/creel/halibut/

2016 Puget Sound halibut seasons

Marine Area 5-10: May 7, 12, 13, 14, and May 26-29. The quota is 57,393 pounds for the season.
Marine Areas 11, 12, 13: These areas will remain closed to halibut fishing to protect threatened and endangered rockfish species.
2016 Pacific Coast halibut seasons

Marine Area 1 (Columbia River): The fishery opens May 1 and runs four days per week (Thursday-Sunday) until the subarea quota is taken, or Sept. 30, whichever occurs first. The nearshore area opens to fishing May 2 on a Monday-through-Wednesday schedule, which are the days the all-depth halibut fishery is closed. Coordinates for the nearshore fishery are available online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/creel/halibut/ The all-depth quota is 10,509 pounds; the nearshore quota is 500 pounds.
Marine Area 2 (Westport): The fishery opens May 1 and runs two days per week (Sundays and Tuesdays) for three consecutive weeks, unless the quota is reached sooner. The primary fishery is closed May 22 and 24, but could reopen May 29 or 31 if sufficient quota remains. The northern nearshore area will open May 1 and continue seven days per week until Sept. 30, or until the nearshore quota is reached. The quota for the primary fishery is 40,739 pounds; the quota for the northern nearshore fishery is 2,000 pounds.
Marine Areas 3 and 4 (La Push and Neah Bay): The fishery in both areas will open May 7 (Saturday), May 12 (Thursday) and May 14 (Saturday), as long as there is sufficient quota. Both areas will be closed May 19 and 21. If there is available quota, the fishery will re-open May 26 and/or 28. Additional days could be added (Thursdays and Saturdays), depending on the amount of quota available. The combined quota for both areas is 108,030 pounds.
Fishing regulations include depth restrictions and area closures designed to reduce encounters with yelloweye and canary rockfish, which must be released under state and federal law. Anglers are encouraged to use a descending device to release any rockfish they don’t intend to retain.

Information about descending devices can be found on WDFW’s webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/bottomfish/rockfish/mortality.html

Persons with disabilities who need to receive this information in an alternative format or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-902-2349), TTY (360-902-2207), or email (dolores.noyes@dfw.wa.gov). For more information, see http://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/reasonable_request.html.

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA 9674
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Razor clam dig OK’d at Mocrocks, more proposed at 3 beaches in April - 9:00 a.m. 3/23/2016
Razor clam dig OK’d at Mocrocks, more proposed at 3 beaches in April

OLYMPIA – Clam diggers have a green light to dig razor clams March 25-27 at Mocrocks Beach on Washington’s coast after marine toxin tests showed the clams there are safe to eat.
Another option is Long Beach, which is currently open to digging through March 31.

Both beaches have been approved for razor clam digging by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), which sets seasons for the fishery.

The dig at Mocrocks is scheduled on morning tides and ends at noon each day. The dig at Long Beach switches from evening to morning tides, as shown on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html.

Low tides during the three-day dig at Mocrocks are:

March 25, Friday, 8:31 a.m.; 0.7 feet; Mocrocks
March 26, Saturday, 9:06 a.m.; 0.6 feet; Mocrocks
March 27, Sunday, 9:42 a.m.; 0.7 feet; Mocrocks
State shellfish managers recommend that diggers hit the beach an hour or two before low tide.

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

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 also announced a list of proposed digs in April, subject to the results of additional marine toxin tests. Shellfish managers will announce a final decision on those digs about a week before they are set to begin.

Digs proposed for April 9 and 10 coincide with the Long Beach Razor Clam Festival, featuring free razor clam digging lessons and other attractions. More information on the festival is available at http://longbeachrazorclamfestival.com/.

Ayres reminds diggers that fishing licenses for the 2015-16 season expire March 31. New licenses for the season starting April 1 are available online (https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/) and from license dealers throughout the state.

Tentative Razor Clam Dates in April 2016

April 3, Sunday, 4:13 p.m.; 0.5 feet; Long Beach
April 4, Monday, 5:04 p.m.; 0.1 feet; Long Beach
April 5, Tuesday, 5:51 p.m.; 0.0 feet; Long Beach
April 6, Wednesday, 6:36 p.m.; 0.0 feet; Long Beach
April 7, Thursday, 7:07 a.m.; -0.6 feet; Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks
April 8, Friday, 7:54 a.m.; -1.1 feet; Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks
April 9, Saturday, 8:42 a.m.; -1.3 feet; Long Beach, Copalis
April 10, Sunday, 9:32 a.m.; -1.2 feet; Long Beach, Mocrocks
April 11, Monday, 10:23 a.m.; -0.9 feet; Long Beach
April 12, Tuesday, 11:19 a.m.; -0.4 feet; Long Beach

April 20, Wednesday, 6:25 a.m.; 0.6 feet; Long Beach
April 21, Thursday, 7:01 a.m.; 0.2 feet; Long Beach
April 22, Friday, 7:35 a.m.; 0.0 feet; Long Beach
April 23, Saturday, 8:08 a.m.; -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Mocrocks
April 24, Sunday, 8:42 a.m.; -0.2 feet; Long Beach
April 25, Monday, 9:18 a.m.; -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Mocrocks
April 26, Tuesday, 9:56 a.m.; -0.1 feet; Long Beach, Mocrocks
April 27, Wednesday, 10:39 a.m.; 0.1 feet; Long Beach
April 28, Thursday, 11:28 a.m.; 0.3 feet; Long Beach
Persons with disabilities who need to receive this information in an alternative format or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-902-2349), TTY (360-902-2207), or email (dolores.noyes@dfw.wa.gov). For more information, see http://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/reasonable_request.html.

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