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Variety of outdoor adventures on tap during the holiday season Despite the winter chill, Washingtonians have plenty of reasons to head outdoors during the holidays. Seasonal fisheries are underway throughout the state, waterfowl hunting is in full swing and birders are gearing up for some prime viewing opportunities. Those planning to spend time outdoors between holiday shopping can enjoy: Steelhead fishing: Fisheries for hatchery steelhead are up and running, drawing stalwart anglers to rivers on both sides of the Cascades. Goose and duck hunting: Success rates should be improving in some areas as more northern birds move into Washington. Trout fishing: Anglers continue to reel in trout at numerous lakes throughout the state. Puget Sound crabbing: Several areas of Puget Sound remain open for Dungeness crab fishing. Wildlife viewing: Audubon Society chapters around the state are preparing for the annual Christmas Bird Count, which gets going this month. For more information, visit the Audubon website at http://www.audubon.org/ For more information about fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities available this month, see the Weekender Regional Reports posted on WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/weekender/. These reports are updated throughout the month to provide current information about recreational opportunities around the state. 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. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This message has been sent to WDFW All Information Visit the Weekender Report Archive at: http://wdfw.wa.gov/weekender To UNSUBSCRIBE from this mailing list: http://wdfw.wa.gov/lists/unsubscribe.html - 3:28 p.m. 12/1/2016
Variety of outdoor adventures on tap
during the holiday season

Despite the winter chill,
Washingtonians have plenty of reasons
to head outdoors during the holidays.
Seasonal fisheries are underway
throughout the state, waterfowl
hunting is in full swing and birders
are gearing up for some prime viewing
opportunities.

Those planning to spend time outdoors
between holiday shopping can enjoy:

Steelhead fishing: Fisheries for
hatchery steelhead are up and
running, drawing stalwart anglers to
rivers on both sides of the Cascades.
Goose and duck hunting: Success rates
should be improving in some areas as
more northern birds move into
Washington.
Trout fishing: Anglers continue to
reel in trout at numerous lakes
throughout the state.
Puget Sound crabbing: Several areas
of Puget Sound remain open for
Dungeness crab fishing.
Wildlife viewing: Audubon Society
chapters around the state are
preparing for the annual Christmas
Bird Count, which gets going this
month. For more information, visit
the Audubon website at
http://www.audubon.org/
For more information about fishing,
hunting and wildlife viewing
opportunities available this month,
see the Weekender Regional Reports
posted on WDFW's website at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/weekender/. These
reports are updated throughout the
month to provide current information
about recreational opportunities
around the state.

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/reas
onable_request.html.


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Noel Johnson - Woodland
Noel@lewisriver.com
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Drayton West sport clam and oyster season to open year-round Action: The sport clam and oyster season at Drayton West (Whatcom County) will be changed to Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2017. Effective Dates: Jan. 1, 2017, until further notice. Species affected: All clams and oysters. Location: Drayton West Reason for action: Surveys by the Department of Health indicate the water quality at Drayton West is sufficient to allow a year-round opening and eliminate seasonal closures. Information Contact: Philippa Kohn, WDFW Port Townsend Office, (360) 302-3030 ext. 302. 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. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This message has been sent to the WDFW All Information mailing list. Visit the Emergency Fishing Rule Website at: https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/ To UNSUBSCRIBE from this mailing list: http://wdfw.wa.gov/lists/unsubscribe.html - 9:02 a.m. 12/1/2016
Drayton West sport clam and oyster
season to open year-round

Action: The sport clam and oyster
season at Drayton West (Whatcom
County) will be changed to Jan. 1
through Dec. 31, 2017.

Effective Dates: Jan. 1, 2017, until
further notice.

Species affected: All clams and
oysters.

Location: Drayton West

Reason for action: Surveys by the
Department of Health indicate the
water quality at Drayton West is
sufficient to allow a year-round
opening and eliminate seasonal
closures.

Information Contact: Philippa Kohn,
WDFW Port Townsend Office, (360) 302-
3030 ext. 302.

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
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Noel Johnson - Woodland
Noel@lewisriver.com
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long time to learn how - 9:41 p.m. 11/26/2016
Way back when my dad began taking me
with him for steelhead drift fishing
from shore he said repeatedly that
many new fishermen don't get their
first steelhead for up to 5 years of
effort. He was a member of northwest
steelheaders and guys joined trying
to get tips and insights about what
they were doing wrong. And the 5
years of trying without success was
not unusual to hear.

It didn't take me 5 years, but well
over a year anyway. (NF Nehalem,
before the hatchery was built. It was
called the boy scout camp then) Dad
was good, and knew where-when-how-
why. We fished NF Nehalem, Necanicum,
EF Lewis, Kalama mostly. So I
definitely had an advantage. And
there were more fish in the 60's. No
such thing as a hatchery fish then,
everything was wild.

Keep trying, your not the first guy
who has had a tough start at figuring
it out.
When you do figure it out keep it
secret. You paid the price, and why
just give it away then?

Stand in the storm, high muddy water,
catching nothing. You have to put the
time in, it just is.

alan

Fish Black Friday for big rainbow trout OLYMPIA The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is offering anglers opportunities for tight lines rather than long lines on the day after Thanksgiving. The "holiday specials" include thousands of large trout averaging 15 to 16 inches in length and weighing up to three pounds. The department is currently preparing to stock lakes in time for Black Friday, Nov. 25. In eastern Washington, hundreds of thousands of smaller trout stocked in lakes last spring should have grown to catchable size. "This is a great reason to skip the malls, avoid the stress, and enjoy a fun day on the water with family and friends," said Larry Phillips, WDFW inland fish program manager. Some of the lakes scheduled to receive fish before Black Friday include: Battle Ground Lake and Klineline Pond in Clark County Kress Lake in Cowlitz County Frank's Pond, Beebe Springs Wildlife Area, Chelan County anglers under 15 only Anderson Lake in Jefferson County limited parking, walk-in access only Fort Borst Park Pond and South Lewis County Park Pond in Lewis County American and Tanwax lakes in Pierce County Rowland Lake in Klickitat County Black, Long, and Offutt lakes in Thurston County Elton Pond North in Yakima County Many of those lakes will be closed to fishing the Monday before Thanksgiving Day until Thanksgiving Day to facilitate stocking efforts as noted in the fishing regulations: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/ On the eastside, WDFW began stocking lakes with fry plants earlier this year, which should mean hefty fish in Williams and Hatch lakes in Stevens County; Fourth of July Lake in Lincoln and Adams counties; Lake Roosevelt in Lincoln, Stevens and Ferry counties; and Hog Canyon Lake in Spokane County. Many of these eastside lakes will open Nov. 25 and remain open through March 31, 2017 as noted in the fishing regulations: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/ The Black Friday fishing opener is one of several fishing opportunities made available thanks to the department's extensive fish stocking efforts, said Phillips. In total, WDFW has been stocking Washington lakes with some 915,000 trout in preparation for the fall and winter seasons. For up-to-date stocking information this fall, anglers should follow the department on Twitter or Facebook, accessible from http://wdfw.wa.gov, or see the department's weekly catchable trout stocking report at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/ Anglers - 10:19 a.m. 11/14/2016
Fish Black Friday for big rainbow
trout

OLYMPIA The Washington Department
of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is
offering anglers opportunities for
tight lines rather than long lines on
the day after Thanksgiving.

The "holiday specials" include
thousands of large trout averaging 15
to 16 inches in length and weighing
up to three pounds.

The department is currently preparing
to stock lakes in time for Black
Friday, Nov. 25. In eastern
Washington, hundreds of thousands of
smaller trout stocked in lakes last
spring should have grown to catchable
size.

"This is a great reason to skip the
malls, avoid the stress, and enjoy a
fun day on the water with family and
friends," said Larry Phillips, WDFW
inland fish program manager.

Some of the lakes scheduled to
receive fish before Black Friday
include:

Battle Ground Lake and Klineline Pond
in Clark County
Kress Lake in Cowlitz County
Frank's Pond, Beebe Springs Wildlife
Area, Chelan County anglers under
15 only
Anderson Lake in Jefferson County
limited parking, walk-in access only
Fort Borst Park Pond and South Lewis
County Park Pond in Lewis County
American and Tanwax lakes in Pierce
County
Rowland Lake in Klickitat County
Black, Long, and Offutt lakes in
Thurston County
Elton Pond North in Yakima County
Many of those lakes will be closed to
fishing the Monday before
Thanksgiving Day until Thanksgiving
Day to facilitate stocking efforts as
noted in the fishing regulations:
http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulation
s/

On the eastside, WDFW began stocking
lakes with fry plants earlier this
year, which should mean hefty fish in
Williams and Hatch lakes in Stevens
County; Fourth of July Lake in
Lincoln and Adams counties; Lake
Roosevelt in Lincoln, Stevens and
Ferry counties; and Hog Canyon Lake
in Spokane County.

Many of these eastside lakes will
open Nov. 25 and remain open through
March 31, 2017 as noted in the
fishing regulations:
http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulation
s/

The Black Friday fishing opener is
one of several fishing opportunities
made available thanks to the
department's extensive fish stocking
efforts, said Phillips.

In total, WDFW has been stocking
Washington lakes with some 915,000
trout in preparation for the fall and
winter seasons.

For up-to-date stocking information
this fall, anglers should follow the
department on Twitter or Facebook,
accessible from http://wdfw.wa.gov,
or see the department's weekly
catchable trout stocking report at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/wee
kly/

Anglers

Noel Johnson - Woodland
Noel@lewisriver.com
www.lewisriver.com

NF Lewis today - 6:31 p.m. 11/12/2016
I agree with Alan, cant even tell you how many times I have gone out lately and not a thing, You name it, I have rigged it and tried it. Lots of time watching technique videos, and going out trying it out and seeing if it works for me. Finally today I came back into twitching, landed 5 this afternoon. 3 native, 1 silver hatch, and a big ol red buck. Felt great to have a tight line again! The addiction will continue.

ryan - vancouver, wa

fishing, not catching - 9:21 a.m. 11/12/2016
So many new fishermen think that just
because they are going out and trying
that they automatically should be
catching fish. It doesn't work that
way. Put the time in. Go 8 trips
without a bite. Catch 3 fish the next
hour. It's called fishing, not called
catching.

alan

09NOV16 - 10:54 p.m. 11/11/2016
Hi Guys! I've read all your reporting on the
steelhead and I'm impressed I'm from eastern
wa so we usually would drift the bridges and
run slip bobbers with sand shrimp to catch
em.. I've been on the Lewis twice now both
times at the North Fork I launched out of
Haapa Saturday morning and there were tons
of boats as it made me uncomfortable how
fast that current was moving plus I didn't want
to be that one new guy that's getting in all the
local boys way. So I proceeded downriver and
anchored by the bridge and quickly changed
out from a slip bobber rig to jet divers with
eggs on a 3' leader.. not a single bite.... so I
got brave again and went out on Thursday
only 1 other guy out there so I told myself
screw it im gonna try it and this time I put on a
5' leader with a jet diver while back trolling the
current with my 115 jet as it's my only motor at
the moment again not a single stroke... any
advice? Am I doing something wrong? Any
advice helps let me know if i should buy other
gear nothing to spend though I'm
Just a broke military guy haha cheers- Lucas

Sent from my iPhone

Lucas - Vancouver wa
Williamlcollins_93@hotmail.com

Swift - 9:36 a.m. 11/7/2016
Fished swift yesterday. I got out there a little
late. Fished from 12 to3. 3 rods with 2 ounces
30 to 40 ft back. 3 nice bows 13 to 14 inches.
Released 3 smaller fish. A few hits that didn't
stick. I heard the bite was better earlier.

Jerry - Woodland
Jdbro123@icloud.com

Columbia River reopens for coho, steelhead from the mouth to Pasco Action: Beginning Nov. 5, anglers may again catch and retain coho salmon and steelhead on the mainstem Columbia downstream of the Highway 395 Bridge near Pasco, Washington. Species affected: Coho and steelhead Effective dates: Nov. 5 through Dec. 31, 2016. Location: Mainstem Columbia from Buoy 10 upstream to the Highway 395 Bridge. Reason for action: Wild Snake River fall chinook salmon have cleared the Columbia River, and there are more coho and hatchery steelhead available for harvest. Fishing for salmon and steelhead has been closed since Oct. 22 in those waters to protect Snake River fall chinook, which are listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act. Additional information: The daily limit is two salmonids, only one of which may be a hatchery steelhead. The fishery will remain closed from Beacon Rock to Bonneville Dam. 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. Persons - 10:21 a.m. 11/4/2016
Columbia River reopens for coho,
steelhead from the mouth to Pasco

Action: Beginning Nov. 5, anglers may
again catch and retain coho salmon
and steelhead on the mainstem
Columbia downstream of the Highway
395 Bridge near Pasco, Washington.

Species affected: Coho and steelhead

Effective dates: Nov. 5 through Dec.
31, 2016.

Location: Mainstem Columbia from Buoy
10 upstream to the Highway 395
Bridge.

Reason for action: Wild Snake River
fall chinook salmon have cleared the
Columbia River, and there are more
coho and hatchery steelhead available
for harvest. Fishing for salmon and
steelhead has been closed since Oct.
22 in those waters to protect Snake
River fall chinook, which are listed
as threatened under the federal
Endangered Species Act.

Additional information: The daily
limit is two salmonids, only one of
which may be a hatchery steelhead.
The fishery will remain closed from
Beacon Rock to Bonneville Dam.

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.
Persons

Noel Johnson - Woodland
Noel@lewisriver.com
www.lewisriver.com

Weekender report - 11:08 a.m. 11/1/2016
Columbia River salmon/steelhead:
While downsized projections of this
year's chinook run brought an early
end to fall salmon and steelhead
fishing seasons on the mainstem
Columbia River, other options remain
in rivers and lakes throughout the
region.

Fishing for all salmon species and
steelhead is closed through the end
of the year from Buoy 10 upriver to
the Hwy 395 Bridge in Pasco. The
closure is based on an updated
forecast for fall chinook indicating
the "upriver brights" component of
run was returning at 71 percent of
the preseason forecast. That portion
of the run includes Snake River wild
chinook salmon listed for protection
under the federal Endangered Species
Act.

Under the reduced projection, non-
treaty fisheries had already reached
the impact limit on upriver bright
chinook when the fishery closed Oct.
22. Fishery managers from Washington
and Oregon agreed to also close the
recreational coho salmon and
steelhead seasons to prevent any
additional chinook mortalities that
might have occurred as the result of
incidental bycatch.

For more information, see the
Emergency Rule Change on the
Washington Department of Fish and
Wildlife's (WDFW) website.

Fishing the tributaries: Although
salmon and steelhead fishing is
closed on the mainstem Columbia
River, that's not the case for area
tributaries. And while salmon
fisheries are winding down, anglers
can look forward to the traditional
start of the winter steelhead season
on Thanksgiving Day.

"The big storm in late October really
helped to get the coho moving, and
winter steelhead are following right
behind them," said Joe Hymer, a WDFW
biologist. "A lot of anglers will be
working their favorite rivers for
both species."

The daily limit on most tributaries
is three hatchery steelhead plus
the salmon limit listed for
individual rivers in the Fishing in
Washington rules pamphlet. Only
hatchery-reared steelhead with a
clipped adipose fin may be retained,
and anglers must keep the first three
hatchery steelhead they catch.

Major destinations for hatchery-
reared steelhead include the Cowlitz,
Kalama, Lewis (including the north
fork), Washougal, Elochoman and Grays
rivers, along with Salmon Creek in
Clark County and Rock Creek in
Skamania County.

Starting Nov. 1, several other rivers
and creeks open for steelhead
fishing, including Abernathy, Coal,
Germany, Mill (Cowlitz Co.), and
Skamokawa creeks and the Coweeman
River in Cowlitz County, and Cedar
Creek in Clark County. As with the
others, the limit is three hatchery
steelhead per day. Beginning this
year, angler can also retain hatchery
salmon to help reduce the number of
strays in these streams.

WDFW's Hatchery Escapement Reports
and the 2015 Hatchery Steelhead Smolt
Stocking report can provide a good
indication of the number of fish
returning to each river. "Based on
the upriver summer run returns, we
might have a few less winter
steelhead this year, but we'll know a
lot more once they start moving into
the rivers," Hymer said.

Sturgeon fishing: Catch-and-release
fisheries are open in all areas of
the Columbia River below Priest
Rapids Dam except for the Hanford
area from the Old Hanford townsite
wooden powerlines upstream to the
Vernita Bridge. While none of those
waters are open to retention fishing,
Hymer suggests anglers give catch-
and-release fishing a try. "Sturgeon
are providing quite a bit of action
out there right now," he said.

Trout: Hatchery crews will be
stocking six lakes in southwest
Washington with thousands of large
rainbow trout in preparation for
WDFW's fifth annual "Black Friday"
fishing event on the day after
Thanksgiving. Most of those fish
weigh in at 1.25 pounds, although
some run 3 to 5 pounds each. Lakes
and ponds set to receive those fish
include Fort Borst Pond, South Lewis
County Park Pond, Kress Lake,
Klineline Pond, Battleground Lake and
Rowland Lake. These lakes will be
closed Nov. 21-24 for stocking and
reopen Nov. 25.

In addition, other waters that can be
a lot of fun depending on weather and
snow conditions are Goose Lake and
Swift Reservoir in Skamania County.
Both waters can be excellent fall
fisheries for beautiful trout. Swift
has a daily limit of 10 hatchery
trout and is open through the end of
November. Goose Lake is a drive-up
mountain lake above Carson on Forest
Service land. Anglers usually fish
from a small boat or float tube for
abundant cutthroat, rainbow, eastern
brook, and brown trout. Access to the
lake will become difficult as the
snow arrives and blocks the road.

Noel Johnson - Woodland
Noel@lewisriver.com
www.lewisriver.com

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