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Winter Steel Report - 11:46 a.m. 12/20/2016
This site needs a report!

My buddy and his friend each caught a
winter on the NFL on the 12th. We
all then fished on the 17th, it was
extremely slow. Guess the colder
weather turned off the bite. Tight
lines!

fishsauce

WDFW tentatively schedules razor clam digs through February OLYMPIA State shellfish managers have tentatively scheduled evening razor clam digs through February on three ocean beaches. Final approval of all scheduled openings at Copalis, Mocrocks and Kalaloch beaches will depend on whether results of marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) typically announces whether a dig will go forward about a week before the opening, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the department. "We know people are anxious to make plans to go razor clamming in 2017," Ayres said. "We've planned openings for 19 days in January and February, but we can't give final approval until tests show we can open those beaches to digging." WDFW will announce next week whether a previously announced two-day opening at Copalis and Mocrocks can proceed. The proposed dig is scheduled for Dec. 30 and 31 at both beaches. More information can be found on the department's webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html Both Twin Harbors and Long Beach remain closed to razor clam digging. For the first time since 2012, Kalaloch Beach is tentatively scheduled to open on Jan. 8 and 9 for digging. Located inside Olympic National Park, the beach hasn't been open the last few years for razor clam digging due a low abundance of clams. WDFW and park officials say the population is robust enough for digs in 2017. Additional digs at Kalaloch will be announced in the coming months. The proposed razor clam digs, along with evening low tides and beaches, are listed below: Jan. 8, Sunday, 3:11 p.m.; 0.4 feet; Kalaloch Jan. 9, Monday, 4:08 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Kalaloch Jan. 13, Friday, 7:17 p.m.; -1.4 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks Jan. 14, Saturday, 7:59 p.m.; -1.0 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks Jan. 15, Sunday, 8:40 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks Jan. 27, Friday, 6:26 p.m.; -0.5 feet; Copalis Jan. 28, Saturday, 7:01 p.m.; -0.6 feet; Copalis Jan. 29, Sunday, 7:37 p.m.; -0.5 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks Jan. 30, Monday, 8:13 p.m.; -0.3 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks Jan. 31, Tuesday, 8:50 p.m.; 0.2 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks Feb. 7, Tuesday, 3:53 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks Feb. 8, Wednesday, 4:46 p.m.; -0.6 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks Feb. 9, Thursday, 5:33 p.m.; -0.9 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks Feb. 10, Friday, 6:16 p.m.; -1.0 feet; Mocrocks Feb. 11, Saturday, 6:57 p.m.; -0.8 feet; Mocrocks Feb. 12, Sunday, 7:34 p.m.; -0.5 feet; Mocrocks Feb. 24, Friday, 5:21 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks Feb. 25, Saturday, 5:58 p.m.; -0.3 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks Feb. 26, Sunday, 6:34 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks Elevated levels of domoic acid, a natural toxin produced by certain types of algae, have disrupted razor clam digs on Washington's ocean beaches over the past 18 months. Razor clams at both Twin Harbors and Long Beach exceed public health standards for marine toxins. For that reason, neither beach will open for the remainder of 2016, Ayres said. "We're continuing to monitor domoic acid levels at all our ocean beaches," Ayres said. "As soon as testing indicates the clams at Long Beach or Twin Harbors are safe to eat, we'll announce digs there." Under state law, diggers at open beaches 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 2016-17 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. More information about razor clams can be found on WDFW's webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/. - 5:38 a.m. 12/20/2016
WDFW tentatively schedules razor clam
digs through February

OLYMPIA State shellfish managers
have tentatively scheduled evening
razor clam digs through February on
three ocean beaches.

Final approval of all scheduled
openings at Copalis, Mocrocks and
Kalaloch beaches will depend on
whether results of marine toxin tests
show the clams are safe to eat. The
Washington Department of Fish and
Wildlife (WDFW) typically announces
whether a dig will go forward about
a week before the opening, said Dan
Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for
the department.

"We know people are anxious to make
plans to go razor clamming in 2017,"
Ayres said. "We've planned openings
for 19 days in January and February,
but we can't give final approval
until tests show we can open those
beaches to digging."

WDFW will announce next week whether
a previously announced two-day
opening at Copalis and Mocrocks can
proceed. The proposed dig is
scheduled for Dec. 30 and 31 at both
beaches. More information can be
found on the department's webpage at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/
razorclams/current.html

Both Twin Harbors and Long Beach
remain closed to razor clam digging.

For the first time since 2012,
Kalaloch Beach is tentatively
scheduled to open on Jan. 8 and 9
for digging. Located inside Olympic
National Park, the beach hasn't been
open the last few years for razor
clam digging due a low abundance of
clams. WDFW and park officials say
the population is robust enough for
digs in 2017. Additional digs at
Kalaloch will be announced in the
coming months.

The proposed razor clam digs, along
with evening low tides and beaches,
are listed below:

Jan. 8, Sunday, 3:11 p.m.; 0.4 feet;
Kalaloch
Jan. 9, Monday, 4:08 p.m.; -0.4 feet;
Kalaloch
Jan. 13, Friday, 7:17 p.m.; -1.4
feet; Copalis, Mocrocks
Jan. 14, Saturday, 7:59 p.m.; -1.0
feet; Copalis, Mocrocks
Jan. 15, Sunday, 8:40 p.m.; -0.4
feet; Copalis, Mocrocks
Jan. 27, Friday, 6:26 p.m.; -0.5
feet; Copalis
Jan. 28, Saturday, 7:01 p.m.; -0.6
feet; Copalis
Jan. 29, Sunday, 7:37 p.m.; -0.5
feet; Copalis, Mocrocks
Jan. 30, Monday, 8:13 p.m.; -0.3
feet; Copalis, Mocrocks
Jan. 31, Tuesday, 8:50 p.m.; 0.2
feet; Copalis, Mocrocks
Feb. 7, Tuesday, 3:53 p.m.; -0.1
feet; Copalis, Mocrocks
Feb. 8, Wednesday, 4:46 p.m.; -0.6
feet; Copalis, Mocrocks
Feb. 9, Thursday, 5:33 p.m.; -0.9
feet; Copalis, Mocrocks
Feb. 10, Friday, 6:16 p.m.; -1.0
feet; Mocrocks
Feb. 11, Saturday, 6:57 p.m.; -0.8
feet; Mocrocks
Feb. 12, Sunday, 7:34 p.m.; -0.5
feet; Mocrocks
Feb. 24, Friday, 5:21 p.m.; -0.1
feet; Copalis, Mocrocks
Feb. 25, Saturday, 5:58 p.m.; -0.3
feet; Copalis, Mocrocks
Feb. 26, Sunday, 6:34 p.m.; -0.4
feet; Copalis, Mocrocks
Elevated levels of domoic acid, a
natural toxin produced by certain
types of algae, have disrupted razor
clam digs on Washington's ocean
beaches over the past 18 months.
Razor clams at both Twin Harbors and
Long Beach exceed public health
standards for marine toxins. For that
reason, neither beach will open for
the remainder of 2016, Ayres said.

"We're continuing to monitor domoic
acid levels at all our ocean
beaches," Ayres said. "As soon as
testing indicates the clams at Long
Beach or Twin Harbors are safe to
eat, we'll announce digs there."

Under state law, diggers at open
beaches 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 2016-17 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.

More information about razor clams
can be found on WDFW's webpage at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/
razorclams/.


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

WDFW approves razor clam dig beginning Dec. 10 at Copalis and Mocrocks OLYMPIA Shellfish managers have given the OK for two days of razor clam digging at Copalis and Mocrocks beaches beginning Saturday, Dec. 10. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the opening on the two beaches after marine toxin tests confirmed the clams on those beaches are safe to eat. No digging is allowed at any beach before noon. Low tides on both days of the opening take place in the afternoon, making it possible for diggers to harvest clams in the daylight for a change, said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. "This opening is also the last chance diggers will have to fill their buckets before the Christmas holiday," Ayres said. The upcoming dig is approved on the following beaches, dates and evening low tides: Dec. 10, Saturday, 3:28 p.m.; 0.5 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks Dec. 11, Sunday, 4:21 p.m.; -0.5 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks Both Long Beach and Twin Harbors are closed to razor clam digging due to elevated levels of domoic acid. A natural toxin produced by certain types of algae, domoic acid can be harmful or even fatal if consumed in sufficient quantities. "It's disappointing that we aren't able to open Long Beach or Twin Harbors," Ayres said. "We'll continue to monitor toxin levels at all ocean beaches and hope to offer more digging opportunities in the future." Under state law, diggers at open beaches 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 2016-17 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. More information about razor clams can be found on WDFW's webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/ 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 WDFW News Release Archive at: http://wdfw.wa.gov/news/ To UNSUBSCRIBE from this mailing list: http://wdfw.wa.gov/lists/unsubscribe.html - 5:46 a.m. 12/7/2016
WDFW approves razor clam dig
beginning Dec. 10 at Copalis and
Mocrocks

OLYMPIA Shellfish managers have
given the OK for two days of razor
clam digging at Copalis and Mocrocks
beaches beginning Saturday, Dec. 10.

The Washington Department of Fish and
Wildlife (WDFW) approved the opening
on the two beaches after marine toxin
tests confirmed the clams on those
beaches are safe to eat. No digging
is allowed at any beach before noon.

Low tides on both days of the opening
take place in the afternoon, making
it possible for diggers to harvest
clams in the daylight for a change,
said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal
shellfish manager.

"This opening is also the last chance
diggers will have to fill their
buckets before the Christmas
holiday," Ayres said.

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

Dec. 10, Saturday, 3:28 p.m.; 0.5
feet; Copalis, Mocrocks
Dec. 11, Sunday, 4:21 p.m.; -0.5
feet; Copalis, Mocrocks
Both Long Beach and Twin Harbors are
closed to razor clam digging due to
elevated levels of domoic acid. A
natural toxin produced by certain
types of algae, domoic acid can be
harmful or even fatal if consumed in
sufficient quantities.

"It's disappointing that we aren't
able to open Long Beach or Twin
Harbors," Ayres said. "We'll continue
to monitor toxin levels at all ocean
beaches and hope to offer more
digging opportunities in the future."

Under state law, diggers at open
beaches 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 2016-17 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.

More information about razor clams
can be found on WDFW's webpage at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/
razorclams/

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
www.lewisriver.com

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
www.lewisriver.com

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
http://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/reas
onable_request.html.


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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

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Lucas - Vancouver wa
Williamlcollins_93@hotmail.com

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