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June 13, 2017 Recreational halibut fishing to open June 17 in the ocean and most of Puget Sound Action: Open all depth recreational halibut fishing in Marine Areas 1 (Columbia River), Marine Area 2 (Westport), Marine Area 3 (La Push), Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay) and Puget Sound (Marine Areas 5-10) on Saturday, June 17. Effective date: Saturday, June 17, 2017. Species affected: Pacific halibut Location: Marine Areas 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. Reason for action: Given the amount of halibut quota remaining and the lower than expected fishing effort in recent weeks, sufficient quota remains to open another day in the all-depth fishery in all coastal and Puget Sound marine areas on Saturday, June 17. Fishery managers expect the full Washington recreational all-depth halibut quota to be taken after Saturday, June 17, and the fishery will be closed for the remainder of the season. The Marine Area 1 nearshore area will remain open seven days per week until further notice. These rules conform to action taken by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) and the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC). Information contact: Heather Reed, (360) 902-2487. 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 - 9:47 a.m. 6/14/2017
June 13, 2017

Recreational halibut fishing to open
June 17 in the ocean and most of
Puget Sound

Action: Open all depth recreational
halibut fishing in Marine Areas 1
(Columbia River), Marine Area 2
(Westport), Marine Area 3 (La Push),
Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay) and Puget
Sound (Marine Areas 5-10) on
Saturday, June 17.

Effective date: Saturday, June 17,
2017.

Species affected: Pacific halibut

Location: Marine Areas 1, 2, 3, 4,
5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.

Reason for action: Given the amount
of halibut quota remaining and the
lower than expected fishing effort in
recent weeks, sufficient quota
remains to open another day in the
all-depth fishery in all coastal and
Puget Sound marine areas on Saturday,
June 17. Fishery managers expect the
full Washington recreational all-
depth halibut quota to be taken after
Saturday, June 17, and the fishery
will be closed for the remainder of
the season.

The Marine Area 1 nearshore area will
remain open seven days per week until
further notice.

These rules conform to action taken
by the Pacific Fishery Management
Council (PFMC) and the International
Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC).

Information contact: Heather Reed,
(360) 902-2487.

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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Middle Yakima River to open for hatchery spring chinook fishing Action: Opens the middle section of the Yakima River to fishing for hatchery spring chinook salmon. Species affected: Chinook salmon. Location: From the Interstate 82 bridge at Union Gap (river mile 107.1) to the BNSF railroad bridge approximately 600 feet downstream of Roza Dam (river mile 127.8). Dates: June 16, 2017, until further notice. Reason for action: Yakama Nation and WDFW fishery managers are still forecasting a harvestable return of 2,000 or more adult Cle Elum hatchery spring chinook to the Yakima River even though the run is extremely late this year. Other information: Daily limit of two (2) hatchery chinook. Minimum size: 12 inches. Hatchery salmon are identified by a missing adipose fin and a healed scar in the location of the missing fin. Wild salmon (adipose fin intact) must be immediately released unharmed and cannot be removed from the water prior to release. Terminal Gear: Up to two (2), single-point, barbless hooks with a hook gap from point to shank of 3/4 inch or less. Use of bait is allowed. During the salmon fishery, the "Selective Gear Rules" prohibiting use of bait and knotted nets is temporarily suspended, but only in the river section open to salmon fishing. For the duration of this salmon fishery, the upper "closed water" boundary line is moved upstream to the railroad bridge downstream of Roza Dam to provide additional opportunity to harvest hatchery chinook. Night closure in effect. Fishing for steelhead remains closed. All steelhead (rainbow trout greater than 20" in total length) must be immediately released unharmed and cannot be removed from the water prior to release. A Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement is required to participate in this fishery. The use of two (2) fishing poles is permitted during the salmon fishery provided the participating angler has purchased a "Two-Pole Endorsement" (in addition to the freshwater fishing license and Columbia River salmon/steelhead endorsement). Fishing from boats equipped with an internal combustion motor is allowed only from the I-82 bridge at Union Gap to the east-bound I-82 bridge (upstream) at Selah Gap. Boats with an internal combustion motor may be used for transportation only upstream of the Selah Gap bridge. Closed to fishing for all species 400 feet upstream from the upstream side of the Yakima Ave. /Terrace Heights Rd. bridge in Yakima, including the area adjacent and downstream of the Roza Wasteway No. 2 fish barrier rack next to Morton & Sons Inc. Information contacts: John Easterbrooks, Regional Fish Program Manager, (509) 457-9330 (Yakima) or Eric Anderson, District 8 Fish Biologist, (509) 457-9301 (Yakima). 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 - 9:45 a.m. 6/14/2017
Middle Yakima River to open for
hatchery spring chinook fishing

Action: Opens the middle section of
the Yakima River to fishing for
hatchery spring chinook salmon.

Species affected: Chinook salmon.

Location: From the Interstate 82
bridge at Union Gap (river mile
107.1) to the BNSF railroad bridge
approximately 600 feet downstream of
Roza Dam (river mile 127.8).

Dates: June 16, 2017, until further
notice.

Reason for action: Yakama Nation and
WDFW fishery managers are still
forecasting a harvestable return of
2,000 or more adult Cle Elum hatchery
spring chinook to the Yakima River
even though the run is extremely late
this year.

Other information:

Daily limit of two (2) hatchery
chinook. Minimum size: 12 inches.
Hatchery salmon are identified by a
missing adipose fin and a healed scar
in the location of the missing fin.
Wild salmon (adipose fin intact) must
be immediately released unharmed and
cannot be removed from the water
prior to release.
Terminal Gear: Up to two (2), single-
point, barbless hooks with a hook gap
from point to shank of 3/4 inch or
less. Use of bait is allowed.
During the salmon fishery, the
"Selective Gear Rules" prohibiting
use of bait and knotted nets is
temporarily suspended, but only in
the river section open to salmon
fishing.
For the duration of this salmon
fishery, the upper "closed water"
boundary line is moved upstream to
the railroad bridge downstream of
Roza Dam to provide additional
opportunity to harvest hatchery
chinook.
Night closure in effect.
Fishing for steelhead remains closed.
All steelhead (rainbow trout greater
than 20" in total length) must be
immediately released unharmed and
cannot be removed from the water
prior to release.
A Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead
Endorsement is required to
participate in this fishery.
The use of two (2) fishing poles is
permitted during the salmon fishery
provided the participating angler has
purchased a "Two-Pole Endorsement"
(in addition to the freshwater
fishing license and Columbia River
salmon/steelhead endorsement).
Fishing from boats equipped with an
internal combustion motor is allowed
only from the I-82 bridge at Union
Gap to the east-bound I-82 bridge
(upstream) at Selah Gap. Boats with
an internal combustion motor may be
used for transportation only upstream
of the Selah Gap bridge.
Closed to fishing for all species 400
feet upstream from the upstream side
of the Yakima Ave. /Terrace Heights
Rd. bridge in Yakima, including the
area adjacent and downstream of the
Roza Wasteway No. 2 fish barrier rack
next to Morton & Sons Inc.
Information contacts: John
Easterbrooks, Regional Fish Program
Manager, (509) 457-9330 (Yakima) or
Eric Anderson, District 8 Fish
Biologist, (509) 457-9301 (Yakima).

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

no fish - 9:43 a.m. 6/11/2017
woodland is deaddddddddddddddd

frank zappa - vanc
williamschester86@yahoo.com

WDFW restricts summer steelhead fishery on Columbia River due to low projections OLYMPIA The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) today announced restrictions on summer steelhead fishing in the Columbia River Basin in response to projections of the lowest returns in 37 years. Fish managers expect that about 130,700 summer-run steelhead will return to the big river this year, the lowest number since 1980. The forecast is especially weak for wild steelhead returning to the Snake River and the upper Columbia above Priest Rapids Dam. To conserve those runs, WDFW plans to reduce daily catch limits, prohibit night fishing, and close sport fishing for steelhead in some waters during months when those fish are passing through. As before, anglers may retain only those steelhead marked as hatchery fish with a clipped adipose fin and healed scar. All wild steelhead must be released. Ron Roler, a WDFW fishery manager, said the new restrictions are necessary to conserve wild steelhead protected under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) and to ensure that enough steelhead reach area hatcheries to support future fisheries. "Many of the fish returning this year were subjected to drought conditions in the Columbia Basin in 2015 and unusually warm water in the ocean through 2016," Roler said. "We saw the effects of these conditions in last year's upriver steelhead return, and this year they're even more pronounced." From June 16 through Oct. 31, emergency rules issued by WDFW will reduce the catch limit for hatchery steelhead to one fish per day and prohibit fishing at night in the following waters: Columbia River, from the Megler-Astoria Bridge to the Highway 395 Bridge in Pasco. Cowlitz River, downstream from the Lexington Drive/Sparks Road bridge. Lewis River, downstream from the confluence with the East Fork Lewis River. Wind River, downstream from Shipherd Falls. Drano Lake. White Salmon River, downstream from the county road bridge. For the month of August, new rules require anglers to release any steelhead they catch in those five tributaries and on the Columbia River from Buoy 10 to The Dalles Dam. Drano Lake will also be closed to steelhead retention from Aug. 1 through Sept. 30. Other sections of the Columbia River will be closed to steelhead fishing from: The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam in September. John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam during September and October. McNary Dam upstream to the Highway 395 Bridge in Pasco in October and November. As in the past, fishing for both salmon and steelhead will remain closed from the mouth of the Columbia River to the Megler-Astoria Bridge through July. These restrictions and other protective measures adopted for the upcoming season are described in WDFW's 2017-18 Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet, available online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/. Printed copies of the pamphlet will soon be distributed to sporting goods stores and other license vendors. Emergency fishing rules that take effect prior to July 1 are also outlined on WDFW's website at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is considering similar rules for that state's sport fisheries on the Columbia River, said Roler, adding that commercial and tribal salmon fisheries in both states will also be constrained by efforts to conserve summer steelhead this year. For example, the non-tribal commercial salmon fishery in fall will likely be restricted to six days under a harvest agreement reached during this year's North of Falcon season-setting process. Last year, that fishery extended for 13 days and has averaged 26 days per year over the past decade. Tribal fisheries will also be constrained under harvest rates established under the requirements of the ESA. "Until last year, we had some pretty good fishing seasons for summer steelhead in the Columbia River Basin," he said. "Now that ocean conditions have shifted as they do on a recurrent basis we all have to structure our fisheries accordingly." 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 - 9:34 a.m. 6/10/2017
WDFW restricts summer steelhead
fishery
on Columbia River due to low
projections

OLYMPIA The Washington Department
of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) today
announced restrictions on summer
steelhead fishing in the Columbia
River Basin in response to
projections of the lowest returns in
37 years.

Fish managers expect that about
130,700 summer-run steelhead will
return to the big river this year,
the lowest number since 1980. The
forecast is especially weak for wild
steelhead returning to the Snake
River and the upper Columbia above
Priest Rapids Dam.
To conserve those runs, WDFW plans to
reduce daily catch limits, prohibit
night fishing, and close sport
fishing for steelhead in some waters
during months when those fish are
passing through.

As before, anglers may retain only
those steelhead marked as hatchery
fish with a clipped adipose fin and
healed scar. All wild steelhead must
be released.

Ron Roler, a WDFW fishery manager,
said the new restrictions are
necessary to conserve wild steelhead
protected under the federal
Endangered Species Act (ESA) and to
ensure that enough steelhead reach
area hatcheries to support future
fisheries.

"Many of the fish returning this year
were subjected to drought conditions
in the Columbia Basin in 2015 and
unusually warm water in the ocean
through 2016," Roler said. "We saw
the effects of these conditions in
last year's upriver steelhead return,
and this year they're even more
pronounced."

From June 16 through Oct. 31,
emergency rules issued by WDFW will
reduce the catch limit for hatchery
steelhead to one fish per day and
prohibit fishing at night in the
following waters:

Columbia River, from the Megler-
Astoria Bridge to the Highway 395
Bridge in Pasco.
Cowlitz River, downstream from the
Lexington Drive/Sparks Road bridge.
Lewis River, downstream from the
confluence with the East Fork Lewis
River.
Wind River, downstream from Shipherd
Falls.
Drano Lake.
White Salmon River, downstream from
the county road bridge.

For the month of August, new rules
require anglers to release any
steelhead they catch in those five
tributaries and on the Columbia River
from Buoy 10 to The Dalles Dam. Drano
Lake will also be closed to steelhead
retention from Aug. 1 through Sept.
30.

Other sections of the Columbia River
will be closed to steelhead fishing
from:

The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day
Dam in September.

John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam
during September and October.

McNary Dam upstream to the Highway
395 Bridge in Pasco in October and
November.

As in the past, fishing for both
salmon and steelhead will remain
closed from the mouth of the Columbia
River to the Megler-Astoria Bridge
through July. These restrictions and
other protective measures adopted for
the upcoming season are described in
WDFW's 2017-18 Sport Fishing Rules
pamphlet, available online at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulation
s/. Printed copies of the pamphlet
will soon be distributed to sporting
goods stores and other license
vendors.

Emergency fishing rules that take
effect prior to July 1 are also
outlined on WDFW's website at
https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/ef
ishrules/.

The Oregon Department of Fish and
Wildlife is considering similar rules
for that state's sport fisheries on
the Columbia River, said Roler,
adding that commercial and tribal
salmon fisheries in both states will
also be constrained by efforts to
conserve summer steelhead this year.

For example, the non-tribal
commercial salmon fishery in fall
will likely be restricted to six days
under a harvest agreement reached
during this year's North of Falcon
season-setting process. Last year,
that fishery extended for 13 days and
has averaged 26 days per year over
the past decade.

Tribal fisheries will also be
constrained under harvest rates
established under the requirements of
the ESA.

"Until last year, we had some pretty
good fishing seasons for summer
steelhead in the Columbia River
Basin," he said. "Now that ocean
conditions have shifted as they do
on a recurrent basis we all have to
structure our fisheries accordingly."

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

State shellfish managers set Puget Sound crab seasons OLYMPIA The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) today announced summer crab-fishing seasons for areas of Puget Sound, starting June 16 with an opening in three marine areas. Sport crab fishing gets underway Friday, June 16, in marine areas 4 (Neah Bay East of the Tatoosh-Bonilla line), 5 (Sekiu) and 11 (Tacoma/Vashon Island), while Hood Canal opens June 24. Most other areas of the Sound will open for recreational crab fishing July 1, although two areas around the San Juan Islands open later in the 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. Bob Sizemore, shellfish policy lead for WDFW, said recent test fisheries indicate that Dungeness crab remain abundant throughout most of Puget Sound. "We are monitoring crab abundance and structuring fisheries in each region to maintain healthy populations," Sizemore said. "Crabbing should be good from opening day all the way through the end of the summer season, although much of the catch south of Seattle this year will be red rock crab." The daily limit 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. In all areas of Puget Sound, recreational crabbing is scheduled Thursdays through Mondays each week (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays) during the following periods: Marine areas 4 (Neah Bay east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line), 5 (Sekiu) and 11 (Tacoma/Vashon): Open June 16 through Sept. 4. Marine Area 12 (Hood Canal) and the portion of Marine Area 9 in Hood Canal south of a line from Olele Point to Foulweather Bluff: Open June 24 through Sept. 4. Marine areas 6 (East Juan de Fuca Strait), 8-1 (Deception Pass), 8-2 (Port Susan/Everett), the remainder of 9 (Admiralty Inlet), 10 (Seattle/Bremerton) and 13 (south Puget Sound): Open July 1 through Sept. 4. Marine Area 7 South (San Juan Islands/Bellingham): Open July 15 through Sept. 30. Marine Area 7 North (Gulf of Georgia): Open Aug. 17 through Sept. 30. 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. Sizemore 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. 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 - 9:32 a.m. 6/10/2017
State shellfish managers set Puget
Sound crab seasons

OLYMPIA The Washington Department
of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) today
announced summer crab-fishing seasons
for areas of Puget Sound, starting
June 16 with an opening in three
marine areas.

Sport crab fishing gets underway
Friday, June 16, in marine areas 4
(Neah Bay East of the Tatoosh-
Bonilla line), 5 (Sekiu) and 11
(Tacoma/Vashon Island), while Hood
Canal opens June 24. Most other areas
of the Sound will open for
recreational crab fishing July 1,
although two areas around the San
Juan Islands open later in the 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.

Bob Sizemore, shellfish policy lead
for WDFW, said recent test fisheries
indicate that Dungeness crab remain
abundant throughout most of Puget
Sound.

"We are monitoring crab abundance and
structuring fisheries in each region
to maintain healthy populations,"
Sizemore said. "Crabbing should be
good from opening day all the way
through the end of the summer season,
although much of the catch south of
Seattle this year will be red rock
crab."

The daily limit 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.

In all areas of Puget Sound,
recreational crabbing is scheduled
Thursdays through Mondays each week
(closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays)
during the following periods:

Marine areas 4 (Neah Bay east of the
Bonilla-Tatoosh line), 5 (Sekiu) and
11 (Tacoma/Vashon): Open June 16
through Sept. 4.
Marine Area 12 (Hood Canal) and the
portion of Marine Area 9 in Hood
Canal south of a line from Olele
Point to Foulweather Bluff: Open
June 24 through Sept. 4.
Marine areas 6 (East Juan de Fuca
Strait), 8-1 (Deception Pass), 8-2
(Port Susan/Everett), the remainder
of 9 (Admiralty Inlet), 10
(Seattle/Bremerton) and 13 (south
Puget Sound): Open July 1 through
Sept. 4.
Marine Area 7 South (San Juan
Islands/Bellingham): Open July 15
through Sept. 30.
Marine Area 7 North (Gulf of
Georgia): Open Aug. 17 through Sept.
30.
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.

Sizemore 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.

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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WDFW rescinds selective gear rules on the Skagit River Action: Rescinds the selective gear requirement scheduled to be in place during the first five days (June 11-15) of the Skagit River sockeye fishery. Bait may be used throughout the sockeye fishery scheduled June 11 through July 15. Effective dates: June 11 through June 15, 2017. Species affected: Sockeye salmon. Location: SKAGIT RIVER (Skagit County) from Hwy. 536 at Mt. Vernon (Memorial Hwy. Bridge) to the mouth of Gilligan Creek. Daily limit: 3 sockeye salmon only. Reason for action: This action is required to provide consistency in gear rules for the duration of the sockeye fishery. Other information: Night closure is in effect. Bait may be used. The season may close earlier if the guideline is attained. The sockeye fishery, along with other fisheries on the Skagit River, are tentatively scheduled to close June 28, 29, July 6, 7, and 11 to avoid gear conflicts with tribal fisheries scheduled those dates. Those dates may change as catches and river conditions change. For updates, anglers should check the emergency rule webpage at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/ The sockeye fishery at Baker Lake will open on July 8 with a 4-fish daily limit. Please refer to the Baker sockeye webpage located at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/salmon/sockeye/baker_river.html for further information on seasons, fishing rule updates and fish counts. Information contact: Mill Creek Regional Office, (425) 775-1311. 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 - 9:29 a.m. 6/10/2017
WDFW rescinds selective gear rules on
the Skagit River

Action: Rescinds the selective gear
requirement scheduled to be in place
during the first five days (June 11-
15) of the Skagit River sockeye
fishery. Bait may be used throughout
the sockeye fishery scheduled June 11
through July 15.

Effective dates: June 11 through June
15, 2017.

Species affected: Sockeye salmon.

Location: SKAGIT RIVER (Skagit
County) from Hwy. 536 at Mt. Vernon
(Memorial Hwy. Bridge) to the mouth
of Gilligan Creek.

Daily limit: 3 sockeye salmon only.

Reason for action: This action is
required to provide consistency in
gear rules for the duration of the
sockeye fishery.

Other information: Night closure is
in effect. Bait may be used. The
season may close earlier if the
guideline is attained.

The sockeye fishery, along with other
fisheries on the Skagit River, are
tentatively scheduled to close June
28, 29, July 6, 7, and 11 to avoid
gear conflicts with tribal fisheries
scheduled those dates. Those dates
may change as catches and river
conditions change. For updates,
anglers should check the emergency
rule webpage at
https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/ef
ishrules/

The sockeye fishery at Baker Lake
will open on July 8 with a 4-fish
daily limit. Please refer to the
Baker sockeye webpage located at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/salmon/soc
keye/baker_river.html for further
information on seasons, fishing rule
updates and fish counts.

Information contact: Mill Creek
Regional Office, (425) 775-1311.

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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New Fishing Pamphlet: The Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for 2017-18 will be available online and at license vendors around the state starting in late June. As always, WDFW will post changes to those rules on the Emergency Rules webpage. Free Fishing Weekend: June 10-11 no license is required to fish in any waters open to fishing statewide. No vehicle access pass (which comes with a fishing license) or Discover Pass will be required during Free Fishing Weekend to park at any of the nearly 700 water-access sites maintained by WDFW. This is a great time for experienced anglers to introduce friends or family to this great outdoor activity, or for those who used to fish to get back into the sport. All fishing regulations still apply during Free Fishing Weekend, so be sure to read the Washington Sport Fishing Rules. Columbia River salmon: The summer salmon season begins June 16 as hefty upriver summer chinook salmon and sockeye salmon begin moving into the Columbia River in increasing numbers. Known as "June hogs," summer chinook can weigh 40 pounds or more, providing plenty of action for anglers throughout the river. Sockeye salmon are also great on the grill, but can be challenging to catch. The fishery for both species runs through July 31 on the mainstem Columbia River from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to the Hwy. 395 Bridge in Pasco. According to the preseason forecast, approximately 63,100 summer chinook salmon will return to the Columbia River this year, down about one-third from 2016. Sockeye are also expected to return in lower numbers than last year (the fifth highest on record), but will still provide some good fishing opportunities. Shad, which can be taken without limits during the summer fishery, are crossing Bonneville Dam in larger numbers after a slow start in May. Anglers can take a total of six salmonids, including two adult hatchery chinook, two adult sockeye, or one of each. Barbless hooks are required, and anglers must release any summer chinook with an intact adipose fin. Summer steelhead restrictions: Hatchery steelhead also count toward daily salmonid limits, but fishery managers have proposed new restrictions on those runs due to poor returns anticipated this year. Washington and Oregon expect to announce new rules for summer steelhead fisheries prior to the June 16 opening. Those rules will be described here, in a news release, and on WDFW's emergency fishing rule webpage. Fishing the tributaries: Although returns of both spring chinook salmon and summer-run steelhead may be down this year, anglers still have a good chance to catch both species in tributaries flowing into the Columbia Rivers. The Cowlitz and Kalama rivers are a good bet for springers below Bonneville Dam. The Lewis River also opens for spring chinook June 1 from the mouth upstream to the overhead powerlines below Merwin Dam. The limit there is one hatchery adult chinook per day. As the spring chinook run winds down, summer-run steelhead will arrive to pick up the slack on the Cowlitz, Kalama, Lewis, and Washougal rivers in June. Above the dam, the spotlight will be on Drano Lake and the Wind and Klickitat rivers. As on the mainstem Columbia, watch for emergency rules affecting the steelhead fishery. Sturgeon: Starting June 5, anglers can catch and keep white sturgeon in the lower Columbia River for the first time in three years, thanks to the growing population of legal-size sturgeon below Bonneville Dam. The fishery will be open for six days from the mouth of the river to the Wauna power lines (downstream from Longview) on the following schedule: Monday, June 5; Wednesday, June 7; Saturday, June 10 Monday, June 12; Wednesday, June 14; Saturday, June 17 Anglers will not be allowed to retain sturgeon after 2 p.m. on any of those days. Anglers will have a daily limit of one fish measuring 44 to 50 inches from its snout to the fork in its tail. An annual limit of two white sturgeon, regardless of where they are caught, will also be in effect. In a separate action, both states also approved a one-day sturgeon fishery for Saturday, June 10 in the Bonneville Pool, where 229 fish are available for harvest under current harvest guidelines. The legal size limit for that fishery is 38 to 54 inches. Trout: Anglers looking to catch trout should check the region's trout stocking schedule for good spots to go in June. Klineline Pond, Rowland Lake and Spearfish Lake are some of the waters scheduled to receive fish this month. Swift Reservoir in Skamania County opens June 3 and fishing should be very good. WDFW is planting 45,000 catchable-size rainbow trout for the June opener, but anglers are required to release any wild steelhead and bull trout they intercept. An additional 2,500 extra catchable rainbows are also being planted for June into the Swift Power Canal, which is currently open. Kokanee are biting at both Merwin sand Yale reservoirs on the Lewis. Access to the high lakes in Southwest Washington is slowly opening as the snow pack receeds. Goose Lake in Skamania County will be planted soon with thousands of catchable-size rainbow, cutthroat and brown trout. Excellent fishing should be available both shore and boat anglers. Due to a road washout this past winter, Canyon Creek out of Chelatchie is not being planted this year. The catchable rainbow trout planned for the creek will instead be planted into some other lakes in the region. Don't forget: Although "opening day" of the lowland lakes season has come and gone, WDFW's fishing derby goes on. Anglers who catch tagged fish in more than 20 lakes throughout the region can claim prizes ranging from fishing gear to gift cards offered by license dealers around the state. For more information on WDFW's 2017 fishing derby, see the department's website. Merwin Special Kids Day: Children with disabilities will have a chance to reel in some big trout during a special fishing event July 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Merwin Fish Hatchery, east of Woodland. Sponsors of this year's event will be pre-registering participants through June 30 at 1-800-899-4421. Prior to the event, WDFW will plant the wheelchair-accessible hatchery waters with up to 3,000 trout ranging in size from one to four pounds. Volunteers will then serve as one-on-one fishing coaches, assisting youngsters throughout the day. The event is sponsored by WDFW and Pacific Power. For more information call (360) 225-4391. - 9:19 a.m. 6/2/2017
New Fishing Pamphlet: The Sport
Fishing Rules pamphlet for 2017-18
will be available online and at
license vendors around the state
starting in late June. As always,
WDFW will post changes to those rules
on the Emergency Rules webpage.

Free Fishing Weekend: June 10-11 no
license is required to fish in any
waters open to fishing statewide. No
vehicle access pass (which comes with
a fishing license) or Discover Pass
will be required during Free Fishing
Weekend to park at any of the nearly
700 water-access sites maintained by
WDFW. This is a great time for
experienced anglers to introduce
friends or family to this great
outdoor activity, or for those who
used to fish to get back into the
sport. All fishing regulations still
apply during Free Fishing Weekend, so
be sure to read the Washington Sport
Fishing Rules.

Columbia River salmon: The summer
salmon season begins June 16 as hefty
upriver summer chinook salmon and
sockeye salmon begin moving into the
Columbia River in increasing numbers.
Known as "June hogs," summer chinook
can weigh 40 pounds or more,
providing plenty of action for
anglers throughout the river. Sockeye
salmon are also great on the grill,
but can be challenging to catch.

The fishery for both species runs
through July 31 on the mainstem
Columbia River from the Astoria-
Megler Bridge upstream to the Hwy.
395 Bridge in Pasco.

According to the preseason forecast,
approximately 63,100 summer chinook
salmon will return to the Columbia
River this year, down about one-third
from 2016. Sockeye are also expected
to return in lower numbers than last
year (the fifth highest on record),
but will still provide some good
fishing opportunities. Shad, which
can be taken without limits during
the summer fishery, are crossing
Bonneville Dam in larger numbers
after a slow start in May.

Anglers can take a total of six
salmonids, including two adult
hatchery chinook, two adult sockeye,
or one of each. Barbless hooks are
required, and anglers must release
any summer chinook with an intact
adipose fin.

Summer steelhead restrictions:
Hatchery steelhead also count toward
daily salmonid limits, but fishery
managers have proposed new
restrictions on those runs due to
poor returns anticipated this year.
Washington and Oregon expect to
announce new rules for summer
steelhead fisheries prior to the June
16 opening. Those rules will be
described here, in a news release,
and on WDFW's emergency fishing rule
webpage.
Fishing the tributaries: Although
returns of both spring chinook salmon
and summer-run steelhead may be down
this year, anglers still have a good
chance to catch both species in
tributaries flowing into the Columbia
Rivers.

The Cowlitz and Kalama rivers are a
good bet for springers below
Bonneville Dam. The Lewis River also
opens for spring chinook June 1 from
the mouth upstream to the overhead
powerlines below Merwin Dam. The
limit there is one hatchery adult
chinook per day.

As the spring chinook run winds down,
summer-run steelhead will arrive to
pick up the slack on the Cowlitz,
Kalama, Lewis, and Washougal rivers
in June. Above the dam, the spotlight
will be on Drano Lake and the Wind
and Klickitat rivers. As on the
mainstem Columbia, watch for
emergency rules affecting the
steelhead fishery.

Sturgeon: Starting June 5, anglers
can catch and keep white sturgeon in
the lower Columbia River for the
first time in three years, thanks to
the growing population of legal-size
sturgeon below Bonneville Dam. The
fishery will be open for six days
from the mouth of the river to the
Wauna power lines (downstream from
Longview) on the following schedule:

Monday, June 5; Wednesday, June 7;
Saturday, June 10
Monday, June 12; Wednesday, June 14;
Saturday, June 17
Anglers will not be allowed to retain
sturgeon after 2 p.m. on any of those
days.

Anglers will have a daily limit of
one fish measuring 44 to 50 inches
from its snout to the fork in its
tail. An annual limit of two white
sturgeon, regardless of where they
are caught, will also be in effect.

In a separate action, both states
also approved a one-day sturgeon
fishery for Saturday, June 10 in the
Bonneville Pool, where 229 fish are
available for harvest under current
harvest guidelines. The legal size
limit for that fishery is 38 to 54
inches.

Trout: Anglers looking to catch trout
should check the region's trout
stocking schedule for good spots to
go in June. Klineline Pond, Rowland
Lake and Spearfish Lake are some of
the waters scheduled to receive fish
this month.

Swift Reservoir in Skamania County
opens June 3 and fishing should be
very good. WDFW is planting 45,000
catchable-size rainbow trout for the
June opener, but anglers are required
to release any wild steelhead and
bull trout they intercept. An
additional 2,500 extra catchable
rainbows are also being planted for
June into the Swift Power Canal,
which is currently open.

Kokanee are biting at both Merwin
sand Yale reservoirs on the Lewis.

Access to the high lakes in Southwest
Washington is slowly opening as the
snow pack receeds. Goose Lake in
Skamania County will be planted soon
with thousands of catchable-size
rainbow, cutthroat and brown trout.
Excellent fishing should be available
both shore and boat anglers. Due to a
road washout this past winter, Canyon
Creek out of Chelatchie is not being
planted this year. The catchable
rainbow trout planned for the creek
will instead be planted into some
other lakes in the region.

Don't forget: Although "opening day"
of the lowland lakes season has come
and gone, WDFW's fishing derby goes
on. Anglers who catch tagged fish in
more than 20 lakes throughout the
region can claim prizes ranging
from fishing gear to gift cards
offered by license dealers around the
state. For more information on WDFW's
2017 fishing derby, see the
department's website.

Merwin Special Kids Day: Children
with disabilities will have a chance
to reel in some big trout during a
special fishing event July 8 from 9
a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Merwin Fish
Hatchery, east of Woodland. Sponsors
of this year's event will be pre-
registering participants through June
30 at 1-800-899-4421.

Prior to the event, WDFW will plant
the wheelchair-accessible hatchery
waters with up to 3,000 trout ranging
in size from one to four pounds.
Volunteers will then serve as one-on-
one fishing coaches, assisting
youngsters throughout the day. The
event is sponsored by WDFW and
Pacific Power. For more information
call (360) 225-4391.

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

Columbia River sturgeon fisheries approved below and above Bonneville OLYMPIA Starting Monday (June 5), anglers can catch and keep white sturgeon in the lower Columbia River for the first time in three years under an agreement reached today by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon. The two states approved the limited retention fishery based on surveys indicating that the number of legal-size sturgeon below Bonneville Dam has grown each year since 2014, when the fishery was closed to allow stocks to rebuild. The fishery will be open for six days from the mouth of the river to the Wauna power lines (downstream from Longview) on the following schedule: Monday, June 5; Wednesday, June 7; Saturday, June 10 Monday, June 12; Wednesday, June 14; Saturday, June 17 Anglers will not be allowed to retain sturgeon after 2 p.m. on any of those days. Anglers will have a daily limit of one fish measuring 44 to 50 inches from its snout to the fork in its tail. An annual limit of two white sturgeon, regardless of where they are caught, will also be in effect. In a separate action, both states also approved a one-day sturgeon fishery for Saturday, June 10 in the Bonneville Pool, where 229 fish are available for harvest under current harvest guidelines. The legal size limit for that fishery is 38 to 54 inches. Ron Roler, a fishery manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), said the two states are taking a "cautionary approach" to the fishery below Bonneville Dam. "We believe the sturgeon population in the lower river has increased to the point where it can support a limited fishery, without impeding future growth," Roler said. "This is a very popular fishery, and we need to take this one step at a time." Roler said the fishery managers currently estimate there are 165,600 legal-size fish in the Columbia River Bonneville Dam. The harvest guideline for the upcoming fishery is 3,000 sturgeon. In designing the fishery, the two states adopted several measures specifically aimed at controlling the catch, Roler said. Those measures include: Holding the harvest rate to 3.8 percent, compared to 14.5 percent in the years before the closure. Protecting larger-size fish by reducing the previous maximum size limit of 54 inches to a 50-inch maximum fork length. Reducing the range of legal-sized fish from 38-54 inches to 44-50 inches. For additional information about both sturgeon openings, see WDFW's Emergency Fishing Rule webpage at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/. Roler noted that the fishery will overlap with the arrival and departure of the Rose Festival fleet on June 10 and June 12. Anglers are advised that there is a Homeland Security buffer of 500 yards surrounding all naval vessels and boats are not permitted to approach within 100 yards. 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 - 9:14 a.m. 6/2/2017
Columbia River sturgeon fisheries
approved below and above Bonneville

OLYMPIA Starting Monday (June 5),
anglers can catch and keep white
sturgeon in the lower Columbia River
for the first time in three years
under an agreement reached today by
fishery managers from Washington and
Oregon.

The two states approved the limited
retention fishery based on surveys
indicating that the number of legal-
size sturgeon below Bonneville Dam
has grown each year since 2014, when
the fishery was closed to allow
stocks to rebuild.

The fishery will be open for six days
from the mouth of the river to the
Wauna power lines (downstream from
Longview) on the following schedule:

Monday, June 5; Wednesday, June 7;
Saturday, June 10
Monday, June 12; Wednesday, June 14;
Saturday, June 17
Anglers will not be allowed to retain
sturgeon after 2 p.m. on any of those
days.

Anglers will have a daily limit of
one fish measuring 44 to 50 inches
from its snout to the fork in its
tail. An annual limit of two white
sturgeon, regardless of where they
are caught, will also be in effect.

In a separate action, both states
also approved a one-day sturgeon
fishery for Saturday, June 10 in the
Bonneville Pool, where 229 fish are
available for harvest under current
harvest guidelines. The legal size
limit for that fishery is 38 to 54
inches.

Ron Roler, a fishery manager for the
Washington Department of Fish and
Wildlife (WDFW), said the two states
are taking a "cautionary approach" to
the fishery below Bonneville Dam.

"We believe the sturgeon population
in the lower river has increased to
the point where it can support a
limited fishery, without impeding
future growth," Roler said. "This is
a very popular fishery, and we need
to take this one step at a time."

Roler said the fishery managers
currently estimate there are 165,600
legal-size fish in the Columbia River
Bonneville Dam. The harvest guideline
for the upcoming fishery is 3,000
sturgeon.

In designing the fishery, the two
states adopted several measures
specifically aimed at controlling the
catch, Roler said. Those measures
include:

Holding the harvest rate to 3.8
percent, compared to 14.5 percent in
the years before the closure.
Protecting larger-size fish by
reducing the previous maximum size
limit of 54 inches to a 50-inch
maximum fork length.
Reducing the range of legal-sized
fish from 38-54 inches to 44-50
inches.
For additional information about both
sturgeon openings, see WDFW's
Emergency Fishing Rule webpage at
https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/ef
ishrules/.

Roler noted that the fishery will
overlap with the arrival and
departure of the Rose Festival fleet
on June 10 and June 12. Anglers are
advised that there is a Homeland
Security buffer of 500 yards
surrounding all naval vessels and
boats are not permitted to approach
within 100 yards.

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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May 30, 2017 Spring chinook fishing reopens on the Lewis River Action: Lewis River, anglers are allowed a daily limit of one hatchery adult chinook. Effective date and locations: June 1, 2017 through July 31, 2017 on the Lewis River from the mouth upstream to the overhead powerlines below Merwin Dam. Species affected: Chinook salmon. Reason for action: Escapement goals for the hatchery have been met. Other information: Daily limit 6 hatchery chinook of which only 1 may be an adult. Minimum size 12 inches. All other permanent rules apply. In addition to hatchery needs and providing a sport fishery, adult hatchery chinook will be trucked upstream above Swift Reservoir for reintroduction efforts. Information contact: (360) 696-6211. For latest information press *1010. Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing regulations are subject to change. Call the WDFW Fishing Hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules or check the WDFW webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fish/regs/fishregs.htm for details on fishing seasons and regulations. For the Shellfish Rule Change Hotline call (360) 796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431. 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 - 9:26 a.m. 5/31/2017
May 30, 2017

Spring chinook fishing reopens on the
Lewis River

Action: Lewis River, anglers are
allowed a daily limit of one hatchery
adult chinook.

Effective date and locations: June 1,
2017 through July 31, 2017 on the
Lewis River from the mouth upstream
to the overhead powerlines below
Merwin Dam.

Species affected: Chinook salmon.

Reason for action: Escapement goals
for the hatchery have been met.

Other information: Daily limit 6
hatchery chinook of which only 1 may
be an adult. Minimum size 12 inches.
All other permanent rules apply.

In addition to hatchery needs and
providing a sport fishery, adult
hatchery chinook will be trucked
upstream above Swift Reservoir for
reintroduction efforts.

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

Fishers must have a current
Washington fishing license. Check
the WDFW "Fishing in Washington"
rules pamphlet for details on fishing
seasons and regulations. Fishing
regulations are subject to change.
Call the WDFW Fishing Hotline for the
latest rule information at (360) 902-
2500, press 2 for recreational rules
or check the WDFW webpage at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/fish/regs/fishregs
.htm for details on fishing seasons
and regulations. For the Shellfish
Rule Change Hotline call (360) 796-
3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

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

May 24, 2017 Lake Roosevelt to open for white sturgeon fishing Action: Open a harvest fishery for white sturgeon in Lake Roosevelt. Species affected: White sturgeon. Locations and effective dates: Lake Roosevelt. From Grand Coulee Dam to China Bend Boat Ramp (including the Spokane River from Highway 25 Bridge upstream to 400' below Little Falls Dam, Colville River upstream to Meyers Falls and the Kettle River upstream to Barstow Bridge). Open 7 days per week beginning May 27 through Sept. 17, 2017. From China Bend Boat Ramp upstream to the Canadian Border (white sturgeon spawning sanctuary). Open seven days per week beginning Aug.1 through Sept. 17, 2017. Fishery Rules: Daily limit 1 sturgeon. Annual limit 2 sturgeon. It is legal to retain sturgeon between 38 inches and 63 inches fork length. Fork length is measured from the tip of the snout to middle of the fork in the caudal fin (tail). All harvested sturgeon must be recorded on a Catch Record Card (Catch Code 549). Two-pole fishing is allowed. Closed to night fishing. All other statewide rules for white sturgeon must be observed, including the use of barbless hooks. Anglers are asked to use heavy gear (50 lb test mainline and leader, at minimum) and use 14/0 hooks or smaller (approximately 2 inches or less from point to shank) to help ensure anglers hook and land sturgeon effectively. WDFW recommends that any fish that will not be legally retained should not be removed from the water prior to release. Reason for action: Fishery managers in Washington state and British Columbia began sturgeon hatchery programs in the early 2000s in response to a decades-long decline in the white sturgeon population in Lake Roosevelt. Survival rates for those hatchery-produced juvenile sturgeon is much higher than was anticipated. As a result, there is a surplus of approximately that are available for harvest from Lake Roosevelt. Other information: The Lake Roosevelt co-managers (WDFW, Spokane Tribe and the Colville Confederated Tribes) will all be conducting sturgeon fisheries. The co-managers have negotiated a catch share agreement that allows each entity a guaranteed portion of the sturgeon harvest. Non-tribal licensed anglers will have the opportunity to harvest up to 10,250 sturgeon over the next 10 years. Anglers are reminded that fishery dates, times, slot limits, daily limits and annual limits may be adjusted over the next decade to ensure a sustainable population of sturgeon is maintained in Lake Roosevelt and that equitable access to the negotiated catch share amongst the three co-managers is achieved. Information Contact: For more information, contact Chris Donley, WDFW Region 1 Fish Program Manager, (509) 892 1001 ext. 307, or Bill Baker, WDFW District 1 Fisheries Biologist, (509) 684-2362 ext. 23. Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington - 12:05 p.m. 5/24/2017
May 24, 2017

Lake Roosevelt to open for white
sturgeon fishing

Action: Open a harvest fishery for
white sturgeon in Lake Roosevelt.

Species affected: White sturgeon.

Locations and effective dates: Lake
Roosevelt.

From Grand Coulee Dam to China Bend
Boat Ramp (including the Spokane
River from Highway 25 Bridge upstream
to 400' below Little Falls Dam,
Colville River upstream to Meyers
Falls and the Kettle River upstream
to Barstow Bridge). Open 7 days per
week beginning May 27 through Sept.
17, 2017.
From China Bend Boat Ramp upstream to
the Canadian Border (white sturgeon
spawning sanctuary). Open seven days
per week beginning Aug.1 through
Sept. 17, 2017.
Fishery Rules: Daily limit 1
sturgeon. Annual limit 2 sturgeon. It
is legal to retain sturgeon between
38 inches and 63 inches fork length.
Fork length is measured from the tip
of the snout to middle of the fork in
the caudal fin (tail). All harvested
sturgeon must be recorded on a Catch
Record Card (Catch Code 549). Two-
pole fishing is allowed. Closed to
night fishing. All other statewide
rules for white sturgeon must be
observed, including the use of
barbless hooks.

Anglers are asked to use heavy gear
(50 lb test mainline and leader, at
minimum) and use 14/0 hooks or
smaller (approximately 2 inches or
less from point to shank) to help
ensure anglers hook and land sturgeon
effectively. WDFW recommends that any
fish that will not be legally
retained should not be removed from
the water prior to release.

Reason for action: Fishery managers
in Washington state and British
Columbia began sturgeon hatchery
programs in the early 2000s in
response to a decades-long decline in
the white sturgeon population in Lake
Roosevelt. Survival rates for those
hatchery-produced juvenile sturgeon
is much higher than was anticipated.
As a result, there is a surplus of
approximately that are available for
harvest from Lake Roosevelt.

Other information:

The Lake Roosevelt co-managers (WDFW,
Spokane Tribe and the Colville
Confederated Tribes) will all be
conducting sturgeon fisheries. The
co-managers have negotiated a catch
share agreement that allows each
entity a guaranteed portion of the
sturgeon harvest. Non-tribal licensed
anglers will have the opportunity to
harvest up to 10,250 sturgeon over
the next 10 years.
Anglers are reminded that fishery
dates, times, slot limits, daily
limits and annual limits may be
adjusted over the next decade to
ensure a sustainable population of
sturgeon is maintained in Lake
Roosevelt and that equitable access
to the negotiated catch share amongst
the three co-managers is achieved.
Information Contact: For more
information, contact Chris Donley,
WDFW Region 1 Fish Program Manager,
(509) 892 1001 ext. 307, or Bill
Baker, WDFW District 1 Fisheries
Biologist, (509) 684-2362 ext. 23.

Fishers must have a current
Washington fishing license,
appropriate to the fishery. Check the
WDFW "Fishing in Washington

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

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