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Trout are biting good at Swift Reservoir. - 9:20 a.m. 10/20/2016
Trout are biting good at Swift
Reservoir.

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

Anglers limited to 1 chinook per day in Marine Area 7 Action: The daily catch limit for chinook salmon in Marine Area 7 (San Juan Islands) will be reduced to 1 fish, with a 2 salmon limit. All coho and wild chinook salmon must be released. Effective Date: Oct. 17 through Oct. 31, 2016; and Dec. 1, 2016, through April 30, 2017. Species affected: Chinook salmon. Location: Marine Area 7 within Puget Sound. Reason for action: Before the salmon fishing season started, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and tribal co-managers agreed to a limited number (10,248) of chinook encounters retaining or releasing fish anglers are allowed in Marine Area 7. The department is modifying the fishery to increase the likelihood of providing a season-long fishery and to try to stay within the agreed to number of encounters. Other information: WDFW will continue to monitor and evaluate the Marine Area 7 fishery. Information contact: Ryan Lothrop, (360) 902-2808. Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431. Persons with disabilities who need to receive this information in an alternative format or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-902-2349), TTY (360-902-2207), or email (dolores.noyes@dfw.wa.gov). For more information, see http://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/reasonable_request.html. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 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 - 5:04 p.m. 10/12/2016
Anglers limited to 1 chinook per day
in Marine Area 7

Action: The daily catch limit for
chinook salmon in Marine Area 7 (San
Juan Islands) will be reduced to 1
fish, with a 2 salmon limit. All coho
and wild chinook salmon must be
released.

Effective Date: Oct. 17 through Oct.
31, 2016; and Dec. 1, 2016, through
April 30, 2017.

Species affected: Chinook salmon.

Location: Marine Area 7 within Puget
Sound.

Reason for action: Before the salmon
fishing season started, Washington
Department of Fish and Wildlife
(WDFW) and tribal co-managers agreed
to a limited number (10,248) of
chinook encounters retaining or
releasing fish anglers are allowed
in Marine Area 7.

The department is modifying the
fishery to increase the likelihood of
providing a season-long fishery and
to try to stay within the agreed to
number of encounters.

Other information: WDFW will continue
to monitor and evaluate the Marine
Area 7 fishery.

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

Fishers must have a current
Washington fishing license,
appropriate to the fishery. Check the
WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules
pamphlet for details on fishing
seasons and regulations. Fishing
rules are subject to change. Check
the WDFW Fishing hotline for the
latest rule information at (360) 902-
2500, press 2 for recreational rules.
For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline
call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-
866-880-5431.
Persons with disabilities who need to
receive this information in an
alternative format or who need
reasonable accommodations to
participate in WDFW-sponsored public
meetings or other activities may
contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-
902-2349), TTY (360-902-2207), or
email (dolores.noyes@dfw.wa.gov). For
more information, see
http://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/reas
onable_request.html.


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

WDFW water access site at Beaver Lake (King County) to close for trout stocking OLYMPIA A public water access site owned by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) at Beaver Lake near Issaquah will temporarily close to facilitate the annual stocking of jumbo-size rainbow trout. The site, which includes a boat launch, will close at sunset Oct. 18 and reopen at sunrise on Oct. 20. However, Beaver Lake will remain open to fishing during the closure. WDFW is stocking the lake with 2,500 hatchery rainbows averaging about two pounds each. The fish are part of the educational display at WDFW's Issaquah Hatchery. The department releases trout into Beaver Lake each year to enhance recreational opportunity, said Justin Spinelli, fishery biologist for WDFW. Beaver Lake is open to fishing year-round. Internal combustion boat engines are prohibited on the lake. All anglers 15 years of age and older are required to have a valid fishing license. The daily limit for trout is five fish, only two of which can exceed 15 inches in length. For details, check the sport fishing rules pamphlet, available on WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/ Persons - 5:03 p.m. 10/12/2016
WDFW water access site at Beaver Lake
(King County) to close for trout
stocking

OLYMPIA A public water access site
owned by the Washington Department of
Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) at Beaver
Lake near Issaquah will temporarily
close to facilitate the annual
stocking of jumbo-size rainbow trout.

The site, which includes a boat
launch, will close at sunset Oct. 18
and reopen at sunrise on Oct. 20.
However, Beaver Lake will remain open
to fishing during the closure.

WDFW is stocking the lake with 2,500
hatchery rainbows averaging about two
pounds each. The fish are part of the
educational display at WDFW's
Issaquah Hatchery. The department
releases trout into Beaver Lake each
year to enhance recreational
opportunity, said Justin Spinelli,
fishery biologist for WDFW.

Beaver Lake is open to fishing year-
round. Internal combustion boat
engines are prohibited on the lake.
All anglers 15 years of age and older
are required to have a valid fishing
license. The daily limit for trout is
five fish, only two of which can
exceed 15 inches in length.

For details, check the sport fishing
rules pamphlet, available on WDFW's
website at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulation
s/

Persons

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

Muddy - 3:32 p.m. 10/11/2016
Bridge work and rain still have the
meathole muddy?

Colin

Steelhead being caught - 8:37 a.m. 10/11/2016
Steelhead are biting in the North Fork
Lewis.

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

Upper Columbia River fall chinook salmon fishery season enhancements Actions: Liberalize chinook salmon rules for the mainstem Columbia River upstream from Priest Rapids Dam. Species affected: Chinook salmon. Effective date: Oct. 12 through Nov. 30, 2016. Location: Mainstem Columbia River from Priest Rapids Dam to 400 feet below Chief Joseph Dam. General rules and daily limits: Six chinook salmon, whether or not they have a clipped adipose fin, of which only three may be adult chinook. Release coho salmon. Minimum size 12 inches. Selective gear rules, except bait allowed. Night closure upstream of Rock Island Dam. Two poles allowed with Two-Pole Endorsement. Release chinook salmon that have a inch diameter (round) hole punched in the upper lobe of the caudal (tail) fin. Reason for actions: Over 35,000 chinook primarily from the Hanford Reach fall chinook hatchery programs will likely have returned above Priest Rapids Dam, including over 9,000 above Rock Island Dam. The intent of the fishery is the removal of excess hatchery fall chinook from the Upper Columbia River Basin. The population is not listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Fall chinook salmon with caudal fin hole punches have been sedated in a chemical anesthetic, and must be released. Other information: Anglers should be aware that fishing rules are subject to change and that rivers can close at any time due to impacts on natural origin steelhead. All anglers must possess a valid fishing license and a Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement to participate in these fisheries. Revenue from the endorsement supports salmon or steelhead seasons on many rivers in the Columbia River system, including enforcing fishery regulations and monitoring the upper Columbia River steelhead fisheries. The endorsement has generated more than $1 million annually for WDFW to maintain and increase fishing opportunities throughout the Columbia River Basin. Information contacts: Travis Maitland, District 7 (Chelan) Fish Biologist, (509) 665-3337, Ryan Fortier, District 6 (Okanogan) Fish Biologist, (509) 997-0316, Jeff Korth, Region 2 Fish Program Manager, (509) 754-4624 x 224. 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 - 8:31 a.m. 10/11/2016
Upper Columbia River fall chinook
salmon fishery season enhancements

Actions: Liberalize chinook salmon
rules for the mainstem Columbia River
upstream from Priest Rapids Dam.

Species affected: Chinook salmon.

Effective date: Oct. 12 through Nov.
30, 2016.

Location: Mainstem Columbia River
from Priest Rapids Dam to 400 feet
below Chief Joseph Dam.

General rules and daily limits:

Six chinook salmon, whether or not
they have a clipped adipose fin, of
which only three may be adult
chinook. Release coho salmon.

Minimum size 12 inches.
Selective gear rules, except bait
allowed.
Night closure upstream of Rock Island
Dam.
Two poles allowed with Two-Pole
Endorsement.
Release chinook salmon that have a
inch diameter (round) hole punched in
the upper lobe of the caudal (tail)
fin.
Reason for actions: Over 35,000
chinook primarily from the Hanford
Reach fall chinook hatchery programs
will likely have returned above
Priest Rapids Dam, including over
9,000 above Rock Island Dam. The
intent of the fishery is the removal
of excess hatchery fall chinook from
the Upper Columbia River Basin. The
population is not listed under the
Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Fall chinook salmon with caudal fin
hole punches have been sedated in a
chemical anesthetic, and must be
released.

Other information: Anglers should be
aware that fishing rules are subject
to change and that rivers can close
at any time due to impacts on natural
origin steelhead.

All anglers must possess a valid
fishing license and a Columbia River
Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement to
participate in these fisheries.
Revenue from the endorsement supports
salmon or steelhead seasons on many
rivers in the Columbia River system,
including enforcing fishery
regulations and monitoring the upper
Columbia River steelhead fisheries.
The endorsement has generated more
than $1 million annually for WDFW to
maintain and increase fishing
opportunities throughout the Columbia
River Basin.

Information contacts: Travis
Maitland, District 7 (Chelan) Fish
Biologist, (509) 665-3337, Ryan
Fortier, District 6 (Okanogan) Fish
Biologist, (509) 997-0316, Jeff
Korth, Region 2 Fish Program Manager,
(509) 754-4624 x 224.

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

WDFW stocks 915,000 trout in Washington lakes OLYMPIA With tens of thousands of trout destined for Washington lakes before November, anglers should have plenty of places to enjoy great fishing this fall and through the holiday season. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will stock at least 35 Washington lakes with catchable-size trout this fall. Additionally, hundreds of thousands of smaller fry and fingerling trout will have grown to catchable size since the department stocked them this past spring. "Fishing at lakes throughout the state should be phenomenal over the next few months," said Larry Phillips, WDFW's inland fish program manager. "Most trout are 13 to 15 inches long, with a few larger ones in the mix," he said. Some of the lakes recently stocked include Island and Kitsap lakes in Kitsap County; Isabella, Island, Kokanee, Lost, Nahwatzel, and Spencer lakes in Mason County; Lake Sylvia in Grays Harbor County; and Gibbs, Teal and Leland lakes in Jefferson County. Dozens of additional lakes will be stocked throughout the state in October and November providing fishing opportunities into the new year. The complete list of lakes to be stocked, and the department's recently updated stocking plan are available for viewing at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/fall-into-fishing/ The fall fish plants are in response to anglers' requests to increase fall and winter trout fishing opportunities, said Phillips. The effort also includes stocking lakes across the state for the Nov. 25 Black Friday opener, which offers anglers the opportunity to skip the shopping malls, get outside and enjoy fishing on the day after Thanksgiving. 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 must have a current Washington freshwater fishing license valid through March 31, 2017, to participate. Licenses can be purchased by telephone at 1-866-246-9453; or at hundreds of license vendors across the state. For details on license vendor locations, visit the WDFW website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/vendors/ 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- - 8:30 a.m. 10/11/2016
WDFW stocks 915,000 trout in
Washington lakes

OLYMPIA With tens of thousands of
trout destined for Washington lakes
before November, anglers should have
plenty of places to enjoy great
fishing this fall and through the
holiday season.

The Washington Department of Fish and
Wildlife (WDFW) will stock at least
35 Washington lakes with catchable-
size trout this fall. Additionally,
hundreds of thousands of smaller fry
and fingerling trout will have grown
to catchable size since the
department stocked them this past
spring.

"Fishing at lakes throughout the
state should be phenomenal over the
next few months," said Larry
Phillips, WDFW's inland fish program
manager. "Most trout are 13 to 15
inches long, with a few larger ones
in the mix," he said.

Some of the lakes recently stocked
include Island and Kitsap lakes in
Kitsap County; Isabella, Island,
Kokanee, Lost, Nahwatzel, and Spencer
lakes in Mason County; Lake Sylvia in
Grays Harbor County; and Gibbs, Teal
and Leland lakes in Jefferson County.
Dozens of additional lakes will be
stocked throughout the state in
October and November providing
fishing opportunities into the new
year.

The complete list of lakes to be
stocked, and the department's
recently updated stocking plan are
available for viewing at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/fall-into-
fishing/

The fall fish plants are in response
to anglers' requests to increase fall
and winter trout fishing
opportunities, said Phillips.

The effort also includes stocking
lakes across the state for the Nov.
25 Black Friday opener, which offers
anglers the opportunity to skip the
shopping malls, get outside and enjoy
fishing on the day after
Thanksgiving.

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 must have a current
Washington freshwater fishing license
valid through March 31, 2017, to
participate.

Licenses can be purchased by
telephone at 1-866-246-9453; or at
hundreds of license vendors across
the state. For details on license
vendor locations, visit the WDFW
website at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/vendors/


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-

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

Commission takes steps to protect wild redband trout in Lake Roosevelt OLYMPIA The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission today took action to further protect redband rainbow trout at Lake Roosevelt, a Columbia River reservoir in northeast Washington. The commission voted to change the daily catch limit on trout at Lake Roosevelt and extend a closure in a section of the Sanpoil River during a trout spawning period. Redband trout are a subspecies of rainbow trout found in the Columbia River and its tributaries. The modifications were approved during a conference call held by the commission, a citizen panel appointed by the governor to set policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). The changes do not take effect until later this year. Anglers should check the department's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/ for details in December. Previously, anglers fishing Lake Roosevelt could keep five trout (hatchery or wild) per day, including two fish 20 inches or larger in size. The commission voted to keep the five-trout daily limit at Lake Roosevelt in the area from Grand Coulee Dam to the Little Dalles power line crossing, but anglers fishing there will be allowed to retain only hatchery trout (adipose-fin-clipped trout). Anglers fishing that area will be required to release all wild trout. In addition, anglers fishing from the Little Dalles power line crossing to the Canadian Border will have a daily limit of two trout (hatchery or wild fish) that are 18 inches or larger. Commissioners also voted to extend the closure of the Sanpoil River arm of the reservoir, where redband rainbow trout stage to make their upriver spawning run. The arm will open to fishing June 1, two months later than the area has typically opened. In other action, the commission voted to re-open fishing in tributaries in upper Lake Roosevelt, including Big Sheep and Deep creeks. Beginning next year, those streams will be open the Saturday before Memorial Day through Oct. 31. They were unintentionally closed during the Columbia Basin stream strategy rule making process in 2014. - 3:48 p.m. 10/7/2016
Commission takes steps to protect
wild redband trout in Lake Roosevelt

OLYMPIA The Washington Fish and
Wildlife Commission today took action
to further protect redband rainbow
trout at Lake Roosevelt, a Columbia
River reservoir in northeast
Washington.

The commission voted to change the
daily catch limit on trout at Lake
Roosevelt and extend a closure in a
section of the Sanpoil River during a
trout spawning period. Redband trout
are a subspecies of rainbow trout
found in the Columbia River and its
tributaries.

The modifications were approved
during a conference call held by the
commission, a citizen panel appointed
by the governor to set policy for the
Washington Department of Fish and
Wildlife (WDFW).

The changes do not take effect until
later this year. Anglers should check
the department's website at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/ for details in
December.

Previously, anglers fishing Lake
Roosevelt could keep five trout
(hatchery or wild) per day, including
two fish 20 inches or larger in size.

The commission voted to keep the
five-trout daily limit at Lake
Roosevelt in the area from Grand
Coulee Dam to the Little Dalles power
line crossing, but anglers fishing
there will be allowed to retain only
hatchery trout (adipose-fin-clipped
trout). Anglers fishing that area
will be required to release all wild
trout.

In addition, anglers fishing from the
Little Dalles power line crossing to
the Canadian Border will have a daily
limit of two trout (hatchery or wild
fish) that are 18 inches or larger.

Commissioners also voted to extend
the closure of the Sanpoil River arm
of the reservoir, where redband
rainbow trout stage to make their
upriver spawning run. The arm will
open to fishing June 1, two months
later than the area has typically
opened.

In other action, the commission voted
to re-open fishing in tributaries in
upper Lake Roosevelt, including Big
Sheep and Deep creeks. Beginning next
year, those streams will be open the
Saturday before Memorial Day through
Oct. 31. They were unintentionally
closed during the Columbia Basin
stream strategy rule making process
in 2014.


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

WDFW approves razor clam digs at 2 beaches, awaits test on third OLYMPIA Washington's fall razor clam season will get underway Friday, Oct. 14 at Copalis and Mocrocks as planned, but the status of Twin Harbors in that dig will depend on the results of one more marine toxin test. Long Beach will remain closed to clam digging due to test results that show domoic acid levels that exceed the amount deemed safe under state health standards. "This isn't an ideal way to start a razor clam season, but public health has to be our first priority," said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). "We're hopeful that this condition will clear up soon." Ayres recent tests have found toxin levels at Twin Harbors meet state health standards, but the Washington Department of Health has asked for one more test to make sure. WDFW will announce the results of that test on Monday, Oct. 10. Digs currently approved at Copalis and Mocrocks beaches will run Oct. 14-16 on evening tides. No digging will be allowed those days before noon. Evening low tides will be: Oct. 14, Friday, 5:55 p.m.; 0.2 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks Oct. 15, Saturday, 6:42 p.m.; -0.6 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks Oct. 16, Sunday, 7:28 p.m.; -1.1 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks Under state law, diggers can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger's clams must be kept in a separate container. Last year, elevated levels of domoic acid forced state shellfish manager to cut short the spring razor clam season and delay the opening in fall. All ocean beaches in Oregon have been closed to razor clam digging since last month due to high levels of domoic acid, a natural toxin produced by certain types of marine algae. Updates on razor clam seasons are posted on WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/ 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. - 8:40 a.m. 10/7/2016
WDFW approves razor clam digs at 2
beaches, awaits test on third

OLYMPIA Washington's fall razor
clam season will get underway Friday,
Oct. 14 at Copalis and Mocrocks as
planned, but the status of Twin
Harbors in that dig will depend on
the results of one more marine toxin
test.

Long Beach will remain closed to clam
digging due to test results that show
domoic acid levels that exceed the
amount deemed safe under state health
standards.

"This isn't an ideal way to start a
razor clam season, but public health
has to be our first priority," said
Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager
for the Washington Department of Fish
and Wildlife (WDFW). "We're hopeful
that this condition will clear up
soon."

Ayres recent tests have found toxin
levels at Twin Harbors meet state
health standards, but the Washington
Department of Health has asked for
one more test to make sure. WDFW will
announce the results of that test on
Monday, Oct. 10.

Digs currently approved at Copalis
and Mocrocks beaches will run Oct.
14-16 on evening tides. No digging
will be allowed those days before
noon. Evening low tides will be:

Oct. 14, Friday, 5:55 p.m.; 0.2 feet;
Copalis, Mocrocks
Oct. 15, Saturday, 6:42 p.m.; -0.6
feet; Copalis, Mocrocks
Oct. 16, Sunday, 7:28 p.m.; -1.1
feet; Copalis, Mocrocks
Under state law, diggers can take 15
razor clams per day and are required
to keep the first 15 they dig. Each
digger's clams must be kept in a
separate container.

Last year, elevated levels of domoic
acid forced state shellfish manager
to cut short the spring razor clam
season and delay the opening in fall.
All ocean beaches in Oregon have been
closed to razor clam digging since
last month due to high levels of
domoic acid, a natural toxin produced
by certain types of marine algae.

Updates on razor clam seasons are
posted on WDFW's website at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/

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.

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

Most areas of Puget Sound reopening for winter crab fishing OLYMPIA Most areas of Puget Sound will reopen for recreational crab fishing in October, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced today. Winter crab openings were approved by fishery managers after summer catch assessments by WDFW indicated more crab are available for harvest, said Rich Childers, shellfish manager for the department. Areas opening to sport crabbing on Oct. 7 include Marine Area 12 (Hood Canal) and the portion of Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet) north of the Hood Canal Bridge to a line from Foulweather Bluff to Olele point. Eight more areas will open to sport crabbing Oct. 15, including marine areas 4 (Neah Bay east of the Tatoosh-Bonilla line), 5 (Sekiu), 6 (eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca), 7 (San Juan Islands), 8-1 (Deception Pass, Hope Island, and Skagit Bay), 8-2 (Port Susan and Port Gardner), the remainder of 9 (Admiralty Inlet), and 10 (Seattle, Bremerton). In each area, recreational crabbing will be allowed seven days a week through Dec. 31. Maps and descriptions of the two portions of marine area 9 are on the WDFW website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/crab/area.php?id=16 WDFW managers are still evaluating summer harvest information for marine areas 11 (Tacoma-Vashon Island) and 13 (South Puget Sound). Winter sport opportunity in these areas may be announced at a later date. The daily catch limit in Puget Sound is five Dungeness crab, males only, in hard-shell condition with a minimum carapace width of 6 inches. In addition, fishers may catch six red rock crab of either sex per day, provided those crab measure at least 5 inches across. Additional information is available on WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/crab/ All Dungeness crab caught in the late-season fishery must be recorded on winter catch cards, which are valid through Dec. 31. Winter cards free to those with crab endorsements are available at license vendors across the state. Winter catch reports are due to WDFW by Feb. 1, 2017. For more information on catch record cards, visit WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/crab/crc.html - 8:59 a.m. 10/5/2016
Most areas of Puget Sound reopening
for winter crab fishing

OLYMPIA Most areas of Puget Sound
will reopen for recreational crab
fishing in October, the Washington
Department of Fish and Wildlife
(WDFW) announced today.

Winter crab openings were approved by
fishery managers after summer catch
assessments by WDFW indicated more
crab are available for harvest, said
Rich Childers, shellfish manager for
the department.

Areas opening to sport crabbing on
Oct. 7 include Marine Area 12 (Hood
Canal) and the portion of Marine Area
9 (Admiralty Inlet) north of the Hood
Canal Bridge to a line from
Foulweather Bluff to Olele point.

Eight more areas will open to sport
crabbing Oct. 15, including marine
areas 4 (Neah Bay east of the
Tatoosh-Bonilla line), 5 (Sekiu), 6
(eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca), 7
(San Juan Islands), 8-1 (Deception
Pass, Hope Island, and Skagit Bay),
8-2 (Port Susan and Port Gardner),
the remainder of 9 (Admiralty Inlet),
and 10 (Seattle, Bremerton). In each
area, recreational crabbing will be
allowed seven days a week through
Dec. 31.

Maps and descriptions of the two
portions of marine area 9 are on the
WDFW website at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/
crab/area.php?id=16

WDFW managers are still evaluating
summer harvest information for marine
areas 11 (Tacoma-Vashon Island) and
13 (South Puget Sound). Winter sport
opportunity in these areas may be
announced at a later date.

The daily catch limit in Puget Sound
is five Dungeness crab, males only,
in hard-shell condition with a
minimum carapace width of 6 inches.
In addition, fishers may catch six
red rock crab of either sex per day,
provided those crab measure at least
5 inches across. Additional
information is available on WDFW's
website at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/
crab/

All Dungeness crab caught in the
late-season fishery must be recorded
on winter catch cards, which are
valid through Dec. 31. Winter cards
free to those with crab endorsements
are available at license vendors
across the state.

Winter catch reports are due to WDFW
by Feb. 1, 2017. For more information
on catch record cards, visit WDFW's
website at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/
crab/crc.html


Noel Johnson - Woodland
Noel@lewisriver.com
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