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Worse Smelting! - 8:06 a.m. 2/27/2017
Feb. 25th was the worse smelt dipping
experience I ever had. I'm pretty sure all smelt
enthusiasts were disappointed.

Jon - Vancouver , WA
jtaimanao@gmail.com

What smelt - 9:19 p.m. 2/26/2017
I don't no about everyone else but in
the 5 hours the wdfw so gratiously
permitted dipping .me and my son
greedily filled out buckets with 8
endangered smelt .not 8 each but 8 to
trap. According to the state I caught
enough smelt for the dinner table and
to fertilize my garden . while as
usual the comercial guys who knows how
many hundreds of pounds .all that they
anounce is the caught 200 something
pounds a person a day wich eqauls ?
Who knows but I bet it was more than
all of sportfishers caught in are well
timed 5 hour season. Something needs
to change starting with the department
of comercial wildlife!!!! Good luck
out there look out for the nets

Brian - Vancouver wa
gonefishin.bg@gmail.com

States set initial fishing season for Columbia River spring chinook VANCOUVER, Wash. Fishery managers from Washington and Oregon today approved an initial sport fishery for spring chinook salmon on the lower Columbia River that reflects a lower projection of returning fish but a larger share of the catch than in previous years. Initial catch guidelines set by the two states will allow anglers fishing below Bonneville Dam to catch up to 6,905 upriver spring chinook through April 6, before the early season closes until mid-May for a run assessment. Under the preseason forecast, approximately 160,400 upriver spring chinook are expected to return to the waters above Bonneville Dam this year, which represent about 80 percent of the 10-year average. Spring chinook returns to the Willamette River and other tributaries are also expected to be lower than in recent years. On the other hand, 80 percent of the allowable catch of upriver spring chinook will be allocated to the sport fishery up from 70 percent in previous years based on policies recently adopted by the Washington and Oregon fish and wildlife commissions. The allocation for the commercial fishery will be reduced accordingly and no commercial fisheries will be considered before the run update in mid-May, said Ron Roler, a Columbia River fish manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). As in previous years, both states will manage the recreational fishery with a 30 percent buffer on the upriver chinook forecast until the results of the in-season run update are known, Roler said. "We'll continue to take a conservative approach in managing the fishery," he said. "If the fish return at or above expectations, we will look toward providing additional days of fishing on the river later in the spring." The following fishing regulations will be in effect below Bonneville Dam from March 1 through April 6: Fishing area: The fishery is currently open downstream from the Interstate 5 Bridge, but will expand upstream starting March 1 under the new rules. Fishing will then be open to boat and bank anglers daily from the mouth of the Columbia to Beacon Rock. Bank anglers can also fish upriver to Bonneville Dam. Daily limit: Anglers are allowed one marked, hatchery-reared adult chinook salmon as part of their daily limit of two salmon, two steelhead, or one of each. Any chinook or steelhead without a clipped adipose fin and a healed scar must be released unharmed. Lewis River area closure: An area of the Columbia River will be closed to all fishing near the mouth of the Lewis River, as defined by the fishing rule posted on WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/news/attach/feb2317a.pdf. Anglers must also release any spring chinook in the Lewis River itself downstream from Merwin Dam. The two states also approved a sport fishery between Bonneville Dam and the Washington-Oregon border, east of Umatilla, to open March 16 and run through May 5. The early season allocation for that area is 921 spring chinook. Roler said river conditions could pose a challenge to anglers this season, noting that the Columbia River is currently running high and off-color with a substantial snowpack remaining in the Cascade Range. "We ask anglers to keep watch for changing fishing rules, but it's also important to keep a close eye on the river conditions," he said. "Boat anglers, in particular, have a hard time catching fish when the river is running high and dirty, and personal safety has to be everyone's first priority." 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 - 6:27 p.m. 2/24/2017
States set initial fishing season for
Columbia River spring chinook

VANCOUVER, Wash. Fishery managers
from Washington and Oregon today
approved an initial sport fishery for
spring chinook salmon on the lower
Columbia River that reflects a lower
projection of returning fish but a
larger share of the catch than in
previous years.

Initial catch guidelines set by the
two states will allow anglers fishing
below Bonneville Dam to catch up to
6,905 upriver spring chinook through
April 6, before the early season
closes until mid-May for a run
assessment.

Under the preseason forecast,
approximately 160,400 upriver spring
chinook are expected to return to the
waters above Bonneville Dam this
year, which represent about 80
percent of the 10-year average.
Spring chinook returns to the
Willamette River and other
tributaries are also expected to be
lower than in recent years.

On the other hand, 80 percent of the
allowable catch of upriver spring
chinook will be allocated to the
sport fishery up from 70 percent in
previous years based on policies
recently adopted by the Washington
and Oregon fish and wildlife
commissions.

The allocation for the commercial
fishery will be reduced accordingly
and no commercial fisheries will be
considered before the run update in
mid-May, said Ron Roler, a Columbia
River fish manager for the Washington
Department of Fish and Wildlife
(WDFW).

As in previous years, both states
will manage the recreational fishery
with a 30 percent buffer on the
upriver chinook forecast until the
results of the in-season run update
are known, Roler said.

"We'll continue to take a
conservative approach in managing the
fishery," he said. "If the fish
return at or above expectations, we
will look toward providing additional
days of fishing on the river later in
the spring."

The following fishing regulations
will be in effect below Bonneville
Dam from March 1 through April 6:

Fishing area: The fishery is
currently open downstream from the
Interstate 5 Bridge, but will expand
upstream starting March 1 under the
new rules. Fishing will then be open
to boat and bank anglers daily from
the mouth of the Columbia to Beacon
Rock. Bank anglers can also fish
upriver to Bonneville Dam.
Daily limit: Anglers are allowed one
marked, hatchery-reared adult chinook
salmon as part of their daily limit
of two salmon, two steelhead, or one
of each. Any chinook or steelhead
without a clipped adipose fin and a
healed scar must be released
unharmed.
Lewis River area closure: An area of
the Columbia River will be closed to
all fishing near the mouth of the
Lewis River, as defined by the
fishing rule posted on WDFW's website
at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/news/attach/feb231
7a.pdf. Anglers must also release any
spring chinook in the Lewis River
itself downstream from Merwin Dam.
The two states also approved a sport
fishery between Bonneville Dam and
the Washington-Oregon border, east of
Umatilla, to open March 16 and run
through May 5. The early season
allocation for that area is 921
spring chinook.

Roler said river conditions could
pose a challenge to anglers this
season, noting that the Columbia
River is currently running high and
off-color with a substantial snowpack
remaining in the Cascade Range.

"We ask anglers to keep watch for
changing fishing rules, but it's also
important to keep a close eye on the
river conditions," he said. "Boat
anglers, in particular, have a hard
time catching fish when the river is
running high and dirty, and personal
safety has to be everyone's first
priority."

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
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Smelt - 8:55 a.m. 2/24/2017
Thank you mighty fish and game
department for be being so jenerouse
to share some of yours and the
extremely important comercial fishers
smelt run .let's not to forget to
thank the all knowing biologists for
shairing there study subjects .as
always we get our six hours after
everybody else has had there turn
.it's a I have seen smelt in the river
for weeks .I was snagging them on the
Lewis while steelhead fishing a week
ago .we can take 10 pounds the
comercial guys averaged 280 pounds a
day for research. That is bull and
everyone of you out there who fish no
it .pretty soon the only place we will
have to fish is the local grocery
store.that is till the comercial
netters and the wdfw wipe them out
completely.woohoo go trump lol

Brian - Vancouver wa
gonefishin.bg@gmail.com

One-day smelt fishery set to open on Cowlitz River VANCOUVER, Wash. State fishery managers approved a limited sport fishery for smelt on the Cowlitz River for Saturday, Feb. 25. Under this year's rules, a portion of the Cowlitz River will be open to recreational dip netting along the shore from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. for one day only. The area open to sport dipping stretches from the Highway 432 Bridge upstream to the Al Helenberg Memorial Boat Ramp, located approximately 1,300 feet upstream from the Highway 411/A Street Bridge in Castle Rock. Each dip-netter may retain 10 pounds of smelt per day, with no more than one day's limit in possession. Ten pounds is about a quarter of a five-gallon bucket. No fishing license is required to dip for smelt in Washington state. This marks the fourth year that the state has allowed smelt fishing since 2010, when the species also known as eulachon was listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) along the Pacific Coast. NOAA Fisheries, which oversees ESA-listed stocks, supports limited fisheries that contribute to research, said Cindy Le Fleur, regional fish program manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. "We're expecting a modest return of about 3 million pounds of smelt to the Columbia River this year," Le Fleur said. "That compares to an estimated 16.6 million pounds in 2014, when the run reached its recent peak." The sport fishery was also limited to one day in 2016, when the run was estimated at 5.1 million pounds. Le Fleur said these fisheries have a limited impact on the overall smelt return, while providing biological data on the species' abundance. Le Fleur said WDFW announced the decision to open this year's sport fishery after tracking catch rates in the ongoing commercial test fishery in the mainstem Columbia River. Managers were looking for weekly average landings to reach at least 150 pounds per fisher to feel confident that the run was likely as large as anticipated pre-season she said, noting that last week's landings averaged 281 pounds per fisher. 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. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- - 5:56 p.m. 2/21/2017
One-day smelt fishery set to open on
Cowlitz River

VANCOUVER, Wash. State fishery
managers approved a limited sport
fishery for smelt on the Cowlitz
River for Saturday, Feb. 25.

Under this year's rules, a portion of
the Cowlitz River will be open to
recreational dip netting along the
shore from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. for
one day only.

The area open to sport dipping
stretches from the Highway 432 Bridge
upstream to the Al Helenberg Memorial
Boat Ramp, located approximately
1,300 feet upstream from the Highway
411/A Street Bridge in Castle Rock.

Each dip-netter may retain 10 pounds
of smelt per day, with no more than
one day's limit in possession. Ten
pounds is about a quarter of a five-
gallon bucket. No fishing license is
required to dip for smelt in
Washington state.

This marks the fourth year that the
state has allowed smelt fishing since
2010, when the species also known
as eulachon was listed as
threatened under the federal
Endangered Species Act (ESA) along
the Pacific Coast.

NOAA Fisheries, which oversees ESA-
listed stocks, supports limited
fisheries that contribute to
research, said Cindy Le Fleur,
regional fish program manager for the
Washington Department of Fish and
Wildlife.

"We're expecting a modest return of
about 3 million pounds of smelt to
the Columbia River this year," Le
Fleur said. "That compares to an
estimated 16.6 million pounds in
2014, when the run reached its recent
peak."

The sport fishery was also limited to
one day in 2016, when the run was
estimated at 5.1 million pounds. Le
Fleur said these fisheries have a
limited impact on the overall smelt
return, while providing biological
data on the species' abundance.

Le Fleur said WDFW announced the
decision to open this year's sport
fishery after tracking catch rates in
the ongoing commercial test fishery
in the mainstem Columbia River.
Managers were looking for weekly
average landings to reach at least
150 pounds per fisher to feel
confident that the run was likely as
large as anticipated pre-season she
said, noting that last week's
landings averaged 281 pounds per
fisher.

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

Marine Area 9 salmon season re-opening Feb. 16 Action: Marine Area 9 will re-open Feb.16. The daily limit for hatchery chinook salmon in Marine Area 9 will be 1 chinook, with an overall 2-salmon limit. All coho and wild chinook salmon must be released. Effective Date: Feb 16 through April 15, 2017. Species affected: Salmon Location: Marine Area 9 within Puget Sound, excluding year-round fishing piers. Reason for action: Test fishery data collected during January and February indicate there are fewer juvenile (sublegal-size) chinook salmon present in these waters. In addition, sufficient capacity exists to re-open the fishery within the guideline of 6,081 "chinook encounters" including both retained and released fish agreed to by the tribal co-managers before this year's fishery began. Delaying the opening to mid-February allowed the state time to determine a reopening date that will give anglers opportunity later into the spring. Other information: WDFW will continue to monitor the fishery and will work with sportfishing advisors to determine if any other modifications are necessary to achieve a maximum season in Marine Area 9. Edmonds Public Fishing Pier is unaffected by this rule change and specific regulations for the pier can be found in the Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet. Information - 9:23 a.m. 2/9/2017
Marine Area 9 salmon season re-
opening Feb. 16

Action: Marine Area 9 will re-open
Feb.16. The daily limit for hatchery
chinook salmon in Marine Area 9 will
be 1 chinook, with an overall 2-
salmon limit. All coho and wild
chinook salmon must be released.

Effective Date: Feb 16 through April
15, 2017.

Species affected: Salmon

Location: Marine Area 9 within Puget
Sound, excluding year-round fishing
piers.

Reason for action: Test fishery data
collected during January and February
indicate there are fewer juvenile
(sublegal-size) chinook salmon
present in these waters. In
addition, sufficient capacity exists
to re-open the fishery within the
guideline of 6,081 "chinook
encounters" including both retained
and released fish agreed to by the
tribal co-managers before this year's
fishery began. Delaying the opening
to mid-February allowed the state
time to determine a reopening date
that will give anglers opportunity
later into the spring.

Other information: WDFW will
continue to monitor the fishery and
will work with sportfishing advisors
to determine if any other
modifications are necessary to
achieve a maximum season in Marine
Area 9. Edmonds Public Fishing Pier
is unaffected by this rule change and
specific regulations for the pier can
be found in the Washington Sport
Fishing Rules pamphlet.

Information

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

Anglers limited to 1 chinook per day in Marine Area 6 Action: The daily limit for hatchery chinook salmon in Marine Area 6 will be reduced to 1 chinook, with an overall 2-salmon limit. All coho and wild chinook salmon must be released. Effective locations and dates: Feb.16, through April 15, 2017. Species affected: Chinook salmon. Reason for action: Before the salmon fishing season started, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and tribal co-managers agreed to a limited number (3,975) of "chinook encounters" including both retained and released fish that anglers will be allowed in Marine Area 6. To stay within the agreed number of encounters, the department is modifying this fishery to increase the likelihood of providing season-long fisheries. WDFW consulted with its Puget Sound sportfishing advisors in making this change. Other information: WDFW will continue to monitor and evaluate Marine Area 6 fishery. Information contact: Mark Baltzell, (360) 902-2807 or 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. - 9:22 a.m. 2/9/2017
Anglers limited to 1 chinook per day
in Marine Area 6

Action: The daily limit for hatchery
chinook salmon in Marine Area 6 will
be reduced to 1 chinook, with an
overall 2-salmon limit. All coho and
wild chinook salmon must be released.

Effective locations and dates:
Feb.16, through April 15, 2017.

Species affected: Chinook salmon.

Reason for action: Before the salmon
fishing season started, the
Washington Department of Fish and
Wildlife (WDFW) and tribal co-
managers agreed to a limited number
(3,975) of "chinook encounters"
including both retained and released
fish that anglers will be allowed
in Marine Area 6.

To stay within the agreed number of
encounters, the department is
modifying this fishery to increase
the likelihood of providing season-
long fisheries. WDFW consulted with
its Puget Sound sportfishing advisors
in making this change.

Other information: WDFW will continue
to monitor and evaluate Marine Area 6
fishery.

Information contact: Mark Baltzell,
(360) 902-2807 or 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.

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

springer seminar - 8:05 p.m. 2/6/2017
Sportsman's Warehouse Kelso, WA
Clancy Holt + CCA
Don't miss this one!!!!

Spring Fishing - Fishing - Kelso

Sat, Mar. 25 from 6:00PM - 7:30PM

Join us as we host special guest Clancy Holt
of Clancy's Guided Sportfishing on March 25
at 6pm. Clancy and his team of guides will
be discussing the most effective methods for
targeting Spring Chinook on the Columbia.
Will include baits, riggings, and how to find
productive water where these fish migrate.
Clancy has been guiding for over 50 years
and has a vast knowledge of the local
fisheries. Clancy's Guided Sportfishing is
renowned for their ability to put happy
clients on fish. We are expecting a large
turn out for this seminar, so show up early
for the best seats. Clancysfishing.com

To book trip with Clancy, call 360-880-0409
or email at clancysfishing@localaccess.com

FishingTel.: 360-423-2600
235-fishing@sportsmanswarehouse.com

gb

Bs - 3:51 p.m. 2/4/2017
The department of fish and game needs
take a look outside of there cozy
office .letting comercial guys fish
smelt not the sportfishermen is
rediculouse . if your going to close
it .close it for everybody including
the comercial guys. They let them net
out salmon while we can't fish for
them half the time .they claim we
can't eat the clams either .all that's
left to do is there nasty hatchery
trout .that's if they don't loose them
like the cowlitz hachery claims .right
30,000 steelhead smolt just
vanished.it must have been birds or
sportfishermen better close steelhead
down to.wdfw is a joke .they all want
more money and are asking for small
non motorized crafts like kayaks to be
licensed .fishing licensed keep going
up every year .how much should a
person have to pay to fish for stocked
trout.if it wasn't for sport fishermen
buying license the wdfw wouldn't have
jobs .every year they hype up the runs
of fish and end wrong like the local
weather men .from what I've seen over
the past ten years it has gotten
steadly worse .sorry about the rant
but hopefully someone on here knows
what I'm saying and agree with me
.it's b.s.

Brian - Vancouver wa
gonefishin.bg@gmail.com

Contact: Dan Ayres (WDFW), (360) 249-4628 Razor clam dig starts Feb. 7 on 3 ocean beaches OLYMPIA State shellfish managers have approved a six-day razor clam dig beginning Feb. 7 on three ocean beaches. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the opening on evening tides at Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks after marine toxin tests confirmed the clams on those beaches are safe to eat. This is the first dig at Twin Harbors since late November when domoic acid levels spiked there, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for WDFW. "Toxin levels have been dropping over the last several weeks at Twin Harbors and now meet public health standards," Ayres said. "This is great news for razor clam diggers." The upcoming dig is approved on the following beaches, dates and evening low tides: Feb. 7, Tuesday, 3:53 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks, Twin Harbors Feb. 8, Wednesday, 4:46 p.m.; -0.6 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks, Twin Harbors Feb. 9, Thursday, 5:33 p.m.; -0.9 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks, Twin Harbors Feb. 10, Friday, 6:16 p.m.; -1.0 feet; Mocrocks, Twin Harbors Feb. 11, Saturday, 6:57 p.m.; -0.8 feet; Mocrocks, Twin Harbors Feb. 12, Sunday, 7:34 p.m.; -0.5 feet; Mocrocks, Twin Harbors Razor clam diggers should note that Copalis will be closed the last three days of the dig, when Mocrocks and Twin Harbors remain open, Ayres said. WDFW often opens Copalis and Mocrocks for the same dates due to the proximity of the beaches. "We're able to provide more opportunities by opening Mocrocks separately for a few days this dig," Ayres said. Copalis beach includes Ocean Shores, Oyhut, Ocean City and Copalis areas while Mocrocks includes Iron Springs, Roosevelt Beach, Seabrook, Pacific Beach and Moclips. Maps of the beaches can be found on WDFW's razor clam webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html. Under state law, diggers at open beaches can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger's clams must be kept in a separate container. All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2016-17 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW's website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state. Long Beach remains closed to razor clam digging due to elevated levels of domoic acid. A natural toxin produced by certain types of algae, domoic acid can be harmful or even fatal if consumed in sufficient quantities. 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 - 8:28 a.m. 2/2/2017
Contact: Dan Ayres (WDFW), (360) 249-
4628

Razor clam dig starts Feb. 7 on 3
ocean beaches

OLYMPIA State shellfish managers
have approved a six-day razor clam
dig beginning Feb. 7 on three ocean
beaches.

The Washington Department of Fish and
Wildlife (WDFW) approved the opening
on evening tides at Twin Harbors,
Copalis and Mocrocks after marine
toxin tests confirmed the clams on
those beaches are safe to eat.

This is the first dig at Twin Harbors
since late November when domoic acid
levels spiked there, said Dan Ayres,
coastal shellfish manager for WDFW.

"Toxin levels have been dropping over
the last several weeks at Twin
Harbors and now meet public health
standards," Ayres said. "This is
great news for razor clam diggers."

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

Feb. 7, Tuesday, 3:53 p.m.; -0.1
feet; Copalis, Mocrocks, Twin Harbors
Feb. 8, Wednesday, 4:46 p.m.; -0.6
feet; Copalis, Mocrocks, Twin Harbors
Feb. 9, Thursday, 5:33 p.m.; -0.9
feet; Copalis, Mocrocks, Twin Harbors
Feb. 10, Friday, 6:16 p.m.; -1.0
feet; Mocrocks, Twin Harbors
Feb. 11, Saturday, 6:57 p.m.; -0.8
feet; Mocrocks, Twin Harbors
Feb. 12, Sunday, 7:34 p.m.; -0.5
feet; Mocrocks, Twin Harbors
Razor clam diggers should note that
Copalis will be closed the last three
days of the dig, when Mocrocks and
Twin Harbors remain open, Ayres said.

WDFW often opens Copalis and Mocrocks
for the same dates due to the
proximity of the beaches. "We're able
to provide more opportunities by
opening Mocrocks separately for a few
days this dig," Ayres said.

Copalis beach includes Ocean Shores,
Oyhut, Ocean City and Copalis areas
while Mocrocks includes Iron Springs,
Roosevelt Beach, Seabrook, Pacific
Beach and Moclips. Maps of the
beaches can be found on WDFW's razor
clam webpage at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/
razorclams/current.html.

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

All diggers age 15 or older must have
an applicable 2016-17 fishing license
to harvest razor clams on any beach.
Licenses, ranging from a three-day
razor clam license to an annual
combination fishing license, are
available on WDFW's website at
https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from
license vendors around the state.

Long Beach remains closed to razor
clam digging due to elevated levels
of domoic acid. A natural toxin
produced by certain types of algae,
domoic acid can be harmful or even
fatal if consumed in sufficient
quantities.

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

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

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