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Lewis River Road closure - 10:06 p.m. 4/24/2017
Can someone please tell me if the road has been reopened or if you still have to get to Speelyai by going through the NE Cedar Creek Rd route?

Bob - Rochester, WA
flyfisherguy@hotmail.com

WDFW cancels first 2 days of upcoming razor clam dig; April 26 opening depends on toxin tests OLYMPIA – State shellfish managers have canceled the first two days (April 24 and 25) of a tentatively planned eight-day razor clam dig due to rising marine toxin levels. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will announce next week whether the rest of the dig, now scheduled to begin April 26, will go forward as planned. Recent tests have found toxin levels at all ocean beaches meet health standards, but the Washington Department of Health has asked for one more test to be sure, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for WDFW. "In the last few days, we've seen increasing levels of the algae that can cause domoic acid in ocean water," Ayres said. "We just want to make sure razor clams are safe to eat before giving the green light on this dig." Domoic acid, a natural toxin produced by certain types of marine algae, can be harmful or even fatal if consumed in sufficient quantities. The toxin has disrupted razor clam digs along Washington's coast over the past two years. More information about domoic acid can be found on WDFW's webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/domoic_acid.html. The department will announce the results of the upcoming toxin test early next week on WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html. The proposed dig, along with morning low tides and beaches, is listed below: April 26, Wednesday, 7:09 a.m.; -1.1 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach April 27, Thursday, 7:55 a.m.; -1.5 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Long Beach April 28, Friday, 8:42 a.m.; -1.8 feet, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Long Beach April 29, Saturday, 9:32 a.m.; -1.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Long Beach April 30, Sunday, 10:24 a.m.; -1.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis, Long Beach May 1, Monday, 11:20 a.m.; -0.8 feet; Long Beach All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2017-18 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. 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 - 9:43 a.m. 4/19/2017
WDFW cancels first 2 days of upcoming
razor clam dig;
April 26 opening depends on toxin
tests

OLYMPIA – State shellfish managers
have canceled the first two days
(April 24 and 25) of a tentatively
planned eight-day razor clam dig due
to rising marine toxin levels.

The Washington Department of Fish and
Wildlife (WDFW) will announce next
week whether the rest of the dig, now
scheduled to begin April 26, will go
forward as planned.

Recent tests have found toxin levels
at all ocean beaches meet health
standards, but the Washington
Department of Health has asked for
one more test to be sure, said Dan
Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for
WDFW.

"In the last few days, we've seen
increasing levels of the algae that
can cause domoic acid in ocean
water," Ayres said. "We just want to
make sure razor clams are safe to eat
before giving the green light on this
dig."

Domoic acid, a natural toxin produced
by certain types of marine algae, can
be harmful or even fatal if consumed
in sufficient quantities. The toxin
has disrupted razor clam digs along
Washington's coast over the past two
years.

More information about domoic acid
can be found on WDFW's webpage at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/
razorclams/domoic_acid.html.

The department will announce the
results of the upcoming toxin test
early next week on WDFW's website at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/
razorclams/current.html.

The proposed dig, along with morning
low tides and beaches, is listed
below:

April 26, Wednesday, 7:09 a.m.; -1.1
feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
April 27, Thursday, 7:55 a.m.; -1.5
feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Long
Beach
April 28, Friday, 8:42 a.m.; -1.8
feet, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Long
Beach
April 29, Saturday, 9:32 a.m.; -1.7
feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Long
Beach
April 30, Sunday, 10:24 a.m.; -1.3
feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis, Long
Beach
May 1, Monday, 11:20 a.m.; -0.8 feet;
Long Beach
All diggers age 15 or older must have
an applicable 2017-18 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.

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

Marine Area 7 recreational salmon season to close Action: Marine Area 7 (San Juan Islands) will close to salmon fishing at the end of the day April 21. Effective Date: 12: 01 a.m. April 22 through April 30, 2017. Species affected: Salmon. Location: Marine Area 7. Reason for action: Preliminary estimates and fishery projections indicate that Marine Area 7 will exceed the allowable limit of total chinook encounters – including both retained and released fish – prior to the planned April 30 closure date. The fishery is being closed to control impacts on stocks of concern and ensure compliance with conservation objectives. Other information: Through April 21, Marine Area 7 has a one hatchery chinook limit. Salmon fishing remains open in other areas, including marine areas 5, 8-1, 8-2, 11, 12 and 13. Check the sport fishing rules page for details: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/. The most recent preliminary estimates can be found at: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/reports_plants.html. Information contact: Ryan Lothrop, (360) 902-2808, or Mark Baltzell, (360) 902-2807. 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 - 9:41 a.m. 4/19/2017
Marine Area 7 recreational salmon
season to close

Action: Marine Area 7 (San Juan
Islands) will close to salmon fishing
at the end of the day April 21.

Effective Date: 12: 01 a.m. April 22
through April 30, 2017.

Species affected: Salmon.

Location: Marine Area 7.

Reason for action: Preliminary
estimates and fishery projections
indicate that Marine Area 7 will
exceed the allowable limit of total
chinook encounters – including both
retained and released fish – prior to
the planned April 30 closure date.
The fishery is being closed to
control impacts on stocks of concern
and ensure compliance with
conservation objectives.

Other information: Through April 21,
Marine Area 7 has a one hatchery
chinook limit. Salmon fishing remains
open in other areas, including marine
areas 5, 8-1, 8-2, 11, 12 and 13.
Check the sport fishing rules page
for details:
http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulation
s/. The most recent preliminary
estimates can be found at:
http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/reports_pl
ants.html.

Information contact: Ryan Lothrop,
(360) 902-2808, or Mark Baltzell,
(360) 902-2807.

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

Lower Yakima River to open for spring chinook fishing Action: Open two sections of the lower Yakima River to fishing for hatchery spring chinook salmon. Species affected: Chinook salmon. Dates: April 28 through June 15, 2017. Locations: Area 1: From the Hwy. 240 bridge in Richland (river mile 2.1) to the Grant Avenue Bridge in Prosser (river mile 47.0), approximately 1,000 feet downstream of Prosser Dam. Area 2: From the Wine Country Road Bridge in Prosser (1,300 feet upstream of Prosser Dam at river mile 47.3) to the State Route 241 Bridge (Sunnyside - Mabton Hwy.) at river mile 59.8 Reason for action: Yakama Nation and WDFW fishery managers are forecasting a harvestable return of 2,760 adult hatchery spring chinook to the Yakima River in 2017. Opening the two sections of the Yakima River for spring chinook will provide additional fishing opportunity 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 when fishing for salmon. Use of bait is allowed. For the duration of this salmon fishery, the Yakima River is closed to all fishing within 400 feet (upstream and downstream) of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's Chandler Powerhouse/Pumping Station tailrace pool at river mile 35.8. A Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement is required to participate in this fishery except for "Free Fishing Weekend," June 10-11 (recording salmon catch on a free Catch Record Card is required on Free Fishing Weekend). 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 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. Information contacts: Paul Hoffarth, District 4 Fish Biologist, (509) 545-2284 (Pasco); or John Easterbrooks, Regional Fish Program Manager, (509) 457-9330 (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 - 9:39 a.m. 4/19/2017
Lower Yakima River to open for spring
chinook fishing

Action: Open two sections of the
lower Yakima River to fishing for
hatchery spring chinook salmon.

Species affected: Chinook salmon.

Dates: April 28 through June 15,
2017.

Locations:

Area 1: From the Hwy. 240 bridge in
Richland (river mile 2.1) to the
Grant Avenue Bridge in Prosser (river
mile 47.0), approximately 1,000 feet
downstream of Prosser Dam.

Area 2: From the Wine Country Road
Bridge in Prosser (1,300 feet
upstream of Prosser Dam at river mile
47.3) to the State Route 241 Bridge
(Sunnyside - Mabton Hwy.) at river
mile 59.8

Reason for action: Yakama Nation and
WDFW fishery managers are forecasting
a harvestable return of 2,760 adult
hatchery spring chinook to the Yakima
River in 2017. Opening the two
sections of the Yakima River for
spring chinook will provide
additional fishing opportunity

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 when fishing for salmon. Use of
bait is allowed.
For the duration of this salmon
fishery, the Yakima River is closed
to all fishing within 400 feet
(upstream and downstream) of the U.S.
Bureau of Reclamation's Chandler
Powerhouse/Pumping Station tailrace
pool at river mile 35.8.
A Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead
Endorsement is required to
participate in this fishery except
for "Free Fishing Weekend," June 10-
11 (recording salmon catch on a free
Catch Record Card is required on Free
Fishing Weekend).
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 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.
Information contacts: Paul Hoffarth,
District 4 Fish Biologist, (509) 545-
2284 (Pasco); or John Easterbrooks,
Regional Fish Program Manager, (509)
457-9330 (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

Halibut fishing to open May 4 under higher catch quotas OLYMPIA – Anglers fishing for halibut will notice a change this year with consistent halibut seasons across all Puget Sound and ocean areas, except marine waters near the mouth the Columbia River. The scheduled season dates are May 4, 6, 11, 21 and 25, and June 1 and 4, provided there is sufficient quota to accommodate all these fishing days. These dates apply to halibut fishing in Puget Sound marine areas 5-10 and in ocean marine areas 2-4. Halibut fishing in Marine Area 1 also gets under way May 4, but will be open four days per week (Thursday through Sunday) until the quota has been met. State halibut seasons are established by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), using catch quotas adopted by the International Pacific Halibut Commission for coastal fisheries from California to Alaska. Heather Reed, WDFW coastal policy coordinator, noted that this year's quota for recreational halibut fisheries in Washington state is 243,667 pounds – an increase of about 23,652 pounds from 2016. "We expect that the effort to align halibut season dates, together with a higher quota for the state's recreational fisheries, will result in a longer season than what anglers have experienced in past years," Reed said. Halibut fishing has become an increasingly popular sport in Washington, making it difficult to predict how quickly anglers will reach the harvest limit for any given area, Reed said. The new season structure will help to ensure the state does not exceed federal quotas, with periodic catch assessments in each fishing area, she said. Anglers should check the WDFW website for the latest information on openings before heading out, she said. In all marine areas open to halibut fishing, there is a one-fish daily catch limit and two-fish possession limit in the field, and no minimum size restriction. Anglers must record their catch on a WDFW catch record card. As in past years, Puget Sound marine areas 11, 12 and 13 will remain closed to halibut fishing. In Marine areas 5 and 6, lingcod and Pacific cod can be retained in waters deeper than 120 feet on days when the recreational halibut fishery is open. Additional changes in halibut-fishing rules that take effect for specific waters this year include: Marine Area 1: Anglers will be allowed to keep a lingcod when halibut are on board during the all-depth fishery, but only when fishing north of the Washington-Oregon border during the month of May. The nearshore area in Marine Area 1 will open three days per week (Monday through Wednesday) beginning May 8 until the nearshore quota is taken. Bottomfish can be retained when halibut are onboard in the nearshore area. Marine Area 2 (Westport): Beginning the Saturday after the all-depth fishery closes, the nearshore fishery will open seven days per week until the quota is taken. Marine areas 3 (La Push) and 4 (Neah Bay) west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line: Bottomfish fishing will be restricted to the area shoreward of 20 fathoms (120 feet) beginning May 1 through Labor Day. Lingcod, sablefish, and Pacific cod can be retained seaward of 20 fathoms (120 feet) on days open to recreational halibut fishing. Anglers should check the WDFW website for complete information on recreational halibut regulations and seasons at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/creel/halibut/ 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. - 3:12 p.m. 4/14/2017
Halibut fishing to open May 4 under
higher catch quotas

OLYMPIA – Anglers fishing for halibut
will notice a change this year with
consistent halibut seasons across all
Puget Sound and ocean areas, except
marine waters near the mouth the
Columbia River.

The scheduled season dates are May 4,
6, 11, 21 and 25, and June 1 and 4,
provided there is sufficient quota to
accommodate all these fishing days.
These dates apply to halibut fishing
in Puget Sound marine areas 5-10 and
in ocean marine areas 2-4.

Halibut fishing in Marine Area 1 also
gets under way May 4, but will be
open four days per week (Thursday
through Sunday) until the quota has
been met.

State halibut seasons are established
by the Washington Department of Fish
and Wildlife (WDFW), using catch
quotas adopted by the International
Pacific Halibut Commission for
coastal fisheries from California to
Alaska.

Heather Reed, WDFW coastal policy
coordinator, noted that this year's
quota for recreational halibut
fisheries in Washington state is
243,667 pounds – an increase of about
23,652 pounds from 2016.

"We expect that the effort to align
halibut season dates, together with a
higher quota for the state's
recreational fisheries, will result
in a longer season than what anglers
have experienced in past years," Reed
said.

Halibut fishing has become an
increasingly popular sport in
Washington, making it difficult to
predict how quickly anglers will
reach the harvest limit for any given
area, Reed said. The new season
structure will help to ensure the
state does not exceed federal quotas,
with periodic catch assessments in
each fishing area, she said.

Anglers should check the WDFW website
for the latest information on
openings before heading out, she
said.

In all marine areas open to halibut
fishing, there is a one-fish daily
catch limit and two-fish possession
limit in the field, and no minimum
size restriction. Anglers must record
their catch on a WDFW catch record
card.

As in past years, Puget Sound marine
areas 11, 12 and 13 will remain
closed to halibut fishing.

In Marine areas 5 and 6, lingcod and
Pacific cod can be retained in waters
deeper than 120 feet on days when the
recreational halibut fishery is open.

Additional changes in halibut-fishing
rules that take effect for specific
waters this year include:

Marine Area 1: Anglers will be
allowed to keep a lingcod when
halibut are on board during the all-
depth fishery, but only when fishing
north of the Washington-Oregon border
during the month of May. The
nearshore area in Marine Area 1 will
open three days per week (Monday
through Wednesday) beginning May 8
until the nearshore quota is taken.
Bottomfish can be retained when
halibut are onboard in the nearshore
area.
Marine Area 2 (Westport): Beginning
the Saturday after the all-depth
fishery closes, the nearshore fishery
will open seven days per week until
the quota is taken.
Marine areas 3 (La Push) and 4 (Neah
Bay) west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh
line: Bottomfish fishing will be
restricted to the area shoreward of
20 fathoms (120 feet) beginning May 1
through Labor Day. Lingcod,
sablefish, and Pacific cod can be
retained seaward of 20 fathoms (120
feet) on days open to recreational
halibut fishing.
Anglers should check the WDFW website
for complete information on
recreational halibut regulations and
seasons at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/creel/hali
but/

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

Trout stocking crews active across Washington; Preparations continue for April 22 opening day OLYMPIA–Trout stocking crews are working to plant fish throughout the state in preparation for April 22, when several hundred lowland lakes open for a six-month fishing season. Although many lakes are open year-round, the fourth Saturday in April marks the traditional start of the lowland lakes fishing season, when hundreds of thousands of anglers are expected to turn out to fish. WDFW fish hatchery crews have been stocking more than 16 million trout and kokanee in lakes statewide. Those fish include 2.3 million catchable trout, nearly 150,000 larger trout averaging about one pound apiece, and millions of smaller trout that were stocked last year and have grown to catchable size. At this point, we are about half finished with the stocking effort, said Steve Thiesfeld, WDFW inland fish program manager. "We are working hard to have it all done in time for opening weekend," he said. Many of the triploid trout are coming in at about a pound, but there are several thousand that are three pounds or more, said Thiesfeld. "These are all high quality fish that are significantly larger than our regular catchable trout, and those three pounders are outstanding fish," he said. A lot of the larger fish are destined for lakes on the eastern side of the state, ensuring great fishing in perennial hotspots like Loon, Jameson, and North Fio Rito lakes, he said. On the westside, the department is going to add some of these fish to each of our regular plants in lakes that haven't been stocked yet, said Thiesfeld. "We expect these larger fish are going to make some kids very happy." To participate on opening day, Washington anglers must have an annual freshwater or combination fishing license valid through March 31, 2018. Licenses can be purchased online at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov; by telephone at 1-866-246-9453; or at hundreds of license dealers across the state. For details on license vendor locations, visit the WDFW website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/vendors/ Anglers who catch one of 1,000 tagged fish can also claim prizes provided by license dealers and other sponsors located across the state. The total value of prizes is more than $25,000. For a list of lakes with prize fish and details on how to claim prizes, visit http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/derby/ Fish stocking details, by county and lake, are available in the annual stocking plan on WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/statewide/ Before heading out, anglers should check fishing regulations on WDFW's webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/. With snow and ice still present in some parts of the state, anglers should also check ahead of time to be sure their preferred lake is accessible. WDFW employees and their immediate families are not eligible to claim fishing derby prizes. 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 - 4:59 p.m. 4/13/2017
Trout stocking crews active across
Washington;
Preparations continue for April 22
opening day

OLYMPIA–Trout stocking crews are
working to plant fish throughout the
state in preparation for April 22,
when several hundred lowland lakes
open for a six-month fishing season.

Although many lakes are open year-
round, the fourth Saturday in April
marks the traditional start of the
lowland lakes fishing season, when
hundreds of thousands of anglers are
expected to turn out to fish.

WDFW fish hatchery crews have been
stocking more than 16 million trout
and kokanee in lakes statewide. Those
fish include 2.3 million catchable
trout, nearly 150,000 larger trout
averaging about one pound apiece, and
millions of smaller trout that were
stocked last year and have grown to
catchable size.

At this point, we are about half
finished with the stocking effort,
said Steve Thiesfeld, WDFW inland
fish program manager. "We are working
hard to have it all done in time for
opening weekend," he said.

Many of the triploid trout are coming
in at about a pound, but there are
several thousand that are three
pounds or more, said Thiesfeld.
"These are all high quality fish that
are significantly larger than our
regular catchable trout, and those
three pounders are outstanding fish,"
he said.

A lot of the larger fish are destined
for lakes on the eastern side of the
state, ensuring great fishing in
perennial hotspots like Loon,
Jameson, and North Fio Rito lakes, he
said.

On the westside, the department is
going to add some of these fish to
each of our regular plants in lakes
that haven't been stocked yet, said
Thiesfeld. "We expect these larger
fish are going to make some kids very
happy."

To participate on opening day,
Washington anglers must have an
annual freshwater or combination
fishing license valid through March
31, 2018. Licenses can be purchased
online at
https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov; by
telephone at 1-866-246-9453; or at
hundreds of license dealers across
the state. For details on license
vendor locations, visit the WDFW
website at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/vendors/

Anglers who catch one of 1,000 tagged
fish can also claim prizes provided
by license dealers and other sponsors
located across the state. The total
value of prizes is more than $25,000.
For a list of lakes with prize fish
and details on how to claim prizes,
visit
http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/derby/

Fish stocking details, by county and
lake, are available in the annual
stocking plan on WDFW's website at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/sta
tewide/

Before heading out, anglers should
check fishing regulations on WDFW's
webpage at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulation
s/. With snow and ice still present
in some parts of the state, anglers
should also check ahead of time to be
sure their preferred lake is
accessible.

WDFW employees and their immediate
families are not eligible to claim
fishing derby prizes.

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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Spring chinook fishery extended again in lower Columbia River OLYMPIA – State fishery managers have again extended the initial sportfishing season for spring chinook salmon on the lower Columbia River in response to poor fishing conditions caused by extremely high, turbid water. The fishery will reopen from April 13-17 and from April 20-23 upstream from Buoy 10 at the mouth of the Columbia River to Bonneville Dam, except in the Lewis River sanctuary. The extension was approved today by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon, who previously extended the season by four days earlier this month. With seasonal water flow well above average, anglers have not had much success in getting fish to bite, said Ron Roler, a Columbia River fishery manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). Through April 10, anglers had caught only about 10 percent of the upriver spring chinook available for harvest at this point in the season. Meanwhile, only 217 adult spring chinook salmon have been counted passing Bonneville Dam through April 10, far short of the 1,600 fish previously expected by mid-April. "Test fisheries in the lower river are finding plenty of spring chinook," Roler said. "They're just not very quick to bite or move upriver under these conditions. Often visibility in the river is so limited that the fish can't see the anglers' lures." He suggests that anglers check reports of streamflows and fish-passage levels at Bonneville Dam for signs of improving fishing conditions. "Fishing should pick up fairly quickly once the fish start to move," Roler said. Anglers planning to fish for spring chinook in the lower Columbia are advised to check the new fishing rule at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/. The spring chinook fishery upriver from Bonneville Dam to the Washington-Oregon border near Umatilla is not affected by the extension in the lower river and remains open until May 5. If spring chinook return at or above projections, fishery managers plan to provide additional fishing opportunities in both areas later this spring. Anglers fishing those waters are allowed to retain 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. 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 - 3:58 a.m. 4/13/2017
Spring chinook fishery extended again
in lower Columbia River

OLYMPIA – State fishery managers have
again extended the initial
sportfishing season for spring
chinook salmon on the lower Columbia
River in response to poor fishing
conditions caused by extremely high,
turbid water.

The fishery will reopen from April
13-17 and from April 20-23 upstream
from Buoy 10 at the mouth of the
Columbia River to Bonneville Dam,
except in the Lewis River sanctuary.

The extension was approved today by
fishery managers from Washington and
Oregon, who previously extended the
season by four days earlier this
month.

With seasonal water flow well above
average, anglers have not had much
success in getting fish to bite, said
Ron Roler, a Columbia River fishery
manager for the Washington Department
of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

Through April 10, anglers had caught
only about 10 percent of the upriver
spring chinook available for harvest
at this point in the season.

Meanwhile, only 217 adult spring
chinook salmon have been counted
passing Bonneville Dam through April
10, far short of the 1,600 fish
previously expected by mid-April.

"Test fisheries in the lower river
are finding plenty of spring
chinook," Roler said. "They're just
not very quick to bite or move
upriver under these conditions. Often
visibility in the river is so limited
that the fish can't see the anglers'
lures."

He suggests that anglers check
reports of streamflows and fish-
passage levels at Bonneville Dam for
signs of improving fishing
conditions.

"Fishing should pick up fairly
quickly once the fish start to move,"
Roler said.

Anglers planning to fish for spring
chinook in the lower Columbia are
advised to check the new fishing rule
at
https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/ef
ishrules/.

The spring chinook fishery upriver
from Bonneville Dam to the
Washington-Oregon border near
Umatilla is not affected by the
extension in the lower river and
remains open until May 5. If spring
chinook return at or above
projections, fishery managers plan to
provide additional fishing
opportunities in both areas later
this spring.

Anglers fishing those waters are
allowed to retain 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.

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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OLYMPIA – State shellfish managers have given the OK for a five-day razor clam dig at Twin Harbors starting April 5, and have tentatively scheduled the beach to open again later this month. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the opening after marine toxin tests showed clams at Twin Harbors are safe to eat. Razor clam diggers should be aware that the first four days of the dig are on evening tides, whereas the last day's dig is on a morning tide, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for WDFW. "We know diggers are looking forward to returning to Twin Harbors and we are happy to announce these new opportunities," Ayres said. The first four days of digging are approved on the following dates and evening low tides: April 5, Wednesday, 3:06 p.m.; 0.5 feet; Twin Harbors April 6, Thursday, 4:08 p.m.; 0.4 feet; Twin Harbors April 7, Friday, 5:01 p.m.; 0.4 feet; Twin Harbors April 8, Saturday, 5:46 p.m.; 0.4 feet; Twin Harbors The fifth day of digging will be conducted on morning tides, as will other digs through the end of the season: April 9, Sunday, 6:25 a.m.; 0.5 feet; Twin Harbors 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 2017-18 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. State shellfish managers also added Twin Harbors to a tentatively scheduled dig in mid-April that includes openings at Copalis and Mocrocks. The planned opening depends on the results of marine toxin tests, which generally take place about a week before the dig is scheduled. The proposed razor clam digs, along with morning low tides and beaches, are listed below: April 12, Wednesday, 8:08 a.m.; 0.0 feet; Twin Harbors April 13, Thursday, 8:43 a.m.; 0.0 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis April 14, Friday, 9:18 a.m.; 0.1 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks April 15, Saturday, 9:55 a.m.; 0.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis April 16, Sunday, 10:36 a.m., 0.5 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks Long Beach remains closed to digging, Ayres noted. However, the beach could open soon if the next round of toxin testing shows the clams there are safe to eat. During all upcoming digs, state wildlife managers urge clam diggers to avoid disturbing snowy plovers and streaked horned larks. Both species nest in the soft, dry sand on the southern section of Twin Harbors beach and at Leadbetter Point on the Long Beach Peninsula. The snowy plover is a small bird with gray wings and a white breast. The lark is a small bird with a pale yellow breast and brown back. Male larks have a black mask, breast band and "horns." To protect these birds, the department asks that clam diggers avoid the dunes and areas of the beach with soft, dry sand. When driving to a clam-digging area, diggers should enter the beach only at designated access points and stay on the hard-packed sand near or below the high tide line. More details on how to avoid disturbing nesting birds can be found on the WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/ Persons with disabilities who need to receive this information in an alternative format or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-902-2349), TTY (360-902-2207), or email (dolores.noyes@dfw.wa.gov). For more information, see http://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/reasonable_request.html. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This message has been sent to the WDFW All Information mailing list. Visit the WDFW News Release Archive at: http://wdfw.wa.gov/news/ To UNSUBSCRIBE from this mailing list: http://wdfw.wa.gov/lists/unsubscribe.html - 4:27 a.m. 4/5/2017
OLYMPIA – State shellfish managers
have given the OK for a five-day
razor clam dig at Twin Harbors
starting April 5, and have
tentatively scheduled the beach to
open again later this month.

The Washington Department of Fish and
Wildlife (WDFW) approved the opening
after marine toxin tests showed clams
at Twin Harbors are safe to eat.

Razor clam diggers should be aware
that the first four days of the dig
are on evening tides, whereas the
last day's dig is on a morning tide,
said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish
manager for WDFW.

"We know diggers are looking forward
to returning to Twin Harbors and we
are happy to announce these new
opportunities," Ayres said.

The first four days of digging are
approved on the following dates and
evening low tides:

April 5, Wednesday, 3:06 p.m.; 0.5
feet; Twin Harbors
April 6, Thursday, 4:08 p.m.; 0.4
feet; Twin Harbors
April 7, Friday, 5:01 p.m.; 0.4 feet;
Twin Harbors
April 8, Saturday, 5:46 p.m.; 0.4
feet; Twin Harbors
The fifth day of digging will be
conducted on morning tides, as will
other digs through the end of the
season:

April 9, Sunday, 6:25 a.m.; 0.5 feet;
Twin Harbors
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 2017-18 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.

State shellfish managers also added
Twin Harbors to a tentatively
scheduled dig in mid-April that
includes openings at Copalis and
Mocrocks. The planned opening depends
on the results of marine toxin tests,
which generally take place about a
week before the dig is scheduled.

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

April 12, Wednesday, 8:08 a.m.; 0.0
feet; Twin Harbors
April 13, Thursday, 8:43 a.m.; 0.0
feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis
April 14, Friday, 9:18 a.m.; 0.1
feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
April 15, Saturday, 9:55 a.m.; 0.3
feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis
April 16, Sunday, 10:36 a.m., 0.5
feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
Long Beach remains closed to digging,
Ayres noted. However, the beach could
open soon if the next round of toxin
testing shows the clams there are
safe to eat.

During all upcoming digs, state
wildlife managers urge clam diggers
to avoid disturbing snowy plovers and
streaked horned larks. Both species
nest in the soft, dry sand on the
southern section of Twin Harbors
beach and at Leadbetter Point on the
Long Beach Peninsula. The snowy
plover is a small bird with gray
wings and a white breast. The lark is
a small bird with a pale yellow
breast and brown back. Male larks
have a black mask, breast band and
"horns."

To protect these birds, the
department asks that clam diggers
avoid the dunes and areas of the
beach with soft, dry sand. When
driving to a clam-digging area,
diggers should enter the beach only
at designated access points and stay
on the hard-packed sand near or below
the high tide line.

More details on how to avoid
disturbing nesting birds can be found
on the WDFW's website at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/
razorclams/

Persons with disabilities who need to
receive this information in an
alternative format or who need
reasonable accommodations to
participate in WDFW-sponsored public
meetings or other activities may
contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-
902-2349), TTY (360-902-2207), or
email (dolores.noyes@dfw.wa.gov). For
more information, see
http://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/reas
onable_request.html.


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2017-18 license required: Anglers age 15 and older are required to have a valid 2017-18 fishing license to participate all of these fisheries after March 31, when 2016-17 licenses expire. Licenses are avaiIable online, by phone (1-866-246-9453), and from license dealers around the state. Also note that the current Fish Washington rule pamphlet remains valid through June 30. Spring chinook salmon: Record-setting flows of turbid water washed out fisheries in the Columbia River Basin in March, with no immediate relief in sight. At Bonneville Dam, streamflows reached levels unmatched since 1950, reducing anglers' catch to a fraction of the levels expected during the first month of fishing. In response, state fishery managers extended the initial season for spring chinook below Bonneville Dam by four days. The initial fishing period, originally set to close April 6, was extended through April 10 under an agreement reached by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon. Farther upstream, the sport fishery between Bonneville Dam and the Washington-Oregon border, east of Umatilla, remains open through May 5. "As everyone knows, it's extremely rough out there," said Joe Hymer, a WDFW fish biologist. "The best bet for anglers is to watch for conditions to improve. Catches can ramp up quickly once streamflows subside and more fish start moving upriver." Hymer recommends that anglers check river flows and fish-passage counts for signs of improvement, and keep their eyes peeled for floating debris once they get out on the water. Anglers fishing the Columbia River are allowed to catch and keep one marked, hatchery-reared chinook salmon as part of their daily limit of two adult salmon, two steelhead, or one of each. Best bets for spring chinook: Given the turbid river conditions, Hymer said a good fishing strategy is to fish close to riverbanks and near the mouth of the Kalama and Wind rivers and Drano Lake. "Those areas are likely to clear first, and give anglers a chance to catch some fish," he said. Once the river drops and clears, Hymer suggests trying the lower river near the Cathlamet area or just below Bonneville Dam. The Cowlitz and Kalama rivers also offer good opportunities for taking home a hatchery spring chinook, and the Cowlitz is also a good place to catch late winter-run steelhead. Anglers should be aware, however, that fishing for spring chinook is closed on the Lewis River, and that all fishing is closed near the mouth of the Lewis, as defined by the fishing rule posted on WDFW's website. Trout: The season opens full throttle April 22 when several hundred lowland lakes throughout the state open for business. While most lakes in the region are open year-round, "opening day" marks the debut of such perennial favorites as Mineral Lake, Fort Borst Park Pond, Carlisle Lake, and Davis Lake in Lewis County; and Rowland, Spearfish and Horsethief lakes in Klickitat County. Swift Power Canal also will be planted with trout prior to the April 22 opener. Kidney Lake in Skamania County will not be stocked this year, because the lake is located on private property and there is no public access to stock it. Like last year, Swift Reservoir will not open until the first Saturday in June to protect salmon and steelhead smolts migrating downstream. Those smolts are part of an ongoing reintroduction program under re-licensing agreements with PacifiCorp. In other waters, WDFW will continue to plant thousands of catchable trout in Clark County year-round lakes, including Klineline Pond, Battleground Lake and Lacamas Lake. Three lakes in Cowlitz County – Sacajawea, Kress, and Horseshoe lakes – will also receive plants of rainbow trout, as will three lakes in Skamania County – Icehouse, Little Ash, and Tunnel lakes. To accommodate a fishing event for kids, Klineline Park in Vancouver will be closed to the general public April 6-8. More information is available on WDFW's website. Warmwater fish: Anglers can fish for bass, walleye and channel catfish without daily catch or size limits from the mouth of the Columbia River 545 miles upstream to Chief Joseph Dam. A fishing rule approved last year by WDFW removed the remaining limits for those species in boundary waters shared with Oregon and nearly two-dozen tributaries to the Columbia River. Be sure to check the rule change notice for the details. - 10:12 a.m. 4/1/2017
2017-18 license required: Anglers age
15 and older are required to have a
valid 2017-18 fishing license to
participate all of these fisheries
after March 31, when 2016-17 licenses
expire. Licenses are avaiIable
online, by phone (1-866-246-9453),
and from license dealers around the
state. Also note that the current
Fish Washington rule pamphlet remains
valid through June 30.

Spring chinook salmon: Record-setting
flows of turbid water washed out
fisheries in the Columbia River Basin
in March, with no immediate relief in
sight. At Bonneville Dam, streamflows
reached levels unmatched since 1950,
reducing anglers' catch to a fraction
of the levels expected during the
first month of fishing.

In response, state fishery managers
extended the initial season for
spring chinook below Bonneville Dam
by four days. The initial fishing
period, originally set to close April
6, was extended through April 10
under an agreement reached by fishery
managers from Washington and Oregon.

Farther upstream, the sport fishery
between Bonneville Dam and the
Washington-Oregon border, east of
Umatilla, remains open through May 5.

"As everyone knows, it's extremely
rough out there," said Joe Hymer, a
WDFW fish biologist. "The best bet
for anglers is to watch for
conditions to improve. Catches can
ramp up quickly once streamflows
subside and more fish start moving
upriver."

Hymer recommends that anglers check
river flows and fish-passage counts
for signs of improvement, and keep
their eyes peeled for floating debris
once they get out on the water.

Anglers fishing the Columbia River
are allowed to catch and keep one
marked, hatchery-reared chinook
salmon as part of their daily limit
of two adult salmon, two steelhead,
or one of each.

Best bets for spring chinook: Given
the turbid river conditions, Hymer
said a good fishing strategy is to
fish close to riverbanks and near the
mouth of the Kalama and Wind rivers
and Drano Lake. "Those areas are
likely to clear first, and give
anglers a chance to catch some fish,"
he said.

Once the river drops and clears,
Hymer suggests trying the lower river
near the Cathlamet area or just below
Bonneville Dam. The Cowlitz and
Kalama rivers also offer good
opportunities for taking home a
hatchery spring chinook, and the
Cowlitz is also a good place to catch
late winter-run steelhead.

Anglers should be aware, however,
that fishing for spring chinook is
closed on the Lewis River, and that
all fishing is closed near the mouth
of the Lewis, as defined by the
fishing rule posted on WDFW's
website.

Trout: The season opens full throttle
April 22 when several hundred lowland
lakes throughout the state open for
business. While most lakes in the
region are open year-round, "opening
day" marks the debut of such
perennial favorites as Mineral Lake,
Fort Borst Park Pond, Carlisle Lake,
and Davis Lake in Lewis County; and
Rowland, Spearfish and Horsethief
lakes in Klickitat County. Swift
Power Canal also will be planted with
trout prior to the April 22 opener.

Kidney Lake in Skamania County will
not be stocked this year, because the
lake is located on private property
and there is no public access to
stock it.

Like last year, Swift Reservoir will
not open until the first Saturday in
June to protect salmon and steelhead
smolts migrating downstream. Those
smolts are part of an ongoing
reintroduction program under re-
licensing agreements with PacifiCorp.

In other waters, WDFW will continue
to plant thousands of catchable trout
in Clark County year-round lakes,
including Klineline Pond,
Battleground Lake and Lacamas Lake.
Three lakes in Cowlitz County –
Sacajawea, Kress, and Horseshoe lakes
– will also receive plants of rainbow
trout, as will three lakes in
Skamania County – Icehouse, Little
Ash, and Tunnel lakes.

To accommodate a fishing event for
kids, Klineline Park in Vancouver
will be closed to the general public
April 6-8. More information is
available on WDFW's website.

Warmwater fish: Anglers can fish for
bass, walleye and channel catfish
without daily catch or size limits
from the mouth of the Columbia River
545 miles upstream to Chief Joseph
Dam. A fishing rule approved last
year by WDFW removed the remaining
limits for those species in boundary
waters shared with Oregon and nearly
two-dozen tributaries to the Columbia
River. Be sure to check the rule
change notice for the details.

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

Spring chinook fishery extended four days below Bonneville Dam OLYMPIA – State fishery managers have extended the initial sportfishing season for spring chinook salmon on the lower Columbia River by four days in response to poor fishing conditions caused by extremely high, turbid water. The initial fishing period, previously set to close April 6, was extended through April 10 under an agreement reached today by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon. As of March 26, catch estimates show that Washington state anglers had caught a total of 24 upriver spring chinook salmon, just a fraction of the expected harvest of 6,905 upriver chinook through April 6. "It's clear that the spring chinook catch is running well below expectations, so we're announcing the extension now to give the angling community and industry time to plan ahead," said John Long, southwest regional manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). Although this year's upriver spring chinook run to the Columbia River is predicted to be about 35 percent lower than in 2016, Long said that is not the primary reason for anglers' lack of success. The real problem, he said, is that record-setting streamflows carrying logs and other debris, which has made fishing difficult – and potentially dangerous – in recent weeks. "Test fisheries show that the spring chinook run has arrived, but in a lot of cases visibility in the river is so limited that the fish can't see the anglers' lures," Long said. He suggests that anglers check reports of streamflows and fish-passage levels at Bonneville Dam for signs of improving fishing conditions. The spring chinook fishery upriver from Bonneville Dam to the Washington-Oregon border near Umatilla is open until May 5, and will not be affected by the extension in the lower river. If spring chinook return at or above projections, fishery managers plan to provide additional fishing opportunities in both areas later this spring. Anglers fishing those waters are allowed to retain 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. Persons with d - 9:26 a.m. 3/31/2017
Spring chinook fishery extended four
days below Bonneville Dam

OLYMPIA – State fishery managers have
extended the initial sportfishing
season for spring chinook salmon on
the lower Columbia River by four days
in response to poor fishing
conditions caused by extremely high,
turbid water.

The initial fishing period,
previously set to close April 6, was
extended through April 10 under an
agreement reached today by fishery
managers from Washington and Oregon.

As of March 26, catch estimates show
that Washington state anglers had
caught a total of 24 upriver spring
chinook salmon, just a fraction of
the expected harvest of 6,905 upriver
chinook through April 6.

"It's clear that the spring chinook
catch is running well below
expectations, so we're announcing the
extension now to give the angling
community and industry time to plan
ahead," said John Long, southwest
regional manager for the Washington
Department of Fish and Wildlife
(WDFW).

Although this year's upriver spring
chinook run to the Columbia River is
predicted to be about 35 percent
lower than in 2016, Long said that is
not the primary reason for anglers'
lack of success. The real problem, he
said, is that record-setting
streamflows carrying logs and other
debris, which has made fishing
difficult – and potentially dangerous
– in recent weeks.

"Test fisheries show that the spring
chinook run has arrived, but in a lot
of cases visibility in the river is
so limited that the fish can't see
the anglers' lures," Long said.

He suggests that anglers check
reports of streamflows and fish-
passage levels at Bonneville Dam for
signs of improving fishing
conditions.

The spring chinook fishery upriver
from Bonneville Dam to the
Washington-Oregon border near
Umatilla is open until May 5, and
will not be affected by the extension
in the lower river. If spring chinook
return at or above projections,
fishery managers plan to provide
additional fishing opportunities in
both areas later this spring.

Anglers fishing those waters are
allowed to retain 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.

Persons with d

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

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