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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

Fishery managers delay decisions on smelt, other Columbia fisheries OLYMPIA Washington state fishery managers have delayed setting a recreational smelt-fishing season on the Cowlitz River until they can better gauge the size of this year's run. In a joint meeting Tuesday with their Oregon counterparts, they also postponed setting an end date for sturgeon fishing in the Bonneville Pool because anglers took just 16 of the 325-fish catch guideline in January. "In both cases, we just don't have enough data to make an informed decision," said Ron Roler, a Columbia River fishing manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). "We're going to keep a sharp eye on the indicators in the weeks ahead." Last year, recreational smelt dipping in the Cowlitz River was limited to one six-hour period, during which 16,700 dippers took approximately 141,000 pounds of the species, also known as eulachon. Smelt were listed under the federal Endangered Species Act in 2010, but a small fishery is allowed to help monitor the size of the return. To help assess smelt returns, the two states today approved a series of eight commercial fishing periods in February. If the daily catch reaches 150 pounds, WDFW will consider open a short sport fishery. "We know there's a lot of interest in this fishery, but we have to make sure the run can support it," Roler said. Unlike smelt fishing, the retention fishery for white sturgeon is already under way on the Columbia River upriver from Bonneville Dam to McNary Dam. After a month of fishing, catch levels in Bonneville, The Dalles and John Day pools ranged from 5-14 percent of allowable catch levels. Fishery managers will continue to track catch levels and revisit those fisheries in mid-February to early March, Roler said. On Feb. 23, they also expect to set seasons for the spring chinook salmon fishery. The salmon season is currently open through March 31, when the bulk of the run begins to arrive. "We fully expect to announce new seasons for spring chinook well before the fish arrive in earnest," Roler said. Persons with disabilities who need to receive this information in an alternative format or who need reasonable accommodations to participate - 8:26 a.m. 2/2/2017
Fishery managers delay decisions on
smelt, other Columbia fisheries

OLYMPIA Washington state fishery
managers have delayed setting a
recreational smelt-fishing season on
the Cowlitz River until they can
better gauge the size of this year's
run.

In a joint meeting Tuesday with their
Oregon counterparts, they also
postponed setting an end date for
sturgeon fishing in the Bonneville
Pool because anglers took just 16 of
the 325-fish catch guideline in
January.

"In both cases, we just don't have
enough data to make an informed
decision," said Ron Roler, a Columbia
River fishing manager for the
Washington Department of Fish and
Wildlife (WDFW). "We're going to keep
a sharp eye on the indicators in the
weeks ahead."

Last year, recreational smelt dipping
in the Cowlitz River was limited to
one six-hour period, during which
16,700 dippers took approximately
141,000 pounds of the species, also
known as eulachon. Smelt were listed
under the federal Endangered Species
Act in 2010, but a small fishery is
allowed to help monitor the size of
the return.

To help assess smelt returns, the two
states today approved a series of
eight commercial fishing periods in
February. If the daily catch reaches
150 pounds, WDFW will consider open a
short sport fishery.

"We know there's a lot of interest in
this fishery, but we have to make
sure the run can support it," Roler
said.

Unlike smelt fishing, the retention
fishery for white sturgeon is already
under way on the Columbia River
upriver from Bonneville Dam to McNary
Dam. After a month of fishing, catch
levels in Bonneville, The Dalles and
John Day pools ranged from 5-14
percent of allowable catch levels.

Fishery managers will continue to
track catch levels and revisit those
fisheries in mid-February to early
March, Roler said.

On Feb. 23, they also expect to set
seasons for the spring chinook salmon
fishery. The salmon season is
currently open through March 31, when
the bulk of the run begins to arrive.

"We fully expect to announce new
seasons for spring chinook well
before the fish arrive in earnest,"
Roler said.

Persons with disabilities who need to
receive this information in an
alternative format or who need
reasonable accommodations to
participate

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

Lewis Hatchery - 11:34 p.m. 1/27/2017
Are there any steelhead caught by cedar creek / lewis hatchery at the moment? Is the water level allowing to fish at that spot?

Andrew - Vancouver, wa
sundaysilver@yahoo.com

Marine Area 10 salmon season will close Jan. 23 Action: Closes Marine Area 10 (Seattle/Bremerton) to salmon fishing. Effective Date: Jan. 23, 2017 through Feb. 28, 2017. Species affected: Salmon. Location: Marine Area 10 within Puget Sound, excluding year-round piers. Reason for action: Before the salmon fishing season started, WDFW and tribal co-managers agreed to a limited number (2,597) of chinook encounters - retaining or releasing fish - anglers are allowed in Marine Area 10. Preliminary estimates indicate that anglers have retained or released 2,390 chinook and are expected to reach the limit for chinook encounters by Jan. 23. The fishery is being closed to control impacts on stocks of concern and ensure compliance with conservation objectives. Other information: Year-round fishing piers are unaffected by this rule change and specific regulations can be found in the Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet. Year-round fishing pier impacts on chinook are expected to be minimal. 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 - 12:58 p.m. 1/20/2017
Marine Area 10 salmon season will
close Jan. 23

Action: Closes Marine Area 10
(Seattle/Bremerton) to salmon
fishing.

Effective Date: Jan. 23, 2017
through Feb. 28, 2017.

Species affected: Salmon.

Location: Marine Area 10 within
Puget Sound, excluding year-round
piers.

Reason for action: Before the salmon
fishing season started, WDFW and
tribal co-managers agreed to a
limited number (2,597) of chinook
encounters - retaining or releasing
fish - anglers are allowed in Marine
Area 10. Preliminary estimates
indicate that anglers have retained
or released 2,390 chinook and are
expected to reach the limit for
chinook encounters by Jan. 23. The
fishery is being closed to control
impacts on stocks of concern and
ensure compliance with conservation
objectives.

Other information: Year-round fishing
piers are unaffected by this rule
change and specific regulations can
be found in the Washington Sport
Fishing Rules pamphlet. Year-round
fishing pier impacts on chinook are
expected to be minimal.

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

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

WDFW approves razor clam dig starting Jan. 27 OLYMPIA Razor clam diggers can look forward to a five-day opening beginning Jan. 27 at Copalis beach, overlapping with three days of digging at Mocrocks. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the opening on evening tides at those two beaches after marine toxin tests confirmed the clams on the beaches are safe to eat. Diggers should be aware that only Copalis beach is open the first two days of the dig, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for WDFW. The upcoming dig is approved on the following beaches, dates and evening low tides: Jan. 27, Friday, 6:26 p.m.; -0.5 feet; Copalis Jan. 28, Saturday, 7:01 p.m.; -0.6 feet; Copalis Jan. 29, Sunday, 7:37 p.m.; -0.5 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks Jan. 30, Monday, 8:13 p.m.; -0.3 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks Jan. 31, Tuesday, 8:50 p.m.; 0.2 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks 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. Both Long Beach and Twin Harbors remain closed to razor clam digging due to elevated levels of domoic acid. However, Ayres noted that domoic acid levels continue to drop at both beaches. "We remain hopeful that we will be able to open both beaches sometime this spring," Ayres said. A natural toxin produced by certain types of algae, domoic acid can be harmful or even fatal if consumed in sufficient quantities. WDFW will continue to monitor toxin levels at all ocean beaches. A list of razor clam digs tentatively scheduled through February can be found on WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html. 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. - 12:56 p.m. 1/20/2017
WDFW approves razor clam dig starting
Jan. 27

OLYMPIA Razor clam diggers can look
forward to a five-day opening
beginning Jan. 27 at Copalis beach,
overlapping with three days of
digging at Mocrocks.

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

Diggers should be aware that only
Copalis beach is open the first two
days of the dig, said Dan Ayres,
coastal shellfish manager for WDFW.

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

Jan. 27, Friday, 6:26 p.m.; -0.5
feet; Copalis
Jan. 28, Saturday, 7:01 p.m.; -0.6
feet; Copalis
Jan. 29, Sunday, 7:37 p.m.; -0.5
feet; Copalis, Mocrocks
Jan. 30, Monday, 8:13 p.m.; -0.3
feet; Copalis, Mocrocks
Jan. 31, Tuesday, 8:50 p.m.; 0.2
feet; Copalis, Mocrocks
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.

Both Long Beach and Twin Harbors
remain closed to razor clam digging
due to elevated levels of domoic
acid. However, Ayres noted that
domoic acid levels continue to drop
at both beaches.

"We remain hopeful that we will be
able to open both beaches sometime
this spring," Ayres said.

A natural toxin produced by certain
types of algae, domoic acid can be
harmful or even fatal if consumed in
sufficient quantities. WDFW will
continue to monitor toxin levels at
all ocean beaches.

A list of razor clam digs tentatively
scheduled through February can be
found on WDFW's website at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/
razorclams/current.html.

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

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