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Hundreds of lowland lakes open April 22 with new opportunities to pull in prize fish OLYMPIA–Trout fishing in Washington reaches full speed April 22, when several hundred lowland lakes – stocked with millions of fish – open for a six-month season. That date also marks the start of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's (WDFW) annual lowland lake fishing derby, which runs through Oct. 31. "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," said Steve Thiesfeld, WDFW inland fish program manager. To participate, 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/ 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. 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/ Opening weekend is a time when success rates are likely to be higher, says Thiesfeld. "When I was a kid, I had a difficult time sleeping the night before opening day. It's so exciting to get out there and fish, and opening weekend is just an excellent time to introduce fishing to kids and beginners," he adds. Thiesfeld encourages new anglers to check the "Fish Washington" feature at the department's webpage (http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/washington) for details on lake fishing opportunities. The map-based webpage includes fishing information by county, lake and fish species throughout the state. For those who want more fishing advice, Thiesfeld recommends "how to" fishing videos also available at the department's webpage (http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/washington/videos). Of more than 7,000 lakes, ponds and reservoirs in Washington, nearly 700 have WDFW-managed water-access sites, including areas accessible for people with disabilities. Other state and federal agencies operate hundreds more. Details on water access site locations can be found on WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/lands/water_access/. Anglers parking at WDFW water-access sites are required to display on their vehicle the WDFW Vehicle Access Pass that is provided free with every annual fishing license purchased. The passes are transferable between two vehicles. Anglers who use Washington State Parks or Department of Natural Resource areas need a Discover Pass. Information on the pass can be found at http://discoverpass.wa.gov/ Before heading out, anglers should check fishing regulations on WDFW's webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/ 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 - 4:02 p.m. 3/30/2017
Hundreds of lowland lakes open April
22
with new opportunities to pull in
prize fish

OLYMPIA–Trout fishing in Washington
reaches full speed April 22, when
several hundred lowland lakes –
stocked with millions of fish – open
for a six-month season.

That date also marks the start of the
Washington Department of Fish and
Wildlife's (WDFW) annual lowland lake
fishing derby, which runs through
Oct. 31.

"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," said
Steve Thiesfeld, WDFW inland fish
program manager.

To participate, 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/

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.

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/

Opening weekend is a time when
success rates are likely to be
higher, says Thiesfeld.

"When I was a kid, I had a difficult
time sleeping the night before
opening day. It's so exciting to get
out there and fish, and opening
weekend is just an excellent time to
introduce fishing to kids and
beginners," he adds.

Thiesfeld encourages new anglers to
check the "Fish Washington" feature
at the department's webpage
(http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/washingto
n) for details on lake fishing
opportunities. The map-based webpage
includes fishing information by
county, lake and fish species
throughout the state.

For those who want more fishing
advice, Thiesfeld recommends "how to"
fishing videos also available at the
department's webpage
(http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/washingto
n/videos).

Of more than 7,000 lakes, ponds and
reservoirs in Washington, nearly 700
have WDFW-managed water-access sites,
including areas accessible for people
with disabilities. Other state and
federal agencies operate hundreds
more.

Details on water access site
locations can be found on WDFW's
website at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/lands/water_access
/.

Anglers parking at WDFW water-access
sites are required to display on
their vehicle the WDFW Vehicle Access
Pass that is provided free with every
annual fishing license purchased. The
passes are transferable between two
vehicles.

Anglers who use Washington State
Parks or Department of Natural
Resource areas need a Discover Pass.
Information on the pass can be found
at http://discoverpass.wa.gov/

Before heading out, anglers should
check fishing regulations on WDFW's
webpage at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulation
s/

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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Razor clam dig alternates between two beaches beginning March 30 OLYMPIA – State shellfish managers have approved a morning razor clam dig starting March 30 with openings alternating between Mocrocks and Copalis beaches through April 2. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the four-day dig – the first dig of the season on morning tides – after marine toxin tests showed that clams on those two beaches are safe to eat. Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, said diggers should be aware that only one beach – either Mocrocks or Copalis – will be open each day of the upcoming dig. Ayres also reminds diggers that all state fishing licenses expire March 31, so they will need to purchase a 2017-18 fishing license if they plan to participate in the digs approved for Saturday, April 1, and Sunday, April 2. Licenses applicable to digging razor clams include an annual razor clam license, a shellfish license or a combination fishing license. A three-day razor clam license is also available, although it is restricted to digging days in a single licensing year. All licenses are available online at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/ and from sporting goods stores and other licensing outlets throughout the state. The upcoming dig is approved on the following beaches, dates and morning low tides: March 30, Thursday, 8:58 a.m.; -0.6 feet, Mocrocks March 31, Friday, 9:47 a.m.; -0.6 feet, Copalis April 1, Saturday, 10:40 a.m.; -0.5 feet, Mocrocks April 2, Sunday; 11:39 a.m., -0.1 feet, Copalis Long Beach and Twin Harbors remain closed to digging, because they have not yet met state testing requirements for marine toxins, Ayres said. Copalis Beach extends from the Grays Harbor north jetty to the Copalis River and includes the Copalis, Ocean Shores, Oyhut, Ocean City and Copalis areas. Mocrocks Beach extends from the Copalis River to the southern boundary of the Quinault Reservation near the Moclips River, including Iron Springs, Roosevelt Beach, Seabrook, Pacific Beach and Moclips. Maps of those beaches and information about razor clam digs proposed in the future are available 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. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This message has been sent to the WDFW All Information - 1:03 p.m. 3/29/2017
Razor clam dig alternates between two
beaches beginning March 30

OLYMPIA – State shellfish managers
have approved a morning razor clam
dig starting March 30 with openings
alternating between Mocrocks and
Copalis beaches through April 2.

The Washington Department of Fish and
Wildlife (WDFW) approved the four-day
dig – the first dig of the season on
morning tides – after marine toxin
tests showed that clams on those two
beaches are safe to eat.

Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish
manager, said diggers should be aware
that only one beach – either Mocrocks
or Copalis – will be open each day of
the upcoming dig.

Ayres also reminds diggers that all
state fishing licenses expire March
31, so they will need to purchase a
2017-18 fishing license if they plan
to participate in the digs approved
for Saturday, April 1, and Sunday,
April 2.

Licenses applicable to digging razor
clams include an annual razor clam
license, a shellfish license or a
combination fishing license. A three-
day razor clam license is also
available, although it is restricted
to digging days in a single licensing
year.

All licenses are available online at
https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/ and from
sporting goods stores and other
licensing outlets throughout the
state.

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

March 30, Thursday, 8:58 a.m.; -0.6
feet, Mocrocks
March 31, Friday, 9:47 a.m.; -0.6
feet, Copalis
April 1, Saturday, 10:40 a.m.; -0.5
feet, Mocrocks
April 2, Sunday; 11:39 a.m., -0.1
feet, Copalis
Long Beach and Twin Harbors remain
closed to digging, because they have
not yet met state testing
requirements for marine toxins, Ayres
said.

Copalis Beach extends from the Grays
Harbor north jetty to the Copalis
River and includes the Copalis, Ocean
Shores, Oyhut, Ocean City and Copalis
areas.

Mocrocks Beach extends from the
Copalis River to the southern
boundary of the Quinault Reservation
near the Moclips River, including
Iron Springs, Roosevelt Beach,
Seabrook, Pacific Beach and Moclips.

Maps of those beaches and information
about razor clam digs proposed in the
future are available 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.


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

cool stuff - 5:17 p.m. 3/19/2017
Hope this is ok Noel.

Sportsman's in Kelso is having some
awesome events coming up.

March 25 Springer Seminar with
Clancy Holt and CCA
April 6th Ladies Night with
Ashley Nichole Lewis. Ashley will be giving
away a E6X with Shimano Nasci reel.
Featuring Brad's and Pro-Cure.
Springer Derby going on through May 1st
1st place $500 gift card
2nd place $100 gift card
3rd place $50 gift card
Fish must be gutted and gilled

Like our fb page for all upcoming events!

Thanks Noel

Gabe Boline

River level - 6:59 a.m. 3/15/2017
Thank you so much for giving us a heads up on the river level !!
Hats off to you !!!!

bobberdogger - battle ground wa

UPDATE as of 10:30 today Tomorrow (WED, 15 March) at 9:00AM, outflow will increase to 20,000cfs. There is a potential to go to 32,000cfs before the event is over – this is dependent on what occurs above the dam. Will probably not see the NWS weather forecasts that could trigger this further outflow increase until at the very earliest 3pm today and maybe not until tomorrow. We will let you know if that happens but wanted to give you a heads up……………. Ernie Ernie Schnabler, CEM, MEP Director, Emergency Management Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office 312 SW First Avenue, Kelso, WA 98626 Phone (360) 577-3130 Fax (360) 577-3009 - 1:28 p.m. 3/14/2017
UPDATE as of 10:30 today

Tomorrow (WED, 15 March) at 9:00AM,
outflow will increase to 20,000cfs.

There is a potential to go to
32,000cfs before the event is over –
this is dependent on what occurs
above the dam.

Will probably not see the NWS weather
forecasts that could trigger this
further outflow increase until at the
very earliest 3pm today and maybe not
until tomorrow. We will let you
know if that happens but wanted to
give you a heads up…………….

Ernie

Ernie Schnabler, CEM, MEP

Director, Emergency Management

Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office

312 SW First Avenue, Kelso, WA 98626

Phone (360) 577-3130

Fax (360) 577-3009


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

log jam - 10:15 a.m. 3/9/2017
I was wondering why fish and game or clark county or parks people could please do something about the log jam above daybreak nice drift even if your not fishing !!!!!!!!!!

frank zappa - vanc wash
williamschester86@yahoo.com

WDFW approves razor clam dig beginning March 7 OLYMPIA – Twin Harbors beach will be open March 7 for a week of razor clam digging, during which Copalis and Mocrocks beaches will each be open for two of those days. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the opening on three ocean beaches after marine toxin tests confirmed the clams on those beaches are safe to eat. Twin Harbors is among the beaches open for this dig although it wasn't previously on the schedule, said Dan Ayres, WDFW's coastal shellfish manager. The department also added extra days for digging at Twin Harbors. "Toxin levels at Twin Harbors are consistently meeting state public health standards, allowing us to add the beach to this dig," Ayres said. "We'll likely announce additional tentative dates for Twin Harbors in the near future." Unfortunately, Ayres noted, toxin levels increased again at Long Beach, which will remain closed for this dig. Kalaloch beach also will be closed during this dig. The department was unable to collect enough clams for a toxin sample and has canceled the dig at Kalaloch. WDFW plans to conduct an abundance survey at the next opportunity to determine whether there are sufficient clams at Kalaloch to proceed with digs tentatively scheduled later this month and in April, Ayres said. "We're not sure what's happening with clams at Kalaloch," Ayres said. "There were plenty of clams on the beach when we surveyed before the season began. However, we've seen a decline in clam numbers since then." The upcoming dig is approved on the following beaches, dates and evening low tides: March 7, Tuesday, 2:33 p.m.; 0.5 feet; Twin Harbors March 8, Wednesday, 3:35 p.m.; 0.1 feet; Twin Harbors March 9, Thursday, 4:28 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Mocrocks, Twin Harbors March 10, Friday, 5:13 p.m.; -0.3 feet; Copalis, Twin Harbors March 11, Saturday, 5:54 p.m.; -0.3 feet; Mocrocks, Twin Harbors March 12, Sunday, 7:31 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Copalis, Twin Harbors March 13, Monday, 8:06 p.m.; 0.3 feet; Twin Harbors State shellfish managers recommend that diggers hit the beach an hour or two before low tide. Digging is not allowed on any beach before noon. Razor clam diggers should be aware that Mocrocks and Copalis won't be open on the same days, Ayres said. Shellfish managers have been alternating open dates between the two beaches to maximize the number of days available this season. WDFW has added new maps of Mocrocks and Copalis to help diggers distinguish between the two beaches. Those maps can be found on WDFW's razor clam webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html. Copalis beach includes Ocean Shores, Oyhut, Ocean City and Copalis areas while Mocrocks includes Iron Springs, Roosevelt Beach, Seabrook, Pacific Beach and Moclips. 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. 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 - 8:26 a.m. 3/4/2017
WDFW approves razor clam dig
beginning March 7

OLYMPIA – Twin Harbors beach will be
open March 7 for a week of razor clam
digging, during which Copalis and
Mocrocks beaches will each be open
for two of those days.

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

Twin Harbors is among the beaches
open for this dig although it wasn't
previously on the schedule, said Dan
Ayres, WDFW's coastal shellfish
manager. The department also added
extra days for digging at Twin
Harbors.

"Toxin levels at Twin Harbors are
consistently meeting state public
health standards, allowing us to add
the beach to this dig," Ayres said.
"We'll likely announce additional
tentative dates for Twin Harbors in
the near future."

Unfortunately, Ayres noted, toxin
levels increased again at Long Beach,
which will remain closed for this
dig.

Kalaloch beach also will be closed
during this dig. The department was
unable to collect enough clams for a
toxin sample and has canceled the dig
at Kalaloch. WDFW plans to conduct an
abundance survey at the next
opportunity to determine whether
there are sufficient clams at
Kalaloch to proceed with digs
tentatively scheduled later this
month and in April, Ayres said.

"We're not sure what's happening with
clams at Kalaloch," Ayres said.
"There were plenty of clams on the
beach when we surveyed before the
season began. However, we've seen a
decline in clam numbers since then."

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

March 7, Tuesday, 2:33 p.m.; 0.5
feet; Twin Harbors
March 8, Wednesday, 3:35 p.m.; 0.1
feet; Twin Harbors
March 9, Thursday, 4:28 p.m.; -0.1
feet; Mocrocks, Twin Harbors
March 10, Friday, 5:13 p.m.; -0.3
feet; Copalis, Twin Harbors
March 11, Saturday, 5:54 p.m.; -0.3
feet; Mocrocks, Twin Harbors
March 12, Sunday, 7:31 p.m.; -0.1
feet; Copalis, Twin Harbors
March 13, Monday, 8:06 p.m.; 0.3
feet; Twin Harbors
State shellfish managers recommend
that diggers hit the beach an hour or
two before low tide. Digging is not
allowed on any beach before noon.

Razor clam diggers should be aware
that Mocrocks and Copalis won't be
open on the same days, Ayres said.
Shellfish managers have been
alternating open dates between the
two beaches to maximize the number of
days available this season.

WDFW has added new maps of Mocrocks
and Copalis to help diggers
distinguish between the two beaches.
Those maps can be found on WDFW's
razor clam webpage at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/
razorclams/current.html. Copalis
beach includes Ocean Shores, Oyhut,
Ocean City and Copalis areas while
Mocrocks includes Iron Springs,
Roosevelt Beach, Seabrook, Pacific
Beach and Moclips.

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.

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

2017 License - 8:17 p.m. 3/2/2017
Yea...but make sure you all buy your 2017
license!!

John - Woodland, WA

washougal - 2:42 p.m. 3/2/2017
lots of wild steelhead in Washougal caught 2 in 30 minuntes really

frank zappa - vanc
williamschester86@yahoo.com
lewis

Starting March 1, fishing will 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. Farther upstream, a sport fishery will run from March 16 through May 5 between Bonneville Dam and the Washington-Oregon border, east of Umatilla. Anglers are allowed one marked, hatchery-reared adult chinook salmon as part of their daily limit in all areas. See the news release on WDFW's website for more information. Tributaries: The steelhead catch is starting to pick up on the Cowlitz River, where anglers are catching bright 8-12 pound steelhead near the trout hatchery. The Kalama River is also giving up some nice steelhead, and both rivers should be good bets for hatchery spring chinook. Steelhead fishing is also open on the Lewis River, but starting March 1 anglers must release any chinook salmon they catch from the mouth upstream to the overhead powerlines below Merwin Dam. Meanwhile, anglers have through March 15 to fish for steelhead on the Coweeman, Elochoman, Grays, East Fork Lewis, South Fork Toutle, and Washougal rivers. That is also the case for Abernathy, Germany, Skamokawa, Mill (Cowlitz Co.), Cedar (Clark Co.), Rock (Skamania Co.), and Salmon (Clark Co.) creeks. Barbless hooks are required in all Washington Columbia River tributaries with a few exceptions. On the other hand, Wind River and Drano Lake open for salmon fishing March 16, with a daily limit of two hatchery chinook, or two hatchery steelhead, or one of each. Anglers planning to fish any of these waters are advised to check for emergency fishing rules to make sure they are aware of any updates to state regulations before they head out. Sturgeon: Anglers can still catch and keep legal-size white sturgeon in The Dalles and John Day pools until annual harvest guidelines have been met. Legal-size sturgeon measure 43 to 54 inches (fork length). The Bonneville Pool will remain open for retention until the winter portion of the annual 325-fish harvest guideline has been met. In the Bonneville Pool, sturgeon must be 38 to 54 inches (fork length) to be kept. Catch-and-release fishing is the rule in the lower Columbia River. Walleye and bass: Anglers have been doing pretty well for walleye in The Dalles and John Day pools. Bass should start biting there and in Bonneville Pool as the water warms up. Trout: WDFW will plant thousands of catchable rainbow trout in Cowlitz and Clark counties in March. In Cowlitz County, Sacajawea Lake will receive over 3,000 of those fish and Silver Lake will be stocked with over 7,000. In Clark County, Klineline Pond will get 3,000 trout, Battleground Lake 4,000, and Lacamas Lake 4,000. In addition, two lakes near The Bridge of the Gods along Highway 14 were planted in late in February. Icehouse Lake received 2,000 trout and Little Ash Lake got 1,000 trout. Kress Lake in Cowlitz County should continue to receive excess adult hatchery steelhead from the Kalama Riv - 9:11 a.m. 3/2/2017
Starting March 1, fishing will 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.
Farther upstream, a sport fishery
will run from March 16 through May 5
between Bonneville Dam and the
Washington-Oregon border, east of
Umatilla. Anglers are allowed one
marked, hatchery-reared adult chinook
salmon as part of their daily limit
in all areas. See the news release on
WDFW's website for more information.

Tributaries: The steelhead catch is
starting to pick up on the Cowlitz
River, where anglers are catching
bright 8-12 pound steelhead near the
trout hatchery. The Kalama River is
also giving up some nice steelhead,
and both rivers should be good bets
for hatchery spring chinook.

Steelhead fishing is also open on the
Lewis River, but starting March 1
anglers must release any chinook
salmon they catch from the mouth
upstream to the overhead powerlines
below Merwin Dam.

Meanwhile, anglers have through March
15 to fish for steelhead on the
Coweeman, Elochoman, Grays, East Fork
Lewis, South Fork Toutle, and
Washougal rivers. That is also the
case for Abernathy, Germany,
Skamokawa, Mill (Cowlitz Co.), Cedar
(Clark Co.), Rock (Skamania Co.), and
Salmon (Clark Co.) creeks. Barbless
hooks are required in all Washington
Columbia River tributaries with a few
exceptions.

On the other hand, Wind River and
Drano Lake open for salmon fishing
March 16, with a daily limit of two
hatchery chinook, or two hatchery
steelhead, or one of each. Anglers
planning to fish any of these waters
are advised to check for emergency
fishing rules to make sure they are
aware of any updates to state
regulations before they head out.

Sturgeon: Anglers can still catch and
keep legal-size white sturgeon in The
Dalles and John Day pools until
annual harvest guidelines have been
met. Legal-size sturgeon measure 43
to 54 inches (fork length).

The Bonneville Pool will remain open
for retention until the winter
portion of the annual 325-fish
harvest guideline has been met. In
the Bonneville Pool, sturgeon must be
38 to 54 inches (fork length) to be
kept. Catch-and-release fishing is
the rule in the lower Columbia River.

Walleye and bass: Anglers have been
doing pretty well for walleye in The
Dalles and John Day pools. Bass
should start biting there and in
Bonneville Pool as the water warms
up.

Trout: WDFW will plant thousands of
catchable rainbow trout in Cowlitz
and Clark counties in March. In
Cowlitz County, Sacajawea Lake will
receive over 3,000 of those fish and
Silver Lake will be stocked with over
7,000.

In Clark County, Klineline Pond will
get 3,000 trout, Battleground Lake
4,000, and Lacamas Lake 4,000. In
addition, two lakes near The Bridge
of the Gods along Highway 14 were
planted in late in February. Icehouse
Lake received 2,000 trout and Little
Ash Lake got 1,000 trout.

Kress Lake in Cowlitz County should
continue to receive excess adult
hatchery steelhead from the Kalama
Riv

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

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