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Commission to discuss protective status of 4 species, roposed steps for reducing elk hoof disease OLYMPIA The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will take public comment on a variety of issues including the protective status of four wildlife species and proposed steps to reduce elk hoof disease at a meeting Aug. 4-5 in Olympia. The commission, a citizen panel appointed by the governor to set policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), will convene in Room 172 of the Natural Resources Building at 1111 Washington St. SE in Olympia. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. both days. An agenda for the meeting is available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/commission/. The commission will take public comment on WDFW's recommendations to list yellow-billed cuckoos as an endangered species in Washington and elevate the level of state protection for loggerhead sea turtles from threatened to endangered. In 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service distinguished the cuckoo in western North America as a distinct population and listed it as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act. The north Pacific population of loggerhead sea turtles has declined substantially since the last half of the 20th century. The commission is expected to make a decision on the status of these two species at its meeting in September. During the August meeting, commissioners will consider WDFW's recommendations to keep leatherback sea turtles listed as a state endangered species and green sea turtles listed as state threatened species. Neither shows significant signs of recovery. In other action, commissioners also will hear a proposal from wildlife managers to require hunters to remove and leave behind the hooves of any elk harvested in six game management units in an effort to reduce the spread of elk hoof disease, a debilitating bacterial disease. WDFW already requires these precautions in many management units in southwest Washington. The new proposal adds two management units in Mason County as well as four in north Puget Sound, where WDFW recently confirmed the presence of elk hoof disease. Wildlife managers additionally will ask commissioners to approve changes to regulations for auction, raffle or special incentive permits for hunting big game and wild turkeys. The proposed changes would clarify where permit holders can hunt and which animals can be legally hunted. In other business, the commission will hold a public hearing on proposed changes to spring bear hunting seasons. Those changes include reducing the number of permits available in the Long Beach area and expanding the hunting area near Copalis. Commissioners will also take public input on planned changes to Puget Sound clam and oyster seasons. 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 - 8:28 a.m. 7/28/2017
Commission to discuss protective
status of 4 species,
roposed steps for reducing elk hoof
disease

OLYMPIA The Washington Fish and
Wildlife Commission will take public
comment on a variety of issues
including the protective status of
four wildlife species and proposed
steps to reduce elk hoof disease at a
meeting Aug. 4-5 in Olympia.

The commission, a citizen panel
appointed by the governor to set
policy for the Washington Department
of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), will
convene in Room 172 of the Natural
Resources Building at 1111 Washington
St. SE in Olympia. The meeting is
scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. both
days.

An agenda for the meeting is
available at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/commission/.

The commission will take public
comment on WDFW's recommendations to
list yellow-billed cuckoos as an
endangered species in Washington and
elevate the level of state protection
for loggerhead sea turtles from
threatened to endangered.

In 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service distinguished the cuckoo in
western North America as a distinct
population and listed it as
threatened under the federal
Endangered Species Act. The north
Pacific population of loggerhead sea
turtles has declined substantially
since the last half of the 20th
century.

The commission is expected to make a
decision on the status of these two
species at its meeting in September.

During the August meeting,
commissioners will consider WDFW's
recommendations to keep leatherback
sea turtles listed as a state
endangered species and green sea
turtles listed as state threatened
species. Neither shows significant
signs of recovery.

In other action, commissioners also
will hear a proposal from wildlife
managers to require hunters to remove
and leave behind the hooves of any
elk harvested in six game management
units in an effort to reduce the
spread of elk hoof disease, a
debilitating bacterial disease. WDFW
already requires these precautions in
many management units in southwest
Washington. The new proposal adds two
management units in Mason County as
well as four in north Puget Sound,
where WDFW recently confirmed the
presence of elk hoof disease.

Wildlife managers additionally will
ask commissioners to approve changes
to regulations for auction, raffle or
special incentive permits for hunting
big game and wild turkeys. The
proposed changes would clarify where
permit holders can hunt and which
animals can be legally hunted.

In other business, the commission
will hold a public hearing on
proposed changes to spring bear
hunting seasons. Those changes
include reducing the number of
permits available in the Long Beach
area and expanding the hunting area
near Copalis.

Commissioners will also take public
input on planned changes to Puget
Sound clam and oyster seasons.

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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Daily limit for steelhead on Cowlitz River reduced, mandatory retention rule lifted Action: The daily limit will be reduced from 3 to 2 hatchery steelhead on the Cowlitz River upstream from the Lexington Drive/Sparks Road Bridge. Additionally, anglers will no longer be required to retain hatchery steelhead. Species affected: Steelhead Effective date: July 31, 2017, until further notice. Location: Cowlitz River and its tributaries from the Lexington Drive/Sparks Road Bridge to the Barrier Dam. Reason for action: Steelhead returns to the Columbia River have been lower than expected this summer. Low returns of summer steelhead to the Cowlitz Hatchery thus far this season make it necessary to reduce the daily limit as a precautionary measure to ensure enough fish can be collected to meet the hatchery broodstock needs. Retention of hatchery steelhead will no longer be required due to the need to obtain additional fish for the hatchery program. Other information: Daily limits may be adjusted at a later date based on updated hatchery return numbers. Current regulations to protect upriver steelhead, which are also returning in low numbers, still apply from the Cowlitz River mouth upstream to Lexington Drive/Sparks Road Bridge. These fish are known to use the lower Cowlitz as a thermal refuge from the warmer mainstem Columbia. Those regulations are: June 16 - Oct. 31 1 steelhead allowed in the adult salmonid daily limit except closed to steelhead retention Aug. 1-31. Night closure for all species. Information contact: (360) 696-6211. For latest information press *1010. 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. - 8:25 a.m. 7/28/2017
Daily limit for steelhead on Cowlitz
River
reduced, mandatory retention rule
lifted

Action: The daily limit will be
reduced from 3 to 2 hatchery
steelhead on the Cowlitz River
upstream from the Lexington
Drive/Sparks Road Bridge.
Additionally, anglers will no longer
be required to retain hatchery
steelhead.

Species affected: Steelhead

Effective date: July 31, 2017, until
further notice.

Location: Cowlitz River and its
tributaries from the Lexington
Drive/Sparks Road Bridge to the
Barrier Dam.

Reason for action: Steelhead returns
to the Columbia River have been lower
than expected this summer. Low
returns of summer steelhead to the
Cowlitz Hatchery thus far this season
make it necessary to reduce the daily
limit as a precautionary measure to
ensure enough fish can be collected
to meet the hatchery broodstock
needs. Retention of hatchery
steelhead will no longer be required
due to the need to obtain additional
fish for the hatchery program.

Other information: Daily limits may
be adjusted at a later date based on
updated hatchery return numbers.

Current regulations to protect
upriver steelhead, which are also
returning in low numbers, still apply
from the Cowlitz River mouth upstream
to Lexington Drive/Sparks Road
Bridge. These fish are known to use
the lower Cowlitz as a thermal refuge
from the warmer mainstem Columbia.
Those regulations are:

June 16 - Oct. 31 1 steelhead
allowed in the adult salmonid daily
limit except closed to steelhead
retention Aug. 1-31.
Night closure for all species.
Information contact: (360) 696-6211.
For latest information press *1010.

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.

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

Anglers can keep 2 chinook per day in Marine Area 10 beginning July 29 Action: Increases the daily limit for hatchery chinook to two fish in Marine Area 10, excluding Sinclair Inlet and fishing piers. Effective Date: 12:01 a.m. Saturday, July 29, through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. Species affected: Chinook salmon. Location: Marine Area 10 (Seattle/Bremerton Area). Reason for action: Preliminary estimates indicate that anglers had caught 227 fish, or 10 percent, of the chinook quota of 2,166 fish for Marine Area 10. WDFW anticipates that sufficient quota remains to allow the fishery to run through Aug. 15 as scheduled. The changes to the chinook fishery are consistent with conservation objectives and agreed-to management plans. Other information: The daily limit remains unchanged at a 2-salmon limit; chum, wild chinook and wild coho must still be released. The catch estimates and quotas for Marine Area 10 can be found at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/reports_plants.html. For specific regulations, anglers should consult the 2017-18 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet available online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/. Information contact: Ryan Lothrop, (360) 902-2808, or Mark Baltzell, (306) 902-2707. 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 - 8:23 a.m. 7/28/2017
Anglers can keep 2 chinook per day
in Marine Area 10 beginning July 29

Action: Increases the daily limit for
hatchery chinook to two fish in
Marine Area 10, excluding Sinclair
Inlet and fishing piers.

Effective Date: 12:01 a.m. Saturday,
July 29, through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday,
Aug. 15, 2017.

Species affected: Chinook salmon.

Location: Marine Area 10
(Seattle/Bremerton Area).

Reason for action: Preliminary
estimates indicate that anglers had
caught 227 fish, or 10 percent, of
the chinook quota of 2,166 fish for
Marine Area 10. WDFW anticipates that
sufficient quota remains to allow the
fishery to run through Aug. 15 as
scheduled. The changes to the chinook
fishery are consistent with
conservation objectives and agreed-to
management plans.

Other information: The daily limit
remains unchanged at a 2-salmon
limit; chum, wild chinook and wild
coho must still be released. The
catch estimates and quotas for Marine
Area 10 can be found at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/reports_pl
ants.html.

For specific regulations, anglers
should consult the 2017-18 Washington
Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet
available online at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulation
s/.

Information contact: Ryan Lothrop,
(360) 902-2808, or Mark Baltzell,
(306) 902-2707.

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@lewisriver.com
www.lewisriver.com

http://wdfw.wa.gov July 20, 2017 Anglers can keep two chinook salmon off Westport beginning July 22 Action: Anglers fishing off Westport (Marine Area 2) will be allowed to keep up to two chinook salmon as part of their two-salmon daily limit. Effective date: July 22, 2017. Species affected: Chinook. Locations: Marine Area 2 (Westport), marine waters stretching from the Queets River to Leadbetter Point. Reason for action: The fishery has sufficient chinook remaining within the guideline to increase the chinook daily limit from one chinook to two without much risk of having to close early. Through July 16, anglers had caught 7.3 percent (1,553 fish) of the 21,400 chinook guideline for Marine Area 2. Anglers fishing in Marine Area 2 have a two-salmon daily limit and must release wild coho salmon. Other information: The changes announced today do not affect ocean salmon fisheries off Ilwaco (Marine Area 1), La Push (Marine Area 3) or Neah Bay (Marine Area 4). The daily limit in Marine Area 1 remains at two salmon, only one of which can be a chinook, release wild coho. The daily limits in marine areas 3 and 4 remain at two salmon, release wild coho. Release chum in Marine Area 4 beginning Aug. 1. Information Contact: Wendy Beeghley, ocean salmon manager for WDFW, (360) 249-1215. 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 - 12:36 p.m. 7/20/2017
http://wdfw.wa.gov

July 20, 2017

Anglers can keep two chinook salmon
off Westport beginning July 22

Action: Anglers fishing off Westport
(Marine Area 2) will be allowed to
keep up to two chinook salmon as part
of their two-salmon daily limit.

Effective date: July 22, 2017.

Species affected: Chinook.

Locations: Marine Area 2 (Westport),
marine waters stretching from the
Queets River to Leadbetter Point.

Reason for action: The fishery has
sufficient chinook remaining within
the guideline to increase the chinook
daily limit from one chinook to two
without much risk of having to close
early. Through July 16, anglers had
caught 7.3 percent (1,553 fish) of
the 21,400 chinook guideline for
Marine Area 2.

Anglers fishing in Marine Area 2 have
a two-salmon daily limit and must
release wild coho salmon.

Other information: The changes
announced today do not affect ocean
salmon fisheries off Ilwaco (Marine
Area 1), La Push (Marine Area 3) or
Neah Bay (Marine Area 4).

The daily limit in Marine Area 1
remains at two salmon, only one of
which can be a chinook, release wild
coho.

The daily limits in marine areas 3
and 4 remain at two salmon, release
wild coho. Release chum in Marine
Area 4 beginning Aug. 1.

Information Contact: Wendy Beeghley,
ocean salmon manager for WDFW, (360)
249-1215.

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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Summer chinook fishery reopens on the lower Columbia River OLYMPIA The fishery for summer chinook salmon is scheduled to reopen tomorrow (July 7) and run through July 31 on the lower Columbia River. A new, higher projection of this year's summer chinook return allowed fishery managers from Washington and Oregon to reopen the fishery below Bonneville Dam after closing the season early last week. Based on the latest projection, 74,100 adult summer chinook will return to the Columbia this year up from 63,100 anticipated at the start of the season. As a result, the catch guideline for the recreational fishery has increased by 1,290 fish, said Ron Roler, a Columbia River fishery manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). "The higher run forecast allows us to reopen the fishery through the end of the summer season, when the fall fishing season gets underway," Roler said. "That's been our goal all along, so long as the fishery meets established conservation standards." The area of the Columbia River affected by the states' action extends from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upriver to Bonneville Dam. As before, anglers can catch up to two adult hatchery chinook, two adult sockeye, or one of each. One hatchery steelhead may also be retained as part of two-fish daily limit. Barbless hooks are required, and anglers must release any summer chinook with an intact adipose fin. Washington state fishing rules are posted on WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/ 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 - 9:19 a.m. 7/7/2017
Summer chinook fishery reopens on the
lower Columbia River

OLYMPIA The fishery for summer
chinook salmon is scheduled to reopen
tomorrow (July 7) and run through
July 31 on the lower Columbia River.

A new, higher projection of this
year's summer chinook return allowed
fishery managers from Washington and
Oregon to reopen the fishery below
Bonneville Dam after closing the
season early last week.

Based on the latest projection,
74,100 adult summer chinook will
return to the Columbia this year up
from 63,100 anticipated at the start
of the season. As a result, the catch
guideline for the recreational
fishery has increased by 1,290 fish,
said Ron Roler, a Columbia River
fishery manager for the Washington
Department of Fish and Wildlife
(WDFW).

"The higher run forecast allows us to
reopen the fishery through the end of
the summer season, when the fall
fishing season gets underway," Roler
said. "That's been our goal all
along, so long as the fishery meets
established conservation standards."

The area of the Columbia River
affected by the states' action
extends from the Astoria-Megler
Bridge upriver to Bonneville Dam. As
before, anglers can catch up to two
adult hatchery chinook, two adult
sockeye, or one of each. One hatchery
steelhead may also be retained as
part of two-fish daily limit.

Barbless hooks are required, and
anglers must release any summer
chinook with an intact adipose fin.

Washington state fishing rules are
posted on WDFW's website at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulation
s/

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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Fishing heats up in July for salmon, steelhead and crab Summer fishing seasons are now in full swing, requiring anglers to make some tough decisions about how to spend their time on the water. Scores of lakes and streams throughout the state are open for trout and other species, while salmon fisheries are underway in Washington's ocean waters and several marine areas of Puget Sound. Here's a rundown of some of this month's fishing opportunities: Ocean salmon: Marine areas 1 (Ilwaco), 2 (Westport), 3 (La Push) and 4 (Neah Bay) are all open for salmon fishing in July. Puget Sound salmon: Several areas of Puget Sound opened for salmon fishing July 1, including marine areas 5 (Sekiu), 6 (eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca), 7 (San Juan Islands), 10 (Seattle/Bremerton) and a portion of 12 (Hood Canal). Hanford Reach sockeye: The Columbia River is open to fishing for sockeye salmon from the Highway 395 Bridge in Pasco upstream to Priest Rapids Dam. Puget Sound crab: All but one marine area in Puget Sound are open for crab fishing as of July 1. The exception is Marine Area 7, where the crab fishery opens July 15 in the area's southern portion (San Juan Islands/Bellingham) and Aug. 17 in the northern portion (Gulf of Georgia). Regulations for fisheries are described in the 2017-18 sport fishing rules pamphlet, available from sporting goods stores and posted online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/. For more information about fishing and wildlife viewing available this month, see the Weekender Regional Reports posted on WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/weekender/. These reports are updated throughout the month to provide up-to-date information about recreational opportunities 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 WDFW All Information Visit the Weekender Report Archive at: http://wdfw.wa.gov/weekender To UNSUBSCRIBE from this mailing list: http://wdfw.wa.gov/lists/unsubscribe.html - 10:25 a.m. 7/4/2017
Fishing heats up in July for salmon,
steelhead and crab

Summer fishing seasons are now in
full swing, requiring anglers to make
some tough decisions about how to
spend their time on the water.

Scores of lakes and streams
throughout the state are open for
trout and other species, while salmon
fisheries are underway in
Washington's ocean waters and several
marine areas of Puget Sound.

Here's a rundown of some of this
month's fishing opportunities:

Ocean salmon: Marine areas 1
(Ilwaco), 2 (Westport), 3 (La Push)
and 4 (Neah Bay) are all open for
salmon fishing in July.
Puget Sound salmon: Several areas of
Puget Sound opened for salmon fishing
July 1, including marine areas 5
(Sekiu), 6 (eastern Strait of Juan de
Fuca), 7 (San Juan Islands), 10
(Seattle/Bremerton) and a portion of
12 (Hood Canal).
Hanford Reach sockeye: The Columbia
River is open to fishing for sockeye
salmon from the Highway 395 Bridge in
Pasco upstream to Priest Rapids Dam.
Puget Sound crab: All but one marine
area in Puget Sound are open for crab
fishing as of July 1. The exception
is Marine Area 7, where the crab
fishery opens July 15 in the area's
southern portion (San Juan
Islands/Bellingham) and Aug. 17 in
the northern portion (Gulf of
Georgia).
Regulations for fisheries are
described in the 2017-18 sport
fishing rules pamphlet, available
from sporting goods stores and posted
online at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulation
s/.

For more information about fishing
and wildlife viewing available this
month, see the Weekender Regional
Reports posted on WDFW's website at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/weekender/. These
reports are updated throughout the
month to provide up-to-date
information about recreational
opportunities around the state.

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June 22, 2017 Contact: Wendy Beeghley, (360) 249-4628, ext. 215 Recreational salmon fishery opens June 24 in the ocean OLYMPIA Sport anglers will have the opportunity to reel in salmon off the Washington coast starting Saturday, June 24. That's when marine areas 1 (Ilwaco), 3 (La Push) and 4 (Neah Bay) open daily for salmon fishing. Marine Area 2 (Westport) will open a week later on July 1. Fish managers expect slightly higher numbers of chinook and coho salmon will make their way through the ocean this year as compared to 2016, said Wendy Beeghley, an ocean salmon manager with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). Due to the improved forecasts, the recreational chinook catch quota this year is 45,000, up from 35,000 in 2016.This year's coho quota of 42,000 fish is an increase of 23,100 coho from 2016, when anglers were allowed to keep coho only in Marine Area 1. Coho retention is allowed in all four marine areas this summer. Anglers fishing in marine areas 1 and 2 will have a daily limit of two salmon, only one of which can be a chinook. In areas 3 and 4, anglers will have a two-salmon daily limit. In all areas, anglers must release wild coho. All four marine areas are scheduled to close to salmon fishing at the end of the day Sept. 4 but could close earlier if the quota is met. Throughout the summer, anglers can check WDFW's webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/creel/ocean/ for updates. More information about the fisheries can be found in the 2017-18 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet, available at license vendors and sporting goods stores and online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/publications/01914/2017-18_marine.pdf 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 - 8:40 a.m. 6/24/2017
June 22, 2017
Contact: Wendy Beeghley, (360) 249-
4628, ext. 215

Recreational salmon fishery opens
June 24 in the ocean

OLYMPIA Sport anglers will have the
opportunity to reel in salmon off the
Washington coast starting Saturday,
June 24.

That's when marine areas 1 (Ilwaco),
3 (La Push) and 4 (Neah Bay) open
daily for salmon fishing. Marine Area
2 (Westport) will open a week later
on July 1.

Fish managers expect slightly higher
numbers of chinook and coho salmon
will make their way through the ocean
this year as compared to 2016, said
Wendy Beeghley, an ocean salmon
manager with the Washington
Department of Fish and Wildlife
(WDFW).

Due to the improved forecasts, the
recreational chinook catch quota this
year is 45,000, up from 35,000 in
2016.This year's coho quota of 42,000
fish is an increase of 23,100 coho
from 2016, when anglers were allowed
to keep coho only in Marine Area 1.
Coho retention is allowed in all four
marine areas this summer.

Anglers fishing in marine areas 1 and
2 will have a daily limit of two
salmon, only one of which can be a
chinook. In areas 3 and 4, anglers
will have a two-salmon daily limit.
In all areas, anglers must release
wild coho.

All four marine areas are scheduled
to close to salmon fishing at the end
of the day Sept. 4 but could close
earlier if the quota is met.

Throughout the summer, anglers can
check WDFW's webpage at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/creel/ocea
n/ for updates.

More information about the fisheries
can be found in the 2017-18
Washington Sport Fishing Rules
pamphlet, available at license
vendors and sporting goods stores and
online at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/publications/01914
/2017-18_marine.pdf

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
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WDFW amends fishing closure areas on the Skagit River Action: Amends the area of the Skagit River scheduled to close to all fishing to include the river from its mouth to the highway 530 bridge in Rockport. Effective dates: June 29, 30 and July 6, 7 and 11. Species affected: All species. Location: SKAGIT RIVER (Skagit County) from the mouth to the highway 530 bridge in Rockport. Reasons for action: A previous rule change did not list the entire closure area. The sockeye fishery, along with other fisheries on the Skagit River, is scheduled to close on these days in order to avoid gear conflicts with tribal fisheries scheduled for those dates. Other information: Salmon daily limit: 3 sockeye only. Night closure is in effect. Bait may be used. The season may close earlier if the guideline is attained. Closure dates may change to reflect catches and river conditions. For updates, anglers should check the emergency rule webpage at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/ The sockeye fishery at Baker Lake will open on July 8 with a 4-fish daily limit. Please refer to the Baker sockeye webpage located at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/salmon/sockeye/baker_river.html for further information on seasons, fishing rule updates and fish counts. Information contact: Mill Creek Regional Office, (425) 775-1311. 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 - 8:37 a.m. 6/24/2017
WDFW amends fishing closure areas on
the Skagit River

Action: Amends the area of the Skagit
River scheduled to close to all
fishing to include the river from its
mouth to the highway 530 bridge in
Rockport.

Effective dates: June 29, 30 and July
6, 7 and 11.

Species affected: All species.

Location: SKAGIT RIVER (Skagit
County) from the mouth to the highway
530 bridge in Rockport.

Reasons for action: A previous rule
change did not list the entire
closure area.

The sockeye fishery, along with other
fisheries on the Skagit River, is
scheduled to close on these days in
order to avoid gear conflicts with
tribal fisheries scheduled for those
dates.

Other information: Salmon daily
limit: 3 sockeye only. Night closure
is in effect. Bait may be used. The
season may close earlier if the
guideline is attained.

Closure dates may change to reflect
catches and river conditions. For
updates, anglers should check the
emergency rule webpage at
https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/ef
ishrules/

The sockeye fishery at Baker Lake
will open on July 8 with a 4-fish
daily limit. Please refer to the
Baker sockeye webpage located at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/salmon/soc
keye/baker_river.html for further
information on seasons, fishing rule
updates and fish counts.

Information contact: Mill Creek
Regional Office, (425) 775-1311.

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
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WDFW amends fishing closure areas on the Skagit River Action: Amends the area of the Skagit River scheduled to close to all fishing to include the river from its mouth to the highway 530 bridge in Rockport. Effective dates: June 29, 30 and July 6, 7 and 11. Species affected: All species. Location: SKAGIT RIVER (Skagit County) from the mouth to the highway 530 bridge in Rockport. Reasons for action: A previous rule change did not list the entire closure area. The sockeye fishery, along with other fisheries on the Skagit River, is scheduled to close on these days in order to avoid gear conflicts with tribal fisheries scheduled for those dates. Other information: Salmon daily limit: 3 sockeye only. Night closure is in effect. Bait may be used. The season may close earlier if the guideline is attained. Closure dates may change to reflect catches and river conditions. For updates, anglers should check the emergency rule webpage at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/ The sockeye fishery at Baker Lake will open on July 8 with a 4-fish daily limit. Please refer to the Baker sockeye webpage located at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/salmon/sockeye/baker_river.html for further information on seasons, fishing rule updates and fish counts. Information contact: Mill Creek Regional Office, (425) 775-1311. 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

June 22, 2017 Nearshore recreational halibut fishing to close in Marine Area 1 Action: Close the nearshore recreational fishery in Marine Area 1 (Columbia River). Effective date: 11:59 p.m., June 23, 2017. Species affected: Pacific halibut. Location: Marine Area 1. Reason for action: The recreational halibut allocation for the Columbia River nearshore area has been taken. There is not sufficient quota remaining to allow incidental halibut retention in this area after June 23. Recreational halibut fishing will remain closed in all other marine areas for the remainder of the season. These rules conform to action taken by the Pacific Fishery Management Council, National Marine Fisheries Service and the International Pacific Halibut Commission. Information contact: Heather Reed, (360) 902-2487. 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 - 8:36 a.m. 6/24/2017
June 22, 2017

Nearshore recreational halibut
fishing to close in Marine Area 1

Action: Close the nearshore
recreational fishery in Marine Area 1
(Columbia River).

Effective date: 11:59 p.m., June 23,
2017.

Species affected: Pacific halibut.

Location: Marine Area 1.

Reason for action: The recreational
halibut allocation for the Columbia
River nearshore area has been taken.
There is not sufficient quota
remaining to allow incidental halibut
retention in this area after June 23.
Recreational halibut fishing will
remain closed in all other marine
areas for the remainder of the
season.

These rules conform to action taken
by the Pacific Fishery Management
Council, National Marine Fisheries
Service and the International Pacific
Halibut Commission.

Information contact: Heather Reed,
(360) 902-2487.


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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Icicle River will open late for spring chinook fishing Action: Open the Icicle River to salmon fishing. Effective dates: June 24 through July 31, 2017. Species affected: Hatchery spring chinook salmon. Effective Locations: Icicle River (Chelan County). From the closure signs located 800 feet upstream of the mouth of the river to 500 feet downstream from the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Barrier Dam. From the shoreline markers where Cyo Road intersects the Icicle River at the Sleeping Lady Resort to the Icicle Peshastin Irrigation Footbridge (approximately 750 feet upstream from the Snow Lakes trailhead parking area). Daily limit: Two hatchery chinook (adult or jack), minimum size 12 inches. (Anglers are reminded that they may retain only one daily limit of salmon regardless of the number of waters they fish in.) General Rules: Retention of hatchery spring chinook is mandatory. Hatchery spring chinook are identified by a missing adipose fin with a healed scar in its location. Spring chinook with an intact adipose fin must be released unharmed and cannot be removed from the water prior to release. Night closure is in effect. No gear restrictions, except that the two-pole endorsement does not apply to this fishery. Release all spring chinook with one or more round 1/4 inch diameter holes punched in the caudal (tail) fin. Motorized vessels are not allowed on the Icicle River (Chelan County ordinance 7.20.190 Motorboat restrictions). Reason for action: Due to a low estimated run escapement, the river remained closed to spring chinook fishing to ensure meeting broodstock needs at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery. Broodstock collection goals have now been met, so a sport fishery can be opened for the remaining hatchery spring chinook salmon. An estimated 300 spring chinook, mostly 3-year-old jacks, are available for harvest. Information contact: Travis Maitland, District 7 Fish Biologist, (509) 665-3337, Jeff Korth, Region 2 Fish Program Manager, (509) 754-4624 x 224. - 8:34 a.m. 6/24/2017
Icicle River will open late for
spring chinook fishing
Action: Open the Icicle River to
salmon fishing.

Effective dates: June 24 through July
31, 2017.

Species affected: Hatchery spring
chinook salmon.

Effective Locations: Icicle River
(Chelan County).

From the closure signs located 800
feet upstream of the mouth of the
river to 500 feet downstream from the
Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery
Barrier Dam.
From the shoreline markers where Cyo
Road intersects the Icicle River at
the Sleeping Lady Resort to the
Icicle Peshastin Irrigation
Footbridge (approximately 750 feet
upstream from the Snow Lakes
trailhead parking area).
Daily limit: Two hatchery chinook
(adult or jack), minimum size 12
inches. (Anglers are reminded that
they may retain only one daily limit
of salmon regardless of the number of
waters they fish in.)

General Rules:

Retention of hatchery spring chinook
is mandatory. Hatchery spring chinook
are identified by a missing adipose
fin with a healed scar in its
location.

Spring chinook with an intact adipose
fin must be released unharmed and
cannot be removed from the water
prior to release.

Night closure is in effect.

No gear restrictions, except that the
two-pole endorsement does not apply
to this fishery.

Release all spring chinook with one
or more round 1/4 inch diameter holes
punched in the caudal (tail) fin.

Motorized vessels are not allowed on
the Icicle River (Chelan County
ordinance 7.20.190 Motorboat
restrictions).

Reason for action: Due to a low
estimated run escapement, the river
remained closed to spring chinook
fishing to ensure meeting broodstock
needs at the Leavenworth National
Fish Hatchery. Broodstock collection
goals have now been met, so a sport
fishery can be opened for the
remaining hatchery spring chinook
salmon. An estimated 300 spring
chinook, mostly 3-year-old jacks, are
available for harvest.

Information contact: Travis Maitland,
District 7 Fish Biologist, (509) 665-
3337, Jeff Korth, Region 2 Fish
Program Manager, (509) 754-4624 x
224.


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

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