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Archives: Jan. 2013

Jan.
31st

Next razor clam dig will open Feb. 7

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife just announced plans for the next razor clam dig, set to open Feb. 7.

Here is the press release:

State fishery managers have approved an evening razor clam dig that will run Feb. 7-12 at Twin Harbors and some of those days at three other ocean beaches.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife approved the evening dig after marine toxin tests showed the clams on those beaches are safe to eat.

Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager, said the dig will extend for six consecutive evenings at Twin Harbors, the beach with the

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Jan.
30th

Karen Taylor-Goodrich named new superintendent of North Cascades National Park complex

Karen Taylor-Goodrich has been named the new superintendent of North Cascades National Park Service Complex. She will start her new duties in March.

Taylor-Goodrich has been the superintendent at Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks in California for the last three years. She fills the vacancy created when Chip Jenkins left the park last year to become the National Park Service Pacific West’s deputy regional director in Seattle.

Her career of more than 30 years with the Park Service included a stint at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area.

“Returning to work and live in the Pacific Northwest has been a

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Jan.
30th

Officials checking to see if pipe found at Cape Disappointment is tsunami debris

State officials are examining a large, metal cylinder that washed ashore Monday at Cape Disappointment State Park to determine if it came from Japan as a result of being swept out to sea by the March 2011 tsunami.

The cylinder is longer than a small pickup truck, measuring 19 feet, 4 inches long. It is 3 feet in diameter, with ¾-inch base plates that measure 3 feet by 3 feet. While no markings have been detected yet, some algae and other sea life were attached to the item.

As a precaution, a state Department of Fish and Wildlife official will

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Jan.
29th

Fishing report: Steelhead action on the slow side

Rivers

Cowlitz: The steelhead fishing has been very slow. A state creel sample of 13 bank anglers showed no catch and eight boat anglers kept just one steelhead. Thursday will be the last day to fish lower end of Blue and Mill creeks in the current two-month season.

Olympic Coast: The steelhead action has been spotty for the most part, but the fish people are catching tend to be fairly large. The Sol Duc and the Hoh have been the most consistent producers. Fishing on Bogachiel has been best in the lower river.

Rocky Ford: The trout fishing on this

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Jan.
29th

Mount Rainier forced to close Nisqually road because of trees down

Officials at Mount Rainier National Park released this announcement earlier this morning:

Until further notice the road to Longmire is closed at the Nisqually entrance due to numerous trees down on the road. A winter storm warning is in effect through 10 a.m. Wednesday. Always check road and weather conditions prior to visiting the park.

Jan.
25th

Portion of Long Beach closed for tonight’s razor clam dig

This was just posted by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife:

Fish and Wildlife police officers responded to a beach near the Oysterville area where a 50-foot commercial crabbing vessel ran aground today.

A portion of the beach, beginning about two miles north of the clam reserve, will be temporarily closed by the WDFW Police for tonight’s scheduled razor clam dig due to diesel spillage and debris that has been scattered along the beach. The good news is that about 90 percent of the beach will remain open for tonight’s dig.

Jan.
25th

Whatcom Creek will reopen Feb. 1

Whatcom Creek will reopen to fishing for all species on Feb. 1, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced.

The opening covers from the mouth to Woburn Street Bridge.

The state said broodstock collection of hatchery winter steelhead will be completed by Feb. 1. Hatchery steelhead not retained at the hatchery by this date are available for harvest.

Jan.
25th

Fishing report: River levels still on low side

Rivers

Cowlitz: State creel samples show the action has been pretty slow. There were 14 bank anglers checked and they had kept one steelhead, while seven boat anglers also kept just one steelhead. Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 24 winter-run steelhead, 43 coho adults and eight jacks during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

North Sound: River levels have come up a bit, but are still on the low side. The best steelhead action has been at the terminal fisheries like Reiter Ponds on the Skykomish, Tokul Creek on the Snoqalmie and Cascade River on

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