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Westport salmon fishing opens seven days a week starting Friday

Salmon fishing in the waters off of Westport will be open seven days a week beginning Friday. That will bring Marine Area 2 in line with three other ocean areas already open on a daily basis.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the change Thursday.
Pat Pattillo, salmon policy coordinator for the department, said the department at first limited fishing at Westport to five days a week to make sure the catch did not reach the quota too quickly and require an early closure.

Anglers fishing in marine areas 1 (Ilwaco) and 2 may keep two

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Film shows glacier studies at Mount Rainier, North Cascades

A new film on glacier monitoring, produced by the North Coast & Cascades Science Learning Network, is now available online.

“Keepers of the Beat” features Dr. Jon Riedel, a National Park Service glaciologist at North Cascades National Park, showing how and why he takes the pulse of glaciers, said a Park Service news release. The film’s title refers to the fact that glaciers respond to environmental conditions and keep a record of their past history, the “beats” of time.

This film takes viewers to the top of the glaciers and behind the scenes with scientists from North Cascades and Mount

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Fishing report: Best salmon fishing in the Strait


Offut: The trout fishing has been best in the cool of the morning. Try Power Bait and nightcrawlers. The bass and perch fishing is picking up. Crappie jigs and nightcrawlers are effective for the perch.

Silver: The largemouth bass action has been good to very good. Some of the fish are weighing 3-6 pounds. The crappie action also has been very good, especially at sunset. Trolling Wedding Rings with a worm right above the grass line has been producing catfish. The action is best early or late in the day.

Tanwax: The bass fishing has been good, with people

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Change in daily limit at Cle Elum Lake

Starting Saturday, the 16 kokanee daily limit at Cle Elum Lake has been eliminated and replaced with a daily limit of five trout including kokanee.

The change was announced Thursday to protect sea-going sockeye salmon being reintroduced to the upper Cle Elum basin.

The 7-inch minimum and 14-inch maximum size for kokanee remains in effect. The 12-inch minimum size for other trout species also remains unchanged.


Fishing report: Plenty of salmon action in the Strait of Juan de Fuca

Here are some highlights from the fishing report that will appear in Saturday’s Sports section.


Columbia: Starting Saturday, anglers fishing on the lower river may keep up to two sockeye salmon as part of their daily catch limit. The new rule will be in effect through July 31 from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upriver to Bonneville Dam.

Cowlitz: The fishing has been fair, at best, based on state creel sampling.

Lewis: The summer-run steelhead fishing has been fair to good, slowed in part by low water conditions. The fish are there and will hit your offerings pretty good if you

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Inslee reappoints Wecker to commission, also appoints commercial fishing proponent

The current chairwoman of the state Fish and Wildlife Commission has been reappointed, while the executive director of the Purse Seine Vessel Owners Association has been named to fill a vacant position.

Gov. Jay Inslee announced the appointments this morning.

The governor reappointed Miranda Wecker of Naselle to the Western Washington position she has held since 2005. Her new term will run through Dec. 31, 2018. Wecker, who has been chairwoman since 2008, is the director of the Marine Program at the University of Washington Olympic Natural Resources Center.

Inslee also appointed Robert Kehoe of Seattle to a vacant at-large

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Fishing report: Better action off Westport for salmon

Cedar: The trout fishing has been fair to good, especially early or late in the day. Dry flies will produce smaller rainbows. For bigger fish, use double nymph rigs with a large stonefly and a smaller nymph like a flashback pheasant tail.

Wynoochee: A few steelhead are being, with the action slowed a bit by low water levels. Try using a nightmare-pattern jig under a bobber, or small clusters of eggs or corkies.

Yakima: The trout fishing has been good during the day and very good in the evening. Fish a heavy nymph in the current seams during

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Drivers headed to Mount Rainier should be aware of SR 7 detour

People planning to drive along state Route 7 to reach Mount Rainier National Park and other outdoor recreation opportunities in the Elbe-Ashford area should be aware of a detour.

The Washington State Department of Transportation is closing a 5-mile stretch of highway between La Grande and Alder.

The work is being done to install permanent debris barriers in a location where a slide closed the road in April 2012.

Reporter Stacia Glenn has the details here.