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Category: Fishing

July
17th

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 salmon

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July
16th

Fishing report: Best salmon fishing in the Strait

Lakes

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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July
12th

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.

July
12th

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.

Rivers

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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July
9th

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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July
9th

Fishing report: Better action off Westport for salmon

RIVERS
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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July
5th

Fishing report: Cooler water temperatures improve trout fishing

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

Rivers

Cowlitz: The summer-run steelhead fishing has been slow, but it is expected to pick up in the next couple of weeks as more fish move into the system.

Sol Duc: The river wiil close to all fishing in the vicinity of Sol Duc Hatchery Saturday. The closure, in place until further notice, extends from the Sol Duc Hatchery outfall creek upstream to the concrete pump station. The return of spring/summer chinook salmon to the hatchery are well below egg take needs. The closure is

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July
2nd

Fishing report: Good trout action in area lakes

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

Rivers

Green: The steelhead action is slowly improving. The Flaming Geyser State Park and state Route 18 bridge area have been the best spots. Bank anglers should try sand shrimp on a jig or under a bobber, or spinners and spoons. Boat anglers are having the best success, pulling plugs.

Naches: The fishing has been good for cutthroat trout. Use any terrestial pattern in size 10. The river level is still high enough to float with a raft.

Nisqually: There have been few reports, but

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