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Tag: chinook salmon

April
23rd

Fishing report: Plenty of options this week and more on Saturday

Trout anglers will have more options to try when the lowland lake fishing season opens Saturday. As a bonus, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife has stocked an 80,000 extra catchable-size fish in lakes in Pierce, Thurston, King, Mason, Jefferson and Snohomish counties. Go to our website to read our season preview.

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

Lakes

American: The trout fishing improved in recent days, with some anglers reporting they were taking home limits. Some people are trolling a pink Wedding Ring behind a dodger,

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April
10th

Daily salmon limit in San Juans cut to one starting Friday

Apparently the salmon fishing in the San Juan Islands earlier this year was a little too good.

Starting Friday, anglers fishing in Marine Area 7 will be allowed to keep just one salmon per day.

State fishery managers approved Tuesday the new limit – down from two fish per day – after determining that the number of chinook salmon kept or released has exceeded pre-season projections.

Here is the rest of the news release:

“Fishing picked up in late December and held steady through the remainder of the winter fishery,” said Ryan Lothrop, a fish biologist for the state Department

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April
4th

Columbia River spring chinook fishery extended until April 12

The spring chinook salmon sport fishery on the lower Columbia River has been extended through April 12 under an agreement reached Wednesday by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon.

The recreational fishery will be closed Tuesday to accommodate a possible commercial fishery.

The sports harvest has been running well below expectations, prompting fishery managers to add six days to the initial recreational fishing season, previously set to continue through Friday.

Through March, anglers had caught just 1,500 adult spring chinook salmon, about 25 percent of the 6,100-fish harvest expected by this point in fishery, said Ron Roler, Columbia River Policy

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April
3rd

Fishing report: Local salmon fishing improves

Here are the highlights from today’s fishing report, prepared by my co-worker Bruce Drysdale.

SALTWATER

South Sound: Anglers aren’t heading out from Point Defiance boathouse in great numbers, but those who have are seeing better luck and bigger fish recently, including a 10-pound, 14-ounce chinook over the weekend and many in the 6-to-8-pound range. Try your luck over by Vashon Island on the low tide and closer to the park on high tide.

LAKES

Spanaway: Fishing is good for hefty trout. Trollers are having good luck going slow with Rapalas around 15 feet. Bank anglers are using rainbow PowerBait or

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March
1st

Pink and coho salmon should provide good fishing this year

Anglers in the South Sound should see this year fishing seasons and quotas that will be similar to those last year.

That was the assessment offered Friday by Pat Pattillo, the salmon policy lead for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife following a meeting at which salmon forecasts for the coming year were released.

The forecasts will be the basis of negotiations over the next month leading to the establishing of recreational, commercial and tribal fishing season.

The bright spots for Puget Sound anglers this year will be pink and coho salmon.

More than half of the 6.2 million

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Aug.
16th

Anglers can keep two chinook off Westport, Neah Bay starting Friday

As of Friday, anglers fishing off Westport and Neah Bay can keep up to two chinook salmon as part of their two-salmon daily limit, the state announced earlier today.

With that change, anglers will be allowed to keep two chinook per day in ocean waters off Westport (Marine Area 2), LaPush (Marine Area 3) and Neah Bay (Marine Area 4). Those fishing Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco) will continue to be limited to one chinook as part of their two-salmon daily limit.

All ocean areas are open to salmon fishing seven days a week. Wild coho must be released in

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Aug.
10th

Fishing report: Local rivers are slow

Here are some early reports as I work on the fishing report for Saturday’s newspaper:

Rivers

Nisqually: The chinook are starting to move up the river, they just aren’t in a biting mood, based on a number of online reports. Only a few jacks are being caught at this time.

Puyallup: The salmon fishing is slow right now, even though some 15- to 20-pound chinook have returned to Voights Creek Hatchery, with the water off color. River flows were at 2,370 cfs Friday morning, just a bit above normal.

Yakima: Fly anglers are hooking plenty of rainbow trout on the

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