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Salmon fishing seasons established

Here is the news release sent out this morning by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife about the setting of salmon fishing seasons:

State and tribal co-managers yesterday agreed on a package of salmon fisheries that meets conservation goals for wild salmon populations and provides fishing opportunities on healthy stocks.

Washington’s 2013 salmon fishing seasons, developed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and treaty tribal co-managers, were finalized yesterday during the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (PFMC) meeting in Portland. The regulations cover salmon fisheries in Puget Sound, Washington’s ocean and coastal areas and the Columbia River.

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Fishing report: Trout fishing at area lakes improves

Here are the top finishers in last weekend’s Anacortes Salmon Derby. From left, Rich Olson of Everett, second place, 19.42-pound salmon, $5,000; Scott Fowler of Burlington,
first place, 21.52 pounds, $15,000; and Jay Murphy of Puyallup, third place, 19.10 pounds, $2,500. (Anacortes Salmon Derby)


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


Black: The trout fishing is slowly picking up. According to reports, the best action has been a result of trolling with bait or spoons.

Munn: The rainbow trout action has been good. Fly anglers are

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Fishing report: Action at trout lakes improves

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


Carbon: The coho action remains pretty good, with most people bringing home a fish. Bobber and eggs are effective when the water is clear and corkies and yarn in rocket red are another good option.

Chehalis: The river has been producing some large chinook salmon, just not a lot of fish. Fishing with eggs under a bobber has been effective. Anglers also are picking quite a few coho and some steelhead.

Green: After fishing well mid week, the river has been slow late in

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Salmon fishing off Westport to open seven days a week beginning Aug. 3

Beginning Aug. 3, marine waters off of Westport will be open to salmon fishing seven days a week, joining the three other ocean areas already open on a daily basis, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced a short time ago.

Pat Pattillo, salmon policy coordinator, said the department initially limited the number of days open at Westport to five a week (Sundays-Thursdays) to ensure that the catch would not reach the quota too quickly and require an early closure.

“Because catch rates are stable, we can allow fishing daily off Westport without much risk of having to

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State allows keeping one chinook in ocean fisheries after Labor Day

Starting Labor Day, anglers fishing off the coast can again catch and keep one chinook salmon per day as part of their daily catch limit.

Fishery managers for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the change this morning, a week after saying anglers would be required to release any chinook salmon they catch in coastal waters.

Pat Pattillo, salmon policy coordinator, said updated harvest data show that ocean catch rates slowed enough prior to Monday’s chinook closure to allow anglers to resume catching chinook salmon Monday.

“When we announced the chinook closure, harvest rates were

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Salmon fishing in Makah Bay closes Saturday

A portion of Marine Area 4 will close to salmon fishing Saturday, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced a short time ago.

The closures covers the waters of Makah Bay east of the 124 degrees, 41 minutes line, which is approximately from Waatch Point to Anderson Point.

The department’s news release said the Makah National Fish Hatchery is not expected to make egg-take goals for chinook if normally scheduled fisheries occur. A sport closure around the river mouth is necessary.


Don’t expect major changes in 2010 salmon fishing seasons

I just filed my story after sitting through this morning’s North of Falcon meeting. The state unveiled its forecasts for salmon runs at the meeting in Olympia.

Based on the numbers and what I heard, I would not expect local fishing seasons to change drastically for 2010. Ocean anglers should see a better chinook season thanks to strong Columbia River runs, but likely a shorter coho season because those numbers are down.

Click here to see the forecasts released today.

Here is the story I just filed:

South Sound anglers should this year see local salmon fishing seasons similar to 2009, with some exceptions.

As for ocean fisheries, the focus will be on chinook salmon this year because of a sharp decline in coho runs.

That was the general assessment offered Tuesday by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. Staffers offered preseason run forecasts for Puget Sound, the Columbia River and Pacific Ocean. The forecasts – developed by state and tribal fish biologists – will be used to shape recreational, commercial and tribal salmon fishing seasons, a six-week process that will conclude at the April 11-15 meeting of the Pacific Fishery Management Council in Portland.

“I think we’re looking a season very similar to last year in terms of season structure,” said Pat Pattillo, special assistant to department director and the state’s lead salmon season negotiator.

“I’m somewhat optimistic we’ll be able to hang on to the seasons we’ve had,” he said. “We’ve created these fisheries with pretty low impact on protected wild stocks.”

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