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Tag: smelt dipping


NOAA proposes listing smelt as threatened under the Endangered Species Act

NOAA’s Fisheries Service said earlier today it is listing Pacific smelt as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

The move should come as no surprise to anyone who has tried dipping for smelt in places like the Cowlitz River the last several years. The season has dwindled along with the runs to the point where there were just four days of recreational dipping allowed this year in just the Cowlitz.

A “threatened” species is in danger of becoming endangered in the foreseeable future. An “endangered” species is one in danger of extinction in all or part of its range.

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Columbia River smelt season to close Thursday

The state has announced it will close the smelt fishery in the mainstem Columbia River on Thursday, prior to the scheduled closing date of March 31.

This should come as no surprise to dippers who tried their luck in the Columbia or the Cowlitz River. There were just a few folks who found any smelt this season.

The 2010 mainstem fisheries were developed to act as a test fishery in an effort to gauge the abundance of the 2010 return, said a news release from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. The 2010 smelt run appears to be

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State sets four-day smelt season on Cowlitz

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife will allow smelt dipping in the Cowlitz River to just four days this winter, citing another poor run of smelt expected to return to the Columbia River and its tributaries

Recreational smelt dipping on the Cowlitz River will be limited to Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27, between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. with a 10-pound daily limit.

“This fishery is primarily intended to provide information on the size of this year’s smelt run and to avoid significant impacts on the population,” said Brad James, a state fish biologist, said in a

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