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Tag: Smelt

March
19th

Fishing report: Reports are mixed, in part because of the weather

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

Rivers

Columbia: The state last week we sampled 2,348 anglers who had 82 adult and one jack spring chinook and five steelhead. Fishing success improved in the Cathlamet area as the week progressed. Remember, the the mainstem below Bonneville Dam will be closed to fishing for salmon, steelhead and shad Tuesday and April 2. Sturgeon fishing is slow, but some legal-size fish are being caught in the The Dalles and John Day pools. Just an FYI, there have been lots of smelt

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Feb.
2nd

Smelt are running, but rivers are still closed

A youtube.com video is getting lots of attention, but anglers need to remember that smelt fishing is closed in th Columbia River and its tributaries.

Joe Hymer, state fish biologist, reported this morning:

“Just a heads up that we are getting reports of smelt in the Cowlitz River and some of the other tributaries.

“Please remember in Washington, all freshwater – including the mainstem Columbia and tributaries – and saltwater areas are closed to fishing for eulachon (Columbia River smelt).”

The video shows a school of smelt running up the Cowlitz River, holding close to the bank.

Here is

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March
16th

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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March
8th

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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Jan.
19th

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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