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Tag: State Department of Fish and Wildlife

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

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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.

June
6th

Anglers can keep hatchery spring chinook on Lewis River starting Friday

The state has announced that anglers can again keep hatchery spring chinook on the Lewis River including the North Fork, beginning Friday.

The opening, which will run through July 31, inclides the mainstem Lewis from the mouth to the mouth of the East Fork and the North Fork Lewis from the mouth of the East Fork to the overhead powerlines below Merwin Dam.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is allowing anglers to keep hatchery springers because the hatchery’s brood stock goal has been met.

The salmon daily limit will be 6 hatchery chinook of which no more

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June
4th

Spot shrimp fishing in Tacoma waters reopens Wednesday

Recreational spot shrimp fishing will reopen for one day Wednesday in Marine Area 8-1 and Marine Area 11.

Area 11, the waters from the northern tip of Vashon Island to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, will be open from 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

Marine Area 8-1, mainly the waters on the east side of Whidbey Island, will open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

The state is reopening the Tacoma waters because sufficient recreational spot shrimp quota remains for one more day of fishing.

In Marine Area 8, an insufficient quota remains for a standard full day of fishing, so the opening

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May
16th

Spot shrimp fishing will open for one day Wednesday in Marine Area 11 and most of Marine Area 10

Recreational spot shrimp fishing will reopen in Marine Area 11 and most of Marine Area 10 for one day on Wednesday.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the opening, saying sufficient recreational spot shrimp quota remains in the waters off Tacoma and central Puget Sound for one more day of fishing

The exception in Marine Area 10 is Elliott Bay, defined as all waters east of a line from West Point to Alki Point. The Elliott Bay portion of Marine Area 10 has a separate spot shrimp quota, and the quota has been reached in that area.

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May
16th

Halibut fishing in Marine Area 2 closed as of Monday

Halibut fishing in all of Marine Area 2 will close Monday, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced this morning.

Anglers taking part in the area’s recreational halibut fishery are projected to have taken the Pacific halibut quota for the primary season and the northern nearshore area by the end of the day Sunday. This rule conforms to federal action taken by the National Marine Fisheries Service and the International Pacific Halibut Commission.

The closure includes the northern nearshore area from the Queets River (47º31.70’N. latitude) south to Point Chehalis (46º58.00’N. latitude) and east of a line approximating the

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May
7th

Upper Wheeler Reservoir, near Wenatchee, opens May 18 for fly fishing only

The state, working with the Wenatchee Heights Reclamation District and a local fly-fishing group, will open Upper Wheeler Reservoir to fly fishing only starting May 18.

Anglers will be able to fish for trout and all other game fish through Sept. 14.

The reservoir is located about 11 miles southwest of Wenatchee in Chelan County.

The reservoir is owned and operated by the Wenatchee Heights Reclamation District and has been closed to public access. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has made arrangements with the district and the Wenatchee Valley Fly Fishers to grant public access to recreational anglers

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May
6th

Razor clam dig opens Wednesday at Twin Harbors; Copalis and Mocrocks closed for season

Another way to take advantage of the warm weather this week is to take part in the razor clam dig that will open Wednesday.

The dig will run through May 14 at Twin Harbors and Friday and Saturday at Long Beach. No digging will be allowed at either beach after noon.

Here are the low tide times for this dig:

  • Wednesday: 6:22 a.m., -0.5 feet, Twin Harbors
  • Thursday, 7 a.m., -0.8 feet, Twin Harbors
  • Friday, 7:37 am, -0.9 feet, Twin Harbors and Long Beach
  • Saturday: 8:12 a.m., -0.8 feet, Twin Harbors and Long Beach
  • Sunday: 8:48 a.m., -0.7 feet,

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