Washington sets 2014 salmon fishing seasons

FISHING -- State and tribal co-managers have agreed on a package of salmon fisheries that meets conservation goals for wild salmon populations and provides fishing opportunities on healthy stocks, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department just announced. Washington’s 2014 salmon fishing seasons were finalized Wednesday...

FRIDAY, AUG. 2, 2013

Westport anglers allowed 2 chinook starting Sunday

SALMON FISHING -- Starting Sunday, Aug. 4, anglers fishing in ocean waters off Westport can keep up to two chinook salmon as part of their two-salmon daily limit. With that change, anglers will be allowed to keep two chinook per day in ocean waters off...


Ocean chinook quotas likely lower than 2012

FISHING -- Anglers fishing along the Washington coast will likely see a lower catch quota for chinook salmon this year, while the quota for coho is expected to be similar to last season, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Monday night. Three options...

MONDAY, JUNE 4, 2012

Angler reels in 117-pound halibut to lead Wesport derby

OCEAN FISHING -- There was no contest for last week’s Westport "Catch of the Week." Daryle Baker of Port Angeles landed a 117-pound halibut in the near-shore area off Westport on May 30, easily assuming the lead for the $1,000 biggest Halibut of the year...


Westport crab-fest is a feast of fun

Feeling crabby? Head to the Washington Coast. The 25th Annual Westport Crab Races and Crab Feed is set for April 21-22. Tap a leggy crab of good breeding and put it on the race course against other competitiors. Or soak a crab pot for a...

MONDAY, JAN. 30, 2012

Angler enjoys close call in quest for “grander” marlin

OCEAN FISHING -- A three-decade quest to reel in a marlin weighing more than 1,000 pounds ended spectacularly for businessman Bob Rich Jr. this fall in the Black Marlin Classic catch-and-release tournament off Australia's Great Barrier Reef. If you've never experienced the power of these...

THURSDAY, OCT. 13, 2011

Trawlers waste 104 tons of Alaska halibut — in one week

OCEAN FISHING -- Last week I reported that Alaska is considering yet another cutback on the halibut limits for sportfishermen. Here's part of the reason: one commercial cod fishing trawler alone had to dump 43 percent of its recent catch because it was halibut during...

MONDAY, JULY 18, 2011

U.S. starting to curb appetite for overfishing

OCEAN FISHERIES -- Forty stocks of fish populations are subject to overfishing in U.S. waters, but progress is being made to rebuild stocks and reduce overfishing, federal officials say. The number of fish populations being fished at too high of a level at the end...

MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2011

Salmon fishing excellent as ocean seasons open

SALMON FISHING -- Washington's coastal hatchery chinook salmon season kicked into high gear last week with good fishing reports coming in from Puget Sound to Ilwaco. Read on for the update by Mark Yuasa of the Seattle Times.


Washington opens halibut fishing one day, June 30

OCEAN FISHING -- Washington anglers will get another day of halibut fishing, as the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department has announced a June 30 fishery in marine areas 3 and 4 (La Push and Neah Bay).


Washington halibut anglers get one more day: June 16

OCEAN FISHING -- The Washington Fish and Wildlife Department has announced it will reopen the recreational halibut fishery in Marine Areas 3 and 4 (Neah Bay and La Push) to recreational halibut fishing for one day on June 16.

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