Posts tagged: salmon fishing
SALMON FISHING – Starting Sept. 1, anglers will be able to catch and keep hatchery fall chinook salmon on the Snake River in Washington, the Fish and Wildlife Department has announced.
State fishery managers are predicting another strong return of upriver bright chinook salmon to the Snake River this year and have expanded the daily catch limit to include three adult hatchery chinook, plus six hatchery jack chinook under 24 inches in length.
Anglers may also catch and keep up to three hatchery steelhead, but must stop fishing for the day for both hatchery chinook and steelhead once they have taken their three-fish steelhead limit. The retention season for hatchery steelhead on the Snake River opened on Jun. 16 this year.
Barbless hooks are required, and any salmon or steelhead not marked as a hatchery fish by a clipped adipose fin must be released, along with any chinook salmon under 12 inches.
The fishery will be open seven days a week and will extend from beneath the southbound lanes of the Highway 12 Bridge near Pasco upriver to the Oregon state line, approximately 7 miles upstream of the mouth of the Grande Ronde River.
“This fishing opportunity for hatchery chinook salmon is a bonus for anglers during the traditionally productive Snake River steelhead fishery,” said John Whalen, regional fish manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
Whalen said the retention fishery for chinook is expected to extend through Oct. 31, although it could close earlier based on ongoing assessments of the run size and catch totals.
Retention of hatchery chinook won’t increase impacts to fish protected under the federal Endangered Species Act, so long as anglers release wild chinook as required, Whalen said. Of the 434,600 upriver bright chinook salmon projected to enter the Columbia River this year, 31,600 are wild fall chinook bound for the Snake River.
For that reason, Whalen reminds anglers to identify their catch before they remove it from the water. State law prohibits removing chinook salmon or steelhead from the water unless they are retained as part of the daily catch limit.
Check the Fishing in Washington rule pamphlet and watch for updates on the WDFW website.
FISHING — Sockeye salmon fishing at Lake Wenatchee will close Sunday after sunset, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department has just announced. Here are the details:
Closure goes into effect: Aug. 18, 2013, one hour after official sunset.
Reason for action: Officials estimate that sockeye available for harvest (those in excess of the natural spawning escapement goal of 23,000 fish) will have been caught and removed from the lake by the end of Sunday.
SALMON FISHING — A note from one of my blog readers indicates the sockeye fishing has been great at Lake Wenatchee.
Thank you for your article on the Lake Wenatchee Sockeye Opener last week.
I took my 87 year old uncle out on Saturday, and we limited by 6:45am.
It was so good, I took my sister and her two kids out on Sunday, and we limited by 7:45am.
The funny thing was, we live in the Everett area, so we drove almost 2 hours to get there, fished for 2 hours, then drove 2 hours to get home.
It was a blast!!!
I am having a very hard time finding sockeye counts at Tumwater dam. Can you please tell me how I can find these counts?
I know fishing dwindles with the counts, and I don’t want to make the long drive and not catch fish.
I would appreciate any information you can share, websites, phone numbers, anything. Thanks so much.
— Tad Kasuya
Although the information is not updated as often as anglers would like in season, counts for sockeye heading up the Wenatchee River to Lake Wenatchee are available here, courtesy of WDFW and Chelan PUD’s Tumwater Dam fishway.
SALMON FISHING — With a whopping 6.2 million pink salmon flooding into the Puget Sound saltwater this month en route to river spawning areas, anglers can catch their four-fish limits from a boat or from shore.
Seattle Times fishing writer Mark Yuasa compiled his list of top 10 shoreline fishing spots for pink salmon:
1. Lincoln Park in West Seattle (best is starting in mid-August)
2. Browns Point Lighthouse Park in Tacoma (mid-to-late August)
3. Dash Point Pier (mid-to-late August)
4. Picnic Point in Edmonds (early August to September)
5. Deception Pass shoreline (now through September)
6. Bush Point and Fort Casey off west side of Whidbey Island (now through September)
7. Point Wilson north of Port Townsend (end of this month through August)
8. Bait Box Hole off the south east side of Whidbey Island (early August through September)
9. Redondo Pier (mid-to-late August)
10. Pier 86 Terminal Pier and Spokane Street Bridge in Elliott Bay (mid-August through September)
FISHING — Whether you're talking to the bride or the groom, in this case, it's appropriate to say, “Nice catch.”
Alaska fishing guides Kadie Walsh and Dake Schmidt exchanged vows Saturday in the middle of Kodiak Island's Buskin River.
The fishing-themed ceremony included rings carried in the mouths of king salmon, a wedding party carrying fly fishing rods, and the married couple catching a pair of pink salmon together.
A wedding during the humpy run: perfect timing!
Click “continue reading,” and see the captions with a great selection of photos by James Brooks of the Kodiak Daily Mirror for more details, none of which answer the compelling question:
When you have a wedding in a place like like this, how do you top it for a honeymoon?
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 Westport (Marine Area 2), LaPush (Marine Area 3) and Neah Bay (Marine Area 4). Those fishing Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco) will continue to be limited to one chinook as part of their two-salmon daily limit.
All ocean areas are open to salmon fishing seven days a week. Wild coho must be released in all four areas.
Pat Pattillo, salmon policy coordinator for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), said the department previously limited anglers off Westport to one chinook as part of a two-salmon daily limit to ensure that the fisheries would remain open for the entire season.
“Fishing for chinook out of Westport has been really good recently, and we’re keeping a close watch on the pace of the catch. It appears now that enough of the quota for the Westport area remains to allow anglers two chinook per day,” Pattillo said.
Ocean salmon fisheries are currently scheduled to continue through Sept. 30 in marine areas 1 and 2, and through Sept. 22 in marine areas 3 and 4.
Pattillo said fishery managers will continue to monitor the ocean salmon fishery throughout the season and will announce any other changes on WDFW’s website.
Additional information on the ocean fishery, including minimum size limits and area catch guidelines, is available in the WDFW Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet.
FISHING — A sockeye fishery for Lake Wenatchee has just been announced, and it will open Saturday (Aug. 3).
Washington Fish and Wildlife officials say enough fish are moving into the Chelan County lake to allow a season with a limit of two sockeye, 12 inches in length or greater.
More than 27,000 fish have made passage at Tumwater Dam on the Wenatchee River. About 30,000 total sockeye are projected with 7,000 estimated to be available for harvest above the natural spawning escapement goal of 23,000 fish.
The fishery could be closed on short notice depending on how the run develops and the success of anglers.
NOTE: The Lake Wenatchee sockeye fishery may be closed on short notice depending on participation and catch rates. Anglers are advised to check the fishing hotline at 360-902-2500 or Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s website daily.
FISHING — Idaho's fall chinook salmon fishing seasons will open Sept. 1 on parts of the Snake, Clearwater and Salmon rivers according to these rules adopted today by the state Fish and Game Commission:
The daily bag limit is six adult Chinook salmon, the possession limit is 18 adult Chinook and there is no season limit on adult Chinook. Only adipose-fin-clipped salmon may be kept.
Only adult Chinook must be recorded on the angler’s salmon permit. There are no limits on jacks, but anglers must have a valid Idaho fishing license and a salmon permit to fish for salmon.
FISHING – Olson’s Resort at Sekiu, Wash., well-known for harboring salmon anglers venturing out on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, is celebrating it’s 80th anniversary this weekend.
How? With a July 6 fishing derby, of course.
FISHING — This year's sockeye run to the upper Columbia River is about a third the size of the 2012 run, but don't let that discourage you.
Last year's return of more than 500,000 sockeye was a record to behold.
This year's estimate of about 155,000 still offers plenty of opportunity. (The run forecast was lowered from 180,000 on Monday)
The sockeye are coming over Bonneville Dam at the rate of 4,000-7,000 a day, totaling 121,750 so far.
The catch and keep season on much of the river opened Monday with anothe stretch to open July 16.
See this story by Rob Phillips of Yakima for some good tips toward getting on top of this fishery, especially for anglers with boats.
In a forecast revision released on Monday, federal, state and tribal fish managers predict 60,000 summer kings will return to the mouth of the Columbia River this season.
FISHING — Sockeye will be fair game in the upper Columbia River and some a portion of the Okanogan starting Monday, according to this anouncement posted today by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife:
Action:Allow retention of sockeye salmon from Priest Rapids Dam upstream to Chief Joseph Dam, including a portion of the lower Okanogan River
Effective dates and locations:
Species affected:Sockeye salmon
Reason for action:Recent estimates of Okanogan sockeye are predicted to be adequate to allow for an anticipated low level (3,000-4,000) of angler harvest.
Other angler information:
FISHING — The Washington Fish and Wildlife commission has closed spring chinook salmon fishing on the Snake River. Here's the announcement posted this afternoon:
Action: Closes spring chinook fishing on the Snake River.
Effective date: Immediately
Species affected: Spring chinook
Near Ice Harbor Dam: Below Ice Harbor Dam from the Highway 12 bridge near Pasco upstream about seven miles to about 400 feet below Ice Harbor Dam.
Near Little Goose Dam: Texas Rapids boat launch (south side of the river approximately 3.5 miles upstream of the mouth of Tucannon River) to the fishing restriction boundary below Little Goose Dam. This zone includes the area between the juvenile bypass return pipe and Little Goose Dam along the south shoreline of the facility and the walkway area locally known as “the Wall” in front of the juvenile collection facility.
Near Clarkston: From the intersection of Steptoe Canyon Road with Highway 193 in Whitman County, upriver about 12 miles to the Idaho state line (identified as a line from the north end of the rock levee on the east side of the Greenbelt boat launch near the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office), northwest across the Snake River to the Washington border and boundary water marker on the north shore.
Reason for action: Based on the declining spring chinook run, catch rates and cumulative season harvest estimates in the three fishery zones on the Snake River through this past Tuesday, and fishery ESA impact limitations, this fishery will close.
FISHING — The Icicle River's fishing season for spring chinook salmon closes today an hour after sunset.
Read on for the details pertaining the closure of the Chelan County fishery from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
FISHING — Chinook salmon fishing on the South Fork Salmon River will open July 5 under a season adopted this morning by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission.
Fishing will be open only Fridays, Saturday and Sundays until further notice. Managers anticipate a shorter fishery on the South Fork because fewer fish are returning to Idaho than in recent years.
The South Fork will be open from the bridge on Forest Service Road 48 (Lick Creek/ East Fork South Fork Road) where it crosses the South Fork Salmon River main stem just upstream of the confluence with the East Fork South Fork Salmon River, upstream about 35 river miles to a posted boundary about 100 yards downstream from the Idaho Fish and Game South Fork Salmon River weir and trap.
Fishing hours will be from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time.
The daily bag limit will be four Chinook salmon, only two of which may be adults; the possession limit is 12 Chinook salmon, only six of which may be adults.
Adult Chinook salmon are 24 or more inches in length, and jacks are less than 24 inches in length. Only adipose-fin-clipped salmon may be kept.
The season-statewide limit is 10 adult Chinook salmon during salmon seasons occurring before September 1, 2013.
FISHING — Snake River spring chinook fishing is likely to reopen says Glen Mendel, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife fish management biologist
Look for an official announcement today or tomorrow — and expect the fishing days to be different that in the original season.
Here's Mendel's update:
The Technical Advisory Committee updated the run size to 115,000 (from 107,500 when the Snake R fishery previously closed at Clarkston). The increased run size means there are a few more spring Chinook (~70) that can be harvested in the revised allotment for the Snake River.
A fishery proposal has been submitted for the Clarkston area to reopen for two days (this Friday and Saturday). Ice Harbor would open for one day next week (on Monday), and Little Goose on Tuesday. Mid next week, we would evaluate the results from those limited fisheries and determine whether they had to close, or whether they could continue on the same days as noted above the following week. Bag limits would be as they were in May (1 adult adipose clipped, and 4 adipose clipped jacks). Once the hatchery adult salmon has been retained the angler must stop fishing for salmon, regardless of whether any jacks have been kept.
Please watch for the emergency regulation and news release that announces the opening of these fisheries. Hopefully, those will be available late today or tomorrow.
FISHING — Spring chinook action is luring anglers to the Klickitat. Here the WDFW announcement many have been waiting for.
Upper Klickitat River to open for hatchery adult spring chinook
Action: Up to two hatchery adult spring chinook may be kept as part of the salmon daily limit on the Klickitat River upstream to boundary markers below the salmon hatchery.
Effective dates: June 13 through July 31, 2013.
Species affected: Chinook.
Location: The Klickitat River from 400 feet upstream from #5 fishway (located about one-half mile upstream from the Fisher Hill Bridge) to boundary markers below the Klickitat Salmon Hatchery.
Reasons for action: As of June 10, a total of 351 adult spring chinook have returned to the Klickitat Salmon Hatchery. The Klickitat Salmon Hatchery is expected to meet its escapement goal of 500 fish, which will allow additional recreational opportunity.
Other information: Daily limit 6 salmon of which no more than two may be adults. Wild chinook must be released. This will match rules already in effect below Fisher Hill Bridge (located about 2 miles upstream from the mouth).
Anglers are reminded there are closed waters from Fisher Hill Bridge to 400 feet upstream from #5 fishway and from the boundary markers below Klickitat Salmon Hatchery to the boundary markers just upstream of the hatchery. The section upstream from the salmon hatchery remains closed to fishing for salmon.
A Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement is required to participate in this fishery. Barbless hooks are required to fish for salmon and steelhead.
Information contact: (360) 696-6211. For latest information press *1010.
FISHING — The Idaho Fish and Game Commission today voted to reopen the Little Salmon River to fishing for Chinook salmon effective Friday, June 7.
FISHING — Here's the latest news for Idaho spring chinook anglers regarding the status of the season — just received via email from Joe DuPont, Idaho Fish and Game regional fisheries manager in Lewiston:
The majority of anglers have repeatedly told us that the most important thing to them regarding the Chinook season is to extend the season as long as possible. For this reason, we have decided to make some rules changes to the Chinook salmon rules on the Salmon River.
Starting on Monday morning (June 3, 2013), between the Time Zone Bridge and Shorts Creek (Park Hole Area), no harvest of adults will be allowed. You will still be allowed to harvest up to 4 Jacks (< 24 inches) daily in this reach of river.
The area that will be closed to the harvest of adults includes the entire reach of the Salmon River from Time Zone Bridge to the posted sign at Shorts Creek. This reach includes popular holes such as Race Creek, the Park Hole, the Post Office Hole, the Confluence, the Mill Hole, Shorts Creek and anything in between.
Our hopes are that with these new rules we can extend the season for at least 2 more weekends. Only time will tell just how long the season lasts.
I know for some of you who like to fish the Park Hole area, you may not be happy with these changes. Recognize, however, that with these rules it may provide a unique experience where you can fish in less crowded conditions in an area with high catch rates, and if you eventually want to catch an adult there are other areas you can go to fish.
It is important to realize that if you catch one adult in another reach of river where adult harvest is allowed, you cannot have this fish in close possession and fish the Park Hole. In other words, if you catch 1 adult (remember if you catch 2 adults you are done fishing for the day) and you want to fish the Park Hole do not bring that fish near the Park Hole where one could assume you caught it there. Drop if off at camp, at your home, or someplace away from where you are fishing.
The rules in all other areas in the Clearwater Region have not changed through this weekend.
“There is no season limit on jacks,” he said.
FISHING — Anglers picked up enough spring chinook from the Snake River sections open to fishing in Washington over the holiday to prompt the closing of the season, which could be announced soon.
Here's the message from Glen Mendel, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife southeast fisheries biologist:
We saw more interest in fishing the Clarkston area than we had documented in any of the previous weeks, and they caught a few fish there. This fishery remained open after the lower Snake River fisheries closed because they had not caught much earlier, they were cut off early last year so we wanted to improve the sharing of the fishing opportunities, and because there were only about 30 fish left to harvest. One day of either of the lower Snake River fisheries would likely have harvested more than 30 fish in just one day of fishing.
The total Snake River harvest brings us very close to our targeted harvest level, so we are recommending closure of the Snake River fishery at Clarkston. Therefore, we expect that it will be closed for spring Chinook harvest until next year (about late April). Watch for the emergency regulation that verifies closure of this fishery.
Note: Steelhead fishing on the Snake River starts June 16 this year, earlier for retention than in the past.