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Salmon openings for Puget sound 2016

There have been many openings for Puget Sound rivers lately, as the actual run appears to be larger than what was forecast. Most notably, the Skagit and Cascade have opened for coho fishing, as well as the Snohomish for coho and a portion of the Skykomish for hatchery steelhead. The South Fork Nooksack river opens on […]

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Salmon seasons set for Puget Sound; area waters expected to re-open to fishing

This news happened a couple weeks ago, and the permit still hasn’t been issued. Most puget sound rivers are still closed to fishing as of today. On May 26th state and Tribal leaders reached an agreement on fishing seasons, so rivers should be reopening soon. Stay tuned for more information. Additional information is at http://wdfw.wa.gov/news/may2616b/  and, […]

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How to Gear up for Fall Fishing

We’re finally into the beginning days of fall, which means the weather is starting to cool down and it’s finally possible to get outside and go fishing. The Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife plans to release 340,000 fish this fall, specifically catchable-sized trout in October and November. This means now is the time to […]

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Submit your summer crab catch card by Oct. 1st to avoid fines

Remember to submit your summer crab catch record catch by October 1st to avoid a $10 fine on next years license. Crabbers can submit catch record cards to WDFW by mail at CRC Unit, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA 98501-1091. They can also report their catch online at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/wdfw/puget_sound_crab_catch.html from Sept. 8 through Oct. 1.

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Nooksack river re-opens to fishing

In a news release WDFW announces that the Nooksack river is re-opening to fishing from the Slater road upstream to the FFA marker in Deming. Previously closed areas remain closed, such as the North Fork, South Fork, and Middle Fork. Read the full release here. https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/erule.jsp?id=1678  

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WDFW Fishing Rule Change: Fishing closed in areas of Nooksack River Basin due to drought

Nearly the entire Nooksack system is now closed to all fishing due to drought conditions. Read the press release below, and the discussion on the Fish Whatcom forum in the Nooksack 2015 thread that includes some further explanations.   WDFW Press release: August 27, 2015 Fishing closed in areas of Nooksack River Basin due to […]

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WDFW News Release: WDFW to release hatchery steelhead into inland lakes again this year

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) fish managers will release “early winter” hatchery steelhead into inland lakes again this year, now that federal fisheries officials have decided to conduct a full-scale environmental impact analysis of all Puget Sound hatchery steelhead programs. This follows the same action last year, which put a bunch of 10+ […]

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Free fishing weekend coming up – June 6-7

Every year WDFW opens one weekend of the year, the first weekend in June, to everyone who doesn’t have a fishing license. Anglers must still follow the regulations, including special rules, limits, etc.., but they do not need a fishing license. Catch records cards may still be needed for certain fisheries, so check out the […]

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