WDFW Weekender Report for January 2011

Southwest Washington

Fishing: Winter steelhead are still the name of the game in the Columbia River Basin, although several other fisheries are beginning to compete for anglers’ attention. Sturgeon fishing reopens Jan. 1 from the mouth of the Columbia to McNary Dam, and state hatchery workers have begun planting dozens of regional lakes with thousands of rainbow trout.
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December 27 Fish Report

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 331 coho adults, 40 jacks, 256 winter-run steelhead and five sea-run cutthroat trout during four days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 164 coho adults, 21 jacks and nine winter-run steelhead into Lake Scanewa behind Cowlitz Falls Dam.

Tacoma Power employees released 13 coho adults, seven jacks, eight winter-run steelhead and five cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton, Washington during the week.

December 20 Fish Report

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 2,838 coho adults, 45 jacks, one fall Chinook adult, 295 winter-run steelhead and eight sea-run cutthroat trout during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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December 13 Fish Report

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 1,565 coho adults, 50 jacks, three fall Chinook adults, 208 winter-run steelhead, four summer-run steelhead and seven sea-run cutthroat trout during six days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Decebember 6 Fish Report

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 1,248 coho adults, 67 jacks, five fall Chinook adults, 248 winter-run steelhead, ten summer-run steelhead and eight sea-run cutthroat trout during seven days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Inland Fish Policy Advisory Group nominations open

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking nominations through Dec. 31 for membership on the Inland Fish Policy Advisory Group.

Up to 20 qualified individuals will be chosen to serve on the advisory group for 2011 and 2012. Those selected will provide guidance to WDFW on statewide issues related to management of inland fish species, such as rainbow trout, bass and kokanee. They also serve as an important communication link between WDFW and its constituents.
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Gift ideas from WDFW

Holiday shoppers looking for the perfect gift for the fish and wildlife enthusiast on their list can choose from a variety of products and privileges offered by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

Wildlife-themed license plates are always a popular gift, and fishing and hunting licenses are now on sale for the new licensing period that begins April 1. These and other options – from wildlife area vehicle-access permits to wildlife-related books – are featured at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/gifts/ on WDFW’s website.
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Sports Advisory Group nominations open

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking nominations through Dec. 31 for membership on its sport fishing advisory group.

Up to 20 qualified individuals will be chosen to serve on the Anadromous and Marine Resources Sport Fishing Advisory Group for 2011 and 2012. Those selected will provide guidance to WDFW on issues affecting recreational fisheries for salmon, rockfish and other marine fish species.
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WDFW December Weekender Report

Southwest Washington

Fishing: This year's winter steelhead season got off to a promising start around Thanksgiving, when the first wave of fish started taking anglers' lures in several tributaries to the lower Columbia River. With decent river conditions, catch rates should continue to improve in the weeks ahead, said Joe Hymer, a fish biologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

"Despite cold weather, that first jag of winter steelhead was definitely on the bite," Hymer said. "So long as the rivers don't rise too high or fall too low, we could be looking at a darn good fishery this year."
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November 29 Fish Report

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 1,857 coho adults, 116 jacks, seven fall Chinook adults, one jack, 171 winter-run steelhead, six summer-run steelhead and 17 sea-run cutthroat trout during four days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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November 22 Fish Report

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 5,393 coho adults, 189 jacks, 52 fall Chinook adults, one jack, 46 winter-run steelhead, 42 summer-run steelhead and 56 sea-run cutthroat trout during seven9 days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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November 15 Fish Report

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 7,654 coho adults, 516 jacks, 202 fall Chinook adults, ten jacks, 48 summer-run steelhead, 19 winter-run steelhead and 87 sea-run cutthroat trout during six days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator. Read More. . .

Tilton River opens for night fishing

Action: Reopen Tilton River to all night fishing

Effective Dates: Nov. 11 through Dec. 31, 2010

Species affected: All species

Location: Tilton River from mouth to West Fork
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November 8 Fish Report

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 10,003 coho adults, 402 jacks, 465 fall Chinook adults, 30 jacks, one chum salmon adult, 207 summer-run steelhead, seven winter-run steelhead and 82 sea-run cutthroat trout during seven days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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WDFW posts survey of enforcement program

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is conducting a public survey to help assess the agency’s Enforcement Program.

The survey, available
HERE on WDFW’s website, consists of about 20 questions concerning the program’s priorities and performance in the field. It will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.Read More. . .

November 1 Fish Report

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 10,198 coho adults, 434 jacks, 756 fall Chinook adults, 50 jacks, 178 summer-run steelhead, one winter-run steelhead and 104 sea-run cutthroat trout during seven days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Nisqually River closes for coho

Action: Close Nisqually River for coho retention.

Effective dates: Nov. 1, 2010 until further notice.

Species affected: Coho salmon.
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October 25 Fish Report

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 7,729 coho adults, 734 jacks, 1,945 fall Chinook adults, 208 jacks, 33 summer-run steelhead, three chum salmon and 50 sea-run cutthroat trout during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.Read More. . .

October 18 Fish Report

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 10,826 coho adults, 653 jacks, 1,569 fall Chinook adults, 158 jacks, 63 summer-run steelhead and 49 sea-run cutthroat trout during seven days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Nominations sought for steelhead/cutthroat advisory group

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking nominations through Dec. 1 for membership on the Steelhead/Cutthroat Policy Advisory Group.

Up to 20 qualified individuals will be chosen to serve on the advisory group for 2011 and 2012. Those selected will provide guidance to WDFW on statewide issues related to management of steelhead and cutthroat. They also serve as an important communication link between WDFW and its constituents.
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October 11 Fish Report

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 8,349 coho adults, 1,049 jacks, 2,396 fall Chinook adults, 247 jacks, 57 summer-run steelhead, one winter-run steelhead and 64 sea-run cutthroat trout during seven days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator. Read More. . .

October 4 Fish Report

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 7,877 coho adults, 1,046 jacks, 2,348 fall Chinook adults, 245 jacks, 204 summer-run steelhead, one winter-run steelhead, one spring Chinook adults and 97 sea-run cutthroat trout during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.Read More. . .

Fall Chinook transported to upper Cowlitz for natural spawning

WDFW News Release - With a strong run of fall chinook salmon returning to the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery, state fishery managers plan to transport up to 5,000 hatchery fish upriver and release them upriver above the last of three dams on the Cowlitz River.

Working in conjunction with Tacoma Power, which owns and operates two of those dams, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) hopes to reestablish a naturally spawning chinook run upriver from the Cowlitz Falls Dam near Randle.
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Tilton River closed to all night fishing

Action: Close Tilton River to all night fishing.
Effective Dates: Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, 2010.
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WDFW Weekender Report for October

Fishing: Coho salmon are moving up the Columbia River and into area tributaries, where anglers can still reel in bright chinook on some rivers. But starting Oct. 1, anglers have another option to consider: Sturgeon fishing in the mainstem Columbia River from the Wauna powerlines upstream to Bonneville Dam.

"This is a great fishing opportunity for fall, especially for anglers who don’t have boats," said Brad James, a fish biologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). "Bank anglers have done very well, historically, fishing for sturgeon just below Bonneville Dam."
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September 27 Fish Report

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 2,043 coho adults, 295 jacks, 1,594 fall Chinook adults, 129 jacks, 144 summer-run steelhead, 13 spring Chinook adults, five mini-jacks, 40 sea-run cutthroat trout, one pink salmon and one sockeye salmon during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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September 20 Fish Report

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 1,583 fall chinook adults, 109 jacks, 75 summer-run steelhead, 23 spring chinook adults, three mini-jacks, 590 coho adults, 75 jacks, and eight sea-run cutthroat trout during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Lower Kalama River closing to Chinook retention

Action: Close lower Kalama River to all Chinook retention.

Effective Dates: Effective Sept. 20 through Dec. 31, 2010.

Species affected: Chinook salmon.

Location: Kalama River from boundary markers at the mouth to 1000’ below the fishway at upper salmon hatchery.
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Adipose fin Cowlitz Chinook can be retained

Action: Anglers may keep one adult chinook with an intact adipose fin as part of the two adult chinook daily limit on the Cowlitz River.

Effective date: Sept. 18 through Dec. 31, 2010.

Location: Cowlitz River from boundary markers at the mouth to 400 feet below Mayfield Dam Powerhouse.

Species affected: Chinook salmon.
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September 13 Fish Report

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 1,048 fall chinook adults, 49 jacks, 71 summer-run steelhead, 53 spring chinook adults, one jack, 12 mini-jacks, 116 coho adults, 14 jacks, two pink salmon and 14 sea-run cutthroat trout during four days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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September 7 Fish Report

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 236 fall Chinook adults, 17 jacks, 176 summer-run steelhead, 132 spring Chinook adults, eight jacks, 27 mini-jacks, 13 coho salmon, one jack, one sockeye salmon and nine sea-run cutthroat trout during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Comment open on sportfishing rules

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is accepting public comments through Oct. 2 on state sportfishing rules proposed for 2011-12.

The 17 rule proposals, which would affect various recreational fisheries around the state, are available on WDFW’s website at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/rule_proposals/ . Printed copies of the proposals are available by contacting WDFW’s Fish Program at (360) 902-2700.
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WDFW offices closed Sept. 7

OLYMPIA-Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) offices will close Tuesday, Sept. 7, for the third of 10 statewide, unpaid employee-layoff days.

During the closure, WDFW wildlife areas and water-access sites will remain open for public use, but WDFW hatcheries will not be open to the public. Fishing and hunting licenses may be purchased online at
https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/ and at retail vendors.Read More. . .

August 30 Fish Report

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 183 summer-run steelhead, 49 spring Chinook adults, four jacks, 33 mini-jacks, 40 fall Chinook adults, six jacks, one coho salmon, two sockeye salmon, two chum salmon and eight sea-run cutthroat trout during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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August 23 Fish Report

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 382 summer-run steelhead, 316 spring Chinook adults, 42 jacks, 65 mini-jacks, five fall Chinook adults, two jacks, one sockeye salmon and 14 sea-run cutthroat trout during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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August 16 Fish Report

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 650 summer-run steelhead, 106 spring Chinook adults, 13 jacks, 38 mini-jacks, four fall Chinook adults, two sockeye salmon and six sea-run cutthroat trout during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.Read More. . .

August 9 Fish Report

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 761 summer-run steelhead, 72 spring Chinook adults, 21 jacks, 60 mini-jacks, two sockeye salmon and six sea-run cutthroat trout during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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August 2 Fish Reort

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 985 summer-run steelhead, 352 spring Chinook adults, 55 jacks, 122 mini-jacks, four sockeye salmon and three sea-run cutthroat trout during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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WDF&W Weekender Report

Southwest Washington

Fishing:
For Columbia River anglers, this month provides a great opportunity for a triple play. Fishing seasons for fall Chinook salmon and hatchery coho open Aug. 1, while summer steelhead are expected to continue providing good fishing well into September.
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WDFW seeks volunteers regarding elk hunt

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking volunteers to participate in a cooperative arrangement that has given hunters access to approximately 250,000 acres of private timberlands near Mount St. Helens in the last three years.

For the fourth year, the Weyerhaeuser Company is prepared to give hunters holding special elk permits additional motorized access to miles of private logging roads on the St. Helens Tree Farm, provided that enough volunteers can be found to assure a safe and orderly hunt.
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July 26 Fish Report

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 840 summer-run steelhead, 80 spring Chinook adults, 16 jacks, 156 mini-jacks, one sockeye salmon and five sea-run cutthroat trout during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

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Upcoming meetings set for Cowlitz River Ad-hoc Advisory Group

The Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife’s recently formed Cowlitz River Ad-hoc Advisory Group is meeting twice a month at the Lewis County PUD’s office in Chehalis, Washington. The next meeting is set for 1-4 p.m. on Thursday, July 22. The meetings are open for the public to attend.

Meetings are also set for August 5 and August 26 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Here is a list of advisory group members and here is the WDFW news release announcing formation of the group.

July 19 Fish Report

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 1,066 summer-run steelhead, 168 spring Chinook adults, 24 jacks, 240 mini-jacks, four sockeye salmon and one sea-run cutthroat trout during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Text a tip on fish and wildlife violations

OLYMPIA - Reporting poaching and other fish and wildlife violations to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) just got easier.

WDFW has added a new text-messaging option for reporting activity that threatens fish, wildlife and critical habitat. Tip411 allows users to send a text message to WDFW’s communications dispatch center.
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WDFW seeks strategic plan comments

To Interested Parties:

WDFW is developing our 2011-2017 Strategic Plan and we are asking for your review and input to the draft plan. We’re particularly interested in your views on priority strategies, initiatives and projects the agency should focus on in the coming biennium, July 2011-June 2013. Specifically, we’d like to hear your concerns and proposed solutions to help protect and manage the state’s fish, wildlife and their habitats.
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July 12 Fish Report

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 714 summer-run steelhead, 222 spring Chinook adults, 43 jacks and 179 mini-jacks during four days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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WDFW offices closed July 12 for unpaid day

OLYMPIA - Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) offices, like those of most other state agencies, will be closed July 12 for the first of 10 unpaid, temporary employee layoff days.
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July 6 Fish Report

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 726 summer-run steelhead, 360 spring Chinook adults, 51 jacks, 107 mini-jacks and one sockeye salmon during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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June 28 Fish Report

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 490 summer-run steelhead, 66 spring Chinook adults, 16 jacks, 39 mini-jacks and three sockeye salmon during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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June 21 Fish Report

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 138 spring Chinook adults, 36 jacks, 34 mini-jacks and 224 summer-run steelhead during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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WDFW forms Cowlitz River Ad-hoc Advisory Group

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife appointed 12 people to the new Cowlitz River Ad-hoc Advisory Group. The group meets “to develop recommendations for improving conservation and sustainable fishing opportunities on the river,” according to a WDF&W news release.

Members:
Sean Orr
Bob Reid
Don Glaser
Carl Burke
Dale Scott
Dave Becker
Lonnie Gobel
Jerry Schroeder
Anthony Crocco
Terry Turner
Shannon Wills
Stan Bartle

WDFW conducting boat checks

OLYMPIA - People hauling boats to and from Washington waterways this summer may be stopped by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) officers conducting mandatory checks of boats, trailers and gear for aquatic invasive species.

The annual check stations and emphasis-patrol program has begun in several parts of the state and will continue through the boating season. The aim is to keep tiny zebra mussels, quagga mussels and other non-native species out of Washington to protect native fish, wildlife and water systems.
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June 14 Fish Report

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 197 spring Chinook adults, 36 jacks, 20 mini-jacks, 197 summer-run steelhead and two late winter-run steelhead during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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June 7 Fish Report

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 206 spring Chinook adults, 32 jacks, 169 summer-run steelhead and four late winter-run steelhead during four days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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June 1 Fish Report

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 150 spring Chinook adults, 40 jacks, 73 summer-run steelhead and 34 late winter-run steelhead during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Fish for free June 12-13

OLYMPIA - Each year, thousands of Washingtonians go fishing - legally - without a license. How? By taking advantage of Free Fishing Weekend, scheduled June 12-13.

During those two days, no license will be required to fish or gather shellfish in any waters open to fishing in Washington state. Also, no vehicle use permit will be required during Free Fishing Weekend to park at any of the 600 water-access sites maintained by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
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May 24 Fish Report

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 146 winter-run steelhead, 100 summer-run steelhead, 646 spring Chinook adult and 115 jacks during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Cowlitz hatchery steelhead limit increased

Action: Cowlitz River anglers may retain up to three hatchery steelhead.

Species affected: Steelhead

Effective dates: Effective May 22 through Oct. 31, 2010.

Location: From the Hwy. 4 bridge at Kelso upstream to Mayfield Dam.
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May 17 Fish Report

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 336 winter-run steelhead, 67 summer-run steelhead, 487 spring Chinook adults, 30 jacks and one mini-jack during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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May 10 Fish Report

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 545 winter-run steelhead, 35 summer-run steelhead, 288 spring Chinook adults and 24 jacks during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Lake Scanewa opens for hatchery spring chinook

Action: Open Lake Scanewa (Cowlitz Falls Reservoir) to fishing for hatchery spring chinook.

Effective dates: May 8 through May 31, 2010.

Species affected: Hatchery chinook salmon

Location: Lake Scanewa (Cowlitz Falls Reservoir) from Cowlitz Falls Dam to listed boundaries in the Cispus and Cowlitz rivers arms (see sport fishing rules pamphlet).
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WDFW forming Cowlitz advisory group

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking nominations through May 21 for membership on its new Cowlitz River advisory group.

Up to 12 qualified individuals will be chosen to serve on the ad hoc group, which will meet monthly for about a year to develop recommendations for improving conservation and sustainable fishing opportunities on the river.
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May 3 Fish Report

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 1,105 winter-run steelhead, 26 summer-run steelhead, 614 spring Chinook adults and ten jacks during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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New fishing rules effective May 1

OLYMPIA - Anglers planning to fish in Washington past the end of the month should be aware that nearly a hundred new fishing rules will take effect starting May 1.

The new regulations, affecting everything from catch limits to fishing tackle, are included in the new Fishing in Washington rules pamphlet, published by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) for the 2010-11 season.
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April 26 Fish Report

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 1,903 winter-run steelhead, 29 summer-run steelhead, 839 spring Chinook adults and seven jacks during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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April 19 Fish Report

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 1,444 winter-run steelhead, eight summer-run steelhead, 232 spring Chinook adults and one jack during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.Read More. . .

2010 Washington salmon fisheries set

PORTLAND - Salmon anglers will have improved fishing opportunities for chinook on the coast and in the Columbia River, while most recreational fisheries in Puget Sound will be similar to seasons adopted last year, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
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April 12 Fish Report

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 985 winter-run steelhead and 81 spring Chinook adults during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Attendee list from Morton meeting posted

The attendance signup list from the March 18 public meeting in Morton is now posted along with the reports from the meeting’s presentations. Click here....

Catchable trout planted in Cowlitz area

Tacoma Power is planting catchable rainbow trout at various locations in the Cowlitz River watershed. A chart showing the quantity and location of the trout plants – as well as the size in fish per pound – is posted in the Fishing Info section of Cowlitzfish.net. The chart will be updated weekly. Click here...

Lowland lakes fishing opens April 24

OLYMPIA - The state’s single biggest fishing season opens April 24, with lakes throughout the state stocked with millions of hatchery-reared fish by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

Although many lakes are open year round, the last Saturday in April marks the traditional start of a four-to five-month-long lowland-lakes fishing season.
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April 5 Fish Report

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 1,005 winter-run steelhead, 68 spring Chinook adults and one cutthroat trout during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Riffe Lake fishing rule change

Action: Remove Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement requirement from Riffe Lake.
Effective date: April 1, 2010.
Species affected: Landlocked salmon and steelhead.
Location: Riffe Lake.   
Reason for action: Salmon and steelhead in Riffe Lake are landlocked. 
Other information: The Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement will take effect April 1. The Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement still applies to Mayfield Lake.
Information contact: Wolf Dammers, (360) 906-6709.  

Late winter-run hatchery steelhead program will continue

A rumor is reported that there will be no more hatchery winter-run steelhead produced. This is false. The late-winter-run steelhead hatchery program is continuing. Being discontinued is production of the non-native early-winter steelhead hatchery stock. This was explained at a public meeting October 29 in Centralia. Go to this page to learn the truth about future plans for Cowlitz hatchery production. Check out the Hatchery Program Alternatives document on that page.

March 29 Fish Report

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 613 winter-run steelhead and 23 spring Chinook adults during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Morton meeting info posted

Nearly 100 fishing enthusiasts attended a public meeting on Cowlitz fisheries plans Thursday, March 18 in Morton. The hot topic was productivity testing. The testing affects only late-winter-run steelhead in the Tilton River and upper watershed. Sports fishing will continue in those areas for other species.

Information about productivity testing and audio files of other meeting presentations are now available
here on cowlitzfish.net.

March 22 Fish Report

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 339 winter-run steelhead and 11 spring Chinook adults during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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March 15 Fish Report

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 225 winter-run steelhead and 24 spring Chinook adults during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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March 8 Fish Report

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 132 winter-run steelhead, one spring Chinook adult and one cutthroat trout during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Spring Chinook highlight 2010 salmon forecasts

OLYMPIA - Forecasts for strong chinook salmon returns to the Columbia River this summer could lead to improved fishing in the river and Washington’s ocean waters. Fishing prospects also are looking up for some rivers in Puget Sound, where coho salmon are expected to return in increased numbers.
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March 1 Fish Report

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 47 winter-run steelhead and one spring chinook adult during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Promising Columbia River Spring Chinook season

OLYMPIA - Fishery managers from Washington and Oregon today adopted fishing seasons for this year’s spring chinook fishery on the Columbia River, where the prized salmon are projected to return in the largest numbers since at least 1938.
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February 22 Fish Report

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 35 winter-run steelhead and one coho adult during four days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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February 16 Fish Report

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 38 winter-run steelhead during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Cowlitz River steelhead fishing rule change

Action:   Allow retention of steelhead with a clipped right ventral fin and a healed scar at the location of the clipped fin.
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Sportfishing rules adopted

OLYMPIA - The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission tightened conservation guidelines for Columbia River sturgeon and approved a new two-year package of sportfishing rules during its Feb. 4-6 meeting in Olympia. Read More. . .

Fishing Seasons Topic of Public Meeting

OLYMPIA - Anglers, commercial fishers and others interested in Washington state salmon fisheries can get a preview of this year’s salmon returns and proposed fishing seasons during a public meeting here March 2.
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February 8 Fish Report

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 42 winter-run steelhead and two coho adults during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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February 1 Fish Report

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 44 winter-run steelhead, five coho adults and one during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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Sportfishing rules under review

OLYMPIA - The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will consider adopting a new package of sportfishing rules for 2010-12, as well as updates to the Columbia River sturgeon management policy, during a public meeting Feb. 4-6 in Olympia.
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January 25 Fish Report

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 102 winter-run steelhead, nine coho adults, three jacks and one cutthroat trout during four days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator. Read More. . .

January 19 Fish Report

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 165 coho adults, 13 jacks and 277 winter-run steelhead during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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January 11 Fish Report

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 702 coho adults, 18 jacks and 157 winter-run steelhead during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
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January 4 Fish Report

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 180 coho adults, three jacks and 106 winter-run steelhead during four days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

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