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2013-03-27OP REDEMPTION

OP REDEMPTION After 9 trips to the coast, Dan finally found one.While fishing his favorite piece of his homewater on the sol duc river I was lucky enough to cross paths with a beautiful hen steelhead.. I spotted this fish on a soft edge with 3 others ducking in and out of the faster water so I decided to get an angle on them and went downstream and made a cast with nothing on the first drift I made a second drift and ... I feel a fish chewing on my OKIE drifter!!! reel down set the hook and the rest is a memory... funny thing is, as steelhead do what they do and this one headed for the only piece of structure in the pool which was a small bunch of branches on the shore side.. after a couple runs close to the sticks I decieded to end its fun and land it and get me a fast GRIP & GRIN!!!! GREAT DAY

2013-02-252-25-13

With All of the Puget Sound rivers closed to fishing. All eyes are now focused on late winter steelhead and the beginning of the spring chinook run.

Skookumchuck- Steelhead are just starting to show up. last weekend with the falling water a few fresh fish were taken up twords the hatchery.

Wynoochie- Still a few hatchery fish around. The amount of pressure has died down quite a bit. Last week this river was the best bet around.

Coastal Rivers- Numbers are down all across the board.

2013-01-03LeRoy Jones' Grandson's first Steelhead

LeRoy Jones\' Grandson\'s first Steelhead Chet and Leroy took Leroy's Grandson Evan Slish out for a day Steelhead fishing. This right here is what it is all about. Great work guys and congratulations Evan on your beautiful catch!

2012-12-27December 22nd

Fished Saturday the 22nd. Nathan and I fished the Cowlitz and the Skookumchuck. The Cowlitz has been producing fish but its been a hard fight to get one. Few fish hooked from both the bank and sleds. Fish coming on both jig and bobber and drifting quality baits tight to shore. On the way home we stopped off at the 'Chuck. Once again fishing has been slow but rumors of fish have been turning up. We fished for about a hour to no avail on steelhead, but lots of old coho milling around. Once again, its early in the season but the fish are there and its time to start pounding the river.

Nick Warren
ASM Friend

2012-12-10Snoqualmie River. Saturday December 8, 2012

Snoqualmie River.  Saturday December 8, 2012 Todd Rock and Zack Knaack floated the short float on the Snoqualmie. From Plum Landing to Fall City. Only had one bite during the day but the colorful fish was worth the time spent on the water.

2012-11-30Mike Ainsworth a ASM guide

Mike Ainsworth a ASM guide This King was one of many kings that fell victim to a properly placed K-16 Kwick Fish during the fall salmon season on the WA coast. This 38# King was just one of many that mighty Pacific produces each year. Don't miss out on next season, for your chance at one these monsters.

2012-11-26Larry Anderson and friends Pete & D'Arcy on the Satsop

Larry Anderson and friends Pete & D\'Arcy on the Satsop Mid November Silvers in high water conditions. In two days yielded 14 silvers ranging from 12-16 lbs. Using River Bend Jigs available at ASM exclusively

2012-11-0511-5-12

November brings late coho, chum and winter steelhead.

Green River- Chum are in the whole river in good numbers. The season should be strong thru December.

Carbon River- Some silvers are still lingering around but the hatchery run is just about wrapped up. There is a strong chum run that goes up there but you can not retain chum in the carbon.

Puyallup River- River is still a bit high but its on the drop and there are a few silvers mixed in with the chum.

Nisqually River- Still a bit slow for Chum. This run normally picks up around the first of December.

Minter Creek- This little creek is FULL of chum. Limit is 4 a day.

Skokomish River- Last week you were able to see the chum crossing the road. The river is back in shape and chum are in just about every nook and cranny.

Coastal Rivers- They are running a bit on the high side but with little to no rain they will be fishable here in a day or two.

2012-09-139-13-12

Puget Sound- All areas are doing well for coho. Creel reports are looking real good, http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/creel/puget/ .

Duwamish- From the 1st ave. South bridge up to I-405 has been good for coho. Trolling brads wigglers on the outgoing tide has seemed to be the best.

Puyallup River- Coho fishing has been great. Lots and lots of limits being taken.

Cowlitz River- Castle Rock area has been a good producer for fall kings. Silvers are in the river as well. Free drifting eggs and hover fishing the corners has been the best bet.

Nisqually River- Kings are in with a few coho starting to show up in the area.

Willipa Bay- Fishing has been just on fire in the bay. No rain has kept all the fish out in the salt.

Grays Harbor(area 2-2)- Opens for 1 adult hatchery chinook and 2 coho on September 16th.

2012-09-059-5-12

Puget Sound- Fishing for kings has slowed down in Area 11. fishing for silvers in area 9, 10, 11 has been very good. Flasher and hoochie or a grand slam bucktail from 30-60ft.
Puyallup River- Kings are far and few between but the silvers have been showing in great numbers for how early it is.
Carbon River- Low water and few fish has been the story.
Skokomish- CLOSED until September 16th.
Green River- Is open from the 1st ave south bridge up to I-405 for coho. Release all chinook.
Nisqually River- Chinook are in. Bobber and eggs are working very well. Drift fishing has been productive as well.

2012-08-29AREA 9 COHO

Angler CAL JR. fished double bluff and got 12 coho to the boat fishing 50-90 feet down.. a purple haze hoochie claimed a few biters but most came on a green grandslam bucktail.. all done in a short morning bite!!!

2012-08-28KINGS, SILVERS, AND STEELHEAD, OH, MY!!!

KINGS, SILVERS, AND STEELHEAD, OH, MY!!! Fishing has steadily picked up and is full throttle at the moment. From all areas of puget sound to local rivers and up and down the coast, there are a lot of fish to be hooked up.

Marine area 11 is a sure place to start if you are a salty... They are pounding herring, hoochies, and spoons of many kinds. People are getting them trolling and a lucky bunch are taking them from shore throwing Buzz Bombs spoons and point wilson darts at them. Coastal fishing has been great for Kings and Coho from Westport on down to Willapa Bay. Trolling herring has been the ticket on the coast as well as Apex spoons in the shallows.

Local rivers have turned on and excellent fishing is projected for most of the September openers. The Green river has been doing quite fine for summer run steelhead and the lower Duwamish will be opening for Coho on the first. The Puyallup has been on fire recently with a health number of Kings being caught and even more coho on the hook. Options do not stop there as the Nisqually has just turned on for Chinook with pigs being hooked and landed. Anglers still after summer chrome have been doing exceptionally well on the Cowlitz hooking a lot of Steelhead and several Chinook as of late. Last but not least, as always the Skokomish river system is chock full of Chinook and starting to get silvers that will eat roe under a bobber at first light and take Wicked Lures before you throw drift gear at them...

In all, the fishing has been good to great and there are plenty of choices on where to get out on the water and have a chance to hook a big one. stop on by at the shop and get all u need and directions on where to go. Also be sure to check the regulations for the water you will be out on.. Good luck!

2012-08-248-23-12

Puget Sound- Kings are being hooked in the mornings and on the afternoon tide change. Silvers are starting to show up in area 11 in much better numbers. Areas 9 and 10 are closed to retention of all chinook. Coho in those areas is still open and doing very well.

Columbia River- Buoy 10 has been really good latley. Trolling herring has been the method of choice.

Willipa Bay- Kings are in. Trolling fish flash and herring is the way to go.

Puyallup River- Kings are there. But the silvers have been out numbering the kings. The fishing is getting better and better every day.

Nisqually River- Kings are in the river and the mouth. Bobber and eggs on the slow corners and around I-5 on the low tide.

2012-08-21Kings in Tidal water

Kings in Tidal water Kris found some fresh chrome Chinook in the tidal waters.

2012-08-208/19/2012 Westport

8/19/2012 Westport Chet and friends did well at Westport this last weekend with 5-kings and 3-silvers.
Here is Chet with his 22lb 10oz king

2012-08-158-15-12

Puget Sound- Marine areas 10 & 11 have been doing very well in the mornings and good in the afternoons for fall chinook. Hoochies, 3.5 inch spoons, and coho killers working the best.
Puyallup River- Lower river below Freeman Rd opens in the morning Aug. 16th. With the hot weather target the deep shaded areas of the river.
Columbia River- Summer run steelhead is still doing well.
Buoy 10- Kings are here and will only get better.
Willipa Bay- Chinook Fishing has been good and should peak around the first 2 weeks of September.
Bogy- Water is low and gin clear. Small baits and fly is the only way to go.
Skokomish- Lots of fish in the river. Fish the low to incoming tide. Bobber and egg bite is best at daylight.

2012-08-05Saturday August 4th

Saturday August 4th It was a HOT day as seafair was underway and the Blue Angles flew high. It was also a HOT day for fishing in Area 11. The South King County PSA salmon derby ran from daylight till 1pm. There were a total of 48 chinook weighed in and the winner was Kyle Klein with a 27lb 2oz fish. Myself (Todd) did not enter the derby simply because I was not ready to call it a day at 1pm. Our boat had 3 in the box at daylight. By 10 or so the big outgoing tide was in full swing. Checked the crab pots once and relocated them to Dumas Bay after re-fueling the boat and taking a quick break. Didn't get another bite until 4pm witch is well before the afternoon tide 4 in the box. Fished up to the afternoon tide change and BAM, another fish. 5 minutes later BAM! Boat limit on kings 6-6. Starting to get dark at this point we go to pull the pots and to our suprise they were LOADED! Threw back a ton of soft shelled keepers and lots of females. We ended our marathon run with 6 kings and 15 Dungies for the 3 on the boat. The kings have finally arrived in Area 11.

2012-07-307-30-12

This last week has been a great.
-Cowlitz River is pumping out summer run steelhead.
-Columbia River remains great for steelhead below Bonneville dam.
-Brewster Pool is red hot for sockeye.
-Baker Lake is red hot for sockeye.
-Green River closes to all fishing Tuesday. And will not re-open until September 1st from the first Ave bridge up to I-405.
-Puyallup River opens to salmon fishing Aug. 1st from Freeman Rd. up to the mouth of the Carbon River.
-Puget Sound is pumping out kings and silvers. Best time will be at daylight and the tide changes.
plenty of fish out there and so little time.
-Bring in a photo of your catch to the store and we will give you a free Auburn Sports and Marine hat of your choice.

2012-07-30ASM Girls go Fishing!

ASM Girls go Fishing! On Sunday, July 29th, Sheila, Erin, Heather and Rachel ventured out for a day of fishing with Bruce Warren – Fishing for Fun Guide Service – on the Columbia. The trip began way too early for the girls as we had to be at the Port of Kalama at 5:30am. We targeted sturgeon in the morning and steelhead in the afternoon. We pulled a total of 11 sturgeon into the boat, lost one at the boat and the biggest stergeon caught by Sheila-36” long. The steelheading was slow . . . we didn’t even get a bite! Thanks again to Bruce, his wife Dionne and our chaperone Bobber (the black lab) for a wonderful day of fishing!

2012-07-237-23-12

7-23-12 -Westport tuna over the weekend was Slow slow but there were fish caught.
-Puget Sound fishing was really spotty over the weekend. The guys who fished up north last week did really well. When the thunder storms rolled through it pushed a lot of those fish down south.
Todd and crew fished Dolphin Point on Saturday and boated 2 kings and 3 silvers.
Sunday was another story. Wind was blowing so bad from north to south then switched to west to east. Fishing was SLOW.
-Cowlitz River from barrior to blue creek was really good for the guys chasing summer run steelhead.
-Columbia River is still just RED HOT for summer runs.

2012-07-17area 9 opener

water depth 160-180 feet, gear at 60-80 feet on downriggers. wild fish caught on green glow flasher w/ green splatter back hootchie. white glow flasher w/ cookies & cream tail wagger. got one fish early around 6:00 am with 3 more around the 10 o'clock hour with a bonus by-catch of a 15 pound halibut that ate the spoon also!!!this report was a call in from chris fraizer (A.K.A cal naughton jr.) who was doing fish samples for the W.D.F.W.

2012-07-17Dan at Brewster Pool 7-15-2011

Dan at Brewster Pool 7-15-2011 12 for 16 in 2 hours. Sockeye fishery in the upper Columbia was worth a go. But do it fast. High water and heavy current have them on the move. Suggested trolling in a upstream path because downstream troll is dangerous, causing to fast of a presentation in my opinion. Gear used 2/0 luhr jensen dodger with red tape cover with clear UV tape, Zogs "rasticle" as seen on Northwest Wild Country. pink coon shrimp with scent crawfish/anise smelly jelly. Bring light gear if you have it. If not bring a snubber otherwise your kokanee will work fine. Personal I saw a lot of fish being lost at other boats due to fish not being played. Doing the "coffee grinder" making it hard on most. Also if you have a long handle net helps a lot.

2012-07-127-12-12

-Marine Area 11 have been producing fish from top to bottom. Trolling from Dolphin point to the Redondo area have been producing fish on the tide changes. Jigging the clay banks at Point Defiance has been good as well. As July rolls on the fish will only get better.
-Cowlitz River has been doing really good when Tacoma Power dosent jump the river up and down every two days. Plenty of fish in the system to be caught but with drastic water changes it puts the fish off the bite.
-Columbia River is on FIRE for the summer steelhead. Big numbers returning to the snake and clearwater make the lower big C a fantastic fishery.
-Marine Area's 9 and 10 will open for hatchery chinook on July 16th.

2012-07-057-5-12

-Puget Sound crabbing is now underway in most of the marine areas. Remember its Thursday-Monday only.
-Marine Area 11 has been fairly well for chinook for the anglers who have been putting in thier time.
-Columbia River has been doing well for steelhead and sockeye below bonneville dam.
-Cowlitz river has been picking up for summer run steelhead. Only problem is Tacoma Power keeps fluxuating the water flows and it is throwing up the bite.
-Green river has been looking good as far as water flows go. Steelhead fishing has been best around hwy 18.

2012-06-186-18-12

-Westport fin clipped chinook fishery is slowing down a tad. Wild chinook are out there pretty thick. Rough seas moved in Saturday afternoon and will be around until Wednesday afternoon. Chinook will be open for two hatchery chinook until June 23rd. Then switching over to any chinook on Sunday June 24th. Limit 2 with only 1 being a chinook.
-Cowlitz River has been good for chinook at the barrior dam over the last week. The trick up there is good cured eggs. Summer steelhead are doing well for how early it is.
-Columbia river has been pumping out sockeye, shad, summer chinook, and summer steelhead. Fish shallow for sockeye and shad.
-Tons of big rainbows have been stocked in several local lakes for the Fathers Day weekend.
-Sekiu will be open for halibut this Thursday and Saturday (limit 1). This will be your last chance for a halibut until next year!

2012-06-126-12-12

-Westport opener for fin clipped chinook was really good for the anglers who braved Saturday's weather. Sunday and Monday both were really good as well. The weather has been great with flat seas over the last few days.
-Area 11 had fish checked in over the weekend both at the ramp and the boathouse. Jigging point wilson darts has been the ticket for getting them to bite.
-Green River once again pumped out a few summer run steelhead over the weekend even with water flows being up around 2000 cfs.
-Cowlitz River really slowed down with the number of spring chinook and summer steelhead really dropping.
-Wynoochee River has been doing really well over the last week for summer runs.
-Columbia River. The shad and in THICK.
-American lake has been a bust this year for kokanee. Other lakes such as Meridian, Clear, Stevens, Merwin, Alder, and Riffe all have been doing well.

2012-06-066-6-12

-Puget Sound chinook opened back up on June 1st in marine area 11. There were 6 fish checked in over the weekend.
-Local rivers and streams opened up on Saturday June 2nd.
-Green River is high flowing at 2170 cfs but a few anglers who made their way down the river got into a few summer run steelhead. Also a few down streamer winter runs.
-Skykomish River up at Reiter Ponds was the hot spot over the weekened with a lot of steelhead hooked and bonked on opening day!
-Cowlitz River has been fishing slow over the last couple of weeks. The numbers of fish returning every week back to the barrior dam would tell you otherwise.
-American Lake has been hit hard by kokanee fisherman all spring long and the fish just are not biting. The few fish that have been being caught have been good sized ranging from 14-16 inches per fish.
-Lake Meridian has been fishing very well for kokanee but the fish in this lake are a bit smaller. the average size has been in the 10-11 inch range.
-Free fishing weekend is this weekend June 9-10. Remember - all other rules still apply, including seasons, area and lure or bait restrictions, and size and catch limits. Catch Record Cards (first one is free) are required to fish for salmon, sturgeon, steelhead, and halibut. Please see the 2012 Fishing Regulation Pamphlet for all rules and restrictions.

2012-05-295-29-12

Lower Columbia below Bonneville fished well for the two day opener. Limits of Spring Chinook reported all over the place.

Kokanee fishing on American Lake really picked up over the Holiday weekend.

South Puget Sound reopens for Chinook June 1st.

Most rivers, creeks, and beaver ponds open to fishing this Saturday. Check your regulations for special rules and or restrictions.

2012-05-225-22-12

-Trout fishing in lowland lakes continues to produce lots of daily limits.
-Bass fishing for largemouth and smallmouth in most lowland lakes is really good right now.
-Cowlitz River was good for spring chinook up near the barrior dam last weekend but has slowed way down in the last couple of days.
-Lake Stevens, American, Alder, Merwin, and Riffe are all fishing well for Kokanee.
-Halibut season has been good for the guys able to make it out.
-Have a safe and fun Memorial weekend!

2012-04-264-26-12

Trout Season for the lowland lakes opens up this Saturday. Make sure you have your 2012/2013 fishing licence.

Cowlitz River has slowed way down on steelhead and the Springers are starting to really show up with the high water flows.

Skookumchuck River- This will be the last weekend you will be able to try for a steelhead. The river will close on April 30th.

Puget Sound Lincod opens up this Tuesday with a legal slot limit of 26-36 inches.

Last razor clam dig of the season
planned May 5-7 at Twin Harbors


OLYMPIA – Twin Harbors beach will be the site of the last razor clam dig of the season May 5-7, provided that marine toxin tests show the clams there are safe to eat.

All other coastal beaches in Washington will be closed to razor clam digging until a new season is announced in fall, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

“Twin Harbors is the only beach with razor clams still available for harvest after the two openings in April,” Ayres said. “Assuming the marine toxin tests are favorable, this will be the last chance to dig fresh razor clams until fall.”

Twin Harbors beach extends from the mouth of Willapa Bay north to the south jetty at the mouth of Grays Harbor. The proposed opening is scheduled on morning tides; no digging will be allowed after noon.

Morning low tides will be as follows:

•May 5, Saturday, 6:32 a.m., -1.5 feet
•May 6, Sunday, 7:19 a.m., -2.1 feet
•May 7, Monday, 8:07 a.m., -2.3 feet

2012-04-09Claming in Grayland 4-7-12

Claming in Grayland 4-7-12 Gary, Ronda, Brittay, Chelsey all 4 got limits of razor clams in 20 mins in Grayland Beachs

2012-04-034-3-12

Cowlitz River- Continues to fish well. Steelhead have shown up in big numbers in the blue creek area.

Columbia River- Springer fishing is still slow, slow. River closes to springer fishing on Friday.

Skookumchuck River- The little chuck has been producing lots of fish this last March and early April.

Wesport- Conditions are looking really good this weekend to get out and get some Lingcod and Sea Bass.

Ocean Beaches-
April 7, Saturday (7:36 a.m., -1.2 ft.): Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks, Kalaloch
April 8, Sunday (8:23 a.m., -1.5 ft.): Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Kalaloch
April 9, Monday (9:11 a.m., -1.5 ft.): Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Kalaloch

2012-04-03Cowlitz on 4-1-2012

Cowlitz on 4-1-2012 Fishing was good went 6 for 8. With Gary, Richard, Chet, Dan, with Doug Dosch of Rivers Edge Guide Service. Also when there they saw a sea lion at Blue Creek!

2012-03-28Cowlitz on 3-27 limited by 1:00 pm

Cowlitz on 3-27 limited by 1:00 pm Gary got his 20lb stealhead plus

2012-03-273-27-2012

*** Fishing Licences must be renewed April 1st 2012 ***

Columbia River- Springer fishing has been slow due to high water flows and cold temps.

Cowlitz River- Steelhead fishing was really good over the weekend. There are also a few springers being caught.

Skookumchuck River- Steelhead fising continues to be really good.

Kokanee- American Lake and Lake Stevens have been slow as of late. Lake Merwin has had a few good reports latley.

Next Razor Clam dig is proposed for
April 7, Saturday (7:36 a.m., -1.2 ft.): Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Kalaloch
April 8, Sunday (8:23 a.m., -1.5 ft.): Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Kalaloch
April 9, Monday (9:11 a.m., -1.5 ft.): Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Kalaloch

2012-03-213-21-12

Cowlitz River- Steelhead fishing has been a bit spotty this week with water flows going up and down. The weather patterns we have been seeing havent been helping much as well.

Columbia River- Springer fishing has been a battle this week. Rising water flows and super cold temps have made the bite far and few between.

Coastal Rivers- Nice Native Steelhead are being caught.

Westport- Lingcod opened last Saturday but the weather has been really rough. This weekend looks awsome for anyone looking to get out.

Razorclams- March 24, Saturday (8:25 a.m. +0.3 ft.): Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks

March 25, Sunday (8:59 a.m., +0.3 ft.): Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

2012-03-13Puget Sound Shrimping Season

The Puget Sound Shrimping Season has been updated on the Shrimping portion of the WDFW website. Here is the link
"Puget Sound Shrimping Season"
just click on the marine area you want to shrimp in.

2012-03-12Cowlitz over the weekend 3-10-12 and 3-11-12

Cowlitz over the weekend 3-10-12 and 3-11-12 Saturday the Cowlitz fished really well and then Sunday a big cold front moved in with every type of weather known to man and the bite really shut off.

2012-03-06Fishing Rule Change for Claming

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
March 5, 2012

Sport clam season opens early at Point Whitney

Tidelands, later at Point Whitney Lagoon

Action: The sport clam fishing season at Point Whitney Tidelands (excluding Lagoon) will open immediately. The sport clam fishing season at Point Whitney Lagoon will open on April 1, 2012.

Effective date: Point Whitney Tidelands: Immediately through March 31, 2012. Point Whitney Lagoon: April 1, 2012 through April 30, 2012.

Species affected: All clams.

Location: Point Whitney Tidelands and Point Whitney Lagoon. These adjacent beaches are located in Jefferson County on Hood Canal.

2012-03-063-4-2012 Cowlitz River

3-4-2012 Cowlitz River Chet said that the Cowlitz River was doing great

2012-02-292-29-2012 Skookumchuck Fishing

A few fish where caught but most fish are recycled. By Gary lewis

2012-02-292-29-12


OLYMPIA – Fishery managers are planning a series of morning razor-clam digs in March and April on Washington’s ocean beaches so long as marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat.

As usual, the final word on beach openings will be announced about a week before each dig is scheduled to start.

“We’re announcing tentative dates now so people can get them on their calendars,” said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). “We’ll confirm the dates once the test results are available.”

WDFW may announce additional digs in late April and early May at some beaches if enough clams are still available for harvest, Ayres said.

Unlike previous openings this season, all digs planned in the months ahead are timed to coincide with morning low tides. No digging will be allowed on any beach after noon.

Proposed beach openings, along with morning low tides, for upcoming digs are:

•March 10, Saturday (7:39 am -0.3.): Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
•March 11, Sunday (9:28 am -0.4.): Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks

•March 24, Saturday (8:25 am +0.3.): Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
•March 25, Sunday (8:59 a.m., +0.3 ft.): Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

•April 7, Saturday (7:36 a.m., -1.2 ft.): Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Kalaloch
•April 8, Sunday (8:23 a.m., -1.5 ft.): Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Kalaloch
•April 9, Monday (9:11 a.m., -1.5 ft.): Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Kalaloch
Ayres noted that the dig planned at Copalis on March 24 will coincide with the sixth annual Ocean Shores Razor Clam Festival, which includes a chowder cookoff and other events. Information on the festival is available at http://www.oceanshores.org/.

Kalaloch Beach, tentatively scheduled to open April 7-9, has been closed to digging all season due to a low abundance of clams. Located inside Olympic National Park, the beach is managed by the National Park Service in cooperation with WDFW.

Under state law, diggers can take 15 razor clams per day, and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger's clams must be kept in a separate container.

2012-02-142-14-12

Area 11- Blackmouth fishing has been slow.

Skookumchuck- Steelheading has slowed down in the last week. Floating jigs and bait has been the best method.

Satsop- Mostly a native show but fishing has been good. 1 or 2 hatchery fish per boat.

Wynoochee- Fishing has been good on this system for weeks now. More wild fish starting to show up.

Cowlitz- Steelhead fishing has been really slow but will start picking back up in March.

Kalama- Steelhead fishing has been fair as of late.

All coastal rivers have been doing very well for wild steelhead. Now thru April is native fish time.

2012-02-14Razor-Clam Dig for Feb. 18-19

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife approves evening razor-clam dig for Feb. 18-19, starts planning morning digs

The last evening razor-clam dig of the season will take place Feb. 18-19 on three ocean beaches. After that, clam diggers can look forward to a series of digs on morning tides.

WDFW approved this month’s evening dig at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks beaches after marine toxin tests showed that the clams on those beaches are safe to eat.

No digging will be allowed at any beach before noon.

For the upcoming dig, the evening low tide Saturday, Feb.18, is at 4:13 p.m. (0.0 feet), and on Sunday, Feb.19, at 5 p.m. (-0.2 feet).

Ayres recommends that diggers hit the beach one to two hours before evening low tide for best results.

Once the harvest is totaled for this month’s dig, WDFW will announce plans for future digs, starting in early March, Ayres said. Because of the change in tides that occurs in spring, those digs will all be held during morning hours.

Under state law, diggers can take 15 razor clams per day, and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger's clams must be kept in a separate container.

2012-02-072-7-12

Marine Area 11- Last weekend was beautiful but blackmouth fishing was really slow with only 3 fish checked in Saturday at the Point Defiance boat house.

Skookumchuck River- Steelhead fishing has been pretty slow with only a few steelhead being reported per day.

Cowlitz River- Slow fishing for now early March is going to be the time for this fishery to heat up.

Satsop River- Steelhead fishing has been really good for both driftboats and bank anglers. Spoons, bait, and jigs working the best.

Wynoochee River- Last weekend was HOT!!! It should be lower this coming weekend and fishing should be the same.

All Olympic Peninsula rivers should be fishing well this weekend. Its big fish time!

2012-01-311-31-12

Waters closing to fishing Feb. 1, 2012, by emergency rule include:

Nooksack River System

�Nooksack River mainstem from the Lummi Indian Reservation boundary to the confluence of North and South forks.
�North Fork Nooksack River from Maple Creek to Nooksack Falls.
�Middle Fork Nooksack River from the mouth to the City of Bellingham diversion Dam.
�South Fork Nooksack River from the mouth to Skookum Creek.
Skagit River System

�Skagit River mainstem from the mouth to the Highway 530 Bridge at Rockport.
�Skagit River from the mouth of the Cascade River to the Gorge powerhouse at Newhalem.
�Sauk River from the mouth to the Whitechuck River.
�Cascade River from the Rockport-Cascade Road Bridge upstream to headwaters.
Snohomish River System

�Snohomish River from the mouth (Burlington Northern railroad bridge) upstream to the confluence of the Skykomish and Snoqualmie rivers.
�Skykomish River from the mouth to the Highway 2 Bridge at the Big Eddy Access.
�Pilchuck River from the mouth to 500 feet downstream of the Snohomish city diversion dam.
�Sultan River from the mouth to 400 feet downstream of diversion dam (river mile 9.7).
�Wallace River from 200 feet upstream of water intake of salmon hatchery to Wallace Falls.
�North Fork Skykomish River from the mouth to 1,000 feet downstream of Bear Creek Falls.
�South Fork Skykomish River from the mouth to 600 feet downstream of Sunset Falls fishway.
�Snoqualmie River from the mouth to the boat ramp at Plum access.
�Tolt River from the mouth to the USGS trolley cable near confluence of North and South forks.
�Raging River from the mouth to Highway 18 Bridge.
Stillaguamish River System

�Stillaguamish River from Marine Drive upstream to forks.
�Pilchuck Creek from the mouth to Highway 9 Bridge.
�North Fork Stillaguamish River from the mouth to the mouth of French Creek.
�South Fork Stillaguamish River from the mouth to 400 feet below the Granite Falls fishway outlet.
�Canyon Creek from the mouth upstream.
Strait of Juan de Fuca

�Dungeness River from the mouth upstream to the forks at Dungeness Forks Campground.
�Morse Creek from the mouth to the Port Angeles Dam.
�Salt Creek from the mouth to the bridge on Highway 112.
�Deep Creek from the mouth upstream.
�Pysht River from the mouth upstream.
�Clallam River from the mouth upstream.
�Sekiu River from the mouth to forks.

Green River from 277th up to Howard Hansen dam also closes to fishing Feb. 1st.

Skookumchuck River- Fishing for steelhead has been hit and miss due to heavy rains and should be in nice shape by the weekend.

Wynoochee River- Steelheading was really good until this last heavy rain we had. Give it two more days and the nooch will be fishing good again.

Cowlitz River- fishing has been slow for the most part. We are in between runs right now and the B-Run steelhead should be showing up in good numbers at the end of Feburary.

Coastal Rivers- with the way the USGS graphs are looking most if not all rivers on the OP will be fishing great. Big nates should be making their way into all the rivers.


Saltwater- Marine Areas 11 and 12 reopen for winter blackmouth fishing Feburary 1st.

2012-01-27Columbia River fishing seasons set for spring chinook, sturgeon

Fishery managers from Washington and Oregon today set fishing seasons for 2012 on the lower Columbia River that anticipate a strong run of spring chinook salmon but a further decline in the number of white sturgeon available for harvest.

2012 spring chinook seasons

Spring chinook fishing is currently open to boat and bank anglers on a daily basis from Buoy 10 near the mouth of the Columbia River upstream to the Interstate 5 bridge. Under the new rules adopted today, the sport fishery will expand upriver to Beacon Rock from March 1 through April 6. During that period, the sport fishery will close on three Tuesdays – March 20, March 27 and April 3 – to accommodate commercial fisheries.

Starting March 1, bank anglers will also be allowed to fish from Beacon Rock up to the fishing boundary below Bonneville Dam.

Above Bonneville Dam, the fishery will be open to boat and bank anglers on a daily basis from March 16 through May 2 between the Tower Island powerlines six miles below The Dalles Dam and the Washington/Oregon state line, 17 miles upriver from McNary Dam. Bank anglers can also fish from Bonneville Dam upriver to the powerlines during that time.

Starting March 1, anglers fishing downriver from Bonneville Dam may retain one marked, hatchery-reared adult spring chinook as part of their daily catch limit. Above the dam, anglers can keep two marked adult spring chinook per day effective March 16.

2012 white sturgeon seasons

Buoy 10 to the Wauna powerlines: Retention of white sturgeon is allowed daily from Jan. 1 through April 30 and from May 12 through July 8. From Jan. 1 through April 30, sturgeon must measure between 38 inches and 54 inches (fork length) to be retained. From May 12 through the end of the season they must measure 41 inches to 54 inches (fork length) to be retained. Catch-and-release fishing is allowed on days when retention is prohibited.

Wauna powerlines to Bonneville Dam: Retention of white sturgeon is allowed three days per week (Thursday through Saturday) from Jan. 1 through July 31 and from Oct. 20 through Dec. 31. Sturgeon must measure between 38 inches and 54 inches (fork length) to be retained. Catch-and-release fishing is allowed on days when retention is prohibited.

All fishing for sturgeon will be closed from May 1 through Aug. 31 in the sturgeon sanctuary downriver from Bonneville Dam described in the Fishing in Washington rules pamphlet. Sand Island Slough near Rooster Rock also will be closed to fishing at least through April 30.

2012-01-171-17-12

* Green River
Steelhead fishing has been steady with a few fish taken everyday. The river downstream of the 277th street bridge is now closed.

* Puyallup, White and Carbon are closed.

* Snoqualmie River
Has been fishing well at the big eddy and the cable hole. Floating a maribou jig has been the meathod of choice.

* Skookumchuck
Fishing has been hit and miss. Steelhead are running anywhere from 8-14lbs. Late coho are in there as well. Floating dark colored jigs and throwing spinners and spoons have all been taking fish.

* Cowlitz
It has been good for bank anglers as long as Tacoma Power leaves the water alone for a couple strait days.

With heavy snow on the way, look out and pay attention to rising water on all of the rivers.

** Clams

* OLYMPIA The first razor clam dig of the new year will proceed on schedule Jan. 20-21 at four ocean beaches.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the evening dig at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks beaches after marine toxin tests showed that the clams on those beaches are safe to eat.

No digging will be allowed at any beach before noon.

The clams weve been seeing are in very good condition, with more fat than usual,said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager.That makes them especially good for frying.

The evening low tide Friday, Jan. 20 is at 4:28 p.m. (-0.5 feet) and on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 5:17 p.m. (-0.8 feet).

Ayres recommends that diggers hit the beach one to two hours before evening low tide for best results.

Kalaloch Beach will remain closed until April, due to a low abundance of razor clams. The National Park Service, which manages that beach in cooperation with WDFW, has announced plans to open Kalaloch for a razor clam dig April 7-9.

2012-01-04Razor clam digs at ocean beaches

The dates, beaches and evening low tides for the digs scheduled in January and February are: No digging will be allowed at any beach before noon.

Jan. 20, Friday, 4:28 p.m. (-0.5 feet); Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks

Jan. 21, Saturday, 5:17 p.m. (-0.8 feet); Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks

Feb.18, Saturday, 4:13 p.m. (0.0 feet) Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks

Feb.19, Sunday, 5 p.m. (-0.2 feet) Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks

Additional digs through spring will be announced once a catch assessment is completed for the season through February, said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager.

Kalaloch Beach will remain closed until April, due to a low abundance of razor clams. The National Park Service, which manages that beach in cooperation with WDFW, has announced plans to open Kalaloch for a razor clam dig April 7-9.

2011-12-2812-28-11

* Puyallup River
Water is high due to heavy rain. The whole river will close to fishing Dec. 31

* Green River
Steelhead fishing has been good the last few days. With the rain we have been getting the fishing will be good this weekend

* Snoqualmie River
Now is the time for good Steelhead fishing from the mouth of Tokul Creek down to Falls City

* Skykomish River
When the river starts to fall. From the mouth of Wallace up to Reiter ponds should be really good for steelhead

* Cowlitz River
Started to slow down this last week and now with fast rising water its going to be a couple of days before its rocking again

* All Coastal Rivers
When the water starts to drop get out there. Steelhead fishing should be epic

2011-12-28Hatchery steelhead, whitefish angling closes Jan. 2 on upper Columbia River and several tributaries

OLYMPIA – Most steelhead fisheries on the upper Columbia River will close Jan. 2 from Rock Island Dam to Chief Joseph Dam, as will steelhead fisheries on the Wenatchee, Icicle, Entiat and Methow rivers.

Whitefish angling also will close Jan. 2 on the Wenatchee, Methow and Entiat rivers. However, steelhead and whitefish seasons will remain open until further notice on the Okanogan and Similkameen rivers, under previously published rules.

AREAS:
Details on waters that will close to fishing for steelhead Jan. 2 until further notice include:

Mainstem Columbia River: From Rock Island Dam to 400 feet below Chief Joseph Dam.

Wenatchee River: From the mouth to the Wenatchee River at the Icicle Road Bridge, including the Icicle River from the mouth to 500 feet downstream of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Barrier Dam.

Entiat River: Upstream from the Alternate Highway 97 Bridge, near the mouth of the Entiat River to 800 feet downstream of the Entiat National Fish Hatchery.

Methow River: From the mouth to the confluence with the Chewuch River in Winthrop.

Areas that will close for whitefish angling Jan. 2, until further notice include:

Wenatchee River: From the mouth to the Highway 2 bridge at Leavenworth.

Entiat River: Upstream from the Alternate Highway 97 Bridge, near the mouth of the Entiat River to Entiat Falls.

Methow River: From Gold Creek to the falls above Brush Creek.

Areas that remain open to fishing for hatchery steelhead include:

Okanogan River: From the mouth upstream to the Highway 97 Bridge in Oroville.

Similkameen River: From the mouth upstream to 400 feet below Enloe Dam.

2011-12-20Final pre-holiday razor clam dig will run Dec. 22-23 at four beaches

Clam diggers will get another chance to dig some fresh razor clams for the holidays during an opening Dec. 22-23 at four ocean beaches.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the evening dig at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks beaches after marine toxin tests showed that the clams on those beaches are safe to eat.

Evening low tides during the dig will be at 4:40 p.m. Dec. 22 and at 5:29 p.m. on Dec. 23. No digging will be allowed at any beach before noon.

Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, recommends that diggers hit the beach one to two hours before evening low tide for best results.

“We had a good turnout for the dig earlier this month, and we’re expecting the same for the upcoming dig,” Ayres said. “The tides won’t be low enough for a New Year’s dig this year, but they’re providing some good digging opportunities this month.”

Kalaloch Beach will remain closed until April, due to a low abundance of razor clams. The National Park Service, which manages that beach in cooperation with WDFW, has announced plans to open Kalaloch for a razor clam dig April 7-9.

Ayres said WDFW will announce tentative openings for early 2012 at the other four beaches in early January.

Under state law, diggers can take 15 razor clams per day, and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger's clams must be kept in a separate container.

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2011-12 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licensing options range from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, which can be purchased on WDFW's website (https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov) and from license vendors around the state.

2011-12-1312-13-11

* Puyallup River and Carbon
Still a bunch of Chum from the Alderton Brigde to the mouth of the Carbon

* Green River
Fishing has been slow in the Auburn area this week. The better fishing has been between Hwy 18 and Flaming Geyser State Park

* Nisqually River
Chum fishing has been very good right around Riverbend Campground

* Snoqualmie River
Steelhead fishing has been fair. Target the big eddy and the Fall City area

* Skookumchuck River
One day of good rain and the river should get a good push of late Coho and Steelhead

* Cowlitz River
Blue Creek area Continues to be the best show in town. Steelhead fishing is still HOT HOT HOT!!!

2011-12-0512-5-11

* Puyallup River and Carbon
Fishing has been really good around the 115.116th street area. Lots of Chum and even a late Silver or two.

* Green River
Chum have been biting well on bobber and jig tipped with shrimp. Fish from the Auburn Golf course up to the Metzler Park

* Nisqually River
There are Chum around but fishing has been on the slow side

* Snoqualmie
Steelhead fishing has been fair. Fish the big eddy with a bobber and pink marabow jig

* Skykomish River
Coho and Steelhead fishing has been pretty good between the Wallace River Reiter Roads

* Skookumchuck River
Late Coho hasa been spotty. Bright fish are around and more are on the way.

* Cowlitz River
Winter Stealhead fishing at Blue Creek has been Hot Hot Hot. Get down there before the early winters are gone.

* Special - Clams - December 10th.
A one day Razor Clam dig has been apporved of four ocean beaches: Twin Habors, Long Beach, Mocrocks,and Copalis. Low Tide is 0.5ft at 6:30PM

2011-11-2211-22-11

Rivers will be full of fish when they drop back into shape. Very few rivers will be in shape by this weekend.

2011-11-1511-15-11

* Green River
Float a jig tipped with raw or cured prawn for chum. Best area will be from Metzler park down to the 277th st bridge

* Puyallup River
Fishing has been slow as of late. But the Chum will really start showing up around the first of December.

* Skokomish River
Full of Chum. Best fishing will be above Hunters farm.

* Humptulips
Slowed down big time. Late Silvers will be showing up from now till December

* Cowlitz River
Silvers continue to show up by the thousands every week. Few early winter-run steelhead starting to make there way in

* Nisqually River
Slow for now but the Chum run will be showing up anytime now

* Skookumchuck River
Early still for Silvers and Steelhead. But it should be game on come December

2011-11-0811-08-11

* Green River
Silvers are still around but not a ton. Chum are starting to show up between Kent and Hwy 18. Throw spoons or Size 4 Bluefox spinners for Coho. Or try floating a jig and prawn for Chum

* Puyallup River
Some late Silvers are still around. Willing biters will hit Bluefox spinners, Spoons, Or eggs. Chum are just starting to show up in the lower river

* Satsop River
Few Silvers swimming around. Lots of Kings and Chum in the river. Twitch jigs, Float eggs, and throw spinners are best right now

* Humptulips
Still doing well for Chinook on a bobber and eggs. Coho hitting Spinners and jigs

* Cowlitz River
Silvers still showing up by the thousands at Barrior Dam. Also try the Tilton River Cispus River or Lake Scanewa

2011-11-07Auburn Sports & Marine Fishing Trip

Auburn Sports & Marine Fishing Trip David and Troy had a great time and did good at Clearwater.

2011-11-0111-01-11

* Cowlitz River
Coho and Kings still stacked up at barrior Dam

* Puyallup River
Has a few late Silvers around. No Chum yet

* Humptulips
Kings are being taken on bobber and eggs. Chum are everywhere

* Green River
Old pinks are still around. Silvers are being taken on spinners and spoons.Chum are starting to show up in the lower river

* Satsop
Kings and Chum are everywhere from the mouth up to Schafer State Park

2011-10-2410-24-11

* Green River
Silvers and some Steelhead are Being caught. Float Jigs & Vibrex spinners size 4

* Humptulips
Rain brought lots of fish into the river. Fishing very good.

* Satsop & Wynoochee River
Fishing is good. Silvers on Vebrex Spinners and eggs

* Coastal Rivers
Should all be loaded with Silvers and a few Kings

* Marine area 10& 11
Slow, Slow, Slow

* Cowlitz River - Barrier Dam
Is Loaded with Kings and the Coho. Most of the Coho are being trucked to the Tilton river and Lake Scanewa

* Skykomish
Silvers are being taken on dick nites and eggs

* Nisqually River
Slow until the chum show up next month

2011-10-1110-11-11

* Puyallup River and Carbon
Is doing well for Coho. Drift eggs and Throw Spinners.

* Green River
Silvers are mixed in with all the Pinks. Twitch jigs and Throw Spinners to get bit.

* Satsop
Silvers are hit and miss. Spinners, Eggs, and Twitch jigs

* Cowlitz River – Barrier Dam
Kings and Silvers are stacked at barrier

* Humptulips
Recent rains will help out big time

* All Coastal Rivers
With the rain they will all be on fire

2011-10-07Late-Season Crab Fishing

Seven marine areas of Puget Sound will reopen for recreational crab fishing Oct. 8, while two others will reopen Nov. 21, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced today.

Waters reopening to sport crabbing Oct. 8 at 8 a.m. include marine areas 4 (Neah Bay), 5 (Sekiu), 6 (eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca), 7 (San Juan Islands), 8-1 (Deception Pass, Hope Island, and Skagit Bay), 8-2 (Port Susan and Port Gardner), and a portion of Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet) north of a line that extends from Olele Point to Foulweather Bluff.

Marine areas 11 (Tacoma-Vashon Island) and 13 (South Puget Sound) will reopen for sport crabbing at 8 a.m. on Nov. 21.

In each area, crabbing will be allowed seven days a week through Dec. 31.

Sport crabbing will not reopen this year in marine areas 10 (Seattle/Bremerton Area), 12 (Hood Canal) and the portion of marine area 9 south of line that extends from Olele Point to Foulweather Bluff.

The daily catch limit in Puget Sound is five Dungeness crab, males only, in hard-shell condition with a minimum carapace width of 6¼ inches. In addition, fishers may catch six red rock crab of either sex per day, provided those crab measure at least 5 inches across. Additional information is available on the WDFW website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/crab/.

All crab caught in the late-season fishery should be recorded on winter catch cards, which are valid until Dec. 31. Winter cards are available at license vendors across the state. Those catch reports are due to WDFW by Feb. 1, 2012. For more information on catch record cards, visit WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/crab/crc.html.

2011-10-06First razor-clam dig tentatively scheduled for end of October

Schedule of proposed razor-clam digs, along with evening low tides, announced by WDFW:

Oct. 28, Fri. – 8:28 p.m. (-1.8 ft.); Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
Oct. 29, Sat. – 9:17 p.m. (-1.5 ft.); Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
Nov. 11, Fri. – 6:48 p.m. (-0.4 ft.); Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
Nov. 12, Sat. – 7:23 p.m. (-0.4 ft.); Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
Nov. 25, Fri. – 6:27 p.m. (-1.9 ft.); Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
Nov. 26, Sat. – 7:14 p.m. (-1.8 ft.); Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
Dec. 10, Sat. – 6:30 p.m. (-0.5 ft.); Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
Dec. 22, Thurs. – 4:40 p.m. (-0.9 ft.); Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
Dec. 23, Fri. – 5:29 p.m. (-1.4); Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks

2011-10-0410-3-11

* Green River
Fresh pinks are in river. Silvers and Steelhead are beginning to show. Float Jigs & Vibrex spinners size 4

* Cowlitz River
Kings in good numbers throughout river .

* Humptulips
Rain brought lots of fish into the river. Fishing very good.

* Satsop & Wynoochee River
Fishing is good. Silvers on Vebrex Spinners

* Coastal Rivers
Should be very good this week. Big Silvers

2011-09-279-27-11

* Marine area 10& 11
Has slowed down in the last week

* Puyallup River
Is starting to slow down in a big way. Silvers are all threw out the system

* Green River
Pinks are everywhere Silvers are just starting to show up. Float jigs or twich jigs to get the bit.

* Nisqually River
Kings and Silvers are still doing pretty well. Float eggs under a bobber.

* Cowlitz River – Barrier Dam
Is Loaded with Kings and the Coho.

* Humptulips
Kings are all the way from Stevens Creek to the mouth. Bobber and Eggs!

* All Coastal Rivers
Should be back in shape by about Friday Sept. 30

2011-09-219-21-11

* Marine area 10& 11
Is doing well for Coho in both areas.

* Puyallup River
Is doing good for Pinks. Silvers are showing up in better numbers everyday.

* Green River
Is loaded full of Pinks from 1st ave. all the way up to Hwy 18.

* Nisqually River
Is doing well for Chinooks and a few Pinks.

* Cowlitz River
Is stacked with Kings and the Coho are starting to stack up in the Castle Rock area.

* Humptulips
Is slow due to low water

* Chehalis River
Has been hit and miss on Coho. Remember to release Chinook and wild Coho

2011-07-267-25-11

Saltwater- Neah Bay, Sekiu, Port Angeles are Stacked with pinks. The chinook fishing in those areas has been alright just because there are so many pinks it is hard to get down to them.

Westport- Chinook have been running big in the last week and the fishing has been really good!

Jeff Head has been the hot spot in the central sound.
South sound is starting to heat up with more good reports coming from Dolphin, Three Tree Point, and Point Defiance.

Baker Lake Sockeye is in full swing Go get em!

Cowlitz River and the Columbia River are doing very well for summer run steelhead.

2011-06-276-27-11

Westport opened up yesterday for 1 King and 1 hatchery Coho. Weather was amazing and the swell was small. Lots of boats over the weekend and lots of wild fish caught before the wild fish opener yesterday.

Columbia River- River is still running super high. Sturgen fishing is good.
and the bank fisherman have been doing quite well for chinook and sockeye. the steelhead fishing has been a little slow but should get better in July.

Cowlitz River- The place to be is the barrior dam with flows around 8100cfs the summer chinook and steelhead are shooting strait to the salmon hatchery.

Kokanee fishing is still good at American, Merwin, Stevens, Clear, and Chelan.

Crabbing opens up in the Puget Sound on July 1st in all areas except south San Juan Islands.

Salmon Fishing in Puget Sound has been good for wild fish that must be released but will in full swing come mid to late July.

2011-06-146-14-11

Westport- Bottomfishing for lingcod and seabass has been very good in past weeks. Limits of both lings and seabass being taken around the end of the south jetty and the sunken jetty when weather is permitting.
Salmon season for westport opens up this Saturday.

Cowlitz- Steelhead and springer fishing has been best up at barrior dam.

Skykomish- River has been high but a few fish being taken between the Wallace River and Reiter Ponds.

Green River- Fishing has been best between Icy Creek and Palmer. Water flows have dropped from Howard Hansen so the fishing on those areas should really pick up in the next few weeks.

Area 11- Fishing has been slow in the Tacoma area but just wait till the flood of pinks start to show up in July.

American Lake, Lake Meridian, Lake Stevens have all been fishing well for kokanee.

Rufus Woods fished very well over the weekend for the big trips.

2011-06-096-9-11

Green River- Steelhead are being hooked up at Palmer. Using sand shrimp and small cluster eggs.

Skykomish- Steelhead and a few Kings being caught from the mouth of the Wallace River up to Reiter Ponds.

Cowlitz River- With water flows looking like a Roller Coaster on the USGS site best bet to get a Springer would be up at Barrior Dam.

Sekiu- Halibut season is still underway Thursdays and Saturdays until June 18th.

La Push and Neah Bay reopen for Pacific Halibut for 1 day on Thursday June 16.

Free Fishing Weekend is June 11th and 12th. No licence is required for those 2 days unless your fishing for Salmon, Steelhead, Sturgeon, or Halibut.

Spring Chinook fishery extended until June 15th above Bonneville Dam.

Recreational spot shrimp fishing season reopening for additional days in marine areas 7 and 9. Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - Marine Area 7 is open, and Marine Area 9 is open from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

2011-06-066-6-11

Columbia River- Still pumping out Springers and a few June Hogs. Summer Steelhead is underway, with Shad and Oversized Sturgen fishing well.

Green River- is now open for steelheading even though the water is very high a few people have managed to find a few biters in the river.

Skykomish River- river is high but bankers and boaters are getting fish daily.

Lake Tapps- Tigers are in shallow and a few were hungry over the weekend. Smallmouth have been hitting good one day and not the next.

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