WDFW this morning reports that 1.5 million young hatchery steelhead, coho and other fish have died because of diseases caused by low, warm waters, and it is releasing other salmon a year early because of diminishing flows.
A side-by-side comparison of WDFW catch stats shows that pinks appear to have arrived deeper in Puget Sound than at the same point of 2013′s run.
Chinook will remain fair game in the Brewster Pool and other Upper Columbia reservoirs, but sockeye salmon are off limits for retention starting one hour after sunset Sunday, July 26.
“It’s pretty apparent we’ve lost half the run up the Columbia,” said Washington fishery manager Jeff Korth in Ephrata late this morning.
Somewhere around the halfway point of the National Marine Fisheries Service workshop on the scope of draft environmental impact statements it’s going to prepare for state hatchery winter-run programs on five rivers, Room 2B at the Lynnwood Convention Center went dark.
With enough sockeye now en route to Lake Wenatchee to meet escapement goals, state fishery managers are opening the Chelan County water with a daily limit of four.
This past Friday, Captain Kerry Allen of Offshore Northwest and I had the opportunity to take five Wounded Warriors tuna fishing out of Westport.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) wants to hear about your moose observations when you’re afield this fall and winter, especially in northeast Washington. And now they’ve got a smartphone application to make moose reporting even easier.
Federal and state wildlife officials determined that a wolf or wolves killed a yearling cow in the Teanaway, it was announced this afternoon.
A second rancher in Northeast Washington has been alerted to the nearby presence of the Dirty Shirt Pack, blamed for the deaths of four cows earlier this month.
More details are coming out on the four recent wolf depredations by the six-member Dirty Shirt Pack in Northeast Washington, as well as what’s being done to prevent more.