As it turns out, though, Washington is home to a few more members of the grouse family, none of which have been hunted in ages, but are still of interest.
“Analysis based on recent years’ sampling showed few wild salmon and steelhead are typically handled from mid-March through June. Surplus hatchery origin spring chinook are available for harvest,” the agency reports.
“Trout stocking and Family Fishing Events have been underway since March, and now anglers and their families will have even more opportunities for some great early season fishing,” Gauvin said.
The chance that this year’s Washington sport salmon fisheries might have to be resolved in court appears to have been powerful motivation for state managers to pull a U-turn on a very popular Puget Sound Chinook season last week.
Hundreds of thousands of anglers are expected to turn out for the big day, said Jim Unsworth, director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
“EE Wilson Pond and its anglers are an important part of the spring fishing season, and we’re pleased to be fully stocking the pond again. The NW Steelheaders’ help was invaluable in getting the system functioning as quickly as possible.”
It’s not an unusual move to collect the salmon at Threemile Dam and take them directly to spawning areas in the upper watershed as the river drops and warms — but that typically doesn’t occur til early June, at the tail end of the run.
Governor Kate Brown’s appointment yesterday of an Astoria man to the Oregon Fish & Wildlife Commission is raising ire in the sportfishing industry. In reappointing two current members and adding another, Brown said she also wanted to add Bruce Buckmaster to the citizen panel to fill a seat that’s been vacant for over two years. […]
Called the Pacific Northwest Gray Wolf Management Act of 2015, Rep. Dan Newhouse of Central Washington and Rep. Greg Walden of Central and Eastern Oregon’s lone district aim to remove Canis lupus from ESA protections across the western two-thirds of the Evergreen and Beaver States.
British Columbia wildlife managers report removing 11 wolves as part of an effort to help out endangered mountain caribou in the South Selkirks.
The commission will hear a biological status review on the status of the state’s 77-plus wolves as of the end of 2014 at its April 24 meeting in Bend.