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  • Mom Catches New Biggest Tiger Trout, Topping Son’s Record

    A Northeast Washington woman caught the new pending state and world record tiger trout, topping the high mark her son set just last year at the same lake – and by almost 3 pounds!


  • Spurt Of Wolf Caught-in-the-Act Incidents In NE WA

    Three wolves were shot at in Northeast Washington last month while chasing cattle or interacting with a guard dog, with at least two of the animals killed.


  • ODFW Commission Approves Emergency Coquille Chinook Hatchery

    The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission approved an emergency conservation hatchery program for Coquille River fall Chinook after returns have fallen sharply in recent years.


  • Commission Denies Roadkill Expansion, OKs Budget, Bill Requests

    The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission steered around a petition that would have expanded the list of species that can be salvaged off the state’s roads as well as legalized allowing citizens to dispatch vehicle-struck critters.


  • Feds, OR, Tribes File For 13-month Columbia Suit Stay Extension

    Parties to a long-running lawsuit over federal Columbia River system hydropower operations have agreed to another stay of litigation so they can continue working toward a long-term solution that recovers the region’s salmon and steelhead and more.


  • 23,000-acre North Idaho Preserve Opened For Hunting, Fishing

    Idaho Fish and Game commissioners voted to allow hunting, fishing and trapping in a 36-square-mile wildlife preserve near Bonners Ferry, a mountain valley home to “nearly all big and small game species in the Panhandle” and “a variety of trout species.”


  • Jogger Attacked By Black Bear In Whatcom County

    Washington fish and wildlife officers report lethally removing an adult black bear near where a jogger was attacked Wednesday morning in central Whatcom County.


  • Goldendale Deer Again Being Hit With AHD Outbreak

    Washington wildlife managers report an outbreak of adenovirus hemorrhagic disease in deer near Goldendale, where the first known AHD infection in the state occurred in 2017.


  • SW WA, Lower Columbia, Hanford Reach Fishing Reports (8-3-22)

    Late July 2022 catch stats for Chinook, steelhead, sturgeon and walleye on the Lower Columbia, the Hanford Reach and select Southwest Washington tributaries.


  • 2 Sentenced For Unlawfully Guiding Hunters In Hells Canyon

    Oregon state wildlife troopers report on the successful prosecution of two Western Oregon men who pled guilty to a total of eight counts of failure to register as an outfitter/guide and were sentenced to pay fines and restitution, with one also ordered to write a letter of apology to hunters and licensed guides.


  • Areas 7, 9 Chinook Closure News; Coho Fishing Up Next

    WDFW announces that Area 9 hatchery Chinook retention will close beginning Friday, August 5, while there won’t be another king opener in Area 7 as harvest quotas in both parts of Puget Sound are essentially expected to be filled.


  • Deschutes Steelhead Open Aug. 15 After Enough Go Over Bonneville

    Salmon, steelhead, trout and bass fishing will be open under normal permanent regulations starting Aug. 15 on the Deschutes River from Moody Rapids upstream to Pelton Dam in the Deschutes River. 


  • 5 R’s Withdraw Sponsorship From PR Act-derailing Bill

    Following withering pushback from hunting and other conservation organizations, the outdoor press and more, five Republican Congressman have now withdrawn their consponsorship from a bill that put the highly regarded Pittman-Robertson Act in the crossfire of the culture war over guns.


  • New WA State Record Established For Silvergray Rockfish

    A 4.86-pound silvergray rockfish caught late last month off the Washington coast by an Edmonds angler established the state record for the species.


  • Inslee Has New Senior Natural Resource Policy Advisor

    At a time of changing theories in fish and wildlife management and conservation and the funding thereof, Washington Governor Jay Inslee has a new senior natural resource policy advisor and hunters and anglers as well as close watchers of WDFW and its oversight commission should take notice.


  • 3 More Days Of Chinook Retention For San Juan Islands Anglers

    Three more days of hatchery Chinook fishing are coming to the San Juan Islands this week, WDFW announced this afternoon.


  • Judge Dismisses Fish NW’s Puget Sound Chinook Lawsuit

    A federal judge in Seattle has dealt another blow to an Anacortes-based fishing organization’s lawsuit challenging authorization of recent Puget Sound Chinook seasons.


  • SW WA, Lower Columbia, Hanford Reach Fishing Reports (7-26-22)

    Late July 2022 Chinook, sockeye, steelhead and sturgeon catch stats for the Lower Columbia, Hanford Reach and Southwest Washington tributaries.


  • Coquille Derby Yields 2,000+ Bass; $1,000 Fish Still Swimming

    Bass anglers caught 2,000-plus smallmouth during the first weekend of a new derby on the Coquille, but a specially tagged fish worth $1,000 escaped capture on the Oregon South Coast river where round two will occur on the Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day Weekend.


  • Wenatchee River, Lake Opening For Sockeye

    Thanks to a big run of sockeye, Washington salmon managers are opening both the lower Wenatchee River and Lake Wenatchee for retention of the species in the coming days, with four-sockeye daily limits.


  • Baker Lake, Skagit Sockeye, Areas 5, 6 Chinook Rule Changes

    WDFW announces a series of salmon fishing rule changes affecting Baker Lake and Skagit River sockeye, and Marine Areas 5 and 6 Chinook.


  • Survey Finds Continued Public Support For Hunting In Washington

    Support for hunting remains strong in Washington and opposition to the traditional activity barely registers more than single digits, according to a public survey just released by WDFW.


  • WDFW Announces Aug-Sept Halibut And 2023 Season Meeting Dates

    With halibut still available in the quota, WDFW announces August and September openers for coastal waters, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and elsewhere, as well as upcoming meetings to talk about 2023 season structure and proposed dates.


  • Salish Sea Shellfish Swine Back At It This Summer

    Washington game wardens will hand-deliver criminal charges against a Hood Canal trio found with nearly 15 times the limit of spot shrimp, the latest example of bad behavior by shellfish swine, folks who grossly exceed the rules and steal natural resources from those who follow the regs.


  • Westport Chinook Closing On Fridays, Saturdays As Of July 22

    Chinook retention will close in Marine Area 2, off Westport, on Fridays and Saturdays starting July 22, WDFW announces, a measure meant to stay within the “modest” king harvest guideline and stretch the season and tap into abundant hatchery coho.


  • New Wolf Group Reported In OR Cascades Near La Pine

    ODFW reports that an adult wolf and five pups were photographed on a trail cam in the Cascades in an area where one wolf was being monitored after being spotted in August 2021.


  • San Juans Reopening For Hatchery Chinook July 21-23

    WDFW announces hatchery Chinook retention will reopen July 21-23 in the San Juan Islands, where 44 percent of the harvest quota was filled over the season’s first three-day opener.


  • SW WA, Lower Columbia, Hanford Reach Fishing Reports (7-18-22)

    Mid-July 2022 summer Chinook, sockeye, sturgeon, shad, walleye and steelhead fishing catch stats for the Lower Columbia, Southwest Washington tributaries and the Hanford Reach.


  • 2nd Blue Mountains Cougar Tag Proposal Approved

    Hunters will be able to take a second cougar in Southeast Washington’s Blue Mountains this season after Fish and Wildlife Commissioners narrowly approved WDFW’s proposal to try and reduce mountain lion predation on a hard-bitten elk herd.


  • WA FWC: WDFW, Don’t Prep Spring Bear Proposal For Approval

    The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has voted 5-4 to tell WDFW wildlife managers not to prepare a proposal for a spring bear hunt for approval this October.


  • Fall Chinook Conservation Hatchery Proposed On Coquille River

    With Coquille River fall Chinook runs at an extreme low and as another example of how far fishery managers are going to save the run, ODFW and the Coquille Tribe are proposing a conservation hatchery to rear up to 100,000 smolts to rebuild the stock, though they would not be available for fisheries.


  • Mentored Youth Deer Hunt Opportunity Available In NE WA

    Applications are now being taken for a free mentored youth deer hunting weekend at a Northeast Washington wildlife area in late August, and it’s geared to kiddos 12 to 16 who’ve never hunted before and don’t have anybody to show them how.


  • More Details On Disgusting Harney Co. Mass Elk Killing Case

    Oregon wildlife managers share more details on the sentencing of two Harney County residents involved in the vehicular pursuit of 100-plus elk last December and firing of “30-40 shots into the fleeing herd.”


  • Nearshore Salmon Closure Off LBP; King Release Off La Push

    A 2- to 3-mile-wide strip of nearshore waters along Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula will close to salmon fishing starting July 16 after strong Chinook catches bit into the guideline, preserving opportunity for coho and kings later in the season.


  • WA BHA Asks Commission To Abide By Game Plan On Spring Bear Hunt

    With the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission set to make a possibly momentous decision against the limited-entry spring black bear hunt this Friday (not to mention second Blue Mountains cougar tags), the state chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers is calling on the panel to abide by elements in WDFW’s standing game management plan.


  • Chinook Season Extended Thru July On Most Of Lower Columbia

    Columbia salmon managers are extending hatchery summer Chinook and sockeye season through the end of July between the Astoria-Megler Bridge and Bonneville Dam.