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  • Guide Shares Fishing With BC Fugitive, Goonies House Lingcod

    Guide Shares Fishing With BC Fugitive, Goonies House Lingcod

    Why did Jericho Wolf Labonte run a 35-foot pleasure cruiser across the Columbia River Bar and out onto the Pacific in the face of pretty stiff southerlies on Friday? Who’s to say, but a longtime local fishing guide who spent time on some of these same waters with him just days before Labonte’s dramatic rescue at sea has an inkling.


  • Second Washington Beach Opening For Razor Clams

    Second Washington Beach Opening For Razor Clams

    Mocrocks will open for razor clam digging February 4, 6 and 8, providing another beach on the Washington Coast to harvest a limit over the coming days as marine toxin levels have abated to safe levels on them.


  • Update On Fish-, Wildlife-, WDFW-related Bills In WA Legislature

    Update On Fish-, Wildlife-, WDFW-related Bills In WA Legislature

    From bills addressing the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission to nontribal gillnets in the Lower Columbia, riparian restoration to wolf recovery, here’s an update on what’s shaking in the state legislature so far this session.


  • Lower Columbia Nontribal Gillnet Ban Bill Heard In Oly Committee

    Lower Columbia Nontribal Gillnet Ban Bill Heard In Oly Committee

    A bill to ban nontribal commercial gillnetting on the Lower Columbia as early as January 2025 attracted quite a bit of comment during a public hearing before a legislative committee in Olympia this afternoon.


  • Entire Oregon Coast, Estuaries Now All Open For Crabbing

    Entire Oregon Coast, Estuaries Now All Open For Crabbing

    ODFW and the state Department of Health announce that recreational crabbing is open coastwide, in bays and the ocean, and the South Coast commercial evisceration requirement is also dropped as marine toxin levels abate.


  • 3 More Days Of Razor Clamming Coming to Copalis Beach

    3 More Days Of Razor Clamming Coming to Copalis Beach

    Following up on last week’s openers there, Washington shellfish managers announce that Copalis Beach will host three more razor clam digs, February 3, 5 and 7, during evening low tides.


  • WA Lawmakers Hear About Wolves As Regional Delisting Bill Drops

    WA Lawmakers Hear About Wolves As Regional Delisting Bill Drops

    They’ve long acknowledged them, but WDFW is now labelling two wolves in Washington’s Southern Cascades and Northwest Coast Recovery Zone a pack, a first for the region, and they’re working with the Yakama Nation to come up with a name for the duo.


  • Sportsmen’s Show Season Arrives West Of The Cascades

    Sportsmen’s Show Season Arrives West Of The Cascades

    Fishing, hunting and boat show season arrives west of the Cascades as three big events swing open the doors this week.


  • 2nd Rod Allowed On Willamette Below Falls Starting March 1

    2nd Rod Allowed On Willamette Below Falls Starting March 1

    Spring Chinook anglers will be able to use a second rod on the Willamette starting as early as March 1 below the falls and beginning April 16 above there with ODFW’s $28 two-rod validation.


  • RMEF Touts ‘Major Conservation Wins’ In 2022

    RMEF Touts ‘Major Conservation Wins’ In 2022

    The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is spotlighting its 2022 conservation highlights, including 20 projects in 10 states protecting 91,271 acres, opening/improving access to 116,747 acres of public land in seven states, funding 186 habitat and wildlife management projects, and more.


  • Comment Sought On Proposal To Remove Causeway At Yakima Mouth

    Comment Sought On Proposal To Remove Causeway At Yakima Mouth

    The Corps of Engineers and WDFW are looking for public comment on a proposal to remove the Yakima River mouth’s Bateman Island Causeway, which could aid outmigrating salmon and steelhead smolts and returning adults, while changing the bass fishery there.


  • Larry Cassidy: A ‘Life Of Conservation’ Remembered

    Larry Cassidy: A ‘Life Of Conservation’ Remembered

    The passage last week of Larry Cassidy is sparking warm memories of a man and angler who dedicated decades upon decades of his life to working for Northwest fish and wildlife.


  • On Weird Wolf Diets, And Washington Deer And Elk Trends

    On Weird Wolf Diets, And Washington Deer And Elk Trends

    No, they didn’t turn to little kids at bus stops, but when wolves chewed up most all the deer in one area, they did in fact have to look around for a new food source. They found it in a pretty unlikely species too – a fellow apex predator.


  • Another K-9 Joins The Patrol Against Oregon Poachers

    Another K-9 Joins The Patrol Against Oregon Poachers

    Scout, a year-and-a-half-old black Lab, was introduced today as the second conservation K-9 that will be helping to protect Oregon’s fish and wildlife.


  • Dalles, John Day Pools To Close For Sturgeon; No Bonnie Reopener

    Dalles, John Day Pools To Close For Sturgeon; No Bonnie Reopener

    Sturgeon retention will close in the coming days on The Dalles and John Day Pools and the DFWs’ Columbia managers stuck with a staff recommendation to not reopen the Bonneville Pool for a crack at the last 75 keepers in the guideline.


  • SW WA Steelhead Scale-sampling Project Needs Angler Volunteers

    SW WA Steelhead Scale-sampling Project Needs Angler Volunteers

    Calling all citizen-science steelheaders. WDFW is looking for anglers to help collect scales off winter-runs they catch on a number of Southwest Washington rivers this season “for the purpose of assessing age composition” of the fish.


  • Bill Requiring License To Dip Cowlitz Smelt Heard in Olympia

    Bill Requiring License To Dip Cowlitz Smelt Heard in Olympia

    Quick, name the two Northwest counties with the ignominious distinction of having the most residents cited during last year’s smelt opener on the Cowlitz River – the one in which 2,800 pounds worth of overlimits of the ESA-listed fish were seized by game wardens.


  • Copalis Beach Opening For 3 Days Of Razor Clam Digs

    Copalis Beach Opening For 3 Days Of Razor Clam Digs

    WDFW announces that Copalis Beach will open for razor clam digging on evening low tides on January 21, 23 and 25, but other Washington Coast beaches will remain closed due to unsafe marine toxin levels.


  • Waiting On WDFW Commission Appointments

    Waiting On WDFW Commission Appointments

    Has anybody new been appointed to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission in the last 15 minutes?!?! That’s a question I find myself asking about 45,000 times a day as I hurry over to Governor Inslee’s Recent Appointments and WDFW’s Commission members pages to check up on things.


  • Kettle Falls Restaurant Fined $10K For Serving Rec-Caught Salmon

    Kettle Falls Restaurant Fined $10K For Serving Rec-Caught Salmon

    WDFW reports that a bar and grill in Kettle Falls has been fined $10,000 after its owner “made several fishing trips across the border, bringing back his fish to be served at the restaurant without necessary permits, paperwork, or commercial licenses.”


  • Late-season Waterfowl: Easy On Calling, Work On Concealment

    Late-season Waterfowl: Easy On Calling, Work On Concealment

    Waterfowl hunter Rachel Voss has some advice on how to make the most of the last few weeks of regular duck and goose seasons in the Northwest.


  • Senators Unhappy With WDFW Columbia Gillnet Buyback Program

    Senators Unhappy With WDFW Columbia Gillnet Buyback Program

    When you’re dealing with gillnets, you’re fundamentally dealing with a bunch of knotty holes. You’ll catch a lot of fish, but some might just swim through or around the mesh. That’s more or less what lawmakers and WDFW were left to stew about following a workshop in Olympia Thursday afternoon on the $14.4 million Columbia River voluntary gillnet license buyback proviso passed last year.


  • Near-record Low Count Means No Skagit Brant Hunt; #s OK Elsewhere

    Near-record Low Count Means No Skagit Brant Hunt; #s OK Elsewhere

    While brant goose hunts will continue as scheduled in Clallam, Pacific and Whatcom Counties, with numbers at their second lowest mark over a 71-year survey period in Skagit County there will be no season there this winter, WDFW announces.


  • NMFS: OR Coast Chinook Listing May Be Warranted; Deeper Dive Next

    NMFS: OR Coast Chinook Listing May Be Warranted; Deeper Dive Next

    An ESA listing may be warranted for Oregon Coast and far Northern California Chinook, an initial federal review has found, kicking off a deeper dive into the state of Oncorhynchus tshawytscha populations from just south of the Columbia all the way down to the lower Klamath.


  • Early Look At Fish-, Wildlife-related Bills Dropped In Olympia

    Early Look At Fish-, Wildlife-related Bills Dropped In Olympia

    If it’s January, it’s time for the Olympia Outsider™ to rise from hibernation and start pawing around Washington’s seat of power for pieces of proposed fish- and wildlife-related legislation. Nontribal gillnet, riparian grants, and requiring licenses for smelt dippers are among bills that have been dropped so far.


  • Bonneville Sturgeon Fishery Closing After Weds; Reopener Possible

    Bonneville Sturgeon Fishery Closing After Weds; Reopener Possible

    Columbia sturgeon managers closed the retention season on the Bonneville Pool after tomorrow but hope to take another look at reopening the fishery if enough remain in the 675-fish guideline.


  • All Crabbing (Bay, Ocean) Closed On Oregon’s South Coast

    All Crabbing (Bay, Ocean) Closed On Oregon’s South Coast

    Oregon shellfish managers announce that all crabbing will close from Bandon to the California border after domoic acid levels rose above safety thresholds, a day after it had been reopened.


  • USGS Maps More Washington Deer, Elk Herd Migration Corridors

    USGS Maps More Washington Deer, Elk Herd Migration Corridors

    New year, new maps showing important migratory corridors of Evergreen State big game animals – mule deer in the Central Washington and whitetails and elk in the northeast corner.


  • Nooksack To Close All Fishing As Hatchery Steelhead Run Lags

    Nooksack To Close All Fishing As Hatchery Steelhead Run Lags

    With hatchery winter steelhead returns “well short of broodstock needs,” state managers are closing the Nooksack River system to all fishing as of this Saturday, January 7.


  • WDFW Bans Domestic Goats, Sheep At Wildlife Areas With Bighorns

    WDFW Bans Domestic Goats, Sheep At Wildlife Areas With Bighorns

    Domestic goats and sheep will be banned from WDFW wildlife areas in Central and Southeast Washington starting in February to reduce the likelihood of the flocks transmitting a deadly disease to wild herds of bighorn sheep.


  • WDFW Commission Gives Director Susewind A Pay Raise

    WDFW Commission Gives Director Susewind A Pay Raise

    Calling it “the most difficult state job to excel at,” the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission gave WDFW Director Kelly Susewind an 8 percent raise this afternoon, his first outside of cost of living increases over the four and a half years he’s been in the (very) hot seat.


  • 2022 Northwest Fish And Wildlife Year In Review

    2022 Northwest Fish And Wildlife Year In Review

    From a record sockeye run, state record catches and record bull elk to commission controversies, Congressional craziness and the dam removal front, from cougars with a taste for wolves and selfish shellfish swine to a very wayward moose, wandering walleye and a guy who caught a salmon with his kiteboard, 2022 was a helluva ride.


  • Columbia Fall King Forecast: ‘Similar’ To 2022 Return

    Columbia Fall King Forecast: ‘Similar’ To 2022 Return

    ODFW and WDFW Columbia salmon managers are forecasting that 2023’s fall Chinook run “should be similar to the 2022 returns.”


  • Tokul Creek Section Opens To Steelheading Early

    Tokul Creek Section Opens To Steelheading Early

    WDFW announces that with hatchery winter steelhead broodstock needs already met, a section of Tokul Creek will open tomorrow, December 28.


  • Revenant Steelhead: Resurrecting The Cowlitz Early Winter Fishery

    Revenant Steelhead: Resurrecting The Cowlitz Early Winter Fishery

    Remember the good ol’ days of late fall and early winter steelheading on Southwest Washington’s Cowlitz? They’re a lot closer to coming back than you may realize. State and utility managers are “working to shift” the lower river’s stock “to produce earlier-returning fish,” a resurrection and reformation of a fabled fishery.


  • Congress Delivers Wins For Wetlands, CWD Research And Management

    Congress Delivers Wins For Wetlands, CWD Research And Management

    Hunting organizations are celebrating Congress’s passage of a record $50 million for the North American Wetlands Conservation Act program and $70 million annually via the Chronic Wasting Disease Research and Management Act for detecting the incurable deer family disease and monitoring and managing it.