WDFW announces spring Chinook fisheries will soon open on portions of the North Fork Nooksack, upper Skagit and lower Cascade Rivers, but that this week will be the last for springers on the Lower Snake as quotas are reached.
WDFW is taking public comment over the next five weeks on a proposal to allow hunters to take a second mountain lion “in the areas where monitoring has shown a high level of cougar predation on elk calves in the Blue Mountain Elk herd.”
ODFW is confirming that hatchery summer steelhead smolts will be released into the North Umpqua system after a judge yesterday granted a preliminary injunction to do so. It follows a Fish and Wildlife Commission decision last month to end the program that is also being challenged.
Spring Chinook anglers will be able to fish all but one day between now and the start of summer king season on the Lower Columbia, as well as two days in the gorge pools in late May, as state managers today again expanded opportunities thanks to a run that is continuing to exceed expectations.
WDFW is calling for nominations to fill four vacant positions on its Wolf Advisory Group and is specifically looking for stakeholders representing hunters, Northeast Washington ranchers, and “at large” interests.
ODFW reports several Canada goose goslings from a Eugene park are the first wild birds in the state to test positive for the new strain of avian flu, with other sick and dead waterfowl also reported there.
Northwest fishery managers announce the opening of spring Chinook in Oregon’s Hells Canyon, where the catch is mostly expected to be jacks, and sturgeon retention in Lake Roosevelt for the sixth straight year thanks to successful hatchery programs.
This discovery could be bad news for Oregon’s native signal crayfish – Northern crayfish are much more aggressive. And as omnivores, they can prey on signal crayfish, the eggs of salmon and steelhead, and consume native vegetation.
Presented “additional information” from local tribes, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission has voted to hold a special meeting regarding their late April decision to terminate a popular hatchery summer steelhead program on the North Umpqua.
The mandate to conserve Washington’s fish and wildlife while maximizing angling and hunting opportunities is among the topics Fish and Wildlife Commission members will talk about at a get-together next week.
Spring Chinook fishing will reopen on the Lower Columbia starting tomorrow, Thursday, May 12, and run through at least Sunday, May 22, as well as June 4-15, Washington and Oregon managers decided this morning.
Columbia River managers will mull a recommendation from ODFW and WDFW staffers to reopen spring Chinook fishing on the Columbia below Bonneville for a total of 22 days and starting as early as Thursday, May 12.
The good signs continue with this year’s upriver-bound spring Chinook run on the Columbia as the forecast was raised today by roughly a third and ODFW and WDFW will huddle on Wednesday to “consider the mainstem recreational salmonid fishery downstream of Bonneville Dam.”
With enough hatchery spring Chinook returning to the Yakima to support sport fishing, state managers announced that sections of the river will open for angling starting as early as May 6 on the lower end and May 17 near Union Gap.
Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission to hold two special committee meetings this month on the state Game Management Plan, with WDFW staffers scheduled to provide “a current overview of issues to be addressed and outline strategies to shape” the next edition of the 6-year plan that guides “the scientific management of game populations, harvest management, and other significant factors affecting game populations.”
Good catches the past week as the spring Chinook runs surges through the Columbia Gorge is leading managers to close mainstem waters from Bonneville Dam to the WA-OR state line east of McNary Dam two days earlier than scheduled.
WDFW is reporting “some issues” in far Eastern Washington where some folks apparently have been plinking at lands farmers and ranchers have generously opened to hunters, for hunting, putting the ground at risk of closure to the sporting public.