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WDFW will not release ‘early winter’ hatchery steelhead this spring unless legal issues are resolved

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OLYMPIA –The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will not release early winter hatchery steelhead into rivers around Puget Sound as planned this spring unless it can resolve issues raised in January by the Wild Fish Conservancy and restated in a lawsuit the group filed this week. Phil Anderson said WDFW leaders made the…

Trout fishing opens statewide April 26, capping off a month of ‘opening days’

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For many anglers, “opening day” is synonymous with the start of the lowland lakes trout-fishing season, which gets under way April 26 this year. Hundreds of thousands of Washingtonians typically descend on trout-stocked lakes to kick off the state’s biggest outdoor event.   To prepare for the upcoming season, hatchery crews from the Washington Department…

Public meeting on salmon forecast kicks off WDFW season-setting process

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OLYMPIA – Anglers, commercial fishers and others interested in Washington state salmon fisheries can get a preview of this year’s salmon returns and potential fishing seasons during a public meeting here March 3. Kicking off the annual salmon season-setting process, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will present initial forecasts – compiled by…

WDFW seeks comments on revised draft policy for Grays Harbor fisheries

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OLYMPIA – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is seeking public comments on a revised draft policy to improve salmon management in Grays Harbor. The revised draft policy includes new provisions recently proposed by the commission to conserve wild salmon runs, clarify catch allocation, and reduce conflicts between sport and commercial fishers in the harbor.…