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Wildlife Commission adopts new hunting rules, reduces cost of some special permits

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OLYMPIA – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission took action to expand the number of big-game hunting permits available this year and reduce the cost of several types of permits during a public meeting April 11-12 in Olympia.   The commission, a citizen panel that sets policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife…

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’

WDFW Fishing

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…

WDFW will hold two public meetings on hoof disease in S.W. Washington

Hoof Rot Disease

OLYMPIA – State wildlife managers believe they are close to determining the cause of hoof disease in southwest Washington elk and plan to hold two meetings in April to share results to date and answer questions from the public. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has scheduled public meetings at the following times…

WDFW asks public’s help to generate leads in shooting of radio-collared wolf

Gray Wolf

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WFDW) is seeking the public’s help to identify the person or persons responsible for shooting and killing a gray wolf last month in Stevens County.   A 2-year-old black female wolf from the Smackout Pack was found dead Feb. 9 near Cedar Lake in northeast Stevens…

Hunters have until March 31 to apply for multiple-season permits

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OLYMPIA – Deer and elk hunters have until March 31 to enter their name in a drawing for a 2014 multiple-season permit, which can greatly increase their opportunities for success in the field. In mid-April, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will randomly draw names for 8,500 multiple-season deer permits and 1,000 multiple-season…

Razor clam dig approved, big bivalves await diggers on 4 coastal beaches

Beaches in Washington with razor clam fisheries include:

Long Beach, which extends from the Columbia River to Leadbetter Point.

Twin Harbors Beach, which extends from the mouth of Willapa Bay north to the south jetty at the mouth of Grays Harbor.

Copalis Beach, which extends from the Grays Harbor north jetty to the Copalis River, and includes the Copalis, Ocean Shores, Oyhut, Ocean City and Copalis areas.

Mocrocks Beach, which extends from the Copalis River to the southern boundary of the Quinault Reservation near the Moclips River, including Iron Springs, Roosevelt Beach, Seabrook, Pacific Beach and Moclips.

Kalaloch Beach, which extends from the South Beach Campground to Brown’s Point (just south of Beach Trail 3) in the Olympic National Park. (This beach is closed to harvest until further notice)

OLYMPIA – Plenty of fat clams await diggers who turn out for the next razor clam dig, set to run Feb. 26 through March 3 on various ocean beaches. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat. As in previous openings,…

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

WDFW Fishing

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…

Proposed razor clam digs include March shift to morning tides

Westport clam diggers

OLYMPIA – Clam diggers looking forward to the next razor clam dig on Washington beaches now have two more months of possible options to consider. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has released a list of proposed digs in March and April, adding to one previously announced for Feb. 26-28. None of those…

WDFW begins status reviews, seeks information on 15 wildlife species

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking updated information about 15 wildlife species as part of a review of native wildlife populations listed by the state as endangered, threatened or sensitive.   WDFW will accept public comments through Feb. 11, 2015, on the 15 species, which include the spotted owl, greater…

WDFW Commission approves new policy on Grays Harbor salmon fisheries

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OLYMPIA – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has approved a new Grays Harbor salmon-management policy designed to conserve wild salmon runs and clarify catch guidelines for sport and commercial fisheries in the bay. The commission, a citizen panel appointed by the governor to set policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW),…

WDFW Commission set to consider policy on Grays Harbor salmon fisheries

WDFW Fishing

OLYMPIA – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will consider adopting a new policy to guide salmon management in Grays Harbor and an updated policy for sturgeon fisheries on the lower Columbia River at a public meeting scheduled Feb. 7-8 in Tumwater. The commission, a citizen panel appointed by the governor to set policy for…

Next razor clam dig set to begin January 28

Beaches in Washington with razor clam fisheries include:

Long Beach, which extends from the Columbia River to Leadbetter Point.

Twin Harbors Beach, which extends from the mouth of Willapa Bay north to the south jetty at the mouth of Grays Harbor.

Copalis Beach, which extends from the Grays Harbor north jetty to the Copalis River, and includes the Copalis, Ocean Shores, Oyhut, Ocean City and Copalis areas.

Mocrocks Beach, which extends from the Copalis River to the southern boundary of the Quinault Reservation near the Moclips River, including Iron Springs, Roosevelt Beach, Seabrook, Pacific Beach and Moclips.

Kalaloch Beach, which extends from the South Beach Campground to Brown’s Point (just south of Beach Trail 3) in the Olympic National Park. (This beach is closed to harvest until further notice)

OLYMPIA – Clam diggers can return to coastal beaches Tuesday (Jan. 28) through Sunday (Feb. 2) to dig razor clams during the last of three openings this month.   The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the latest dig after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat. As in previous…

WDFW launches new family getaway planning website

WDFW Fishing

The Washington Department of Fish (WDFW) has some great ideas for people planning family vacations this year – and all of them involve fishing. Great Getaways, a new feature on the department’s website, showcases some of the state’s best family travel and fishing opportunities, from the Pacific Coast and the Columbia River to the trout…

WDFW seeks comments on revised draft policy for Grays Harbor fisheries

WDFW Fishing

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.…