As with every aspect of life these days, we’ll have to be flexible to respond to any public health concerns.”. Waters from Buoy 10 upstream to the Puget Island will be open Aug. 16-27 for Chinook, and will remain open for coho afterwards. That includes closing fishing for winter Chinook in East Juan De Fuca Strait (Marine Area 6), the San Juan Islands (Marine Area 7), Deception Pass and Port Gardner (areas 8-1 and 8-2), Admiralty Inlet (Marine Area 9), Tacoma-Vashon Island (Marine Area 11) and Hood Canal (Marine Area 12), with some exceptions for Chinook non-retention in Hood Canal in November and December. Additional information: Daily limit is 6. Release chum, wild coho, and wild Chinook. Salmon continue to decline because their habitat is being lost faster than it can be restored and protected. She noted that the state substantially reduced its popular winter blackmouth chinook recreational fishery in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, San Juan Islands and Hood Canal areas. Daily limit six (6) salmon. All four of Washington’s marine areas are scheduled to open June 20 for a Chinook-only fishery, then transition to a Chinook and coho fishery beginning June 29. North Fork Nooksack River to open for hatchery spring Chinook Portion of Cascade River to close three days per week Puget Sound Halibut fishery to open for select dates starting May 20 Low returns of Stillaguamish and mid-Hood Canal Chinook, as well as Snohomish … Working together to change that trend is the most important thing we can do for salmon recovery.”. Kicking it off, we get to fish resident coho again starting June 1st in Marine Area 10. from Aug. 7 through Sept. 6. Daily limits and days of the week open to salmon fishing vary between areas. CLARKSTON - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced that the Snake River will be open for the harvest of fall Chinook, effective Tuesday, August 18, and lasting through October 31.The 2020 Columbia River forecasted return of upriver bright adults is 233,400, with 18,150 of these fish expected to return to the Snake River. WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091 : July 1, 2020 Revised salmon Seasons on the Upper Columbia River Action: Allow retention of summer Chinook salmon and open the Brewster Pool salmon season early. Chinook minimum size limit is 22” in marine waters unless otherwise specified. All four of Washington’s marine areas are scheduled to open June 20 for a Chinook-only fishery, then transition to a Chinook and coho fishery beginning June 29. For COVID-19-related closures, restrictions, and updates see the WDFW COVID-19/Coronavirus response page. License & permit information, season dates, size & creel limits and more. All regulations may be subject to in-season modification. “We appreciate the hard work of co-managers and everyone else who sat through long teleconferences and webinars to determine these seasons.”, “This was another difficult year with so many depressed stocks as a result of lost and damaged habitat,” said Lorraine Loomis, Chair of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission. The original release stated the fishery was planned for an Aug. 16 opening. Steelhead fisheries in the Columbia and Snake rivers this season will again be very limited and additional protective measures will be in place due to continued low returns of steelhead. size 22″. Season may close earlier if Chinook quota is attained. Low returns of Stillaguamish and mid-Hood Canal Chinook, as well as Snohomish coho limited a number of Puget Sound fisheries in 2019, and created even greater constraints in 2020. 1. Up to two (2) may be adult hatchery Chinook and up to four (4) may be sockeye. Only 1 hatchery Chinook may be retained. For information on tribal fisheries, contact the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (http://nwifc.org). in an alternative format or who need reasonable accommodations Revised Columbia River Areas, Effective Dates, and Rules: From Priest Rapids Dam to Rock Island Dam. PUYALLUP RIVER ANGLERS LIKE BROOKLYN FOWLER CAN LOOK FORWARD TO AN AUG. 15-SEPT. 30 HATCHERY COHO … Summer seasons in Deception Pass and Port Gardner are also closed to protect coho. More details will be included in the 2020-21 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet, which will be available in June. That fishery will need to be closely monitored in-season if returns come in lower than expected, said Kyle Adicks, salmon fisheries policy lead for WDFW. “Accounting for increasing predation by seals and sea lions and the needs of endangered southern resident killer whales further complicates salmon management. COVID-19 remains a factor going into the upcoming summer and fall fishing seasons, with the potential to continue impacting fisheries as the year continues, said WDFW Director Susewind. “Despite delays caused by the virus, we were able to complete the process in the usual timeframe.”. The state’s 2020-21 salmon fishing seasons, developed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and treaty tribal co-managers, were tentatively set today during the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (PFMC) meeting, which was held via webinar due to concerns related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Tribal fisheries have been steadily reduced over time in response to declining salmon runs, she said. As with every aspect of life these days, we’ll have to be flexible to respond to any public health concerns.”. Puget Sound. Low returns of Stillaguamish and mid-Hood Canal Chinook, as well as Snohomish coho limited a number of Puget Sound fisheries in 2019, and created even greater constraints in 2020. Media inquiries: Ben Anderson, 360-480-4465. Persons with disabilities who need to receive this information Summer Season (June 16-July 31) Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to OR/WA border (upstream of McNary Dam)a. All four of Washington State’s marine areas are scheduled to open June 20 for a Chinook-only fishery with the transition to Chinook and coho beginning June 29. Ocean salmon season 'severely limited' for 2020 Apr 10, 2020 0 ILWACO — The Pacific Fishery Management Council has adopted “severely limited” … Waters from Buoy 10 upstream to the Puget Island will be open Aug. 14-27 for Chinook, and will remain open for coho afterwards. “I am especially encouraged by efforts this year to include habitat recovery in fisheries planning. All four of Washington's marine areas are scheduled to open June 20 for a Chinook-only fishery, then transition to a Chinook and coho fishery beginning June 29. OLYMPIA – Continued low returns of some key Chinook salmon stocks are expected to limit numerous Washington salmon fisheries in the upcoming season, state fishery managers announced today. UPDATE 2020/2021 Season Jan 1 through March 30 A lot of nice fish are caught on cold winter days. Most of the waters upstream will open Aug. 1, but Warrior Rock to Bonneville Dam will open Fri., Sat., and Sun. That includes closing fishing for winter Chinook in East Juan De Fuca Strait (Marine Area 6), the San Juan Islands (Marine Area 7), Deception Pass and Port Gardner (areas 8-1 and 8-2), Admiralty Inlet (Marine Area 9), Tacoma-Vashon Island (Marine Area 11) and Hood Canal (Marine Area 12), with some exceptions for Chinook non-retention in Hood Canal in November and December. See wdfw.wa.gov. From Aug. 1, 2020 - Jan. 31, 2021. anglers can keep two adult salmon, but must release unmarked Chinook. For Washington’s salmon seasons tentatively set for 2020-21, https://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/requests-accommodation. The departments of fish and wildlife from Oregon and Washington on Wednesday set four more days of recreational salmon and steelhead fishing on the Columbia River. Meanwhile, all of this is taking place in the face of climate change that is also impacting salmon and their habitat.”, Precautions to stem the COVID-19 pandemic made the process even more difficult by requiring all meetings to be conducted by phone or tele-video, Loomis said. “This was another difficult year with so many depressed stocks as a result of lost and damaged habitat,” said Lorraine Loomis, Chair of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission. Summer seasons in Deception Pass and Port Gardner are also closed to protect coho. August 3 through August 31, 2020. Low returns of Stillaguamish and mid-Hood Canal Chinook, as well as Snohomish coho limited a number of... Columbia River. … Summer Chinook fisheries are expected to begin July 1 in marine areas 5, 6, 7, and 11. May 1 – June 30 Closed July 1 – Aug. 15 Open, except closure Daily limit 2, release Chum, wild Chinook, and wild Coho. Other salmon species – no min. Salmon forecasts released as salmon season-setting process gets underway for 2020. Coho returning to the Queets and Snohomish rivers were also stocks of concern. Kyle Adicks, 360-902-2664  TTY (360-902-2207), or email (Title6@dfw.wa.gov). Required fields are marked *. from Aug. 7 through Sept. 6. “I am especially encouraged by efforts this year to include habitat recovery in fisheries planning. Initial ocean fisheries reflect a reduced coho quota due to significantly lower projected returns in 2020. The summer salmon fishery will again be closed to summer Chinook retention (including jacks), though stronger forecasts allow for sockeye retention in 2020, a change from last year. Susewind said the department recognizes that many of these fisheries have seen continued declines in opportunity in recent years. size. size. The 2020 forecasts for Chinook, coho, sockeye, and chum salmon – developed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and treaty Indian tribes – were released today during a public meeting in Olympia. Susewind said the department recognizes that many of these fisheries have seen continued declines in opportunity in recent years. This year the tribal and state co-managers worked to integrate habitat recovery in fisheries management planning. Release Chinook and chum. Initial ocean fisheries reflect a reduced coho quota due to significantly lower projected returns in 2020. Daily limit 2. “Many of the reductions we had to make in certain fisheries this year are painful for Indian and non-Indian fishermen and communities,” Loomis said. Daily limits and days of the week open to salmon fishing vary between areas. The summer salmon fishery will again be closed to … The state's 2020-21 salmon fishing seasons, developed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and treaty tribal co-managers, were tentatively set today during the Pacific Fishery Management Council's (PFMC) meeting, which was held via webinar due to concerns related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. size 22″. Season recommendations now move forward for approval by the National Marine Fisheries Service and final rulemaking, including additional opportunity for public comment and consideration of those comments. Treaty tribal and state fisheries co-managers today reached agreement through the North of Falcon process on a fisheries package for 2020-21 that will provide limited harvest opportunity while contributing to ongoing salmon recovery efforts. size. The state's 2020-21 salmon fishing seasons, developed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and treaty tribal co-managers, were tentatively set today during the Pacific Fishery Management Council's (PFMC) meeting, which was held via webinar due to concerns related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This action is consistent with the Compact Action on May 1, 2020 and co-manager agreements reached in April during the North of Falcon season-setting process. This year’s pamphlet is being hosted on a new … Official 2020 Washington Fishing & Boating rules & regulations. Effective July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. COVID-19 remains a factor going into the upcoming summer and fall fishing seasons, with the potential to continue impacting fisheries as the year continues, said WDFW Director Susewind. Washington's salmon seasons tentatively set for 2020-21 OLYMPIA – Continued low returns of some key Chinook salmon stocks are expected to limit numerous Washington salmon fisheries in the upcoming season, state fishery managers announced today. Aug. 1-Aug. 15: No min. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is the primary state agency tasked with preserving, protecting, and perpetuating fish, wildlife, and ecosystems, while providing sustainable fishing, hunting, and other recreation opportunities. Species affected: Salmon. Up to 2 sockeye, 2 steelhead, or 1 of each may be retained. Aug. 16-Aug. 31: Chinook min. Initial ocean fisheries reflect a reduced coho quota due to significantly lower projected returns in 2020. Summer Chinook fisheries are expected to begin July 1 in marine areas 5, 6, 7, and 11. Notice: In an effort to avoid confusion, this news release has been updated to reflect that the Buoy 10 fishery on the Columbia River will open Aug. 14. Other salmon species – no min. Marine Area 6 (East Strait Juan de Fuca), is closed to salmon fishing in the winter. Initial ocean fisheries reflect a reduced coho quota due to significantly lower projected returns in 2020. “We continue working alongside the public and tribal, state, and federal partners to address all the factors impacting these critical runs.". Puget Sound Marine Area Salmon Seasons 2020-21. Release chum and wild Chinook. For information on tribal fisheries, contact the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (http://nwifc.org). Washington salmon managers are posting “tentative” information on the state’s 2020-21 fisheries, adding details on the saltwater side and revealing much about the shape of river seasons, particularly in populous Puget Sound, as well as Columbia steelhead. Weak returns of chinook to the Stillaguamish River and mid-Hood Canal required extensive closures to protect the dwindling populations. Your email address will not be published. Season may close earlier if Chinook guideline is attained. The regulations are available online now at http://www.eregulations.com/washington/fishing/. “We appreciate the hard work of co-managers and everyone else who sat through long teleconferences and webinars to determine these seasons.”, “This was another difficult year with so many depressed stocks as a result of lost and damaged habitat,” said Lorraine Loomis, Chair of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission. Working together to change that trend is the most important thing we can do for salmon recovery.”. THE FOLLOWING ARE PRESS RELEASES FROM THE WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE (TOP) AND THE NORTHWEST INDIAN FISHERIES COMMISSION (BOTTOM). Many of the conversations during this week’s PFMC meeting included consideration of ongoing coronavirus impacts. Release wild steelhead. The new-look pamphlet is effective July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021, and features rules and regulations for hundreds of lakes, rivers, and marine areas around the state, as well as species including trout, salmon, shellfish, and many more. Washington’s salmon seasons tentatively set for 2020-21 Puget Sound. Aug. 16-Sept. 30: No min. Summary of 2020 summer/fall salmon and steelhead regulations for the mainstem Columbia River. The recreational salmon fishing season in Willapa Bay (Marine Area 2-1) is scheduled from June 20 through July 31, 2020, concurrent with the ocean rules for salmon (Area 2 rules apply). Minimum size 12 inches. Season recommendations now move forward for approval by the National Marine Fisheries Service and final rulemaking, including additional opportunity for public comment and consideration of those comments. See Hood Canal Closure below. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Only 1 Chinook may be retained. activities may contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-902-2349), Season may close earlier if Chinook guideline is attained. This summer, Chinook fisheries are expected to be largely similar to last year, with most Puget Sound marine areas opening for Chinook retention beginning in July or August. That fishery will need to be closely monitored in-season if returns come in lower than expected, said Kyle Adicks, salmon fisheries policy lead for WDFW. Continued low returns of some key Chinook salmon stocks are expected to limit numerous Washington salmon fisheries in the upcoming season, state fishery managers announced today. Additional information about this year's sport salmon fisheries and the North of Falcon process can be found on WDFW's website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/nof. Begin July 1, 2020 - Jan. 31, 2021. anglers can keep two adult salmon but. June 16-July 31 ) Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to the Stillaguamish River and mid-Hood required... 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