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  • Is Virus The Least Of Our Worries?

    WOOT|Sep 1, 2023

    Click Here To Add Your Comment We often hear that your health is the most important thing. I have come to realize that health is not the most important thing. Freedom is the most important thing and the one that most seem to take for granted. Those who have fought for that freedom seem to be the only ones who recognize this. Most simply seem to think that freedom is something they are entitled to. If we keep losing our freedoms as we have in the past several years those who take freedom for... Full story

  • Boating Infrastructure Grants

    Boat US|Sep 1, 2022

    Here's how to get boaters to stay and spend. Many waterfront towns don't make it easy for visiting boaters to stay and spend. It's not their fault. Protected, safe harbors as well essential boating services such as fuel, utilities and bathrooms, are beyond the price tag for a local town, marina or boat club budget. However, a federal program first championed by Boat Owners Association of The United States in 1998, the Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) program, has proven effective in... Full story

  • American Freshwater Lakes

    Boat US|Jul 1, 2022

    The focus is on boating-centric inland lakes with distinction. There are 123,439 freshwater lakes – those water bodies generally larger than 20 acres – in the continental United States. Which ones may be best for recreational boating? BoatUS Magazine senior editor Rich Armstrong and contributing editor Fiona McGlynn consider the question in the magazine's February/March issue with the feature "Freshwater America," which highlights nine boating-centric lakes from New York to Washington. "Am... Full story

  • BoatUS Makes A Difference

    BoatUS|Feb 1, 2021

    Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), the national advocacy, services and safety group with more than 700,000 members, weighed in on a range of boating issues, debates and legislation affecting recreational boaters in 2020. As the boater's advocate, BoatUS brought the unique perspective and needs of the recreational boat owner to local governments, halls of state capitals and Washington, D.C. Here are some of the successes that BoatUS earned over the past year: The Sport Fish... Full story

  • CCW Rules

    John Anderson|Nov 1, 2020

    In Other Words, Know Before You Go If you have taken a Concealed Carry class and have gotten your permit, congratulations! Now you need to start thinking about what that permit does and doesn't do for you. Within Arizona, there are still many places where you cannot legally carry a firearm, even with a permit. As for travel, well -- Native American Reservations, National Forests and Parks, and other states have different rules, even within your home state. I'll try to cover some of those rules,... Full story

  • Columbia River Scheduled To Open

    WDFW|May 1, 2020

    Columbia River scheduled to open for spring Chinook on select days beginning May 5 OLYMPIA – The Columbia River spring Chinook fishery is scheduled to open for four days through mid-May, state fishery managers announced today. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) jointly manage the river through the Columbia River Compact process, which met Friday and laid out proposed fisheries for spring Chinook and sockeye. Anglers will be a... Full story

  • Snake River To Open

    WDFW|May 1, 2020

    OLYMPIA – Anglers on the Snake River will be able to fish for spring Chinook salmon when fishing begins to reopen in Washington on May 5, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced. Two sections of the river – the area surrounding Little Goose Dam and the area around Clarkston -- will be open on alternating days, giving area anglers four possible days each week for spring Chinook fishing. "This is always a popular fishery, so we're excited that we can offer an opp... Full story

  • WDFW To Open Some Recreational Fishing And Hunting

    WDFW|Apr 1, 2020

    OLYMPIA -- The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced today it will reopen some recreational fishing and hunting in a phased approach following the state's efforts to limit the spread of coronavirus. The department is asking hunters and anglers to enjoy these outdoor activities only if they can do so locally, while also practicing physical distancing. Many WDFW wildlife areas and boat ramps will reopen May 5 for day-use only recreation, as will some recreational fishing per... Full story

  • Washington State Lands To Reopen


    OLYMPIA -- The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission (Parks) announced today they will reopen state-managed lands on Tuesday, May 5, for local day-use only recreation. The reopening will apply to state-managed parks, wildlife areas, recreation land, and boat launches. However, it may take several days for gates to be unlocked and sites to be serviced at remote areas due to limited staff capacity. Some parks may not open... Full story

  • Washington Salmon Forcasts Released

    WDFW|Feb 1, 2020

    OLYMPIA – Fishery managers say the coming year may be another tough one for anglers in Washington, with low salmon returns expected again in 2020. 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. The forecast meeting marks the starting point for developing this year’s salmon-fishing seasons in Puget Sound, the Columbia River,... Full story

  • WDFW To Use Helicopters To Capture Mule Deer

    WDFW|Jan 1, 2020

    SPOKANE- Starting in early January, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will conduct mule deer captures from helicopters in three study areas along the east slope of the Cascades in Okanogan, Chelan, and Kittitas counties. The Department will use contracted professional crews to capture approximately 50 adult female mule deer in each area. Humane methods and experienced crews are used to make the captures as safe as possible for both deer and humans. The deer will be fitted wit... Full story

  • Recreational Fishing Wins Bipartisan Support

    American Sportfishing Association|Dec 1, 2019

    The National Fish Habitat Through Partnership Act Was Included In This Conservation Legislation Alexandria, Va. – December 17, 2019 – Today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) passed bipartisan conservation legislation that includes several wins for the recreational fishing industry, such as authorization of key national and regional fisheries programs and protections for traditional fishing tackle. America’s Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act (S. 3051) was intro... Full story

  • Razor Clam Dig

    WDFW|Nov 1, 2019

    WDFW Approves Seven-Day Razor Clam Dig On Ocean Beaches, Including Thanksgiving Holiday Digs OLYMPIA - Razor clam diggers can return to ocean beaches for a seven-day opening beginning November 24. State shellfish managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig on evening low tides after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat. The upcoming dig is for the following dates and low tides: •November 24, Sunday, 4:47 pm, -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin H... Full story

  • Coho Fisheries Modified

    WDFW|Nov 1, 2019

    Action: •Anglers limited to 1 adult coho on lower Cowlitz and lower Kalama Rivers. •Release all adult coho on the Lewis River, Cedar Creek (including all tributaries), and Washougal River. Effective date: Nov. 23, 2019 through Dec. 31, 2019. Species affected: Coho salmon. Locations and salmon rules: •Cowlitz River, from the mouth to the posted markers 400 feet below the Barrier Dam: Min. size 12”. Daily limit 6. Up to 1 adult may be retained. Release all salmon other than hatchery coho. •Kalama... Full story

  • Brendan Brokes Named WDFW North Puget Sound Region Director


    OLYMPIA – Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Director Kelly Susewind has named Brendan Brokes Regional Director of the North Puget Sound Region based in Mill Creek. He began his new job Nov. 11, overseeing all WDFW work in King, Skagit, Snohomish, Island, San Juan and Whatcom counties. "I'm excited to have Brendan in this role," said WDFW Director Kelly Susewind. "Brendan brings deep understanding of the region and existing knowledge about our programs, which will be an asset a... Full story

  • National Marine Sanctuary Safety

    AZBW|Sep 1, 2019

    New video outlines the unique precautions required when heading offshore to a marine sanctuary. The NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries include more than 600,000 square miles of marine protected areas, from the rugged Olympic Peninsula of Washington to the "shipwreck alley" of Michigan's Thunder Bay and the turquoise-hued shallows of the Florida Keys. These national treasures present great opportunities for recreational boaters, anglers, and sailors – but only if they're prepared and have the g... Full story

  • Washington Department of Fishand Wildlife To Use Drone

    WDFW|Aug 1, 2019

    WDFW will use drones to count spawning salmon nests. SPOKANE- Starting in September and going through November of 2019, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will partner with Washington State University (WSU) on a research project to use drone technology to advance conservation efforts for summer Chinook salmon. An unmanned aerial vehicle- also known as a drone- will be used to identify and inventory salmon spawning nests, called redds, in three areas of the Upper Wenatchee... Full story

  • Washington Women's Outdoor Workshop


    Women’s workshop offers instruction on fishing, hunting, and outdoor skills OLYMPIA - Women can learn the basics of fishing, hunting, outdoor stewardship, and other outdoor skills in a September weekend workshop that includes sessions led by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) experts and other certified instructors. Washington Outdoor Women (WOW) present and coordinate the annual workshop at Lazy F Camp near Ellensburg on Sept.13-15. Now in its 22 year, WOW is an outdoor skills e... Full story

  • Washington Fishing Opportunities

    WDFW|May 1, 2019

    WDFW's lowland lake trout derby continues in May and runs through Oct. 31. Anglers with a 2019-20 freshwater, combination fishing license, or Fish Washington license, who catch one of hundreds of tagged fish can claim prizes provided by license dealers located across the state. A list of lakes with prize fish and details on how to claim prizes is available at the derby website. With the warmer temperatures heading our way, May is a great time to head outside for outdoor adventures. Popular... Full story

  • Washington - Hoh River To Open For Hatchery Chinook And Trout

    WDFW|May 1, 2019

    Action: Opens hatchery chinook, trout and hatchery steelhead. Effective date: June 1 through June 30, 2019. Species affected: Hatchery chinook, trout, steelhead. Location: The Hoh River from the Olympic National Park boundary upstream to the boat launch at the DNR’s Oxbow Campground. Reason for action: The Hoh River wild spring/summer chinook are projected to return in numbers sufficient to allow incidental release impacts on this stock while allowing a sport fishery to target trout and d... Full story

  • Washington - Anglers Required To Release Sockeye Salmon In The Quillayute And Sol Duc Rivers

    WDFW|May 1, 2019

    Action: Anglers may not retain sockeye salmon as part of their daily limit in the Quillayute and Sol Duc rivers. Effective date: May 6, 2019 until further notice. Species affected: Sockeye salmon. Location: Quillayute and Sol Duc rivers. Reason for action: Sockeye salmon returns to Lake Pleasant, and to other coastal waters were very low in 2018 and are expected to be low in 2019. This action will increase the number of sockeye returning to spawn in Lake Pleasant. Additional information: Lake... Full story

  • WDFW Plans Razor Clam Digging

    WDFW|May 1, 2019

    WDFW tentatively plans three days of digging for razor clams starting May 18 at Mocrocks OLYMPIA – State shellfish managers have tentatively scheduled a “bonus” razor clam dig on ocean beaches for three days, May 18-20. Final approval of the scheduled opening will depend on whether results of marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) typically announces whether a dig will go forward about a week before the opening, said Dan Ayres, co... Full story

  • Lower Kalama River Steelhead Retention Reopens

    WDFW|May 1, 2019

    Hatchery steelhead retention reopens on the lower Kalama River, use of barbless hooks is voluntary Action: Retention of hatchery steelhead is open under permanent rule on the lower Kalama River. The use of barbless hooks remains voluntary on the Kalama River, including when fishing under selective gear rules and in fly-fishing-only waters. All other stipulations of selective gear rules and fly fishing only rules remain in effect. Effective date: May 3, 2019. Species affected: Steelhead, all spec... Full story

  • WDFW Hosts Hatchery And Fishery Reform Review

    WDFW|Apr 1, 2019

    WDFW to host meeting on review of hatchery and fishery reform OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will host a meeting Thursday, April 11 to provide stakeholders with an overview of the Hatchery and Fishery Reform Policy review and seek public input. The meeting is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., April 11, in Room 194 of the Lacey Campus Building 1 at South Puget Sound College, 4220 6th Ave. SE, Lacey. The state's hatchery and fishery reform policy is intended t... Full story

  • Elwha River Fishing Closure

    WDFW|Apr 1, 2019

    Extension of Recreational and Commercial Fishing Closure Announced for Elwha River and Its Tributaries OLYMPIA – The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, Olympic National Park, and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife have agreed that it is necessary to extend the fishing closure in the Elwha River for another two years, from June 1, 2019 to July 1, 2021. The fishing closure applies to all recreational and commercial fishing in the Elwha River and its tributaries. A fishing moratorium in t... Full story

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