The sportfishing season for spring chinook salmon on the lower Columbia River will re-open for two days this week under an agreement reached by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon.
Plan will truck spring chinook
As construction workers race against the clock to make fish ladders at Wanapum Dam operational, state fishery managers are standing ready with an alternate plan to move spring chinook salmon up the Columbia River.
The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission took action last week to expand the number of big-game hunting permits available this year and reduce the cost of several types of permits.
Columbia River anglers will get at least six more days to catch hatchery-reared spring chinook salmon below Bonneville Dam under an agreement between Washington and Oregon.
Fishing managers from Oregon and Washington recently approved summer fishing seasons for catching and keeping sturgeon and a new sturgeon spawning sanctuary in the Columbia River behind Bonneville Dam.
Steelhead fishing on the upper Columbia River and its tributaries will close one hour after sunset next Monday, March 31.
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 – in Vancouver and Chehalis - to share results to date and answer questions from the public.
The duo of Gary Hutchins and Perry Page, members of the Yakima Elks Country Club in Selah, emerged as the top golfers in the opening tournament of the 2014 season on the two Lower Yakima Valley courses.
Deer and elk hunters have until March 31 to enter their name in a drawing for a 2014 multiple-season permit.
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Effective yesterday, Thursday, steelhead fishing was opened on the upper Columbia River, as well as the Wenatchee and Icicle rivers.
Hunters may now purchase and submit applications for a 2014 spring black bear hunting permit, applicable to specific areas of western and eastern Washington.