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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

September 17, 2014 at 4:18 PM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports

Salmon/Steelhead Cowlitz River – Chinook are being caught between the hatcheries, summer run steelhead near the trout hatchery, and coho from the lower river. During five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator, last week Tacoma Power recovered: 322 summer-run steelhead 66 spring Chinook adults and 9 mini-jacks 249 fall Chinook adults and 8 jacks 76 coho adults five coho…

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September 17, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Westport and Ilwaco salmon fisheries to close sooner than expected

The ocean salmon fisheries at the ports of Ilwaco and Westport will end soon after reaching their salmon catch quota limits. Westport will close after this Friday, Sept. 19, and Ilwaco will close after Sunday, Sept. 21. Both ports were originally supposed to stay open until Sept. 30, but catches have been very good at both ports…

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September 17, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Ocean salmon fisheries going strong, but southern ports could be hitting ceilings on sport catch quotas

The ocean salmon fisheries are dominated right now by coho, and catches have been so good in the southern ports of Ilwaco and Westport that state fisheries managers will be discussing options this afternoon (Wednesday, Sept. 17) that could even mean an early closure. Westport and Ilwaco are currently open daily for salmon fishing until Sept….

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September 17, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Outdoor cooking author Tiffany Haugen provides yummy salmon croquette recipe

Fall salmon fishing options are still happening in both marine and river areas all across the state, and outdoor cookbook author Tiffany Haugen who has a passion for preparing Pacific Northwest seafood offers tasty salmon croquette recipe. Haugen will be contributing some of her delicious recipes for the Reel Time Northwest Fishing blog. Each of her recipes…

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September 16, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Latest state Fish and Wildlife Lower Columbia fish catch figures

Last week on the Lower Columbia, anglers on the lower Columbia made 25,727 trips and caught 13,172 adult Chinook (6,745 kept and 6,427 released) 925 adult coho (560 kept and 365 released) and 359 summer steelhead (240 kept and 119 released). Anglers participating in the MSF (marked selective fishery) below Warrior and above Tongue Point made…

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September 15, 2014 at 1:24 PM

State Fish and Wildlife saltwater fish checks

September 14, 2014 Ramp/Site Boats Anglers Chinook Coho Chum Pink Sockeye Other Species Comments Armeni Ramp 57 129 0 100 0 0 0 Bellingham Ramp Squalicum Harbor 8 23 4 9 0 0 0 Blaine Ramp 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 Boston Harbor Ramp/Marina 4 8 0 0 0 0 0 Cornet Bay Public Ramp 35 78 4 41 0 0 0 Deception Pass North Beach 0 17 0 1 0 0 0 Ediz Hook, Port Angeles Public Ramp 68 149 0 129 0 0 0 Edmonds Marina 50 125 0 87 0 0 0 Everett Public Ramp 210 506 0 345 0 0 0 Gig Harbor Ramp 5 9 0 1 0 0 0 Olson’s Ramp & Docks 39 95 0 44 0 0 0 • Black rockfish (5) • Kelp greenling (10) Olson’s Ramp & Docks 27 66 0 97 0 0 0 Area 4 east of Tatoosh. Point…

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September 14, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Latest Columbia River northern pikeminnow reward catch figures

Here is the weekly update on the Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Fishery Program happening on the Columbia River. The harvest total from Sept. 1-7 was 5,677 pikeminnow (up from 5,636 the week before) from 566 anglers (down from 597 the week before) for a catch average of 10.0 fish per angler (up from 9.4 the week before) with five tags recovered (same…

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September 13, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Everett Coho Derby, the biggest on the West Coast, is Sept. 20-21

The Everett Coho Derby - the largest derby on the West Coast – is Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 20-21), and coho catches have picked up this week. Cost is $30, and kids 12 and under are free. The largest coho is worth $10,000, second place will earn $5,000, and third will take home $2,500. On Friday, Sept. 19 there…

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