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State fisheries forecasting a robust pink salmon return of more than 6.7-million

State Fish and Wildlife unveiled salmon forecasts Monday (March 2), and the hot topic is the forecast of more than 6.7-million pink salmon (6.2-million in 2013) returning to Puget Sound this summer. “We are expecting a pretty good pink return, especially in places like the Nisqually,” said Ryan Lothrop, a state Fish and Wildlife recreational...

State Fish and Wildlife saltwater fish checks

March 1, 2015 Ramp/Site Boats Anglers Chinook Coho Chum Pink Sockeye Other Species Comments Camano Island State Park Public Ramp 12 26 0 0 0 0 0 Ediz Hook, Port Angeles Public Ramp 19 32 21 0 0 0 0 Edmonds Marina 11 16 2 0 0 0 0 Everett Public Ramp 34 67 4...

Outdoor writer Dave Graybill banks on Banks Lake for producing walleye

Here is the latest fishing report from Dave Graybill, longtime Eastern Washington outdoor radio host and angler: If I was going to be in the area and not at the Outdoor Expo in Tri-Cities I would be headed for Banks Lake to do some walleye fishing. I spent the day there on Monday and had a...

Public invited to make proposals on future freshwater fishing rules

Folks who’d like to see improvements in freshwater fisheries around Puget Sound and the coastal areas should submit their ideas to state Fish and Wildlife by March 31. These proposals affect all fish species outside of salmon for freshwater areas of the Puget Sound and coast, including their rivers, streams or lakes. Ideas can be...

Daily steelhead catch limit increases beginning Sunday on Kalama River

A larger than expected hatchery steelhead return to the Kalama River will allow anglers to keep more fish in their daily catch limit beginning March 1 until further notice. Those fishing on the Lower Kalama from boundary markers at the mouth to 1,000 feet below fishway at the upper salmon hatchery will be allowed to...

State’s first wildlife service dog and his handler retire from chasing bears

SEATTLE (AP) — It's retirement time for a Washington state Fish and Wildlife officer and his canine partner, who have spent years helping to save and protect problem bears and other wildlife. KING-TV reports (http://is.gd/zbEX4Y ) that Officer Bruce Richards is retiring after 41 years of service. His Karelian Bear Dog, Mishka, will stay with...