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Baker River sockeye returns continue to climb at a moderate pace

The sockeye heading back to the Baker River have increased in recent days although still not approaching the "wow" factor just yet. Through Saturday (June 27), a total of 2,061 sockeye were counted at the Baker River fish trap, and 1,875 have been transferred to Baker Lake. The single-day counts were 415on June 27; 284 on...

Lake Washington sockeye return climbs to 7,294 through Sunday

The Lake Washington sockeye return has steadily increased the past few days, but is still a far cry from having a summer fishery. Through Sunday, June 28, the sockeye figure has increased to 7,294 at the Ballard Locks fish counter. Single-day counts began on June 12 with 87; June 13, none; June 14, 61; June...

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports

SALMON/STEELHEAD Cowlitz River – 5 bank anglers had no catch.  Effort has been light. During five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator, last week Tacoma Power recovered: 407 spring Chinook salmon, 82 jacks, 43 maxi-jacks, 168 summer steelhead. During the past week Tacoma Power employees released: 137 recycled summer steelhead at the...

Lightning on Colorado mountain sends 3 hikers to hospital

GEORGETOWN, Colo. — Lightning struck near the top of a more than 14,000-foot mountain popular with hikers, sending three people to hospitals and killing a dog, Colorado authorities said. The victims were among about a dozen people who were just below the summit of Mount Bierstadt when lightning struck around 11:30 a.m. Sunday. A total...

State Fish and Wildlife saltwater fish checks

June 28, 2015 Ramp/Site Boats Anglers Chinook Coho Chum Pink Sockeye Other Species Comments Everett Public Ramp 22 52 11 0 0 0 0 Gig Harbor Ramp 9 16 0 0 0 0 0 Luhr Beach Ramp 5 8 0 0 0 0 0 • Starry flounder (1) Olson's Resort 6 14 11 0 0 0...

Barbed hooks to be allowed in July on a portion of the Cowlitz River

Anglers may use barbed hooks for hatchery salmon and trout on the Cowlitz River from Lexington Drive Bridge (Sparks Road Bridge) up to 400 feet or posted markers below the barrier dam from July 1-31. The state Fish and Wildlife Commission initiated the new ruling to focus on catching a healthy run of Cowlitz River...

Gather east side summer salmon fishing tips at free seminar July 10 in Pateros

Here is the latest fishing report from Dave Graybill, longtime Eastern Washington outdoor radio host and angler: Summer-run salmon and sockeye fishing season gets started in just a few days and anglers will want to know about a free seminar coming up soon. Pateros Celebrates Salmon Season is the theme for a night at the Central...

Good perch and crappie bite happening at Potholes Reservoir

Here is the fishing report from Annie Meseberg at MarDon Resort on the Potholes Reservoir: The perch fishing off the dock is really hot right now. Limits are common for crappie fishing as well and it is improving daily.  Crappie jigs in white and yellow are the ticket for catching these fish.  We have had...

Flatfish fishing reopens July 1 in a couple sections of Hood Canal

Sport fishing for flatfish will reopen July 1 in Quilcene and Dabob bays of Hood Canal. The daily limit will be 15 for flounder, sole, and other flatfish (except halibut). Open water areas include Marine Area 12 north of a true east line from the mouth of Turner Creek to the Toandos Peninsula in waters...