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North Olympic Peninsula rivers closing to fishing due to summer heat

Another river system has taken a hit from the heat wave, and will soon be closed to all fishing. In the northern Olympic Peninsula, the Sol Duc, Bogachiel, Calawah, and Dickey rivers, and all their tributaries, and the upper 475 yards of the Quillayute River will close Saturday (Aug. 1) until further notice to all...

Anglers must release chinook in Tulalip Bubble Fishery beginning this Friday

Low numbers of chinook returning to the Snohomish river system has prompted state Fish and Wildlife to announce an emergency closure to the catch-and-keep chinook fishing in the Tulalip Bubble Fishery. Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 31 until further notice, anglers who fish in the bubble fishery will need to release all chinook....

Oregon Fish and Wildlife Columbia River fishing reports

COLUMBIA RIVER FISHING REPORTS Weekend Fishing Opportunities: Angling for summer Chinook, sockeye and summer steelhead is open through Friday July 31, between the Astoria-Megler Bridge and the OR/WA border above McNary Dam. The fall salmon season opens Saturday August 1, from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam (see Sport Fishing Regulation...

AP Investigation: Olympic teams to swim, boat in Rio’s filth

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Athletes in next year's Summer Olympics here will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games, an Associated Press investigation has found. An AP analysis of water quality revealed dangerously high levels of viruses...