WEEKEND FISHING REPORT with Steve Kramer of KRAMER TACKLE & GUIDE
RECREATION REPORT FROM THE HOODSPORT VISITOR INFORMATION CENTER. 1 block west of Highway 101 on State Route 119. The visitor center provides information for both the Olympic National Forest and Park, along with local business and Olympic Peninsula tourist information. 150 N. Lake Cushman Rd., Hoodsport, WA 98548, (360) 877 2021
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THE WEEKENDER REPORT
The latest in fish and wildlife recreational opportunities across WA
City of Shelton Parks and Recreation
Options For Coastal Halibut Fishing Added, Shortens Puget Sound Season
OLYMPIA – Anglers will have three fewer days to catch halibut in Puget Sound when the season opens in May this year but will have more opportunities for halibut fishing off the southern coast of Washington.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) sets halibut seasons using catch quotas for 2014 adopted by the International Pacific Halibut Commission. This year’s recreational catch quota is 214,110 pounds for all of Washington’s areas.
“We’ve seen increased interest in Puget Sound halibut fishing in recent years,” said Heather Reed, WDFW coastal policy coordinator. “As a result, we went over our quota there last year.”
No ‘Early Winter’ Hatchery Steelhead This Spring Unless Legal Issues Resolved
OLYMPIA –The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will not release early winter hatchery steelhead into rivers around Puget Sound as planned this spring unless it can resolve issues raised in January by the Wild Fish Conservancy and restated in a lawsuit the group filed this week.
Phil Anderson said WDFW leaders made the “very difficult” decision last week under the threat of litigation by the Conservancy, a non-profit group based in Duvall, Wash. In late January, the group filed a 60-day notice of intent to sue the department over its management of early winter (Chambers Creek) steelhead hatchery programs.