Category Archives: Hunting

Fishing & Hunting Report: Razor Clam Season Tentatively Scheduled; Anglers Hope for Rain

By Kimberly Mason For The Chronicle WDFW has tentatively scheduled a razor-clam dig in mid-October, the first of the fall season, for Oct. 13 at four ocean beaches, provided upcoming marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat. They will announce final approval of that plan about a week before the dig is set to start, said Dan Ayres, WDFW’s coastal shellfish manager. “We’re still in the process of determining additional fall and winter digging opportunities, but we wanted to give people a…

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Fishing & Hunting Report: Huckleberry Harvest Approaches; Kokanee Limits Increase in Merwin

By Kimberly Mason For The Chronicle Commercial huckleberry permits for the Gifford Pinchot National Forest will be available beginning August 13. A normal to good berry season is expected this year. Berries at lower elevations are just starting to ripen. At higher elevations, berries will ripen a little later. Huckleberry harvest for personal use remains free, and no permit is required. Personal use consists of three gallons of huckleberries per person per year.

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Fishing & Hunting: Head to the Beach and into the Ocean for the Best Action

By Kimberly Mason For The Chronicle A reminder that anglers fishing ocean waters off Neah Bay (Marine Area 4) will be restricted to one Chinook as part of their daily limit of two salmon is in order. The rule came down from WDFW in mid-July. Their thought in the decrease is to “increase the likelihood of providing a season-long fishery.” We had been allowed to retain two Chinook a day since July 1. But an unusually strong start to the fishing season prompted fishery managers…

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Fishing & Hunting Report: Columbia Big Opener Just Around the Corner

By Kimberly Mason For The Chronicle June 16 is the big opening day for Columbia River fans on the hunt for summer Chinook, hatchery steelhead and sockeye salmon. Pre-season forecasts anticipate a strong run of 91,200 summer chinook and an even stronger run of 462,000 sockeye this year, said Joe Hymer, a fish biologist for the WDFW. “This year’s fishery offers anglers a chance to catch chrome bright trophy-sized fish weighing up to 40 pounds,” Hymer said. “There’s a good reason why these fish are…

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