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Saltwater Fishing Discussion / Lincod fishing
« on: May 19, 2017, 03:06:04 PM »
Well this may be a long shot but here goes... if anyone is heading out this weekend and has an open seat, I'll pitch in for gas, beer, food,... basically whatever it takes to get a seat. I'm all geared up and ready to go, just missing one thing; a boat.  PM me please.   8)

Forum and Community Announcements / 2017 Nooksack closure
« on: December 27, 2016, 04:43:35 PM »
Just got this from wdfw. Oh yay...

December 27, 2016

Closes the Nooksack River to fishing

Action: Close the Nooksack River and all forks to fishing.

Species affected: All species.

Locations and effective dates:

This closure is in effect beginning Jan. 1, 2017, until further notice in the following locations:

The Nooksack River, from the mouth to the confluence of the North and South Forks.

The North Fork Nooksack, from the mouth to Nooksack Falls.

The Middle Fork Nooksack, from the mouth to city of Bellingham diversion dam.

The South Fork Nooksack, from the mouth to Skookum Creek.

Reasons for action: The Kendall Creek Hatchery is expecting a very low return of hatchery winter steelhead this year as there were no hatchery releases of smolt in 2014 or 2015.

Other information: Salmon fisheries and gamefish fisheries will remain open as describe as listed in the Sport fishing Rules 2016/2017 pamphlet, until Jan. 1, 2017.

Information Contact: Mill Creek Regional Office, (425) 775-1311.

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet ( )for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

Fishing Discussion / Horrendous weather
« on: November 03, 2016, 04:28:47 PM »
This must have been the most horrendous October I can remember for fishing the rivers around here. Seems like it was blown out for almost the entire month, and seems to be continuing in November. I've been having some fun in BC, but really like fishing locally...

Hope all this precip at least translates into a good snow season at Baker.  :o

Forum and Community Announcements / Crab catch cards due Oct 1
« on: September 28, 2016, 12:26:03 PM »
Remember to submit your crab cards!

Forum and Community Announcements / WDFW Data breach
« on: September 06, 2016, 12:33:51 PM »
Not sure how many of you saw this.

License vendor to notify WDFW customers whose personal information
may have been compromised in data breach

OLYMPIA Buyers of Washington state hunting and fishing licenses whose personal information may have been compromised by a data breach will be notified and will receive identity protection services, officials of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) said today.

ACTIVE Network, the department's online hunting and fishing license sales vendor, has agreed to mail information as soon as possible to an estimated 1.5 million WDFW customers who created "customer profiles" in the license system before July 2006, said Peter Vernie, WDFW Licensing Division manager.

Personal information for approximately 2.4 million license buyers may have been compromised in the breach, but fewer people will be notified, WDFW officials said. For example, some former customers have died while others' profiles do not include enough information to enable the vendor to contact them.

Vernie said ACTIVE Network also has agreed to provide a customer call center and identity protection services to those whose data was potentially compromised. Details of those services will be provided in the notification letters, according to ACTIVE.

About two weeks ago, fish and wildlife agencies in Washington, Idaho, and Oregon, received messages from a person who claimed to have accessed customer data in the three states' systems, which are all operated by ACTIVE Network.

Investigation by WDFW, the state Office of Cyber Security (OCS), and federal law enforcement agencies, in collaboration with ACTIVE, confirmed that Washington's system vulnerability had been exploited to access personal information provided by customers who bought licenses before mid-2006. Information added to those accounts since then is also vulnerable, investigators reported.

Vulnerable information for Washington customers includes names, addresses, dates of birth, and the last four digits of their Social Security numbers. Some customers' driver's license numbers also were accessed, but there is no indication that credit card or other financial data was exposed, WDFW officials said.

At this time, investigators do not believe personal data is at risk for customers who made their first license purchase after June 2006. About 60 percent of WDFW's 6.6 million license customers fall into this category.

A statement today from ACTIVE Network said within 15 hours of learning of the incident, the vendor conducted a "full security sweep" of the system and released an update designed to address the reported threat. The company said it also arranged for a review by an independent, highly regarded cybersecurity firm.

WDFW halted online license sales on Aug. 22 and suspended all license transactions the following day, while information technology specialists investigated the incident and the system's security.

The department restored sales through its network of about 600 retail vendors on Saturday, Aug. 27, and resumed telephone sales through its customer service center on Monday, Aug. 29. In both cases, OCS, WDFW, and external IT specialists tested the systems repeatedly to ensure their security. Vendor and telephone sales account for more than 80 percent of total license sales.

The investigation into the data breach is ongoing, and online license sales remain suspended. Additional information, including advice for people who are concerned about the security of their personal data, is available on WDFW's website at

Looks like a deal was made.


OLYMPIA State and tribal leaders today reached an agreement on Puget Sound fisheries that is expected to pave the way toward opening summer salmon seasons and waters recently closed to recreational fishing.

The co-managers agreed on this year's Puget Sound salmon seasons after several weeks of extended negotiations. Anticipated low numbers of salmon especially coho returning to Puget Sound made this year's negotiations challenging.

Agreement on fishing seasons is a key step in obtaining a joint federal permit required to conduct fisheries in Puget Sound waters, where some fish stocks are protected under the federal Endangered Species Act.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) closed many Puget Sound-area waters to fishing on May 1, after the previous federal authorization to conduct fisheries expired.

"We plan to re-open those waters as soon as we have federal approval," said John Long, salmon fisheries policy lead for WDFW. "We anticipate getting the new permit within a few weeks."

More information on the fisheries that closed May 1 is available on the department's website at

In the meantime, anglers can begin making plans to fish for salmon this summer in Puget Sound-area waters, where most of those fisheries will target hatchery chinook. Salmon fisheries throughout the Puget Sound area will be constrained to protect coho salmon and other weak salmon stocks, Long said.

"Conservation is key in developing these fisheries, especially in a year with such low returns expected back to the Sound," Long said. "We worked hard to meet those conservation needs and provide fisheries that are meaningful for both state and tribal fishers."

Changes in Puget Sound salmon fisheries since last summer can be found on WDFW's website at, where information on Washington's salmon fisheries in ocean waters and the Columbia River also is available. Some of those changes include:

Marine Area 10 (Seattle/Bremerton) will be open from July 16 to Aug. 15, or when the quota of 1,395 fish is met. The area was closed last summer to chinook retention. Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet) will be open on the same dates as Marine Area 10, but also could close sooner if the quota of 3,056 fish is met.
There will be no coho fisheries in marine areas of Puget Sound, with the exception of Hood Canal, where sufficient coho are forecast to return.
WDFW is closing some rivers and marine areas to all salmon fishing during September and October, the peak months for coho salmon to return to Puget Sound. Rivers slated for closures include the Skagit, Stillaguamish and Nisqually. Lakes Washington and Sammamish also will be closed to fishing during those months.
The lower mainstem of the Skokomish River will be closed to non-tribal fishing this year due to a claim by the tribe that the river is part of the Skokomish Reservation and public access is prohibited. WDFW is working to evaluate this claim. The closed area includes the section of river from the Tacoma Public Utilities power lines (near the mouth of the river) upstream to the Bonneville Power Administration power lines (upstream and west of Highway 101). The department advises anglers to observe this closure of the state's fishery that will be monitored by WDFW police.
More details on salmon seasons in Puget Sound and other areas of Washington will be available on WDFW's website at later this month.

For information on tribal fisheries, contact the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (

Fishing Discussion / Lake Terrell bouys and no trespassing signs
« on: May 26, 2016, 09:25:08 AM »
Does anyone know what the deal is with the bouys and no trespassing signs at the southeast end of the lake? I haven't stopped and read the signs too closely but am curious if anyone knows what that's about.

Fishing Reports / Bass 2016
« on: April 10, 2016, 08:21:31 PM »
With this nice weather we've been having I decided to go bass fishing for the first time today and hit Terrell for a few hours. Landed one, lost three. The one I landed was about a 2 pounder.  Lots of other people had the same idea to go hit the lake for bass too.

My camera batteries were dead so no pics of the bass from today. I'm getting excited for more bass action this year though! Here's a pic from last year on Whatcom.

Fishing Discussion / Reading a BC river guage
« on: January 20, 2016, 06:50:20 PM »
I'm wondering if any of you BC regulars can help me out with this one. Trying to convert the cubic meters used on BC gauges to CFS. For example I pulled the recent flow of 34 cubic meters into a conversion app, which shows 34 cubic meters = 1200 cubic feet. So that's the CFS equivalent? I'm just not sure if I'm oversimplifying it or trying to make it harder than it is...

Fishing Reports / Nooksack 2016
« on: January 04, 2016, 09:54:25 AM »
I swung flies for a few hours Sunday, only managed to swing up a late coho. Gave me quite a thrill for a second as it took nice and plucky like a shy steelhead. Rivers in nice shape for sure.

I'm sure others have been out recently too, but it's been pretty quiet here lately. Figured I'd start a thread for the new year.

Forum and Community Announcements / Nooksack river re-opens
« on: December 24, 2015, 09:25:20 AM »
Just go the email from WDFW (actually yesterday afternoon) that they are re-opening the Nooksack north, middle, and rest of the river to hatchery steelhead retention on Christmas day.  Merry Christmas!

Fishing Reports / MOVED: Chum up the Nooksack?
« on: October 06, 2015, 03:51:27 PM »

WDFW Fishing Rule Change: Fishing closed in areas of Nooksak River Basin due to drought

August 27, 2015

Fishing closed in areas of Nooksak River Basin due to drought

Action: Closes current seasons for game fish, and upcoming salmon seasons in select areas of the Nooksack Basin.

Species affected:  All species.


1)   North Fork Nooksack from the mouth to North Fork Falls
2)   All tributaries draining into the North Fork Nooksack from the mouth to North Fork Falls
3)   The Middle Fork Nooksack from mouth to the City of Bellingham Diversion Dam
4)   All tributaries draining into the Middle Fork Nooksack from the mouth to the Diversion Dam
5)   The mainstem Nooksack from Slater Road to the forks.

Effective dates: Immediately until further notice.

Previously announced restrictions and closures remain in effect on the following Nooksack Basin reaches and tributaries:

1)   South Fork Nooksack from the mouth to Skookum Creek.
2)   South Fork Nooksack from Wanlick Creek upstream, including Wanlick Creek and all tributaries.

Reasons for action: Nooksack spring chinook are experiencing high pre-spawn mortality rates and cannot enter the South Fork Nooksack due to extremely low flows and high water temperatures.

Other information: Anglers are reminded that the South Fork Nooksack from Skookum Creek to Wanlick Creek is closed by permanent rules. Angling for salmon and gamefish will reopen as listed in the Sport Fishing Rules 2015/2016 pamphlet edition, FISHING IN WASHINGTON, in the above described reaches when the concern has passed, or when spring chinook spawning is completed.

Information Contact: Brett Barkdull 360-466-4345 x 270

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet ( )for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

Fishing Reports / Whidbey Island beaches
« on: August 19, 2015, 11:29:27 AM »
Anyone been fishing Whidbey Island beaches recently?

Fishing Reports / 2015 Skagit pinks
« on: August 01, 2015, 07:38:52 PM »
Tried below my Vernon for 4 hours this afternoon. Covered a lot of water, saw some rollers and caught zero fish. Talked to a few other boats that put in more hours and got skunked too, but also heard of some people catching fish in the morning.
Anyone else fish it?

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