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Thursday, April 10, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page B:7 WDFW stocking trout, kokanee for opener STAFF REPORT of lakes on both sides of the June. All opening day lakes news@masoncounty.com Cascades. will be stocked prior to the Those fish include 2.3 opener on April 26. Washington's biggest million catchable trout, nearly To put this in perspective, fishing day of the year -- the 115,000 jumbo trout weighing if the catchable trout being lowland lakes trout opener up to 11 pounds apiece, and released were laid end to -- is April 26, and state fish more than 50,000 triploid end, they would stretch from hatchery crews are getting trout averaging 1 pounds Westport to Spokane. ready by releasing millions of each. Millions of carry-over "With this many fish catchable fish in lakes across trout that were stocked last planted, families should enjoy the state, year and have grown to a great fishing season all For this year's fishing catchable size will also be across the state, so come on season, the Washington available in lakes throughout out and fish, Washington." Department of Fish and the state, said Chris Donley, WDFW Wildlife (WDFW) plans to Crews began this year's inland fish program manager. plant nearly 16.5 million trout stocking program in March Donley reminds anglers to and kokanee in hundreds and will continue through make sure they have a current Washington freshwater fishing license, valid through March 31, 2015. Licenses can be purchased online at fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov; by telephone at 1-866-246-9453; or from about 700 license dealers across the state. For license vendor locations, go to the WDFW website at wdfw. wa.gov/licensing/vendors. Freshwater fishing licenses cost $29.50 for resident adults age 16 to 69. Fifteen-year-olds fishing license for $7.50. Children 14 years of age and younger do not need a fishing license. The department's Fish Washington website, available from the department's homepage wdfw.wa.gov, provides the whens, wheres and how-tos of fishing throughout the state. Fish stocking details, by county and lake, are available in the annual stocking plan can buy a license for $8.05, on WDFW's website at and seniors 70 and older can wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/ buy an annual freshwater statewide. Anglers get more time to catch chinook on lower Columbia STAFF REPORT news@masoncoun com Columbia River anglers will get at least six more days to catch hatchery- reared spring chinook salmon below Bonneville Dam under an agreement between fishery managers from Wash- ington and Oregon. Through that decision, sport fishing will remain open through April 14 in the lower river. The initial sport-fishing season was scheduled to close April 7. The six-day extension will give an- glers another chance to catch hatchery- reared spring chinook still available for harvest, said Ron Roler, Columbia River policy coordinator for the Wash- ington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). "Fishing conditions on the Colum- bia River have been pretty rough in recent weeks," Roler said. "These ex- tra fishing days will give anglers some time to make up for the high, turbid river conditions that have held the sport catch well below the harvest guideline." Prior to the season, fishery manag- ers projected the catch through April 7 at 12,000 chinook, including a maxi- mum of 10,100 upriver fish. "River conditions have been improv- ing and we hope that trend continues next week," Roler said. The area open for spring chinook fishing extends from Buoy 10 upriver to Beacon Rock for boat and bank an- glers, and to the fishing boundary be- low Bonneville Dam for bank anglers only. When the fishery is open, an- glers can retain one marked, hatchery- reared adult chinook salmon as part of their daily limit. Anglers fishing for spring chinook may also retain shad and hatchery- reared steelhead, although all wild Your Local Tides for the week of A ril 0 through April 17, 2014 ALLYN I Case inlet 10 3:48am 12.9 Thu 10:27arn 4.8 3:30pm 10.6 9:42pm 2.9 14 5:37am 13.7 Mon 12:18pm 1.0 6:34pm 13.1 11 4:19am 13.1 12 4:45am 13.3 13 5:lOam 13.5 Fri 10:56am 3.9 Sat 11:22am 3.0 Sun 11:49am 2.0 4:25pm 11.2 5:11pm 11.9 S:54prn 12.5 10:29pm 3.2 11:11prn 3.4 11.50pm 3.8 15 12:28am 4.3 16 1:08am 4.8 17 1:49am 5.4 Tue 6:0Sam 13.8 Wed 6:3Sam 13.8 Thu 7:09am 13.8 12:51pm 0.0 1:27pm -0.8 2:06pm -1.3 7:16pm 13.7 7:59pm 14.0 8:45pm 14.2 SHELTON I Oakland Bay 10 4:26am 12.9 1 1 4:57am 13.1 12 5:23am 13.3 1 3 12:17am 3.0 Thu 11:33am 4.1 Fri 12:02pm 3.3 Sat 12:28pm 2.5 Sun 5:48am 135 4:08pm 10.6 5:03pm 11.2 5:49pm 11.9 12:55pm 1.7 10:48pm 2.5 11:35pm 2.7 6:32pm 12.5 14 12:56am 3.3 15 1:34am 3.7 16 2:14am 4:2 17 2:55am 4.6 Mon 6:1Sam 13.7 Tue 6:43am 13.8 Wed 7:13am 13.8 Thu 7:47am 13.8 1:24pm 0.8 1:57pm 0.0 2:33pm .0.7 3:12pm -1.1 7:12pm 13.1 7:54pm 13.7 8:37pm 14.0 9:23pm 14.2 UNION I Hood Canal 10 2:42am 11.0 11 3:18am 11.2 Thu 8:43am 5.0 Fri 9:25am 4.0 2:33pm 8.8 3:28pm 9.4 8:30pm 3.0 9:18pm 3.2 14 4:48am 11.4 15 S:12am 11.3 Mon 11:15am 1.1 Tue 11:50am 0.4 5:48prn 11.2 6:32prn 11.6 11:30prn 4.2 12 Sat 16 Wed 3:51am 11.3 13 4:21am 11.4 lO:03am 3.0 Sun lO:40am 2.0 4:18pm 10.1 5:04pro 10.7 lO:04pm 3.4 10:48pm 3.8 12:12am 4.8 17 12:SSam 5.4 5:35am 11.1 Thu 6:00am 11.0 12:25pm -0.2 l:02pm -0.5 7:17pm 11.9 8:05pm 12.0 THE SUN and THE MOON 10 11 12 13 14 Sunrise 6:34am 6:32am 6:30am 6:28am 6:26am Sunset 7:SSpm 7:56pm 7:57pm 7:59pm 8:00pm Moonrise 3:28prn 2:41pm 3:39pm 4:39pm 6:40pro Moonset 4:07am 6:45am 3:19am 5:49am 6:16am FulI Moon April 15 thejournal 15 16 17 6:24am 6:22am 6:20am 8:02pro 8:03pm 8:04prn 6:43pm 7:46pm 8:51pm 6:43am 7:08am 7:35am Tidal Information courtesy NOAA I Astronomical Data courtesy U.S. Naval Observatory steelhead not marked as a hatchery fish by a clipped adipose fin must be re- leased unharmed. Roler noted that anglers may get another chance to catch hatchery spring chinook later this spring, when fishery managers update the run fore- cast. Approximately 227,000 upriver fish were projected to return to the Co- lumbia River this year, but the fishery has been managed with a 30 percent "buffer" to guard against overharvest- ing the run. "If the fish return at or above expec- tations, we will look at providing addi- tional days of fishing on the river later in spring," Roler said. The fishing extension in the lower Columbia River does not affect the spring chinook season above Bonnev- ille Dam, currently open through May 9 under regulations described on WD- FW's website at wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/ regulations. Photo courtesy of wdfw.com Anglers will have more time to catch chinook salmon, like this 35-pounder, on the lower Columbia River. GET YOUR RECREATION PERMIT Hunt, fish and explore private land less than 30 minutes from Olympia. 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