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Thursday, July 3, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page B-5 Fishing, crabbing heat up in Washington Experts predict strong salmon run on Columbia STAFF REPORT news@masoncoun corn Summer fishing seasons are now in full swing, requiring anglers to make some tough decisions about how to spend their time on the water. Salmon, steelhead, crab, and trout, bass and walleye -- all are now available for harvest in various waters around the state. But for thousands of anglers, noth- ing beats the thrill of reeling in a big, feisty salmon. Many are doing just that as waves of chinook move south along the Washington coast, then east into Puget Sound, coastal streams and the Columbia River. "With strong salmon runs predicted for the Columbia River this year, ocean fishing is likely "to remain productive through the summer," said Wendy Beeghley, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) fisheries bi- ologist for the coastal region. Several marine areas of Puget Sound opened to salmon fishing July 1, joining other salmon fisheries already in prog- ress. Some westside rivers, including the Bogacheil, Calawah and Nisqually, also opened for salmon fishing that day, and Baker Lake in Whatcom County opens for sockeye salmon July 10. Summer steelhead are another op- tion -- notably in the Columbia River and many of its tributaries -- where 281,000 adult fish are expected to move upriver in the coming weeks. As al- ways, anglers are required to release any wild, unmarked steelhead they intercept in the fishery, which extends from the mouth of the Columbia to the Canadian Border. Fishing regulations for these and other fisheries are described in WDFVv's Fishing in Washington rule pamphlet, available from sporting goods stores and posted online at wdfw. wa.gov/fishing/regulations. Rather catch some crab? All but one marine area in Puget Sound will be open for crab fishing beginning July 3. The exception is Marine Area 7, where the crab fishery opens July 17 in the area's southern portion (San Juan Is- lands/Bellingham) and Aug. 15 in the northern portion (Gulf of Georgia). See wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/crab for all crab-fishing rules. Meanwhile, WDFW land managers are urging everyone planning to spend time outdoors this month to take pre- cautions to avoid sparking a wildfire. Unattended campfires, fireworks, hot vehicle mufflers, careless disposal of cigarettes and outdoor burning are all common causes-of wildfires in the state. Fireworks are prohibited at all 32 WDFW wildlife areas and 700 wa- ter access sites around the state. The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has also issued a summer burn ban that prohibits camp- fires in most WDFW forested areas. For more information about fisl- ing and wildlife viewing available this month, see the Weekender Regional Reports posted on WDFW's website at wdfw.wa.gov/weekender. These reports are updated through- out the month to provide up-to-date information about recreational oppor- tunities around the state. Photo courtesy of WDFW Several marine areas of Puget Sound are open to salmon fishing. GET YOUR RECREATION PERMIT Hunt, fish and explore private land less than 30 minutes from Olympia. Secure your access to bicj game and bird hunting and fishing on 24,000 acres of forest land. Motorized permits are only $250. Your Local Tides for the week of July 3 through July 10, 2014 ALLYN J Case inlet 3 5:05am 4.8 4 S:54am 4.1 5 6:45am 3.3 6 12:24am 13.9 Thu lO:07arn 10.0 Fri 11:12am 9.5 Sat 12:27pm 9.4 Sun 7:37am 2.3 4:20pm 2.2 5:03pm 3.5 5:52pm 4.8 1:51pm 9.7 11:06pm 14.4 11:44pm 14.2 6:53pm 6.0 7 1:06am 13.8 8 1:50am 13.7 9 2:37am 13.8 10 3:2Sam 14.0 Mort 8:27am 1.2 Tue 9:16am 0.0 Wed lO:03am -1.2 Tbu 10:49am -2.2 3:17pm 10.5 4:28pm 11.6 5:22prn 12.7 6:05pro 13.1 8:05pm 7.0 9:18pm 7.5 10:23pm 7.7 11:20pm 7.5 SHELTON I Oakland Bay 3 6:11arn 4.1 4 7:00am 3.5 5 12:22am 14.2 6 1:02am 13.9 Thu 10:45am 10.0 Fri 11:50arn 9.5 Sat 7:51am 2.8 Sun 8:43am 1:9 5:26pm 1.9 6:09pm 3.0 l:0Spm 9.4 2:29prn 9.7 11:44prn 14.4 6:SSprn 4.1 7:59pm 5.2 7 1:44am 13.8 8 2:28am 13.7 9 3:1Sam 13.8 10 4:03am 14.0 Mon 9:33pm 1.0 Tue 10:22am 0.0 Wed 11:19am -1.0 Thu 11:55am -1.9 3:SSpm 10.5 5:06pm 11.6 6:00pm 12.7 6:43pm 13.7 9:11prn 6.0 10:24pm 6.5 11:29pm 6.6 UNION I Hood Canal 3 4:1Sam S.0 4 Thu 8:38am 7.5 Fri 3:09pm 2.5 10:19pm 11.6 1 7:30am 1.2 8 Mon 2:37pm 8.6 Tue 7:05pm 6.8 5:04am 4.3 5 S:54am 3.4 6 6:43am 2.3 lO:03pm 7.1 Sat 11:52am 7.1 Sun 1:25pm 7.7 3:51pm 3.7 4:41pm 4.9 S:49pm 6.0 10:47pm 11.4 11:15prn 11.2 11:48pm 11.1 12:28am 11.0 9 1:1Sam 11.0 10 2:0Sam 11.1 8:15am 0.0 Wed 9:01am -1.1 Thu 9:46am -2.2 3:36pm 9.7 4:25pm 10.8 5:11pm 11.8 8:16prn 7.2 9:21pm 7.4 10:19pm 7.2 THE SUN and THE MOON 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Sunrise 5:22am 5:23am 5:23am 5:24am 5:25am 5:26am 5:26am 5:27am Sunset 9:11pm 9:llpm 9:11pm 9:10pm 9:10pm 9:09pm 9:09pro 9:08pm Moonrise 11:52am 12:54prn 1:57pm 3:02prn 4:08pm 5:15pm 6:21pm 7:22pm Moonset l:02arn 1:34pm 2:11arn 2:55am 3:48am First quarter July 5, Full moon July 12 thejournal Tidal Information courtesy NOAA I Astronom cal Data courtesy U S. 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