Who's fishing? WA regs are insane, here's a few rivers and regs to help you out!

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  1. formerguide

    formerguide Active Member

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    So, quite a few waters are already open, some which we didn't even know here at the shop until we waded through the regs.

    Thought you guys might like a little head's up as well, Joe was kind enough to do the lifting/research on this prior to his trip to Hawaii (he should have tales of 10lb bonefish by this time next week!)

    Anyway, hope that this helps if you were wondering where to wet a line in the upcoming days!

    Dan


    Already open:
    Wallace, S. Prairie, Dechutes, Upper Nisqually, Quillayute, Sol Duc below the hatchery, Cispus, Cowlitz, E. Fork Lewis, Kalama, CLe Elum, Methow in various areas, Rocky Ford, and the Yakima.
    Opening on Sun:
    Queets, Hoh (in the park), Skagit, Cascade, Skykomish and the Klickitat.

    Pretty much everything else opens on Sat the 7th!

    FYI- of course, PLEASE double check the regs prior to any outing!
     
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  2. Checkthisout

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    Thanks for the summary post!
     
  3. Freestone

    Freestone Not to be confused with freestoneangler

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    Actually, there are tons of streams that opened the Saturday before Memorial Day. For instance, in E WA alone, I think about 97 streams or sections of streams opened last weekend. To find this took just a few seconds and I didn't count them - I let the computer do it.

    Here's a trick to find them fast:
    • Open/download the Regs. online.
    • Look on the left margin for the Binoculars - this is the search icon.
    • Type in a search term: for instance, I typed in "Memorial". What I got was a list of every time Memorial shows up in the Regs, as in "Opens the Sat. before Memorial Day"
    • Clicking on each item returned takes you to the page with the term highlighted.
    It's not perfect and does miss some words. You also have to be careful to type the term as it appears in the Regs. For instance, typing "June 1" shows no results. However, typing "June 1-" shows everything. Why? Well in the Regs, "June 1-Oct. 31" is typed with no spaces between the 1 and -.

    You can also just download a section of the Regs at a time if you want to narrow your search say to just Coastal Rivers or E WA, etc. I like to fish for Brook Trout so you can also do searches on things like EBT as sometimes they show up. Anyway, play around with it and you'd be surprised how easy it is to look stuff up.
     
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  4. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    On the Wallace being open. If you get a chance to fish it, be sure to wear your waders even in the summer time. I wet waded it one time in the summer time and liked to have froze my ass off. The river is the coldest one I have ever wet waded except for Sloan Creek. This one shrivels up your balls and doesn't let go until you get in a hot shower. LOL
     
  5. Smalma

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    FYI -
    The list provided by FormerGuide is far from accurate. Before fishing a river be sure to check the whole river; it is common for varies sections of a river to open at different times due to complexities due to anadromous fish concerns. Not only the season on various sections may vary there also can different bag limits on different species and in some cases gear restrictions.

    A couple of examples -
    Skagit -
    the lower river (below Mt Vernon) has been open since the first of March.
    The majority of the river opens June first
    The upper most section does not open until the first Saturday of June

    Cascade -
    The lower most section opens June first and spring Chinook are legal
    The rest of the river does not open until the first Saturday of June and salmon are not legal

    Wallace -
    The upper section (above anadromous waters) opened the first Saturday before Memorial Day
    The lower piece opens the first Saturday of June
    A middle chunk opens Sept. 16
    the upper most anadromous piece opens Nov. first

    In short be sure to do your own homework (paper copies of the fishing Sport Fishing rules can be found at most sporting good stories and electronic on WDFW's site) otherwise you may have an unpleasant encounter with WDFW enforcement.

    Curt
     
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  6. papafsh

    papafsh Piscatorial predilection

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    Also the north and south forks of the Skykomish don't open till June 7th. Have a copy of the regs with you at all times, an attorney to translate them is also a good idea...;)

    LB
     
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  7. Dan Nelson

    Dan Nelson Hiker, Fisher, Writer, Bum

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    I know that some folks think the regs are overly complicated but I don't understand that. I for one would rather see regs that consider each individual body of water and its specific needs rather than have a blanket state-wide policy that ignores the unique nature of our fisheries. Frankly, if anyone seriously thinks the WA regulations are too hard to understand, they probably should spend more time in remedial English and less time fishing. It's really not that complicated.
     
  8. papafsh

    papafsh Piscatorial predilection

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    Hey Dan, get off that high horse buddy, my comment about getting an attorney to understand the reg's was a joke. Perhaps you didn't see the smiley face at the end?
    Frankly, I don't give a damn what you think, but I still recommend always having a copy of the reg's at hand. Just in case you can't afford a lawyer:p

    LB
     
  9. Alex MacDonald

    Alex MacDonald Dr. of Doomology

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    Sue, I tried this; downloaded and opened the fishing regs, and there wasn't any binocular icon anywhere on the page, either in the main page or in the PDF of 138 pages (which is complete idiocy by the way!).

    I can't believe these twits feel the need to write-every single year-a dissertation on fishing!
     
  10. tkww

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    But reading is hard! :(
     
  11. DennisE

    DennisE Topwater and tying.

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    Must be using a different app/version of the reader. Apple maybe?
    In Windows 7 with Adobe Reader XI (current version) you can either go to the Edit menu, then Find, or hit Ctrl-F.
    I didn't have any problems doing a search of "June 1" with no trailing space except that it also found June 15.
     
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    I don't understand the logic. What's the point of having three different opening dates within a week of the other? Sat before Memorial, June1st, and June7? Why not all on the Sat before Memorial, does a week or two really make that much of a difference?
     
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    I don't understand this either. I don't remember if this was new last year or this year. It was June 1 for the longest time, then they switched they switched to the "first Saturday of June" for whatever lame reason, and now they've included a May opener too. They could have just stuck to June 1 for all of it....
     
  14. msteudel

    msteudel Mark Steudel

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    It's too bad they don't expose the regs in sort sort of computer readable format. Someone enterprising could re organize things so it's clearer ...
     
  15. Chris Bellows

    Chris Bellows Your Preferred WFF Poster

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    bingo, everytime you see a fishery opening date get changed and therefore more crowded (june opener, area 3/4 halibut) it is always some whiny bitches who want everyone to suffer because their schedules or their damn snotty nosed brats schedules don't work with the status quo. i've never understood the envy that creates the need to force others to suffer because you cannot get out and fish on opening day. maybe they like the gold rush like crowded conditions they have created. you can usually avoid the crowds with some work, but some fisheries have been destroyed by this line of thinking and wdfw was even warned before hand by those with the most knowledge of the fisheries.