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Washington's snowpack is in bad shape this year and many areas are facing drought conditions.

WA’s lackluster snowpack draws concerns, especially on the Olympic Peninsula

Washington's snowpack is in bad shape this year and many areas are facing drought conditions.

March 7, 2024, 7:36am Latest News

Not since 2015 has Washington’s snowpack fallen so far below normal. Read story

Nancy Erickson of Tacoma, left, joins Courtney Liu, also of Tacoma, for a one-day chance for smelt dipping on the Cowlitz River on Tuesday afternoon. At top, a young fisherman gets a hands-on experience with a slippery smelt.

Smelt lovers, feathered, furred and gaiter-wearing, go for a dip in Cowlitz Rivervideo icon

Nancy Erickson of Tacoma, left, joins Courtney Liu, also of Tacoma, for a one-day chance for smelt dipping on the Cowlitz River on Tuesday afternoon. At top, a young fisherman gets a hands-on experience with a slippery smelt.

March 6, 2024, 2:02pm Clark County Life

Thousands of eager anglers lined the banks of the Cowlitz River from Kelso to Castle Rock on Tuesday hoping to score a net full of smelt. Read story

The clams dug in 2023 have been smaller than the past two seasons. This limit of 15 was taken south of the Oysterville Approach at the north end of Long Beach Peninsula.

WDFW approves 11 days of razor clam digs on Washington coast

The clams dug in 2023 have been smaller than the past two seasons. This limit of 15 was taken south of the Oysterville Approach at the north end of Long Beach Peninsula.

March 1, 2024, 3:40pm Latest News

Razor clam diggers can look forward to more digging opportunities on coastal beaches beginning March 7, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) coastal shellfish managers confirmed today. Read story

A smelt dip on the Cowlitz River brings about a festival atmosphere as folks gather to have fun, and hopefully end up with a mess of smelt.

Additional 1-day smelt dip set for Tuesday, March 5 on Cowlitz River

A smelt dip on the Cowlitz River brings about a festival atmosphere as folks gather to have fun, and hopefully end up with a mess of smelt.

March 1, 2024, 3:36pm Latest News

There will be another opportunity to dip for smelt in the Cowlitz River as the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has approved an additional one-day recreational fishery from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5. Read story

Mindi Eleazer, the wife of fishing guide Matt Eleazer, with a fine spring Chinook salmon she took from the Columbia River.

Shorter Spring Chinook season off and running

Mindi Eleazer, the wife of fishing guide Matt Eleazer, with a fine spring Chinook salmon she took from the Columbia River.

February 24, 2024, 6:03am Editor's Choice

Oregon and Washington state fisheries managers have finalized and announced the recreational spring Chinook salmon season on the Columbia River for 2024. Anglers will get to fish the big river for these highly prized fish through April 5. Read story

A Columbia River angler with a nice spring Chinook taken in the reach below Bonneville Dam while fishing with East Fork Outfitters. The spring Chinook seasons were released by the states on Wednesday.

Field Notes: Comments sought for setting salmon seasons

A Columbia River angler with a nice spring Chinook taken in the reach below Bonneville Dam while fishing with East Fork Outfitters. The spring Chinook seasons were released by the states on Wednesday.

February 23, 2024, 5:00pm Outdoors

Fishery managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife have scheduled several opportunities for the public to participate in setting state-managed salmon seasons in 2024-2025, beginning with a hybrid statewide forecast meeting on March 1. Read story

The clams dug in 2023 have been smaller than the past two seasons. This limit of 15 was taken south of the Oysterville Approach at the north end of Long Beach Peninsula.

Field Notes: Clam digs set for next week

The clams dug in 2023 have been smaller than the past two seasons. This limit of 15 was taken south of the Oysterville Approach at the north end of Long Beach Peninsula.

February 17, 2024, 6:02am Outdoors

Razor clam diggers will have opportunities to hit the beaches starting next week, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish managers confirmed Thursday. Read story

Much of the funding allocated through the Great American Outdoors Act helped improve trails and facilities overseen by the U.S. Forest Service, which oversees the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and the Lewis River Recreation Area.

Projects in Washington get a boost from federal act

Much of the funding allocated through the Great American Outdoors Act helped improve trails and facilities overseen by the U.S. Forest Service, which oversees the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and the Lewis River Recreation Area.

February 17, 2024, 6:01am Outdoors

Washington reaped its fair share of benefits from the 2020 Great American Outdoors Act. Read story