SPRING SALMON on the North Fork of the Lewis River

Lewis river fishing guides prime spring salmon season begins in the month of April through the month of June focusing on King salmon. These fish range from 15-50+ Ibs. Spring salmon tend to be the most sought after and best tasting salmon on the west coast. The salmon are within hours of the salt water making them one of the hottest fighting fish you will ever catch. The local area Lewis River fishing guide have over 15 years of knowledge fishing spring salmon on the Lewis river. With their many years of experience they know habits and instincts of these fish to make your trip the most successful.

Spring Salmon caught on the Lower Lewis River.

FALL SALMON on the Lewis River in SW Washington

Robert begins fishing Fall Salmon on August 15 and it runs through December 31st. The fish range 10 to 30 lbs. with an occasional 40 to 50 pounder. These fish are very good biters which makes for an action packed day. Robert begins fishing for Fall King Salmon on the Rogue and Lewis river August 15 through the end of September. This time of year is usually fairly warm and only requires a T-shirt and shorts most of the time. Both of these rivers are big scenic rivers with beautiful fall colors. He then moves on to the Coquille and Coos rivers from the first of October through November 15th. The mornings and evenings are cool but for the most part of the day the weather is still warm. As some of the early winter rains start to come he begins fishing the Elk and Sixes rivers from November 15 through December 31st. These fish are some of the hottest hard fighting fall salmon to be found anywhere. Keep in mind this is Washington and rain gear may be needed.

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June 5, 2013

Lewis River re-opens to fishing for hatchery spring chinook  

Action:   Anglers may again keep hatchery spring chinook on the Lewis River including the North Fork. 

Effective date:   June 7 through July 31, 2013   

Species affected:   Chinook salmon

Location:   The mainstem Lewis from mouth to the mouth of the East Fork and the North Fork Lewis from the mouth of the East Fork to the overhead powerlines below Merwin Dam. 

Reason for action:   The hatchery brood stock goal has been met.    

Other information:   The salmon daily limit will be 6 hatchery chinook of which no more than 2 may be adults.  Release all salmon other than hatchery chinook.  Minimum size is 12 inches.  Barbless hooks are required to fish for salmon and steelhead. 

Information contact:   (360) 696-6211.  For latest information press *1010.

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

February 7, 2013

Spring chinook must be released on Lewis River;
portion of the North Fork will close to all fishing

Actions:   Lewis River anglers must release all spring chinook, and the North Fork Lewis will close to all fishing upstream from Johnson Creek.

Species affected:   Chinook salmon

Effective date and locations:   Effective Feb. 15, 2013 until further notice.

Until further notice, all chinook must be released on the mainstem Lewis River from the mouth upstream to the mouth of the East Fork. 

Until further notice, all chinook must be released on the North Fork Lewis River from mouth of the East Fork upstream to the overhead powerlines below Merwin Dam. 

Through May 31, 2013, fishing is closed for all species on the North Fork Lewis River from Johnson Creek (located downstream from the Lewis River Salmon Hatchery) upstream to Merwin Dam.

Reason for action: Spring chinook returns to the Lewis River are predicted to be below average in 2013. The expected returns are needed to provide for the hatchery escapement goals and do not provide sufficient numbers of fish for harvest. Hatchery returns will be monitored weekly to assess the strength of the returns.
Other information: Lewis spring chinook hatchery returns will be closely monitored in-season. 

The mainstem Lewis River and North Fork Lewis River from Johnson Creek downstream remain open to fishing for hatchery steelhead. The North Fork Lewis River from Johnson Creek upstream will reopen to fishing for hatchery steelhead June 1.   
Information contact: (360) 696-6211. For latest information press *1010.

Fall Salmon caught on the Sixes Rivers In southern Washington

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