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Lake Washington to Open for Coho
Anglers will have the opportunity to fish for coho salmon in Lake Washington starting Sept. 16, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced yesterday.
WDFW initially planned to keep Lake Washington closed to salmon fishing due to the low number of coho forecast to return to the watershed this year, however, the number of fish passing through the Ballard Locks in early September indicates a much stronger run of coho than anticipated, said Kyle Adicks, salmon fisheries policy lead for WDFW in a written release.
“We now expect far more coho to return than forecast to Lake Washington, allowing for some salmon fishing opportunity,” Adicks said.
Oregon to Soon Resume Online License Sales After Data Breach
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) officials hope to begin selling fishing and hunting licenses and tags online again within the next few days, the department has announced. Active Network, the application owner and operator of the system, today told ODFW that the system is undergoing final security testing. License sales were earlier suspended after a data breach which potentially exposed millions of license purchasers personal information in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Washington had previously resumed license sales.
“We understand the inconvenience, frustration and anxiety this incident has caused for our customers, specifically in terms of security of their personal information” said Bill Herber, ODFW Deputy Director for Administration. “Our focus now is to help our customers work through this.”
Licenses and tags can still be purchased at more than 500 businesses statewide and also at ODFW offices. These computer terminals used to sell licenses and tags at businesses and ODFW offices are separate from the online system.
Monroe Boat Launch to Close for Renovations
A popular public boat launch on the Snoqualmie River near Monroe is scheduled to close Sept. 8-9 for repairs to the boat ramp. Starting Sept. 8, the High Bridge Water Access Site will be closed to the public while a crew replaces damaged boat ramp planks. The access site is located 4.5 miles south of Monroe on Crescent Lake Road.
Alternate launch sites in the vicinity include WDFW’s Lewis Street Water Access Site on the Skykomish River and the City of Duvall’s Taylor Landing on the Snoqualmie River.
Seattle Number 10 on List of Top Cities for Boaters
Redfin and Discovery Boating have released a list of the “Top Ten Cities for Boaters.” The list, based on a calculation which takes into consideration regions have the most waterfront property for sale, the longest boating seasons, the largest boating communities and other factors, is topped by Naples, Florida, with Baton Rouge and Jacksonville, Florida following in the number two and three spots, respectively. Seattle comes in at ten on the list.
Lake Washington image courtesy Tradnor.