Ashley Caldwell, a WDFW Scientific Technician, and Randy Osborne, a WDFW District Fish Biologist, with a large lake whitefish. There are numerous lakes, reservoirs and waterways in eastern Washington where you can catch lake whitefish. Photo courtesy of Danny Garrett, WDFW.

Gov. Inslee issued an emergency proclamation on Jan. 19, 2022. WDFW is requesting $8,568,000 in emergency funding from the Washington State Legislature this session to significantly ramp up European green crab monitoring and trapping efforts.

A large European green crab. Green crabs may also be yellow or orange in color, especially on their underside.

Decision by WDFW and tribal co-managers follows Skagit River Steelhead Fishery Resource Management Plan and supports conservation objectives.

With winter fishing open in central Puget Sound, anglers come together in West Seattle to “mooch” and swap fish stories.

A hatchery Chinook salmon is weighed-in at the Tengu Blackmouth Derby on Jan. 9. Photos by Chase Gunnell, WDFW’s Puget Sound Region communications manager.

A bald eagle keeps watch from a tree in the Fir Island Farm Reserve Unit of the Skagit Wildlife Area in Skagit County. (Dave Wenning)
A bald eagle keeps watch from a tree in the Fir Island Farm Reserve Unit of the Skagit Wildlife Area in Skagit County. (Dave Wenning)

Bevy of birds to behold this month and beyond

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