EXTERIOR: New Port Angeles Port Webcam in PA Port

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Anglers, crabbers, and those looking for a bit of outdoor recreation along the western end of the Port Angeles waterfront have a new way to assess weather conditions and take a look. eye to the water conditions in the Port of Port Angeles thanks to a new webcam of the Port of Port Angeles.

The live streaming webcam is available at https://tinyurl.com/PDN-Camera.

Other webcams, including John Wayne Marina near Sequim, as well as the latest weather forecast and tide information, are available through https: //www.port ofpa.com/334/Webcams.

The new camera should help anglers decide if the typical westerly afternoon is too strong to fight for the next halibut and salmon seasons.

Leland boat launch

A construction project that will close the boat launch at Lake Leland County Park near Quilcene has been pushed back for a week with the new closure scheduled for March 8-10.

All other areas of the park, including the new fishing pier, will be open.

Slow warming of the lakes

The Norden district of Quilcene checked the temperature of Lake Leland after the recent spate of cold and snowy weather and found it just above zero at 33.8 degrees.

“The lake remains four degrees below normal despite what everyone says has been a milder-than-normal winter,” Norden said. “That’s a lot of UK heat units missing over many weeks for a supposedly milder than normal winter. Spring is coming, however, and the longer days will surely drag the lake into a warming trend, making the fishing better. ”

Norden formally worked as a fisheries biologist and he continues to follow the changes he has observed in lake fishing in western Washington over the past four decades.

“This writer has kept detailed logs of his freshwater fishing efforts for many years, including the water temperatures of many lakes,” Norden said. “Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, most of the dark water lakes I fished regularly reached a surface temperature below 50 by the end of the first week of March, resulting in fishing for at least fair bar. ”

Norden said examples of dark water lakes on the Northern Olympic Peninsula include Leland, Ludlow, Gibbs and Crocker (before it was treated with rotenone in the late 1990s).

He said this early warming has not happened more than once since 2000 here on the peninsula.

“Warm-water species fishing and improved trout fishing are now a month behind more than 20 years ago,” Norden said. “While Lake Leland Largemouth Bass have adapted well, Lake Bluegill has not. And the jury is still out on the shit of the lake.

“The adaptability of the bass shouldn’t be too surprising. They and bullhead have been in Lake Leland since 1889, so they’ve withstood several cooling and warming cycles of more than 20 years. Crappie and bluegill, however, are less adaptable and relatively new to the lake, having first appeared in traps only about 20 years ago.

The lack of warming at the end of winter on the lakes has nothing to do with our inland salt water, Norden said.

“None of this applies to our inland marine waters, which remain remarkably stable year after year, even though unusual deep ocean currents have dramatically altered plankton productivity,” he added.

Spring bear apps

Hunters must purchase and submit their Spring 2021 Special Black Bear Hunting requests by midnight Sunday. Hunters who submit their applications are entered into a draw in mid-March for 120 permits in western Washington and 548 permits for hunts east of the Cascade Mountains.

To apply for a permit, hunters must purchase a Special Hunting Application and 2021 Hunting License that includes black bear as a species option.

Hunters must identify their choice of hunting area by indicating the number associated with the hunting area. Hunting licenses, bear transport tags, and bear license applications can be purchased at fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov, by phone at 866-246-9453, or from a license vendor.


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