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Public urged to comment on proposed fishing rules

Washington state fisheries managers are seeking public comments on proposed sport fishing rules being recommended for the Columbia River Basin.

As part of that effort, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has scheduled five meetings through September to discuss the proposed rules with the public. Included is a 7 to 9 p.m. meeting at the East Valley Fire Station, located at 2003 Beaudry Rd. in Moxee, on Thursday, Sept. 11.

The fishing rules are specific to the mainstem Columbia River, its tributaries or lakes within the basin. The proposals cover fishing seasons, daily limits and other rules for the Columbia River Basin.

To review and comment on the proposed rules, visit WDFW’s webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/rule_proposals/. Comments will be accepted through Oct. 16.

Fisheries managers have recommended 32 of the proposals submitted by the public this past May move forward for additional review.

WDFW is recommending proposals that would:

  • Close all rivers, streams and beaver ponds in the Columbia River Basin to fishing unless otherwise stated in the rules pamphlet, and implement additional conservation measures to provide greater protection for juvenile anadromous fish.

  • Change open dates for most year-round lakes to March 1 through Oct. 31 for lakes in Asotin, Franklin, Kittitas, Yakima and Walla Walla counties.

  • Eliminate the retention of sturgeon on the Snake River and its tributaries. Catch-and-release sturgeon fishing would be maintained.

  • Adjust size and daily catch limits for kokanee in Cle Elum Lake, while removing daily limits for eastern brook, brown and lake trout.

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