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Mon., March 19, 2012, 12:18 p.m.

Columbia basin steelhead, salmon meeting In Tri-Cities


This 50-pound fall chinook salmon was caught in September using downriggers and plug-cut herring on the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River.
 (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
This 50-pound fall chinook salmon was caught in September using downriggers and plug-cut herring on the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

FISHING -- A public meeting to discuss the outlook for this year’s salmon and steelhead fisheries in the Columbia Basin has been set for Wednesday (March 21) in Kennewick, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced.

The fourth annual “Northeast of McNary” meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m.-9 p.m. in the Benton County PUD Auditorium, 2721 W. 10th Ave. (corner of U.S. Hwy 395 and 10th Ave.)

State fishery managers will discuss run forecasts and fishing prospects for salmon and steelhead in the Columbia and Snake rivers and their tributaries, and invite questions from the public.

“This is the eastside version of the pre-season “North of Falcon” meetings currently being held on the west side of the state,” said John Easterbrooks, WDFW regional fish manager for south central Washington. “The goal is to give anglers an idea of what they can expect during the upcoming fishing season.”




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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories and columns for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including Outdoors feature sections on Sunday and Thursday.