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Tonight: biologists explain walleye limit for Sanpoil Arm

Walleye, a non-native species detected in the Columbia Basin in the 1950s and introduced to Little Falls Pool of the Spokane River in 1976, eventually flourished in Lake Roosevelt, providing a popular sport and table fish. Researchers say the fish is a victim of its success. (Rich Landers)
Walleye, a non-native species detected in the Columbia Basin in the 1950s and introduced to Little Falls Pool of the Spokane River in 1976, eventually flourished in Lake Roosevelt, providing a popular sport and table fish. Researchers say the fish is a victim of its success. (Rich Landers)

FISHING – Sportfishing rule changes proposed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will be explained in a public meeting starting at 6 p.m. tonight at the agency’s regional office, 2315 N. Discovery Pl. in Spokane Valley.

Public comments will be accepted through Oct. 31.

One proposal calls for liberalizing the daily limit for walleye to 16 fish on the waters of the San Poil River inundated by Lake Roosevelt (the San Poil Arm) to decrease the overabundant walleye population and to align regulations with those for Lake Roosevelt.

The proposals will be made to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission’s during its November meeting in Olympia.

 

The commission, which sets policy for WDFW, is scheduled to vote on the final sportfishing rules package during a meeting in December.




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