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New fishing rules proposed for Columbia River basin

Randy and Chase Plischke of Spokane with their mixed bag of Chinook and Sockeye after fishing the Upper Columbia River Brewster Pool. (Anton Jones)
Randy and Chase Plischke of Spokane with their mixed bag of Chinook and Sockeye after fishing the Upper Columbia River Brewster Pool. (Anton Jones)

FISHING — Washington Fish and Wildlife officials are seeking public comments on 32 proposed sportfishing rules they’re recommending for the Columbia River Basin.

The proposals cover fishing seasons, daily limits and other rules for the Columbia River Basin and mainstem Columbia River. 

For example, 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.

Review all of the rule proposals and comment on this WDFW webpage.

Comments will be accepted through Oct. 16.

Fisheries managers have recommended 32 of the proposals submitted by the public in May move forward for additional review. The webpage has more information about the proposals as well as those not recommended for further consideration.

Five public meetings are scheduled through September to discuss the proposed rules with the public, including two in far-Eastern Washington:

  • Clarkston: 6 to 7:30 p.m., Aug. 26, Walla Walla Community College, Clarkston Main Building Multipurpose Room, 1470 Bridge St.
  • Spokane Valley: 6 to 7:30 p.m., Aug. 27, WDFW Spokane Regional Office, 2315 N. Discovery Place

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will get it's first formal look at the revised proposals at a Nov. 7-8 meeting in Olympia.




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