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Wednesday, January 23, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Letters to the editor: Rules on bass need simplicity

Bass rules need simplicity

The Spokesman Review’s recent article “Anglers have gut reaction to proposed fishing rule changes” was glaringly incorrect. It reported that Washington Fish and Wildlife is proposing “a statewide five-bass daily limit with no size restrictions on rivers and streams.” Its current proposal is actually “no size or limit restrictions for bass, walleye and channel catfish on rivers and streams across the state, as part of the rule simplification process,” per Marc Divens, Region 1 Fisheries Biologist.

This rule change will negatively impact treasured bass waters such as the Pend O’Reille River, as it has the Snake and Columbia. Confusion will increase on backed-up rivers like Long Lake. Feed waters to the Pend O’Reille River, Potholes and Moses Lake will require exemptions or explanations be written into the regulations.

Alternatively, bass anglers are suggesting a simpler and more conservation-minded change. Apply current statewide bass gamefish rules to all bodies of water outside the Snake and Columbia rivers. This has the greatest reduction on rule complexity.

You can follow the general rules anywhere in the state and be legal. Add your views at WDFW’s webpage at

Craig Shaber

Liberty Lake

Enough already on Cougs

I realize this is “Coug Country,” but do you realize there are quite a few Husky fans in Eastern Washington that would like coverage of their team, too?

After the Huskies’ game on Oct. 7, the next day’s paper should have been called the Coug Report. While the Cougars won at Oregon, the Huskies also played, beating California.

In Sunday’s paper the Coug coverage was: front page, three-fourths of the page; Page 6, one-half page; Page 7, full page; Pages 8-9, centerfold, both full pages. The Husky coverage was a small two columns about 6 inches long on Page 5 without a box score.

I know the Husky game was late, but a couple of weeks ago we were informed the paper might be late so you could have coverage of the Coug game. How about the same courtesy to the No. 5 team in the nation that happens to be from the state of Washington?

Because the Husky game was late, I hoped for some coverage on Monday. Nope, the Huskies got a small two columns again and the Cougars got one-half page plus.

I’m about to quit the paper and get my info from ESPN and CBS Sports. At least they cover them all equally and fairly.

Note to Coug fans – There is a old saying, “Act like you have been there before.” Being ranked means people are watching you. Act accordingly.

Go Dawgs!

John Yates


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