VANCOUVER, Wash. – State fishery managers will meet with anglers to discuss options for this year’s spring chinook fishery on the Klickitat River, the Wind River and Drano Lake at a public meeting Feb. 22 in Goldendale.
The meeting, hosted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. in the Klickitat Public Utilities District meeting room, 1313 South Columbus Ave.
Craig Burley, regional WDFW fish manager, said the meeting is designed to give anglers a chance to discuss the upcoming spring chinook fishery on the Klickitat River, as well as those on the Wind River and Drano Lake.
“We want to talk with anglers about the upcoming season before we adopt rules for this year’s fishery,” Burley said. “We’re looking at various proposals, but we’d like to get some feedback from anglers who fish these rivers.”
Burley said preliminary run forecasts indicate that spring chinook fishing will be similar to last year on the Wind River and Drano Lake, where the season opens March 16. The forecast is less promising for the Klickitat River, where Burley said additional fishing restrictions may be required this year. That fishery is currently set to open April 1.
Key topics for discussion about the Klickitat River fishery include daily bag limits, fishing days and other issues of concern to anglers, Burley said. On the Klickitat and Wind rivers, fishery managers also want to discuss the option of instituting selective fishing rules, which would require anglers to release any chinook salmon not marked as a hatchery fish.