June 09, 1999
Contact: Evan Jacoby, (360) 902-2700
Public meetings scheduled June 15-17 to solicit sport fishing rule proposals for 2000
Sport fishers interested in proposing rule changes for the year 2000 are invited to discuss them at public meetings scheduled June 15-17 by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
The meetings start at 7 p.m. at the following:
- Olympia, June 15, Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St., S.E., Room 175A
- Mount Vernon, June 15, Skagit Valley College, 2405 E. College Way, Ford Hall
- Mill Creek, June 16, WDFW regional office, 16018 Mill Creek Blvd.
- Wenatchee, June 15, Chelan County PUD auditorium, 327 N. Wenatchee Ave.
- Spokane, June 17, Spokane County Public Health Building auditorium, W. 1101 College St.
- Vancouver, June 17, WDFW regional office, 2108 Grand Blvd.
WDFW fish biologists are interested in hearing all ideas that increase angler participation within the limits of conservation, including endangered species management. Regarding inland freshwater fishing, they are specifically interested in opinions about adding bass slot limits to more lakes; returning some lakes currently open all year to specific seasons with opening days; adding more "quality waters" for trout with selective gear rules; increasing the number of "family fishing" waters where adults can fish only if accompanied by juveniles and changing Columbia River walleye regulations in response to Endangered Species Act concerns.
Citizen proposals must be submitted to WDFW by July 15. Guidelines for drafting proposals are available on WDFW's Internet website, www.wdfw.wa.gov, under "Angler's Corner." The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will make final decisions on fishing rules by December.