OLYMPIA – The public will have an opportunity to comment on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (WDFW) draft upper Columbia River fisheries management plan during three public meetings in April.
The draft plan maps out how WDFW will meet recovery and conservation goals for fish, while also providing consistent angling opportunities in the upper Columbia River.
All three public meetings will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and are scheduled to take place:
- April 18 – Pateros High School, 344 W. Beach St., Pateros.
- April 19 – Douglas County Public Utility District Auditorium, 1151 Valley Mall Parkway, East Wenatchee.
- April 25 – Vancouver Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver, Wash.
While the upper Columbia River supports some strong fish populations, the area’s wild spring chinook and summer steelhead stocks are both listed for protection under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA). All of the region’s fish stocks are addressed in the draft management plan, said Heather Bartlett, a resource manager for WDFW.
“It’s important that we hear from the public on this draft management plan,” Bartlett said. “Public input will help us craft fisheries that provide predictable and meaningful recreational fishing opportunities in the upper river within a conservation framework for ESA-listed populations.”
The draft fisheries management plan includes escapement goals, hatchery management strategies and harvest objectives for various fish species.
Copies of the plan will be available at the meetings or upon request. For more information or to request a copy of the plan, contact Joe Miller, 509-754-4624; Heather Bartlett, 360-902-2662; or Bill Tweit, (360) 902-2723.