WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
NEWS RELEASE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

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May 23, 2001
Contact: Pat Michael, (360) 902-2628

Public invited to propose changes in fishing rules

OLYMPIA Like to see a change in next year's sport fishing rules?

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is now accepting proposals from the public for changes in next year's sport fishing rules.

The agency also is inviting the public to participate in a series of meetings scheduled around the state in June to discuss the rule-change process and regional fishing issues.

"If people have ideas about ways to improve our fishing seasons, we'd like to hear them," said Bob Gibbons, WDFW inland/anadromous fisheries manager. "We recognize that most anglers are focused on this year's season right now, but this is also the time to think about changes for next year."

WDFW will accept proposals from the public through July 13 for agency review. Those changes approved by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission next February will appear in the fishing pamphlet published May 1, 2002.

Forms necessary to submit a rule change and additional information about the rule-change process can be downloaded from the WDFW website. Or call (360) 902-2700 to request a rule-change packet by mail.

Included on the website and in the packet is information about current seasons, the rationale behind existing rules and other processes such as the North of Falcon salmon season forum for setting fishing regulations.

For help in developing proposals or to discuss regional fishing issues that may be addressed this year, the public is invited to attend any of the meetings listed below:

Date Time Location
June 5 7 to 9 p.m. Richland Rod and Gun Club meeting,
City of Richland Highway Maintenance Building
Take Exit 3 off I-182, go north to Hillsgate Road (2nd right turn)
- look for a large white building.
June 5 6:30 to 8 p.m. Chelan County PUD Auditorium
Corner of 5th and Wenatchee Avenue
Wenatchee
June 7 7 to 9 p.m. WDFW Vancouver Office
2108 Grand Blvd
Vancouver
June 12 7 to 9 p.m. Mid-Columbia Walleye Club
Carpenters Union Hall
507 Third St.
Yakima
June 13 6:30 to 8 p.m. Spokane Falls Community College
W. 3410 Fort George Wright Dr.
Student Union Bldg. #1, Lounge A&B
Spokane
June 14 6:30-8 p.m. Department of Transportation Office Building
529 W. Main Street
Dayton
June 14 7 to 9 p.m. Natural Resources Building
Room 175A
1111 Washington Street S.E.
Olympia
June 20 7 to 9 p.m. PUD #1 Office in Mount Vernon
(take College Way exit off I-5,
turn left onto Freeway Drive, go 1/4 mile.
June 21 7 to 9 p.m. WDFW Mill Creek Office
16018 Mill Creek Blvd.
Mill Creek