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

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May 23, 2003
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 18 for agency review. Those changes approved by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission next February will appear in the fishing pamphlet published May 1, 2004.

Information about the rule-change process and forms necessary to submit a rule change 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 are instructions on how to participate in the rule-change process, information about current seasons and background information on season-setting processes such as the North of Falcon salmon season forum.

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:

Public Meetings for Sportfishing
Rule Proposal Development
June 10 7 PM - 8:30 PM City Hall Council Chambers
321 E 5th Street
Port Angeles, WA
June 10 7 PM - 9 PM WDFW Vancouver Office Conference Room
2108 Grand Boulevard
Vancouver, WA
June 12 7 PM - 8:30 PM WDFW Montesano Office
48 Devonshire Road
Montesano, WA
June 14 7 PM Yakima River Fly Fishers meeting
Ellensburg Inn
1700 Canyon Road
Ellensburg, WA
June 17 6 PM - 7 PM Dayton Dept. of Transportation Office Conference Room
529 W Main Street
Dayton, WA
June 18 7 PM - 9 PM WDFW Mill Creek Office
16018 Mill Creek Blvd
Mill Creek, WA
June 19 6 PM - 7 PM North Spokane County Public Library
44 E Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA
June 19 7 PM Chelan County PUD
Corner of 5th and Wenatchee Avenue
Wenatchee, WA
June 19 7 PM - 9 PM Public Utility District #1 Skagit Co.
1415 Freeway Drive
Mt. Vernon, WA
June 24 7 PM Columbia Basin Bass Club meeting
Benton Co. PUD Building
Highway 395 at 10th Street
Kennewick, WA