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: