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By Jaryd Cline
Sports Editor 

WDFW seeks comments on hunting proposals


The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking comments on proposed alternatives for the 2018-20 hunting seasons, and has a July 27 meeting set in Yakima to discuss the proposals with the public.

The department’s proposed alternatives will be posted online on Monday and can be seen at Online comments and feedback will be welcome from the date of posting until Aug. 31.

The department also scheduled six public meeting over July and August around the state to discuss the alternatives, with the nearest in Yakima on Thursday, July 27.

The meeting in Yakima will be held at the Fair Bridge Inn Suites & Conference Center from 7-9 p.m. The Fair Bridge Inn is located at 1507 N First St.

WDFW game division manager Anis Aoude said comments received from the public will be used to develop specific recommendations for 2018-20 hunting seasons and will be available for further review in January.

Public meetings also will be held on July 25 in Spokane Valley, July 26 in Wenatchee, July 31 in Lynnwood, Aug. 2 in Olympia and Aug. 3 at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver. Each meeting runs from 7-9 p.m.

Final recommendations will be presented to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission for adoption in the spring of 2018.

Summer fishery reopens on lower Columbia

The fishery for summer chinook salmon along the lower Columbia River reopened last week (July 7) and will remain open run through July 31 after a new, higher projection of summer chinook.

The fishery below the Bonneville Dam was closed about two weeks ago but was reopened for the month of July after the latest projections predict about 10,000 more adult summer chinook to return to the Columbia than the previous projection at the beginning of the season.

With an estimated 63,100 summer chinooks at the start of the season and the new latest projections of around 74,100, the catch guideline for the recreational fishery has increased by 1,290 fish according to WDFW Columbia River fishery manager Ron Roler.

"The higher run forecast allows us to reopen the fishery through the end of the summer season, when the fall fishing season gets underway," Roler said in a WDFW press release. "That's been our goal all along, so long as the fishery meets established conservation standards."

The area of the Columbia River affected by the states' action extends from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upriver to Bonneville Dam. As before, anglers can catch up to two adult hatchery chinook, two adult sockeye, or one of each. One hatchery steelhead may also be retained as part of two-fish daily limit.

Barbless hooks are required, and anglers must release any summer chinook with an intact adipose fin.


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