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By John Kruse
For The Sentinel 

The Washington Outdoors Report: Fish & Wildlife enforcement during the pandemic


MarDon Resort

MONSTER FISH: Maralee Moore from Moses Lake caught this monster walleye fishing at Potholes Reservoir last week

On May 13 a regional news outlet reported the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife issued 17 fishing violations and three land use (trespassing) violations in Chelan, Douglas, and Grant counties during the month of April when fishing and access to state public lands were closed.

I spoke with Captain Mike Jewell with WDFW about this. I learned enforcement officers were busy but issued verbal warnings in all except the most egregious situations during the six-week closure period. CPT Jewell said a total of 732 individuals were contacted on closed state lands from late March through early May. Of that group, 129 individuals were fishing during the fishing closure that also occurred dur...

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