Agency seeks comments on proposed Columbia River basin fishing rules

The public can comment on proposed sportfishing rules for the Columbia River Basin though Oct. 16.

The rule proposals pertain only to the mainstem Columbia River, its tributaries and lakes within the basin. The proposals cover fishing seasons, daily limits and other rules for the river basin, according to a news release from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

While the department’s fishery managers are holding meetings on the proposals, some have already taken place and others are not easily reached by South Sound residents. The easiest way to comment will be online.

Fishery managers have recommended 32 of the proposals submitted by the public in May move forward for additional review. The agency’s webpage on the Columbia River has more information about the proposals as well as those not recommended for further consideration.

Among the proposals recommended by department managers:

The public also can testify on the proposed rule changes during the state Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting Nov. 7-8 in Olympia. Check the commission's website at wdfw.wa.gov/commissionfor details on the meeting.

The commission, which sets policy for the department, is scheduled to vote on the proposals during a meeting in December.