Land some pointers for catching Willapa salmon

LeeRoy Wisner will give a presentation on fishing Willapa Bay for fall salmon at Wednesday’s meeting of the Olympia Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

During his many years of fishing for salmon, Wisner has specialized in estuary fishing and has developed techniques that consistently put fish in the boat. His presentation will include where to go, when to be there, how to fish specific waters, what lures work and how to rig your boat. He also will cover how best to successfully land/net your salmon when fishing solo.

A lifelong resident of Washington, the 78-year-old Wisner has served on the Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay fishing advisory committees, and has been involved in the North of Falcon salmon fishing season setting process.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at North Olympia Fire Station, 5046 Boston Harbor Road NE, Olympia.

You can learn more about Wisner and his fishing tips at leeroysramblings.


Master hunters sought for state advisory group

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is accepting letters of interest through Nov. 30 for membership on the department’s Master Hunter Advisory Group.

The group represents master hunters statewide and advises the department on issues and opportunities affecting master hunters and the Master Hunter Permit Program.

Six volunteer openings are on the 15-member group early next year. Five appointed members will serve three-year terms, and one will serve a one-year term.

One vacancy is in the region that includes Pierce and Thurston counties and two vacancies are statewide.

Applicants should explain why they want to be a member, what qualifies them and how they can help achieve the group’s goals.

Letters of interest must include contact information (phone numbers, email address, mailing address, county of residence, and include permission for WDFW to conduct a criminal background check, at no cost to them. The letters should be sent to Tracy Loveless at Tracy.Loveless@dfw.wa.gov or to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wildlife Program, Master Hunter Section, Attn: Tracy Loveless, 600 Capitol Way N, Olympia, WA 98501-1091.

More information at wdfw.wa.gov/


Wanapum Dam

Ongoing repairs keep access sites closed

Four water access sites along the Columbia River behind Wanapum Dam will remain closed through Jan. 15, while work continues to repair a fractured spillway.

State Department of Fish and Wildlife officials closed the sites and access to the beach in March, after Grant County Public Utility District drew Wanapum Reservoir down to record levels to relieve pressure on the dam.

Closed are the Yo Yo, Old Vantage Highway, Sunland Estates and Frenchman Coulee water access sites.

The utilities district is making progress with repairs, but has not reached the point where the reservoir can be raised, said Jim Brown, regional director for the state agency. Once that happens, the department can safely reopen the access sites.

The department also has closed the lower ends of roads that lead into the reservoir at the Colockum and L.T. Murray wildlife areas in Kittitas and Chelan counties, and at the Columbia Basin Wildlife Area in Grant County.

The upland portions of the wildlife areas above the ordinary high-water level remain open to the public.

Compiled by Jeffrey P. Mayor, jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com