August 21, 2008

Out & About

Meeting tonight to discuss hatchery reprogramming

WASHOUGAL - A public meeting will begin at 6 p.m. today at Washougal Community Center, 1701 C St., to discuss changes in the salmon and steelhead hatchery operations along the lower Columbia River.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will outline how the hatchery program is being retooled to help endangered and threatened wild salmon and steelhead populations recover, said Pat Frazier, regional fish manager.

The department will maintain 95 percent of its lower Columbia fall chinook and hatchery steelhead releases despite the changes.

Coho releases will be reduced by 15 percent.

Five wild fall chinook "refuges'' along with four for wild coho and three for wild steelhead would be established.

Open house on Aug. 28 to discuss hunting seasons

An open house will begin at 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way, to give the public a chance to help shape hunting seasons in Washington in 2009-11.

The Vancouver meeting is one of seven statewide.

The meeting will focus on local hunting issues, as well as statewide issues such as non-toxic shot restrictions, shooting hours, muzzleloader seasons and possible changes to permit drawings.

Additional information on developing the 2009-11 hunting seasons can be found online at index.htm .

Angling tournament scheduled Saturday in Columbia Gorge

THE DALLES - The second annual Wasco Salmon and Steelhead Tournament will begin at 5 a.m. Saturday at Heritage Landing in Deschutes River State Park.

The park is 15 miles east of The Dalles on Interstate 84.

Check-in and launching for the event will be from 5 to 10 a.m. Entry will cost $15 for adults and $5 for children younger than age 16.

Weigh-in will be between 1 and 3 p.m. at the railroad depot in Wasco, nine miles to the east. Fourteen trophies will be awarded, including rods and reels for the first- and second-place winners.

For more information, contact Bill or Carol MacKenzie at 541-442- 5079 or e-mail [email protected] .

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