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Tuesday, October 31, 2017
By Eric Granstrom
For, I'm Eric Granstrom. I mentioned a couple weeks ago the Department of Fish and Wildlife wanted to discuss the guiding industry with a couple meetings in the Lower Columbia. After I mentioned this on this report and after asking a few guide friends what they thought, the Department has added more meetings to gather public testimony. All meetings are scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. and will be in: Ridgefield: Nov. 9, at the Region 5 office. Mill Creek: Nov. 13, at the Region 4 office. East Wenatchee: Nov. 20, Douglas County PUD's Main Auditorium. Clarkston: Nov. 21, at Walla Walla Community College. During the last legislative session, the Department was directed to hold meetings to explore alternative structures for guide licensing, with the objectives of: improving the fishing experience and ensuring equitable opportunity for both guided and non-guided anglers; managing fishing pressure to protect wild steelhead and other species; and ensuring that recreational fish guiding remains a sustainable economic contributor to rural economies. If you don't speak, your voice will never be heard. So get to one of these meetings whether you're a guide or not, and let the Department hear you. Until next time, Good Fishing!