Hey everyone - yep, dropped off again. My apologies!!
I'll try and answer past questions to get caught up:
Anglinarcher wrote:Stacie, the WDFW people have been speaking out both sides of their mouths over here. Their actions are what causes us to question and distrust WDFW in general.
The best thing I would offer up is to not give up on us and continue to work closely with the Bio's in that area. We have a new Bio that is overseeing Inland fish activities. His name is Chris Donley and he is a really really awesome guy to work with. So continue to share your thoughts and ideas. They are read and they are heard.
YellowBear wrote:Good morning Stacie.
Last spring you had mentioned there would be some work done for the warmwater species in 2011.
Reports from the IFPAG meeting also mentioned this.
Could you tell us what was done? and what is planned for this year?
Thank you for your time.
Yellowbear - there was tiger musky stocking; warmwater surveys in the various regions; northern pike sampling work; walleye work. I don't have specifics but could definitely track that down for you if you would like. Or give you contacts in the Regions so that you could talk to them directly.
For Region 5 my boat was not opertional so I didn't get the work done that I needed but that is different this year and I have a lot of plans to bust out and do some sampling!! Looking at crappie, bass, channel catfish and tiger musky.
I had a question regarding a difference in what the reg book and what the press release says.
In the reg book for the Columbia River (523 Longview Bridge to I5 Bridge),Jan 1 to March 31, the daily limit is up to 2 adult hatchery chinook.
The news release from 1/26/12 (http://wdfw.wa.gov/news/jan2612a/
) states the limit is one adult hatchery chinook down river from the Bonneville Dam.
My question is why was the limit reduced when this upcoming return is the fourth largest expected?
Hello Return -
This was done to provide additional angler opportunity. The bag limited was reduced in order to increase the angling season, giving anglers more time to fish.
G-Man wrote:The conspiracy theorist in me would say the sports fishermen are limited to one adult hatchery chinook so as to discourage a large number of recreational fishermen from making the trip to the lower Columbia. This in turn will leave more fish for the commercial fishermen to harvest, which is ultimately what their lobbyists are paid to do.
See above answer.
Two questions for you. I'm abusing my privilege.
Whom I would contact for information on the inland lakes in the Othello region (both CNWR and the adjacent areas)? I would like to talk to somebody familiar with the fisheries situation in these lakes, as I have a number of questions (e.g. where to bowfish carp, which lakes have healthy yellow perch and/or bluegill populations, etc.). Also, the situation with some of these lakes (e.g. Black Lake in Adams County) is very confusing, as the CNWR has fences and warning signs up all over the place, essentially blocking access to lakes that are not in the CNWR. I'm almost afraid to try these lakes, although I strongly suspect they are actually open..
The other thing I'm interested in is participating in the squawfish bounty program. However, I'm quite unfamiliar on how to catch this species (I've caught them incidentally, when fishing smallmouth bass). The pikeminnow site has some information, but it is still kind of vague. I'd like to have some suggestions on when/where to go, and more detailed information on the kind of rig folks use for these fish.
Thanks in advance for any thoughts you might have.
Hello Tlue - This would be Region 2. You can contact them at (509) 754-4624, ask to speak to the inland fish bio for the area.
The pikeminnow programs is based in the Columbia River only. There is a pikeminnow hotline at 80-858-9015. It looks like someone gave you the website.
There will be a 2012 kickoff event at M. James Gleason Boat Ramp off Marine Drive in Portland OR on May 1 from 10 am to noon. Lots of cool stuff going on.
If you are interested in the upper columbia/snake river areas, send me your mailing address and I will mail you info: email@example.com
Ok - think that about covers it. We have a lot of fish stocked and don't forget Opening Day is this Saturday so come on out to your favorite lakes and FISH ON!!!