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Local Fishermen Meet with Fish & Wildlife to Talk Fisheries

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Anglers had the chance to meet with state fishery managers Thursday to talk about salmon and steelhead fisheries in the mid- and upper Columbia River before this year's seasons are set. Anglers had the chance to meet with state fishery managers Thursday to talk about salmon and steelhead fisheries in the mid- and upper Columbia River before this year's seasons are set.

KENNEWICK, WA - Anglers had the chance to meet with state fishery managers Thursday to talk about salmon and steelhead fisheries in the mid- and upper Columbia River before this year's seasons are set.

The meetings are to discuss pre-season forecasts and upcoming spring, summer and fall fishing seasons, particularly those for salmon and steelhead upstream from McNary Dam.

On Thursday, Fish and Wildlife fishery managers held a meeting in Kennewick to get input from dozens of local fishermen on where to set up fisheries this year.

Currently, the numbers for the fish aren't bad, but the agency is expecting some record breaking numbers this fall.

"Later on in the season, there's opportunities for fall Chinook, and the run at the mouth of the Columbia River this year is projected to be 1.6 million coming back into the Columbia River. So that's a lot of fish coming back," John Whalen, Regional Fish Program Manager for the WDFW, explained.

The spring Chinook salmon season is just getting started.

The final dates for the salmon fishing seasons will be adopted at the Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting next month in Vancouver.

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