Outdoors

Smelt season to be proposed

Washington and Oregon officials are expected to proposed limited sport and commercial fishing for smelt when the Columbia River Compact meets Wednesday.
The session begins at 10 a.m. at the Clark Regional Wastewater District, 8000 N.E. 52nd Court.
Ron Roler, Columbia River policy coordinator for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, said on Friday that the specifics the staff will propose to the compact had not yet been determined.
Roler said a conservative fishery would be proposed, but opportunities could be liberalized if a big run like 2013′s materializes.
Also on the agenda will be setting more sturgeon retention time in the Bonneville pool of the Columbia River, spring chinook fishing in the Columbia and the treaty Indian winter season.

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