Fishing fever hits Basin anglers

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Great weather has hit the Columbia Basin, causing anglers to grab rods, lures and bait, then head to their favorite spring fishing hole. We are lucky to have several lakes and a few streams open to fishing all year long. Pick up a Fish and Wildlife fishing regulations pamphlet and study it to determine which waters are open now. The first fishing season opener will be on March 1.

Good luck and send me photos of your catch.

Looking for wildlife rehabilitation group members

Fish and Wildlife is seeking applicants to serve on a new advisory group responsible for reviewing state rules governing the operation of wildlife rehabilitation facilities licensed in Washington.

The department’s director will select up to eight licensed wildlife rehabilitators and four members of the general public to work with department staff to recommend changes to the state rules, last updated in 2013.

Nominations must be received by Feb. 19. Applications must be submitted in writing with the following information: Applicant’s name, address, telephone number and email address; Explanation of interest and reasons for wanting to serve as a member of the advisory committee. A brief description of the applicant’s effectiveness in communicating in a group setting. Name and contact information for any organization submitting a nomination.

Nominations are submitted by email at Heather.Bonagofski@dfw.wa.gov or by postal mail to Heather Bonagofski, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 600 Capitol Way N, Olympia, WA 98501-1091.

Master Hunter application deadline next Thursday, Feb. 15

The Fish and Wildlife will accept applications for its Master Hunter Permit Program through Feb. 15. The program is designed to promote safe, lawful and ethical hunting and to strengthen Washington’s hunting heritage and conservation ethic.

Master hunters are used for controlled hunts to remove wildlife that damage property. They also participate in volunteer projects involving access to private lands, habitat enhancement, data collection, hunter education and landowner relations.

Applicants must demonstrate a high level of skill and be committed to lawful and ethical hunting practices, to qualify for the program

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