“Hoot-Owl Restrictions”

State fishery managers are closing or restricting fishing on more than 30 rivers throughout Washington to help protect fish in areas where drought conditions have reduced flows and increased water temperatures.

The closures and restrictions take effect Saturday (July 18) at 12:01 a.m. The changes will remain in effect until further notice. Fishing will be closed in some waters, and limited in others each day to the hours between midnight and 2 p.m. These “hoot-owl” restrictions will go into effect on rivers where fishery managers want to reduce stress on fish during the hottest time of day. High water temperatures can be deadly for fish, such as trout, while diminished stream flows can strand migrating salmon and steelhead, said Craig Burley, fish program manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

Kids Fishing

The addition of a session for families from the Ronald McDonald House has again been a success.

On Friday we had about 20 kids and their parents.  The bus ride out and back went well for the kids and parents and every one had a great time.  Our Legacy Committee provided the funding for the bus transport of kids and family from the Ronald McDonald House to Kid’s Fishing in memory of Will Shaw.  Those members who helped out with the Friday fishing session were Jerry Harms, Neil Beechinor & Floyd Holmes.

On Saturday everything went very well with about 700 kids fishing.  Those who helped out on Saturday were Randy Shaber, Stephen Aspinwall, Dick Odell, Paul Coopwood, Ladin Langeman, Jim Athearn & Floyd Holmes. If I left someone of the list I apologize.

Thanks to everyone involved.