New Fishing Platforms Built At Drano’s Best Bank Spot, And Other News

Allen Thomas is a machine.

In one story today The Columbian‘s outdoor reporter has the scoop on new fishing platforms built by the Yakama Nation at the best spot to fish from the bank at Drano Lake, a popular salmon and steelhead fishery.

“We’re concerned if they are taking over the bank fishing,’’ (WDFW salmon manager) Cindy LeFleur said. “We don’t have that much up there.’’

Asked if non-Indians can fish off the platforms, she said: “They were built by Yakama members, I wouldn’t recommend it.’’

(Speros) Doulos, (Columbia Gorge) hatchery complex manager, has asked for a Department of Interior solictor’s office opinion on the platform issue.

“I’m going to assume the tribe has a right to construct a platform in the ceded area of the Yakamas,’’ Doulos said. “Until I get a solictor’s office legal read, I’m taking a hands-off approach.’’

In another article he’s got a piece on how Oregon and Washington fishery managers are closely monitoring the Lower Columbia’s sturgeon population.

Meanwhile, KATU in Portland reports on ODFW’s new tactic for keeping sea lions off docks: with a sprinkler.

Cheap, but effective — at least until the protected pinipeds move to another dock without a sprinkler.

Then there’s today’s 8:30 a.m. Washington Fish & Wildlife Commission conference call “to discuss the lack of harmony beaming from the state’s Wolf Working Group meeting last week,” according to Rich Landers of the Spokesman-Review.

The group, which met for two days in Ellensburg, remains split about how many wolves are enough to constitute recovery and delisting from state populations, but one organization that’s part of the 17-member citizen panel and that had previously called for more wolves now grudgingly is OK with the numbers and the plan overall, though retains some concerns with caught-in-the-act lethal take provisions.

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