Adventure briefs for Feb. 28

‘North of Falcon’

State will release salmon run forecasts

Salmon anglers will get a sense Monday of how good, or bad, the upcoming fishing seasons might be when the state releases the salmon run forecasts.

Fishery managers from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife will provide salmon run forecasts for Puget Sound, coastal Washington and the Columbia River. They also will talk about fishery management objectives for the 2015-16 season and what the fishing opportunities might be for the season.

Monday’s session is the start of the season-setting process known as “North of Falcon.”

The month-and-a-half process will culminate April 10-16 at the Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting in Rohnert Park, California. There, federal managers will finalize ocean fishing seasons and quotas, while state and tribal managers will conclude negotiations on inland salmon fisheries, including Puget Sound and the waters that feed into the Sound. You can learn more about the process at wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/northfalcon.

Monday’s meeting will run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in Room 172 of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. SE, Olympia.

Key Peninsula

Final design concept set for Gateway Park

The final design concept for Gateway Park on the Key Peninsula will be shown at a meeting Wednesday.

During the presentation, landscape architect Robert Droll will discuss the technical background of the design, the future possibilities, and what the public can expect in terms of construction phases and timelines, said Scott Gallacher, executive director of Key Pen Parks.

The park district has collected public comments through public workshops, emails and phone calls as it has developed ideas for the park

More than 50 people attended the last public workshop on Dec. 3 when three conceptual idea drawings were presented and discussed in small groups.

“Park design landscape architect Robert Droll and I have analyzed your comments and arrived at a final design concept we believe responsibly answers the area’s needs,” Gallacher said.

The park property is located on state Route 302 at Creviston Drive Northwest.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Minter Creek Elementary School, 12617 118th Ave. NW, Gig Harbor.

Fishing expert

Anglers can pick up tips for catching kokanee

Clint Sullivan will give a program on kokanee fishing techniques when the South Sound Chapter of Puget Sound Anglers meets Thursday.

Kokanee are landlocked sockeye salmon, and some people argue they are the best eating fish to be caught in the region.

Sullivan grew up in the Lacey area and fishes in salt and fresh water. For the past 20 years, he has been focusing on kokanee in local lakes, such as American, Alder and Summit.

In “Kokanee 101,” he will share his knowledge and provide the basics for catching these salmon.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m., with Sullivan’s program at 8 p.m. The event will be at the Lacey Community Center, 6729 Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

To learn more about the chapter, go to sschapterpsa.com.

Compiled by Jeffrey P. Mayor, jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com