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Meeting Saturday, Nov. 1 to improve future Baker sockeye fishing

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's Fish Program is holding a public meeting from  10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 1 at WDFW's Mill Creek Regional Office to get public input on structuring future Baker Lake sockeye non-treaty fisheries.

Fish Program Policy Lead Ron Warren said in a statement Wednesday, Oct. 22 that conservation or escapement goals for the hatchery supported stock were met with 6,200-plus adult fish of the 13,788 that entered the Puget Sound Energy trap at Concrete.

Warren said the department understands that non-treaty personal use fishers expected more than the 6,819 adult sockeye, which actually were, to have been put into the upper reservoir.

The department wants to hear constructive suggestions to improve future sockeye fishing opportunities to introduce as early as next year in the North of Falcon salmon-season setting process, said Warren.

The department has information concerning Baker River sockeye on its web site at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/salmon/sockeye/baker_river.html..

The regional office is at 19012 Mill Creek Boulevard.