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Friday, March 27, 2020
By Dave Graybill
As most of you know, recreational fishing is closed statewide. The order came out on Wednesday the 25th and recreational fishing will remain closed through April 8th. This is a tough pill to swallow, and that’s what it is. A pill that is intended to combat the COVID-19 virus that is spreading not just here at home but worldwide. State Parks and other state government lands and water accesses were closed prior to this order to and it was getting tough to find a place to put your boat in the water. One friend had suggested we run up to Omak Lake, which is on the Colville Indian Reservation. I had talked to Randal Friedlander, Fish and Wildlife Director for the tribe, earlier in the week and he told me that the reservation was closed to non-tribal members, so no fishing on their lands. The order was considered one of fairness, in that people who had property on state waters would still be able to fish under the previous restrictions. By closing all recreational fishing, it included these folks as well. Well, this gives me a chance to get my fishing gear organized. My garage is a mess. Now I have time to clean it up.