We have all heard friends say they want more influence on fishery managers, well folks here is your chance to put your mouth where your - uh - mouth is.

There will be two nearby meetings in March to meet with state fishery managers to talk about salmon fisheries in the Columbia River and lower Snake River before this year's seasons are set.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has scheduled three public meetings to discuss pre-season salmon forecasts and upcoming spring, summer and fall fishing seasons – particularly those proposed for salmon upstream from McNary Dam.

The upcoming nearby public meetings are as scheduled:

  • Region 2 - Wenatchee: 6-8 p.m., March 28, Douglas PUD (public meeting room), 1151 Valley Mall Pkwy., East Wenatchee.
  • Region 3 - Kennewick: 6-8 p.m., March 29, Kennewick Irrigation District, 2015 S. Ely St., Kennewick.

These meetings are part of the salmon season-setting process known as North of Falcon, which involves representatives from federal, state and tribal governments and recreational and commercial fishing industries.

Additional public meetings have been scheduled through early April to discuss regional fisheries.

Final salmon fishing seasons for 2018-19 are scheduled to be adopted at the Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting April 6-11 in Portland, Ore.