Year-round fishing will return to Colville River

Taylor Newquist
Sports reporter

OLYMPIA — A motion to open the Colville River to year-round fishing passed unanimously in the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's June 28 meeting.
The fishing season was closed to May 30 through October 31 in accordance with a rules simplification mandate passed last year, but a petition brought forward by a Chewelah man, Jerry Griffith, fueled the decision according to WDFW records.
The agenda item was brought forward by District 1 fish biologist Bill Baker, and will revert the Colville River's fishing season to the year-round status it held since 1950. The completion date for the rule-making is targeted for December 2019.