Outdoors briefs: Ecology money to help Touchet River project

OLYMPIA -- The state Department of Ecology is providing the Tri-State Steelheaders with $50,000 for a streamside restoration project on the Touchet River in Walla Walla County.

The conservation group will install four engineered log jams along a stretch of the river to stabilize an eroding bank, slope the bank back in between the log jams, and plant willows and cottonwoods to help maintain the integrity of the stream bank, according to Ecology.

Money for the project comes from Ecology's Terry Husseman account, which is named for a former Ecology leader and is funded by fines levied against those who violate water quality laws, Ecology said. The engineered log jams also will improve stream habitat by providing resting pools and cover for fish.

State's anti-snagging rules to help anglers

A modification to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's anti-snagging rule will allow anglers to use a broader range of lures in freshwater areas where anti-snagging rules are in effect, the department said.

The redefined anti-snagging rule, which went into effect Tuesday, says that anglers must follow specific gear requirements, including the use of one, single-point hook, unless they are fishing with a buoyant lure or trolling from a floating device in waters where anti-snagging rules are in effect.

Details on the modified rule and gear requirements are available online at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/erule.jsp?id=813.

The change alters an anti-snagging rule adopted earlier this year that required anglers to use lures (buoyant or non-buoyant) with single-point hooks while fishing for salmon and steelhead in the mainstem Columbia River from Bonneville Dam to McNary Dam, or fishing for any fish species in other affected rivers.