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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 30, 2011 at 10:01 AM

Discover Pass needed for those who plan to fish at the North Jetty near Ilwaco

Bank anglers who plan to fish near the mouth of the Columbia River when it opens Aug. 1 should be aware they will need to purchase a Discover Pass to park on State Parks property near the North Jetty.

With some exceptions, the pass is now required to park a vehicle on lands managed by State Parks, state Fish and Wildlife and the state Department of Natural Resources. The Discover Pass was created by the Legislature earlier this year to keep recreation lands open to the public in the wake of steep budget cuts.

An annual Discover Pass costs $35 and a one-day pass is $11.50, when purchased online from state Fish and Wildlife website, by phone, or from retail license vendors.

However, holders of most annual fishing and hunting licenses are not required to purchase a pass to use WDFW lands and water-access sites. For more information, visit the Discover Pass website or call 866-320-9933.

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