Gov. Kate Brown set the hook on sport anglers this past week with her appointment of an Astoria gill-net industry strategist to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission.

Bruce Buckmaster's nomination, due for Senate confirmation in a hearing May 14, is already drawing rapid and rabid fire. A closed meeting scheduled for Wednesday in the Oregon State Library to introduce appointees to invited user groups was canceled late Friday by the governor's office.

There will be no public forum on the appointments until May 14.

Spokesmen for both the Oregon chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association and the Association of Northwest Steelheaders, their members already bristling over substantial hunting and fishing fee increases proposed over the next six years, urged members to contact their senators and oppose Buckmaster.

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