Public Comments Received
Petition to Open fishing for bottomfish in Northern Hood Canal and Dabob Bay

Online Public Comments   (30 Comments)

YOUNG, MARK   April 1, 2015
BREMERTON, WA

Preferred Option:   Support

Comments:
Please open up the Northern Hood Canal and Dabob Bay for fishing again. If would nice for at least kids to be able to keep some of the sole they catch. I've actually thought about moving so that I could be in an area where I can keep some fish.
WIRTANEN, DARRELL   March 31, 2015
BREMERTON, WA

Preferred Option:   Support

Comments:
I would like to see more fishing opportunities in the northern canal in general. the flatfish is a start. how about salmon in july and august, when the fish are there. September is tough to teach my son how to fish for salmon when school starts beginning of September also.
SORENSEN, ROGER   March 30, 2015
QUILCENE, WA

Preferred Option:   Support with Concerns

Comments:
Comment section was not sufficient to record my perspective so comments have been sent to Commission secretary who has been asked to distribute to Commission and Craig Burley. Below is copy of closing remarks of comments forwarded. Rationale for this perspective are developed in the full letter. My personal desire is to have angling opportunities close to home that can be shared with family and friends. I would like these opportunities to be structured based on data and sustainability. By the same token I do not want to have potential opportunities restricted due to decisions made in absence of data, by lack of effort, or available resources.
CLARK, MARTY   March 24, 2015
PORT LUDLOW, WA

Preferred Option:   Support

Comments:
It's about time. Would be better if the area north of Hazel Point to the Hood Canal Bridge be included as well, as this area flushes well, so no low oxygen levels.
THIBODEAUX, DETLEF   March 19, 2015
SPANAWAY, WA

Preferred Option:   Support

Comments:
I would propose opening the whole canal to Juniors under the age of 16 for recreational purposes not just the northern section
BALUCH, WILLIAM   March 18, 2015
BELLEVUE, WA

Preferred Option:   Support

Comments:
I also support flatfish fishing for Children (15 or younger) ANYWHERE in the Hood Canal. July thru September only. This is a great recreation opportunity for kids, easy to do with simple gear. perhaps keep the limit to 5 per day. I would think that the overall harvest would be small but that the fishing opportunity for kids would be again open on the Canal thank you William and Elizabeth Baluch (grandparents) Bellevue
MCSHANE, DAVID   March 15, 2015
POULSBO98370, WA

Preferred Option:   Support

Comments:
I would like to see the fishery re-opened, but personnally would rather see these species open in shine Bay and along the Shine shoreline around and south of the Hood Canal Bridge.
PASTERNAK , ADOLPH   March 14, 2015
SEABECK, WA

Preferred Option:   Support

Comments:
I grew up fishing and hunting around the canal. I still fish for salmon when open but have noticed the incidental catch of bottom fish has increased greatly in the past few years. I believe the northern end of the canal could handle a semi restricted season for flatfish and bottom fish. It's very concerning to me when I see netting boats (commercial or tribal???) concentrating on the old reef north of Misery point boat launch and all I see are seabass and rockcod in their nets. No supervision/accountability for the species that are taken so we sportsman get penalized. Where else in the canal is this happening? I would love the opportunity to share with my wife and child some of the opportunities I had growing up on the canal. Sanddabs and flounder are always fun for the kids or to introduce new fisher-people to the sport, not to mention the revenue from licences, gear, fuel, etc. Thank you for the opportunity to voice my thoughts. A. Pasternak
GALE, KAREN   March 12, 2015
QUILCENE, WA

Preferred Option:   Support with Concerns

Comments:
I support the opening of this fishery to recreational harvest, especially if the need for a local public access point for boaters of the Toandos (those not affiliated with the private marina in Coyle)is met. Otherwise it is a 25 mile drive from the south end of the Toandos to the boat launch in Quilcene harbor if one doesn't own accessible beachfront property. Residents of the Toandos need this food, recreation, and access to the natural wonders that surround them.
GERMAINE, TERRY   March 12, 2015
BRINNON, WA

Preferred Option:   Oppose

Comments:
On your single page document you have a section called Rationale, which consists of about 94 words. I was not convinced, where may I find the studies and documentation used to reach this conclusion. I do not see the hood canal as being a healthy fisheries. Not by talking with my fishing buddies.
GRIMM, ROBERT   March 12, 2015
PORT TOWNSEND, WA

Preferred Option:   Support with Concerns

Comments:
Should include all fish as the populations have recovered. This is too small of a step after a decade of no fishing in the Canal.
BAILEY, RAY   March 12, 2015
QUILCENE, WA

Preferred Option:   Support

Comments:
Please open the sand dab fishing there are so many the seals can not even affect them. We have very little salt water fishing left in Hood Canal. My wife and daughter are excited about being able to fish again. Thank You
KORFF, CHUCK   March 11, 2015
PORT ORCHARD, WA

Preferred Option:   Support

Comments:
I enjoy "flatfishing" with my children because of its simplicity, but we rarely are afforded the opportunity due to the long boat ride North past the Hood Canal Bridge from Seabeck. Since we spend most of our time on the boat near Dabob this proposal excites me, so I may spend more time with my daughters fishing vise wasting my almost 5 dollars a gallon in gasoline.
NELSON, BLAKE   March 9, 2015
TUMWATER, WA

Preferred Option:   Neutral

Comments:
I'd certainly participate in this fishery once or twice a year-- probably during winter crab season if open. That said I'm a little weary of poaching on rockfish. I know the proposed area is not their ideal habitat whatsoever, but Hood Canal has a lot of roaming coopers and quillback. Currently, if salmon season is closed that's an easy to enforce area (if someone is fishing, probably illegal). Open it up to flatfish, and it only takes one boat full of knuckleheads to decimate a wandering school of rockfish perusing herring in the shallows. That said your fisheries biologists know more than me. In my opinion, if it's a 100% certainty rockfish don't stray into the area of northern Hood Canal and Dabob Bay you're considering opening, I say open it. If less than 100%, please keep it closed to protect rockfish.
BUCKLIN, LAURENCE   March 9, 2015
UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA

Preferred Option:   Support with Concerns

Comments:
My concerns regarding this proposed action are two-fold: First, from a purely procedural matter how is it that citizens must currently wait on a three year cycle to submit saltwater rule change proposals, a procedure initiated because WDFW Staff have alleged insufficient manpower to handle an open session every year, yet WDFW seems to have the desire/resources to initiate this out of sequence rule change? (Note - I have several salt water rule change proposals which I would like to submit now but have to wait another year) Secondly, if the current closure is tied to low oxygen and resulting marine die offs will the low snow pack and anticipated low runoff exacerbate low oxygen event(s)and related? If so, it would seem inappropriate to lift the current closure. I request that the Commission address the first concern and WDFW respond to the second.
RICKER, ANNE   March 9, 2015
QUILCENE, WA

Preferred Option:   Support

Comments:
We are delighted to be offered this fishing opportunity, because we have noticed larger flatfish in recent years. We also found very large black rockfish recently. Please do this. It would have been more appropriate to have held the meeting at the Quilcene Community Center, though, so all of us didn't have to drive 50-60 miles.
SMITH, ALAN   March 9, 2015
OLYMPIA, WA

Preferred Option:   Support

Comments:
Great idea! Suggest that you move the line south to say Triton Cove. I also suggest a limited ling cod season in order to get a better idea of the population.
HIGASHI, CLIFFORD   March 8, 2015
SEABECK, WA

Preferred Option:   Support

Comments:
I support fishing in less than 120ft for flat fish. I have seen alot of sand dabs swimming in shallow waters and believe the population would sustain the fishing.
HERZOG, LINDA   March 8, 2015
QUILCENE, WA

Preferred Option:   Support

Comments:
I very much support expanded fishing opportunities in Quilcene and Dabob Bays, and am delighted that the dissolved oxygen problem seems to be abating to the point that this will be possible. HOWEVER, please note that the most directly-affected people -- those who live nearest to Quilcene and Dabob Bays -- deserve greater respect from the WDFW. We Quilcene and South Jefferson County residents are VERY ACTIVE in civic affairs and look forward to opportunities to consider changes such as WDFW's proposal on broadening the fisheries in our waters. It would have been much much better -- for both the Department and the citizens who care the most -- if you had sited your March 19 meeting / comment opportunity at the Quilcene Community Center. We hope you will be more considerate and attentive to your South Jefferson County constituents in the future.
VADAS, JR. , ROBERT   March 7, 2015
OLYMPIA, WA

Preferred Option:   Neutral

Comments:
The likely drought this summer could impact Hood Canal's oxygen levels.
SMIEJA, MELINDA   March 7, 2015
SEABECK, WA

Preferred Option:   Support

Comments:
Please, please make it happen... Every time we go out fishing they are everywhere. They show up in our crab pots, and when we fish for cutthroat, they are everywhere.. I have wanted to keep a few every time but we never get the chance. I have been fishing and living near the canal my whole life and would love to be able catch me a flounder and eat it too! Yummy!
TETER, MATT   March 7, 2015
PORT ANGELES, WA

Preferred Option:   Support

Comments:
I think that with all the regulation and control on fishing these days that it has gone from being fun to being a chore. Most seasons have turned into a combat zone. Being able to just spend an afternoon on the water fishing with my kids would be great, so I support any idea that will allow us to do that.
JENSEN, ROBERT   March 7, 2015
SEABECK, WA

Preferred Option:   Support

Comments:
I am strongly in favor of the reopening you have proposed. Take a conservative approach. I am assuming WDFW has some idea of what the harvest numbers would be while maintaining the resource. Thank you for the opportunity to comment.
CROONQUIST, DAVE   March 7, 2015
SEQUIM, WA

Preferred Option:   Support

Comments:
I like the chance for more opportunity. I'm wondering why the proposal is coming up this year as it is my understanding the only freshwater regulations are on the table and saltwater regulations were to come up in the 2016 process.
WOOLEY, KEVIN   March 6, 2015
SEATTLE, WA

Preferred Option:   Support with Concerns

Comments:
I would like it to open but want to make sure we make the fishery sustainable
BOWERS, BRIAN   March 6, 2015
SEATTLE, WA

Preferred Option:   Support with Concerns

Comments:
It's ironic that WDFW continues to protect other bottom fish species on the Canal, but proposes to allow fishing for flat fish in select areas. Is there no concern that focused technique for flat fish will also hook "protected" species, which may be injured or die despite attempts at safe release? Friends that dive the northern half of Hood canal say the bottom fish population is as abundant as anywhere they dive. I think it grossly unfair that bottom fishing be restricted for all of Hood Canal, when the very issues that give rise to the protection is limited to the southern portion of the Canal. The attention of WDFW would be better spent on increasing the sport salmon runs, including closer monitoring of tribal harvest. A better solution to the issue: Sell special premium licenses for bottom fish...$40 or $50 good for certain days such as with shrimping. The result...some limited chances to catch bottom fish, and raise revenue for measures to increase the bottom fish numbers.
HOGAN, RALPH   March 6, 2015
BRINNON, WA

Preferred Option:   Support

Comments:
Why can you not open the northern part of Hood Canal to rockfish also, the numbers support it for "1" rockfish a day per angler???
WILLEY, BRAD   March 6, 2015
TAHUYA, WA

Preferred Option:   Oppose

Comments:
I strongly oppose this measure unless its opens for all species. Any fish brought up from deep water is not going to make it safely back down. There will be to much waste. Thank you.
BILLEAUDEAUX, LIONEL   March 6, 2015
BRINNON, WA

Preferred Option:   Support

Comments:
The ban has been extremely painful..for those of us..and there are many..who have endured !....There, could, should have been action taken..over these many years ..for good reasons..through research..and positive , practical and fair ..managerial action.....Controls for minimal population depletion..measured...via, time and location...etc.etc.long overdue. I strongly recommend approval for opening...AND consideration given to expanding boundary for limited ..activity...to Black Point...with line ENE to Jap Point...( perhaps in the near future) Finally, I would be pleased to volunteer, if manpower needed.in assisting...in your efforts.. LC BILLEAUDEAUX Geologist...
PIERCE, ALAN   March 6, 2015
BRINNON, WA

Preferred Option:   Support

Comments:
All bottom fishing should be opened. You won't be able to get to the bottom without getting a rockfish on the hook!

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