Sport Fishing Rule Simplification Process 2017-2019

State fishery managers are seeking public comment on a proposed package of simplified recreational fishing regulations for freshwater species, such as steelhead, trout and warmwater fish.

Policy changes proposed would apply to freshwater throughout the state, with some exceptions. Details on changes to specific waters will be available in early November.

This is the first year of a three-year effort to simplify sport fishing regulations throughout the state.

  • Year 1 (2017): Simplify sport fishing regulations for freshwater species (steelhead, trout, warmwater fish, sturgeon, shad and carp). Rules effective July 1, 2018.
  • Year 2 (2018): Simplify sport fishing regulations for salmon fisheries in marine and fresh waters. Rules effective July 1, 2019.
  • Year 3 (2019): Simplify sport fishing regulations for marine fish and shellfish in Washington coastal and Puget Sound waters. Rules effective July 1, 2020.
  • Consider regulations that address critical conservation needs on an annual basis.
Timeline for 2017 Sport Rule Simplification Process
January through July Staff review of rules and draft proposed changes.
September through November Proposals placed on website for public comment.
September - October Regional workshops with the public to discuss the rule simplification process and proposed regulation changes.
  • Spokane: 6 to 8 p.m., Sept. 26, Center Place, 2426 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley.
  • Ephrata: 6 to 8 p.m., Sept. 27, Grant County Public Works, 124 Enterprise St. SE, Ephrata.
  • Selah: 6 to 8 p.m., Sept. 28, Selah Civic Center, 216 S. First St. Selah.
  • Mill Creek: 6 to 8 p.m., Oct. 3, WDFW Region 4 headquarters, 16018 Mill Creek Blvd., Mill Creek.
  • Ridgefield: 6 to 8 p.m., Oct. 4, WDFW Region 5 Headquarters, 5525 S. 11th St., Ridgefield.
  • Montesano: 6 to 8 p.m., Oct. 5, Montesano City Hall, 112 N. Main St., Montesano.
October 27-28 Washington State Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting: Staff will brief the commission on proposed regulation changes.
November 30 Deadline for the public to submit written comments on proposed sport rule changes.
December 8-9 Washington State Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting: Public testimony will be received for sport proposals.
January 2018 Washington State Fish and Wildlife Commission takes action on sport rule proposals.
July 1, 2018 Rules take effect.