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2013 Recreational Fishing Rules Concise Explanatory Statement
Fish & Wildlife Commission
Meeting Feb. 8-9, 2013

2013 – 2014 Sportfishing Rule Proposals – Briefing and Public Hearing. Audio available.

Sportfishing Rule Changes for 2013-2014

Sportfishing Rule Proposals & Comments

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Reference ID: DFW027795

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW027795
Critical Conservation Need      Submission Type: Public
Rules Category:
Puget Sound Region Marine
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Steelhead
Rule to Change:
New Rule Proposal:
Ban fishing from a floating device on the Hoh River from Jan 15 to seasons end to protect wild steelhead.
Why the change is needed:
The Hoh river has experienced extremely high angling pressure the last few seasons and cannot afford to have such a high percentage of the escapement be caught by recreational fisherman. The inherent characteristics of the river make it very easy for fisherman to cover all the fishable water by floating down it and hook a high percentage of the fish in the system at any given time. A ban on fishing from a floating device would allow anglers opportunity to fish while reducing impact on the fishery.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
Wild Steelhead Coalition and other anglers.
Describe their support and/or concerns:
Everyone who has voiced an opinion has been in support.

Date submitted: 05/08/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Not Recommended for further consideration     Reference ID: DFW027795

Updated 09/27/2012
UPDATED: The "no fishing from a floating device" regulation to reduce negative effects of catch and release fisheries on wild steelhead is typically not a tool used to address conservation objectives. Currently wild steelhead are meeting escapement in this river. Limiting harvest of wild steelhead to one per year per angler statewide, to be taken only in the lower stretches of rivers that are routinely meeting escapement goals, has reduced the non-treaty harvest of wild steelhead in these rivers by roughly 70 percent. Upper reaches of the north coastal streams under both State and Olympic National Park jurisdiction require selective gear and some are closed during much of the year, further limiting impacts of catch and release fishing. WDFW welcomes discussion of this and other ideas to better manage the wild steelhead stocks of the North Coast, as escapements, and catch and effort trends continue to develop in the future.

Online Public Comments    (3 comments)

DUNN, RONALD C  October 29, 2012
This is again an attempt to keep all but the elite few fishermen off of a piece of river. All user groups must be garenteed access to our resources. Heaven help us all if we get injured in our life and can't walk the river.
CLARK, GARY   December 27, 2012
Ban fishing from a floating device on any River that is not meeting escapements (of any stock) to protect wild salmonids. This has been a rule for a long time on the Green river in King county and provides all anglers with the same oppertuity...
HOPPLER, WES C  January 29, 2013
Strongly oppose this proposal. Past regulation changes are working. Angling pressure is actually down in the Hoh in recent years on a number of anglers basis - ask staff for a briefing on creel survey results. I do not find it an enhancement to not be able to fish from a boat, my methods are boat-centric, and crawling in and out a boat all day during the winter is not something I relish, I am getting older. Yes, the Hoh has missed escapement many times in the last 20 years, but there have been regulation changes that have made some difference. Recent run-size and escapement trends are up (see more at!__articles/some-hope-for-the-hoh) Sport angler impacts have exceeded their surplus share only twice in the last 15 years. Out of state guides are an issue with the comanagers. If you feel the need to do something, curtail non resident guide opportunities before further reductions are made to resident opportunities. See comments on DF

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