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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

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Reference ID: DFW036902

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW036902
Critical Conservation Need      Submission Type: Public
Rules Category:
Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Not species specific
Rule to Change:
New Rule Proposal:
No fishing from a floating device year round above the Cotlets Way Bridge in Cashmere.
Why the change is needed:
Wenatchee River steelhead are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). River openings intended to harvest of surplus hatchery fish have resulted in high angler participation and high catch rates on wild steelhead caught incidentally in this fishery pose an unnecessary risk to the ESA listed stock. Crowding has also resulted in increasing conflicts between angler groups, including conflicts over the behavior and fishing practices of individuals fishing from floating devices. Allowing the use of boats for transportation only would give wild steelhead crucial refugia from intense angling pressure often associated with fall harvest fisheries, reducing the incidence of multiple hookings and catch and release mortality on ESA listed steelhead. It would also reduce the number of angler conflicts, give a greater number of license holders the opportunity to catch and harvest hatchery steelhead, while allowing WDFW to meet its objective of removing hatchery steelhead.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
Federation of Fly Fishers Steelhead Committee, The Conservation Angler
Describe their support and/or concerns:
Support for the proposed rule

Date submitted: 06/12/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Not Recommended for further consideration     Reference ID: DFW036902

The land bordering much of the Wenatchee River is privately owned and thus bank access can be limited. Anglers(shore and boat) are currently able to spread out along the river, allowing for increased recreational opportunity while assisting in wild origin fish conservation efforts through maximizing the ability to remove hatchery origin fish. Prohibiting fishing from a floating device along this section of the Wenatchee River would potentially reduce recreational opportunity and conservation efforts. DFW is in the process of educating anglers on river etiquette. More public outreach rather than more restrictions is what is needed to run an orderly fishery.

Online Public Comments    (5 comments)

DANIEL, SCOTT M  September 23, 2012
i believe this issue is happening because of the Commercial guides that are trying to make an income. They seem to be quite aggressive in pushing into a spot and forcing out other fisherman. I feel that the commercial quide should be eliminated on the Wenatchee River altogether! This in my opinion would eliminate the majority of this issue.
SENYOHL, CHRIS J  January 28, 2013
I am against this proposal. It would limit some of the more physically challenged anglers from fishing and create more damage to the spawning areas of all fish that spawn in the river by increasing the amount of wading anglers. If the true nature of the proposal is to lessen impacts and not just to set aside more water for an exclusive group of anglers who choose to fish a certain way, than I think a better idea might be to only allow fishing from a boat or while standing on dry ground. Wading, both while fishing and as a way to access fishing areas, may do more damage than the actual fishing itself.
GAVIN, MARK   January 28, 2013
It is not needed. The proposal favors fishing methods by a special interest group. In addition, many people are too old and or physically impaired to get out of a boat to fish. The proposal violates the Americans with disabilities act as does recognize the real needs of people and make reasonable accommodation for them. Also, there is very liitle public bank access. The data by the groups that originally made this proposal is not valid. In the extremely few cases where there really needs to be a conservation limitation to protect the fish make it a total closesure to all fishing methods.
SHARF, JOHN D  January 29, 2013
No required for conservation, an obvious attempt to restrict fishing to a select user group. Limits access to physical handicaped fishers, such as myself.
SIMONSON, WILLIAM R  January 29, 2013
This proposal should not be considered. If the need to reduce sportsfisher catch is real, then limit days/seasons. Requiring sportsfishers to exit a boat/"floating device" can pose safety issues; especially for the young and elder fishers. Don't limit fishing methods and reduce opportunities to certain fishing demographics.