See proposed rule
language (CR-103)
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

View proposals and comments on proposals that were submitted by the public and WDFW staff.
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Statewide Coastal Region
Puget Sound
Region Freshwater
Coastal Region
Puget Sound
Region Marine
Eastern Washington and
Columbia Region Freshwater

Reference ID: DFW084106

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW084106
Critical Conservation Need      Submission Type: Public
Rules Category:
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Other

Other Description
Dolly Varden/Bull Trout,Coastal Cutthroat
Rule to Change:
You May Not: Retain Wild Steelhead or Dolly Varden/Bull Trout except where specifically authorized in the special rules
New Rule Proposal:
Catch and release Coastal Cutthroat Trout and Dolly Varden/Bull Trout in all waters (fresh and marine) in Washington State.
Why the change is needed:
It is difficult to understand for most why theses species must be caught and released in all marine waters only to have them harvested in some fresh water systems The regulations must be simplified.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
Washington Fly Fishing Club,Patrick Patillo,Mike Cenci
Describe their support and/or concerns:
same as above: It is difficult to understand for most why theses species must be caught and released in all marine waters only to have them harvested in some fresh water systems

Date submitted: 06/12/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Not Recommended for further consideration     Reference ID: DFW084106

In marine waters fish populations are mixed and contain individual fish from healthy, depressed or unhealthy populations originating from different streams. The risk to allow harvest in areas with mixed fish populations is that depressed or unhealthy stocks will be overexploited. However, once the fish return to their stream of origin (freshwater) fisheries are managed to allow harvest on populations that are large enough to allow harvest while minimizing impacts to populations of concern.

Online Public Comments    (4 comments)

TACHELL, JONATHAN T  October 08, 2012
I would like to to see these species managed under catch and release regulations statewide. These are a special fish that deserve protection and can result in a tremendous angling opportunity when there numbers are not reduced by harvest.
STEELE, DARREN L  January 01, 2013
To prohibit the harvest of these fish in fresh water makes sense. To protect them in the salt and than allow harvest in fresh water makes no sense. Lets do the right thing and allow these fish a better chanse for survival for the generations that follow us.
LAWRENCE, ANDREW R  January 23, 2013
I support this effort for the purpose of maintaining and enhancing the quality of fisheries directed towards these two species, in both marine and freshwater.
HOPPLER, WES C  January 29, 2013
Do not support this proposal. If there are conservation concerns address them, but generally rule simplification equals loss of opportunity and we have had quite enough of that already.