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Reference ID: DFW193035

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW193035
Recreational Opportunities      Submission Type: Public
Rules Category:
Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Bass
Rule to Change:
Smallmouth Bass. NO minimum size. Only 1 smallmouth over 14" may be retained. Daily limit 10.
New Rule Proposal:
The Lake Roosevelt Walleye club proposes to take the size limit off the the smallmouth bass AND also increase the limit of bass to 20 or unlimited.
Why the change is needed:
The smallmouth bass population has been steadily increasing the past 10 years and are a concern because they are in competition with the walleye on Lake Roosevelts limited food base. Also, recreational fishermen would like to keep smallmouth bass to eat, but are limited to only 1 over 14 inches. Many anglers would keep more smallmouth if they could retain more of the bigger sizes. Smallmouth thrive in all waterways that they occupy, why are we protecting this predator in Lake Roosevelt when there is a limited food base? Few anglers actually keep bass and just like to catch them for sport. Bass will always be a part of Lake Roosevelt fishery, but it is not necessary to protect and save them while they decrease the food base in the lake.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
Lake Roosevelt Walleye Club, membership of 69 members.
Describe their support and/or concerns:
Smallmouth bass are caught throughout the entire Lake Roosevelt, but there are not enough of them being retained by anglers because of the size restriction. The majority of anglers visiting Lake Roosevelt are seeking walleye and rainbow trout, yet the state is allowing smallmouth population to go unchecked. Trophy smallmouth have always been caught in the Spokane River and SanPoil Rivers, there is no need to protect the vast population of smallmouth in Lake Roosevelt with such restrictive regulations.
Submitted by: MESKAN, JAMES E — KETTLE FALLS, WA

Date submitted: 06/14/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Not Recommended for further consideration     Reference ID: DFW193035

Biological information for the reservoir indicates that warmwater predators are numerous and are having a greater predatory impact than desired on native and non-native fishes in the reservoir. DFW management direction is to reduce the overall abundance of predatory walleye and smallmouth bass to increase the recruitment of native and non-native priority fish species in the reservoir. To achieve this goal, DFW is currently developing management regulations for walleye and desires to continue the current regulation for smallmouth bass because these regulations focus on reducing the population abundance of the smaller most predacious size classes of predatory fish. The current smallmouth regulation does not need to be changed to address the management direction. Removing the slot limit would encourage angler sorting and would likely not lead to having anglers harvest the most abundant smaller fish, harvest the daily bag limit, or increase the annual smallmouth bass harvest. To reach the biological outcome that is desired, further public outreach and education that encourages anglers to harvest more smallmouth bass from the reservoir would be a more effective tactic. In conjunction with the reservoir co-managers there will be efforts in the near future to encourage predatory species harvest from the reservoir and continued efforts to monitor harvest, population abundance and population trend of smallmouth and other predatory fishes in the reservoir.


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