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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: DFW239716

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW239716
Recreational Opportunities      Submission Type: Public
Rules Category:
Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Other

Other Description
Spring Chinook
Rule to Change:
Chinook jack is any king less than 24"
New Rule Proposal:
Chinook jack is any king less than 25"
Why the change is needed:
After fishing the Cowlitz extensively I have yet to see a female spring chinook less than 27" and all the male chinook less than 27" have the similar, stocky, pale meat appearance that the smaller spring chinook jacks have. Please take a closer look at this issue by examining what the hatcheries get in return. Their sample size is extensive and could easily back or refute my concern. If correct, anglers could effectively get more angling benefit by keeping more true chinook jacks. Currently anglers are forced to either quit early with small adults (actually jacks?) or return these small adults (jacks?) back to try for an actual adult springer.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
Cody Duncan, Isaac Fu, Mike Pallas, Jacob Waunch, and Joe Townley
Describe their support and/or concerns:
No input given

Date submitted: 06/08/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Not Recommended for further consideration     Reference ID: DFW239716

To be completely accurate and ensure jack retention, the size limit rule for jacks would have to change yearly based on size variation that occurs year to year from environmental variation. Twenty-four inches has been adopted because it keeps the jack size requirements consistent from river to river and fits the typical jack size each year.

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