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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: DFW249550

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW249550
Recreational Opportunities      Submission Type: Public
Rules Category:
Puget Sound Region Freshwater
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Trout
Rule to Change:
*All game fish - Last Sat in April - Oct 31 - Statewide min. size/daily limit*
New Rule Proposal:
*All species - Selective gear rules Trout - Year-round - Min. size 18" - Daily limit 1. Other game fish - Year-round - Statewide min. size/limit
Why the change is needed:
There are few selective fisheries lakes on the west side of the Cascades which can provide the opportunity for catching good size Trout. Changing the rule for Lake Sixteen would increase this opportunity. The change to a Year-round fishery would also increase the fishing opportunity. This change could also reduce the costs to the WDFW by reducing the need to plant large numbers of fish each year.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
*Evergreen Fly-Fishing Club Olympic Fly Fishers Fidalgo Fly Fishers Fourth Corner Fly-Fishing Club NW Fly Anglers Widbey Island Fly-Fishing Club Washington FFF Informal survey of fishers on the lake
Describe their support and/or concerns:
*All are very much in favor of this rule change

Date submitted: 05/26/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Not Recommended for further consideration     Reference ID: DFW249550

The region supports the concept of creating quality catch and release opportunity but not at the expense of an opening day lake (opens the fourth Saturday in April).

Online Public Comments    (1 comments)

JACOBSON, JAKE C  November 04, 2012
I request that you consider changing the fishing regulations to Selective Gear Only on Lake 16, in Skagit County for the following reasons: 1. Region 4 has over 244 lakes with access. 238 are currently managed as “Opening Day” lakes. 2. Six of the lakes in the region are regulated as Selective Gear or Fly Fishing Only, and only 4 of these are open year round. Only two are within 50 miles of Seattle, and one of those requires a ferry ride (or really long drive) to access. 3. The user group base that would be attracted to a Selective Gear Lake is large. It is estimated by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation that over 17% of license holders in Region 4 go fly fishing throughout the year. That’s almost 60,000 fly fishermen in the region. In other words, 17% of the fishermen currently have only 2% of the lakes set aside for a quality fishing experience in the region. Comments continued in another message

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