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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

Sportfishing Rule Proposals & Comments

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Reference ID: DFW446883

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW446883
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:
Bonneville Pool closed to boat fishing for Spring Chinook.
New Rule Proposal:
Open the entire pool to boat fishing if the run supports it. There is nothing preventing the Department from doing so. We dont care if it is not popular with the tribes and the notion of it being to hard to monitor is absurd.
Why the change is needed:
The sport fisher in the Bonneville Pool is jammed into the Wind an Drano like sardines.Drano is a defacto Indian fishery. They take most of the fish and then turn to the hatchery for anything they missed (ceremonial of course)They did not even give the Department the courtesy of notifying them on the platforms.Now we get to watch them race around Drano daily and "mock us" Its time to reconsider the sportfisher. The Department is grossly under estimating how unhappy we are. We are left with few options and hoping for fairness. I guess we could blast away on the net and the periodicals or organize a statewide boycott if forced to do so. As a person with some business acumen I know how devastating that could be no matter how technically successful it was. Do the right thing for a change. Step up and dont be afraid. It might prove to be the best course of action.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
John Weinheimer ( Good man doing a tough job)
Describe their support and/or concerns:
No input given

Date submitted: 06/13/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Not Recommended for further consideration     Reference ID: DFW446883

We will pass this proposal onto our salmon managers for their consideration during the Columbia River Compact Rule Making Process.

Online Public Comments    (1 comments)

EIDS, DAVID   November 21, 2012
I agree that it would be nice to open the Bonneville Pool. However, I would be concerned with impacts to fisheries upstream such as the Snake River, Umatilla, Walla Walla, and Icicle Rivers. I would suggest consideration such as placing fishing bouys outside the main Drano Lake similar to the Wind River to provide a little more opportunity to Drano boat fishermen.