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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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Columbia Region Freshwater

Reference ID: DFW523157

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW523157
Critical Conservation Need      Submission Type: Public
Rules Category:
Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Steelhead
 • Trout
Rule to Change:
New Rule Proposal:
Suggest that the entire Naches River system be managed as a catch and release area and selective gear rules apply.
Why the change is needed:
Protect the bull trout and steelhead in the river and provide additional protection of breeding age class rainbow and brook trout.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
Columbia Basin Fly Casters
Describe their support and/or concerns:
No input given

Date submitted: 06/14/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Not Recommended for further consideration     Reference ID: DFW523157

This proposal does not offer additional conservation protection that warrants adjusting the current rule. The current rule is protective of native fish while allowing a broad spectrum of recreational anglers to use the resource. Implementing the proposed rule would potentially reduce recreational use of the resource.

Online Public Comments    (1 comments)

ALLISON, CHET W  December 07, 2012
If a river does not grow fish consitantly over 16 inches it is time to try hook and release to see if the river has enough food to support such a fishery and grow the fish that fisherman are looking for. If the fish don't grow then put and take can be put back into play.