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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: DFW539213

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW539213
Critical Conservation Need      Submission Type: Public
Rules Category:
Puget Sound Region Freshwater
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Steelhead
 • Other

Other Description
Bull trout and salmon
Rule to Change:
790, North fork Nooksack river
New Rule Proposal:
Implement no bait single barbless hook rule from Mosquito lake rd. bridge to Nooksack falls
Why the change is needed:
To protect adult and juvenile Salmonids including bull trout,steelhead and salmon
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
Native fish Society
Describe their support and/or concerns:
Our concerns are that for a significant portion of the year when this stretch of river is open there are numbers of all these species in the river that are harmed by barbed hooks. Given the tenuous state of these fish, we believe it would be a needee protection.

Date submitted: 06/15/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Not Recommended for further consideration     Reference ID: DFW539213

Significant restrictions have been put in place in recent years to protect ESA listed species within this watershed consistent with the statewide steelhead management plan. Restricting anglers to barbless hooks and no bait during the limited time periods when bait and barbless hooks are allowed currently, will impede anglers' ability to harvest abundant hatchery salmon and hatchery steelhead produced for harvest. Further, it would limit the effectiveness to reduce the straying of hatchery fish into the wild via angling.

Reasons not recommended for further consideration

    Salmon, goes through the North of Falcon process
    This proposal deals with salmon. Salmon seasons are set through the Pacific Fisheries Management Council/North of Falcon process. This process adopts a cohesive set of rules for sport and commercial salmon fisheries, from ocean fisheries to those inside Puget Sound including freshwater fisheries each year during March and April.

    Your proposal will be provided to the manager(s) responsible for this species so that it can be considered during the appropriate rulemaking process.

Online Public Comments    (2 comments)

BODENSTEINER, LEO   November 05, 2012
I agree that further protection of bull trout should be implemented for this stretch of river. However, the first step should be to enforce regulations against illegal harvest, particularly below the falls, if barbless, baitless regulations are to be considered. It is well recognized by those the fish in that reach that frequent removal of bull trout is occurring when fish are congregated below the dam.
STOWELL, BRIAN E  December 17, 2012
As a sport angler, I wonder why gillnets will be phased out over three to four years, yet barbless hooks will be required immediately. I know many gillnetters and netting is not the primary income source. I just knew if we went with Oregon or even messed with the gillnetters, we sport anglers would pay the price. Our sport angler organizations simply got bamboozled by a slick politician who in reality was and is sympathetic to the "fish for all" contingent.

Other Comments Received