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Reference ID: DFW545272

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW545272
Recreational Opportunities      Submission Type: WDFW Staff
Rules Category:
Puget Sound Region Freshwater
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Not species specific
Rule to Change:
Page 35 of this years pamphlet: In 2010 we adopted a new management strategy that offers additional protection to stocks in streams draining into Puget Sound or the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The basic rule in these waters is that all rivers, streams, and beaver ponds are closed to fishing unless they are listed in the following tables in the Puget Sound and Strait Rivers section of the pamphlet (see pages 37-52). These tables detail ALL of the fishing opportunity in these drainages. Areas open to fisheries are presented by river system unless the waters drain directly to salt water. All other waters in these drainages are closed to fishing. We have provided a map (below) of these watersheds to get you started on locating an area where you would like to fish. There is also an alphabetical list of open areas (see following page and special rules). Remaining westside rivers and all eastside rivers are listed in the conventional format and still fall under the statewide seasons, unless otherwise noted. Furthur, on page 16 of the pamphlet: Areas/Seasons Rivers , Streams , and Beaver Ponds that drain into Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the coast are CLOSED to fishing unless listed as open. See pages 22 and 35 for complete information. Proposal applies to all araes affected by the stream strategy.
New Rule Proposal:
Beaver ponds located within or adjoining streams that are currently listed as open to trout and other gamefish, follow the same rules and regulations as the stream unless otherwise regulated by special rules. Special rules include tables (Region 4), listings, and countywide regulations (Mason and Kitsap).
Why the change is needed:
Not addressed in the current fishing rules are beaver ponds located on and adjacent to streams that are open, so currently by definition, beaver ponds located on an open stream (unless the Beaver pond is named and listed as open) are closed. This was not the intent on the regulation, and is/has been confusing to the public, WDFW staff, enforcement and unnecessary for conservation .
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
Region 4 enforcement, constituents Bob Heirman, Doug Huddle, Larry Anderson, Trailblazers, High Lakers, Snohomish County Sportsmen, Curt Kraemer and many. many others. Region 4 and 6 Fish program staff, as well as many in headquarters.
Describe their support and/or concerns:
Region 4 enforcement has been adamant that a clarification was necessary. All constituents and sportsmenís groups are very supportive and have brought the issue to our attention. Only concern is that we do not correct the over sight.
Submitted by: BARKDULL, BRETT  — ,

Date submitted: 06/11/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Recommended for Public Comment     Reference ID: DFW545272

Rule Change Recommendation Short Title
Allow angling in beaver ponds on or adjacent to streams open to angling

Rules Category
Puget Sound Region Freshwater

Type of Rule Change Proposal
Recreational

County or Location Information

Short Description
Beaver ponds located within or adjoining streams that are currently listed as open to trout and other gamefish follow the same rules and regulations as the stream unless otherwise regulated by special rules.

Explanation
The current fishing rules do not address beaver ponds located on and adjacent to streams that are open, so by definition, beaver ponds located on an open stream (unless the pond is named and listed as open) are closed. This was not the intent of the regulation, is confusing to the public, WDFW staff, and enforcement, and is unnecessary for conservation.

Original Rule Proposal Number(s)
DFW545272

Online Public Comments

Online public comments submitted for this proposal can be found here.