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language (CR-103)
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: DFW566217

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW566217
Recreational Opportunities      Submission Type: Public
Rules Category:
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Not species specific
Rule to Change:
Two-pole endorsement
New Rule Proposal:
Let the two-pole endorsement apply to all fisheries state-wide.
Why the change is needed:
The fact that you have felt the need to limit each angler to 1 pole shows the degree to which you control the whole angling experience. MANY other states with much larger and more important recreational fisheries (florida comes to mind) don't try to limit poles and anglers. They know it's self-regulating because it's often very difficult to fish with (or more) two poles. You seem to be assuming that double the gear results in double the catch, which is not the case at all.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
No input given
Describe their support and/or concerns:
No input given

Date submitted: 04/27/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Not Recommended for further consideration     Reference ID: DFW566217

The Washington State Legislature authorized the Department to sell a Two-Pole Endorsement allowing an angler to fish with a second fishing pole in specific waters of the state. The Department is continuing to seek additional waters where this endorsement is valid including fishing for salmon. The Department will consider additional waters for salmon fishing during the North of Falcon process this year.

Online Public Comments    (1 comments)

GIRTZ, TODD   September 21, 2012
i think this would be a good way for the state to make money