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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: DFW622881

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW622881
Recreational Opportunities      Submission Type: Public
Rules Category:
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Trout
Rule to Change:
Statewide Trout Rules. In lakes, ponds, and reservoirs: No min. size. Daily limit 5.
New Rule Proposal:
Reduce daily limit to 2 or 3.
Why the change is needed:
This change would encourage recreational fishing throughout the spring and summer. For example, on Padden Lake in Bellingham, the state plants 20,000 to 30,000 trout for opening day. After just a week or so, most of the trout has been caught. Reducing the daily limit might attract more families to visit during summer months if they know there are still fish to be caught.
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: 06/03/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Not Recommended for further consideration     Reference ID: DFW622881

Five fish is the preferred number for most trout anglers. Reducing the bag limit would not increase angler participation, and many would see this as taking away from their experience rather than an extension of the fishery's duration.

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