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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: DFW692600

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW692600
Critical Conservation Need      Submission Type: Public
Rules Category:
Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Trout
 • Other

Other Description
Bull Trout
Rule to Change:
Eastern Rivers Special Rules
New Rule Proposal:
Change the regulation to make the entire Naches River catch and release, fly fishing only with single barbless hook.
Why the change is needed:
To protect the bull trout population from those confused telling the difference from a bull trout and a brookie. To protect the fishery from over-fishing. To allow the fishery to develop into what it is capable of becoming...a blue-ribbon fishery...within a very short period of time. The Naches is capable of becoming a truly renowned fishery similar to the Methow. But it should be protected for at least time for it to develop as such.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
Describe their support and/or concerns:
Not applicable.

Date submitted: 06/13/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Not Recommended for further consideration     Reference ID: DFW692600

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
Catch and release is the only way to have a great fishery. the fish grow bigger and there are less dead fish. Releasing a fish on barbless hooks dosen't hurt the fish at the rate of fish dieing from getting off the barbed hooks. Death rate of released fish from barbless hooks is in the area of 4%. Also the hook and release rivers give the fish to grow to a much large size if the food sorce is there to start with.