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2013 Recreational Fishing Rules Concise Explanatory Statement
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Meeting Feb. 8-9, 2013

2013 – 2014 Sportfishing Rule Proposals – Briefing and Public Hearing. Audio available.

Sportfishing Rule Changes for 2013-2014

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Reference ID: DFW935223

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW935223
Critical Conservation Need      Submission Type: Public
Rules Category:
Puget Sound Region Freshwater
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Steelhead
Rule to Change:
New Rule Proposal:
Designate the entire Skagit River watershed as a Wild Steelhead Management Zone and manage for improving stock abundance, diversity and recovery.
Why the change is needed:
This designation will allow ESA listed Skagit River steelhead stocks to recover genetic diversity and a spawning abundance above the WDFW spawner escapement goal. Hatchery steelhead lose 35% productivity each generation (Araki et al. 2008) and returning hatchery adults produce smolts that compete with wild smolts (Kostow 2009). Recent studies show that steelhead stocks recover rapidly when hatchery impacts are removed (Wind, Asotin, Clackamas Rivers). Genetic studies of Skagit steelhead show a significant portion of the spawning population is composed of hatchery fish (Pflug 2012). Models (Chilcote 2012) show moderate levels of hatchery introgression and competition with wild fish greatly reduces wild stock productivity. Removing hatchery fish, recovering the early wild run, protecting resident steelhead (rainbow trout) (Christie, 2012) and increasing the number of repeat spawners will recover Skagit stocks above the needed spawner escapements in a few generations.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
The Wild Fish Conservancy - Trent Donohue and Nick Gayeski. Native Fish Society - Mike Moody. Bill McMillan, Biologist and Outdoor writer. John McMillan, Fish Research Scientist. Wild Salmon Center - Devona Ensmenger. Conservation Angler - Pete Soverel. Will Atlas, Steelhead Conservation Committee – Federation of Fly Fishers. Doug Schaad, Conservation Committee - Washington Fly Fishing Club. Dave Steinbaugh, Waters West. Dave McCoy, Emerald Water Anglers. Bill Robinson, Fish Advocate and Chair of the WDFW SCPAG.
Describe their support and/or concerns:
This Rule proposal is supported by all listed above.

Date submitted: 06/14/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Not Recommended for further consideration     Reference ID: DFW935223

This is not a rule proposal, thus does not meet criteria for evaluation.

Online Public Comments    (1 comments)

URABECK, FRANK   January 29, 2013
This proposal should get no further consideration

Other Comments Received