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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: DFW959513

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW959513
Recreational Opportunities      Submission Type: Public
Rules Category:
Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Other

Other Description
Chinook salmon
Rule to Change:
Closing the spring chinook season early for bank anglers in washington on the columbia
New Rule Proposal:
Allow washington bank anglers to star the season for spring chinook after april 7th and run until May 1
Why the change is needed:
There are rarely any spring chinook salmon caught from the bank on the washington side until April 10th. The states records will confirm this.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
All my friends who I fish with... Also the washington columbia fish checkers.
Describe their support and/or concerns:
The fishermen are angery because they are ignored.

Date submitted: 04/26/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Not Recommended for further consideration     Reference ID: DFW959513

Reasons not recommended for further consideration

    Salmon, goes through the North of Falcon process
    This proposal deals with salmon. Salmon seasons are set through the Pacific Fisheries Management Council/North of Falcon process. This process adopts a cohesive set of rules for sport and commercial salmon fisheries, from ocean fisheries to those inside Puget Sound including freshwater fisheries each year during March and April.

    Your proposal will be provided to the manager(s) responsible for this species so that it can be considered during the appropriate rulemaking process.

Online Public Comments    (1 comments)

WEHNES, STEFFEN K  January 16, 2013
It seems that every time the spring salmon start over the boneville dam in the peak numbers, the sport salmon season is discontinued. It is open when the fishing is not productive. The Indians get to fish when the fishing is good. I agree that we should have a season that remains until the quota is met. This would give us the opportunity to catch fish when they are there. This would also alleviate the bad feelings between the indians and the sport fisherman. The past two years have caused dissentment between the sport anglers , the indians, and Cindy Laffluer because of this. Also, If the trend continues, then most sport fisherman will not bother purchasing a liscense. I have heard the comment "Why should I support the fishery, if I cannot fish when the fish are here in the large numbers" from many of my fellow fisherman including myself. Also, if the indians can use five poles per person, then why cannot we use our two pole endorsement? Lets all get along and share.