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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: DFW996354

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW996354
Recreational Opportunities      Submission Type: Public
Rules Category:
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Not species specific
Rule to Change:
The existing rule is the "Flyfishing Only" rule on the Kalama River.
New Rule Proposal:
I would like WDFW to get rid of the rule.
Why the change is needed:
The rule dates back further than anyone in Region 5 office can even remember why it's there or how it came to be. It serves a very limited section of the fishing/outdoor community and does nothing to perserve or enhance fish or recreation opportunities for the fishing public. It's nearly impossible to enforce and it removes a large portion of the river from the general fishing community for a large time frame.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
Columbia River Chapter of NW Steelheaders
Describe their support and/or concerns:
No one in our group knows why the rule was enacted originally, all were in support of opening up the river to ALL members of the fishing community during this period.

Date submitted: 05/23/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Not Recommended for further consideration     Reference ID: DFW996354

This was discussed with the steelhead management group and there was not support for changing the rule.

Online Public Comments    (1 comments)

GIRTZ, TODD J  September 21, 2012
i would also like to see this rule changed there is no need for this rule anglers should be able to chose how they fish this area.