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Rule Change Recommendation Short Title
# 7. Align Washburn Island Pond rules with Colville Tribes

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Rules Category
Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater

Type of Rule Change Proposal
Conservation

County or Location Information
Okanogan County

Short Description
Internal combustion motors may be attached to floating devices, but must not be used.

Explanation
Washburn Island Pond regulations are governed by both DFW and the Colville Tribe. Rule consistency is important, and in this case tribal rules allow combustible motors to be attached, while DFW rules prohibit attachment, even though both agencies prohibit fishing by combustible motor. Many of the anglers that use Washburn Island Pond have larger boats, which make the removal of combustible motors unfeasible.

Original Rule Proposal Number(s)
DFW313221

Final Rule Actions

Staff Recommendation
Adopt as proposed.

Commission Action
Adopted as proposed.

Rule Modifications
No


Public Testimony

There were no comments.

Online Public Comments  (15 comments)

MAITLAND, MIKE W  September 29, 2012
METHOW, WA  
Comments:
I AGREE WITH THE NEW RULE PROPOSAL. GREAT! THE WAY THE RULE IS NOW I WOULD NEED A SMALL CRANE AND LOSTS OF MECHANICAL TIME TO REMOVE MY MOTOR, NOT VERY HANDY! I VOTE FOR NEW RULE PROPOSAL!! THANK YOU.
FISHER, CHRISTOPHER J  October 08, 2012
OMAK, WA  
Comments:
I support the regulation to be consistent between the two agencies
SKAAR, KIM W  October 10, 2012
CHELAN, WA  
Comments:
I represent the Chelan Bass Club and sent in a letter earlier on this proposal for Washburn Pond. Our Club fishes this pond once or twice a year and we have never used our outboard motors on this water. Electric motor only. Our outboard motors are permanently attached to our Bass Boats and not easily removed. Many of them are 200 HP and up to 250HP. The outboards are sealed and they will not leak gasoline or oil in to Washburn Pond no more than they would sit there and leak in our garages. I would like to see the ruling changed so that we can fish this water with our outboard motors attached but not running. Thank you. Kim Skaar
DODRILL, SANDRA DODRILL   November 19, 2012
LEAVENWORTH, WA  
Comments:
Aligning the rules will eliminate the confusion, especially when both a DFW and Colville Tribe license are obatined by the angler. Also as it says in the explanation, it is unfeasble to remove a combustable motor on a bass boat, when fishing for bass at washborn.
CARVER SR, RUSSELL L  November 29, 2012
LAKETAPPS, WA  
Comments:
Please pass rule #7 it makes sense.
ARAKELIAN, GEORGE P  December 05, 2012
LEAVENWORTH, WA  
Comments:
To whom it may concern: My friends and I have had the privlage of fishing Washburn for years, It is a great Bass fishery. Normally we fish 3 people out of my 18.ft bass boat. Living in Leavenworth,it is a 200 mile round trip to fish there but, well worth it if you can split the gas money between friends. My boat has a 150.h.p. engine that would be difficult to remove. If we could not use our larger boat it would force us into using row boats that have a 1 or 2 person capacity which not only would create a dangerous situation due to the strong winds that kick up there but also would double or triple our fuel costs trying to haul up more boats. Please Help. By re-wording our regs. to say, "The use of combustible engines are prohibited" Thanks, George
MULLADY, CHRIS   December 05, 2012
LEAVENWORTH, WA  
Comments:
I don't see any problem with having a gas motor on the boat as long as it isn't started. Washburn has not had any negative effects from people with outboards on there boats. If I thought the fishery was effected from having a motor on my boat, I would be first to enforce the outboard closure. I practice catch and release and hope this fishery is here to stay, thanks
LOVELACE, DAVID C  December 06, 2012
PATEROS, WA  
Comments:
I am compleatly in agreement with this rule change.I pay fees on two boats to fish now, and I don't want to have to buy another boat to fish Washburn. Thank you.
ARAKELIAN, ARA P  December 07, 2012
CASHMERE, WA  
Comments:
First off, I appreciate being able to comment on this subject(hopefully a useful implementation)! Washburn is a pond that myself and many other friends have enjoyed fishing, over the years! Often times our plans and trips have been altered by this rule! I know that many people have larger outboards on their boats that are very difficult to remove! Think about it realistically, even a 25 h.p. outboard is very heavy and dangerous to remove and handle; now think about a 225 H.p. outboard !!(nearly impossible!) By adopting the tribal wording of this rule, more people could enjoy this great fishery without the hassle and hazards of attempting to remove their outboards! Thank you !
LARGENT, CHUCK   December 07, 2012
WENATCHEE, WA  
Comments:
Makes sense.
ARAKELIAN, MIKE P  December 08, 2012
CASHMERE, WA  
Comments:
Love washburn but find it rediculous to think that we need to remove a 250hp outboard just to fish it. I always follow the rules or its not worth doing but it's border-line insulting to think that anyone would be tempted to use one on washburn and that there's any appreciable amount of any pollutant coming from anyone's outboard that would matter. You can see boats blowing down the columbia from washburn, yet in spitting distance you can't troll with one attatched. I'd be embarrassed if i had made the stupid law. The tribes are fine with trusting us, maybe they appreciate my money, more. I may suggest to the tribes to cut you guys out of the rulings and them to run the whole show, they make more sense and have corrected stupider things than this.
THEILER, HUGH   December 08, 2012
EAST WENATCHEE, WA  
Comments:
If this rule takes effect, I am very likely to purchase a tribal fishing permit and fish Washburn. I cannot fish it now because I don't have a boat with an easily-removable motor.
LINDEBLAD, DAVID   December 21, 2012
OMAK, WA  
Comments:
Good idea.
GLASOE, LANE M  January 07, 2013
BURIEN, WA  
Comments:
What in the world do I do if my boat is equipped with an inboard engine? Tear half the boat apart and remove it before fishing? Even a larger outboard would be a mechanical/physical nightmare to remove, virtually impossible to do while at the launch or lakeside. The use of internal combustion engines are already prohibited, but to expect someone to remove their engine in order to fish this lake is beyond incomprehensible....it is ludicrous! Please look into re-thinking and/or re-writing this rule proposal!
SMITH, TOM   January 14, 2013
OMAK, WA  
Comments:
This makes good sense.