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Rule Change Recommendation Short Title
# 46. Reduce waterfowl hunter/angler use conflicts on Fazon & Tennant Lakes
Updated 10/18/2012

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Rules Category
Puget Sound Region Freshwater

Type of Rule Change Proposal
Recreational

County or Location Information
Whatcom County

Short Description
UPDATED: Change seasons to not allow fishing from a floating device until January 28th -- to coincide with the closing date of waterfowl hunting season.

Explanation
Balance opportunity for water fowl and fishing. Fazon Lake is a 32 acre lake with 6 duck blinds & one DFW access launch. Fishers in a boat or floating device cause ducks to flare or leave because of sight exposure.

Original Rule Proposal Number(s)
DFW695389
DFW951043

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  (10 comments)

YOUNG, SETH A  October 08, 2012
MT VERNON, WA  
Comments:
I believe fishers in a boat on these lakes should also be hunting, if not actively engaged in a waterfowl hunt then no fishing. Fishing only should be allowed after waterfowl season as a matter of safety for both hunting parties and fishing parties.
BORDERLINE BASSIN CONTENDERS, ROBERT HARRIMAN   October 15, 2012
BELLINGHAM, WA  
Comments:
this proposal was submitted by Borderline originally years ago and this would be an update to that. Last year during late part of season conflicts began again due to fishing update was not coincided with hunting waterfowl closing dates. Fishing is still open year round but just restricted from floating device till end of waterfowl season. Safety is first issue here and harrasment second. The same issues occur with Tenant Lake. We are very appreciative the Dept considered these update changes and thanks the DFW for doing so. Thanks for the Dedication Bob Harriman, legis liaison BBC
FAZON LAKE SERVICES, GAIL HARRIMAN   October 15, 2012
BELLINGHAM, WA  
Comments:
I am the owner of a boat rental located on Fazon Lake. Fazon Lake services both rents to Duck Hunters & Fisherpersons. I support this proposal to help with conflicts both on the water & with my Business. Gail Harriman, owner Fazon Lake Services
CARVER SR, RUSSELL L  November 29, 2012
LAKETAPPS, WA  
Comments:
Please pass rule#46 it is only fair to the hunterstoalso be respected during their short season.
BUNCH, WENDELL   December 07, 2012
OAK HARBOR, WA  
Comments:
This makes perfect sense and as sportsman who share a resource we need to be mindful of other users
BUNCH, WENDELL   December 07, 2012
OAK HARBOR, WA  
Comments:
This makes perfect sense and as sportsman who share a resource we need to be mindful of other users
BORDERLINE BASSIN CONTENDERS, ROBERT HARRIMAN   January 14, 2013
BELLINGHAM, WA  
Comments:
Our club is a sponsor of this proposal and of coarse in favor. We are both a hunting club & fishing club. Our club has a long history on this lake and also Tenant lake. We helped the Dept set up fishing & hunting seasons along w/helped transplant most of the warm water fish starts through guidance and permits. We are as concerned in both areas to fishing & hunting needs. Fazon is open year round per our requests over 20 years ago, but during those years we also advocated closing fishing from a floating device during waterfowl seasons for harrassment & safety measures. Please note the lake is still open from shore during the waterfowl seasons. Please vote in favor of this proposal. Thanks for your dedication to the fish & wildlife resources. Sincerely, Bob Harriman, legis liaison Borderline Bassin Contenders
FAZON LAKE SERVICES, GAIL HARRIMAN   January 14, 2013
BELLINGHAM, WA  
Comments:
I own a boat rental business on Fazon Lake which also includes a Duck blind lease also on Fazon Lake Services property. Our business is in favor for safety & also harrassment reasons for my clients. I would appreciate both client styles getting along with each other on the water. Please vote in favor of the proposal. thanks Gail Harriman, pres Fazon Lake Services
FRIEND, STEPHEN   January 28, 2013
SHORELINE, WA  
Comments:
I agree with this proposal.
CLINE, JACK T  January 29, 2013
MAPLE FALLS, WA  
Comments:
SAFETY FIRST. LAWS ARE TO PROTECT PEOPLE AND GAME. People should not be allowed to show up in a fishing boat at our duck blind due to their safety. It has happened in years past and the game warden could not help either side because of contradicting laws. Thank you from FAZON LAKE

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