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Rule Change Recommendation Short Title
# 25. Change to Selective Gear Rules on multiple streams in Region 3 to protect ESA listed steelhead and bull trout and westslope cutthroat trout
Updated 11/09/2012

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Rules Category
Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater

Type of Rule Change Proposal
Conservation

Short Description
Extends selective gear rules protection (no bait, single barbless hooks) for salmonids in Manastash Creek, Little Naches River, Nile Creek, Oak Creek, Rattlesnake Creek, Taneum Creek, Teanaway River, Swauk Creek, North Fork Tieton River, and their tributaries.

Explanation
Recent improvements in passage conditions, fish screening and habitat flow enhancements in Manastash and Taneum creeks are allowing for increased numbers of adult steelhead to enter the drainage to spawn. The other listed systems have recently emerged as important steelhead spawning and rearing areas, contributing to the Mid-Columbia Distinct Population Segment for population recovery. It is important to protect the spawning/rearing areas of this ESA listed threatened species in the Yakima Basin. Protecting juvenile steelhead (and Westslope cutthroat trout) from mortality associated with bait fishing is a needed conservation action. Bull trout spawning in Monument Creek is comprised of both fluvial and resident fish, and this is an important spawning area for federally threatened bull trout.

Original Rule Proposal Number(s)
DFW539230
DFW605503
DFW387473
DFW665092
DFW059795
DFW221345
DFW386298
DFW750712
DFW065599

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  (16 comments)

TRUMBO, BRAD   October 01, 2012
WALLA WALLA, WA  
Comments:
This may be a bit tough for the general public to swallow but I am all for it. Selective gear regs on these creeks will definitely provide a conservation benefit to all salmonids.
TACHELL, JONATHAN T  October 08, 2012
GIG HARBOR, WA  
Comments:
I am in favor of converting all mentioned bodies of water to selective gear rules.
SHAJANIAN, ARVIN   October 09, 2012
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I strongly support this rule change. It provides anglers the ability to enjoy the opportunities of fishing these waters in a manner that allows safe, easy, and quick release of all species caught, whether targeted or coincidental. Selective gear rules have proven very effective in improving the quality of a fishery and the body of water itself as a whole. This would compliment the Yakima river rules very nicely. The success the Yakima river has seen in terms of fish quality and quantity will spread to these nearby waters. More selective gear rules water will attract more conservation minded fishermen to the area, improving the local economy and promoting responsible sportsmanship.
LUECK, ANDREW M  October 12, 2012
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
Please consider the passing of this regulation changing. As a regular fisherman of this system I could see the benefits of this becoming a Selective Gear Rules for both fishermen and the environment. Your consideration is appreciated. Regards, Andrew Lueck
LAROCCO, MICHAEL   October 23, 2012
WOODLAND, WA  
Comments:
Protect the fish now so there will be fish in the future
CARVER SR., RUSSELL L  November 29, 2012
LAKETAPPS, WA  
Comments:
I support rule change #25 please pass it.
IRVEN, LANCE J  December 07, 2012
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA  
Comments:
Yes I absolutely think this is a good idea. Why not flyfishing only as well?
RANCOURT, ROB D  December 11, 2012
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
Absolutely should extend this to protect steelhead and frankly other species.
HARDMAN, DENNIS J  December 11, 2012
GIG HARBOR, WA  
Comments:
I support the recommended rules change: Change to Selective Gear Rules on multiple streams in Region 3 to protect ESA listed steelhead and bull trout and westslope cutthroat trout
ALBRECHT, ANDREW C  December 12, 2012
PUYALLUP, WA  
Comments:
I regularly fish some of these streams and own property within the Columbia Basin. I highly support this proposal to support and improve native fish survival and population improvement in the system.
LO, DERALD   December 12, 2012
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I support the proposal for a Catch and Release season from June - October that requires a single barbless hook for salmonids in Manastash Creek, Little Naches River, Nile Creek, Oak Creek, Rattlesnake Creek, Taneum Creek, Teanaway River, Swauk Creek, North Fork Tieton River, and their tributaries If implemented, this proposal will do so many things for our fisheries. In several years the Naches & other waters list will become a highly productive wild trout fisheries AND it will alleviate a ton of fishing pressure from the nearby Yakima River since the quality and quantity of salmonids medium and long term will mimick the Yakima. Also, the Cedar River on the West Side has a similar selective gear rule & season and supports a high quality salmonid population. This would be a win for all the ecosystems listed.
HOFFMAN, SUSAN   December 12, 2012
LAKEWOOD, WA  
Comments:
I agree strongly with this proposal.PLEASE make this happen for the benefit of all fisherman.
ERGEESON, TREVOR S  December 17, 2012
SELAH, WA  
Comments:
This is a great idea good for the Heath of the river. We need to protect the bull trout and the steelhead and barbless hooks and no retention I think is the way to go thanks for the proposal
MATSEN, FREDERICK   December 31, 2012
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
We vote in favor of selective gear rules for these rivers. This will help preserve the fishery without compromising the sporting opportunities.
WOOLDRIDGE, JAMES L  January 03, 2013
FALL CITY, WA  
Comments:
I support this recommendation and rule change.
DAVIS, LEE   January 04, 2013
ELLENSBURG, WA  
Comments:
I support this rule change.