Sportfishing Rule Changes for 2015-2016

Sportfishing Rule Proposal Form

To propose a sportfishing rule, please fill out this form completely - one proposal or idea per form, please! 

Rule proposals need to reach us by May 30, 2014, to be included in this year’s process.

This year we are requesting proposals that meet the following criteria:

  1. Rules addressing a critical conservation need.
  2. Rules providing significant recreational opportunities that generate revenue.

Please note that the department is not currently accepting proposals for Salmon, License types and fees, Pacific Halibut, or Coastal Bottomfish, as these are currently addressed in other forums. Please see the box to the right for more information about rulemaking for these topics.

Contact Information
First Name
Last Name M.I.
State    Zip Code
Phone Number
Email Address
Rule Proposal
One proposal or idea per form, please!

Which one of these does your rule proposal fall under?

Select the Region (or regions) you are proposing a rule or idea for:

Columbia River Basin Map
Region 2

What species does your proposed rule cover?


2014-2015 Sport Fishing Regulation PamphletYour Rule Proposal Details

List the current existing rule you want to change here.
If no rule already exists put "None."
Find existing rules here: Sportfishing Regulations Pamphlet. Please use EXACT rule language.

List your proposed rule change or new rule you are proposing here:

Why is this change needed?

Tell us here why you think this change is needed:

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Public or Agency Involvement

Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:

Describe their support and/or concerns:


Rule Proposal
Submission Guidelines

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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. 

License types and fees
These are set by the Washington State Legislature, and require legislative action for changes.  You can contact your state legislators by calling the legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000.

Pacific Halibut
The Pacific Fishery Management Council, the National Marine Fisheries Service and the International Pacific Halibut Commission have the primary responsibility for regulating this fishery.  For more information on this process, please call (360) 249-1202.

Coastal Bottomfish
The Pacific Fishery Management Council adopts rules for recreational fishing for bottomfish in coastal waters each fall.  These rules can include catch quotas, season length, daily limits, and size limits.  State rules are generally adopted to match these rules.  For more information, call (360) 249-1202.