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2015 Recreational Fishing Rules Concise Explanatory Statement
Fish & Wildlife Commission
Meeting Jan. 8-10, 2015

2015 – 2016 Sportfishing Rule Proposals – Briefing and Public Hearing. Audio available.

Sportfishing Rule Changes for 2015-2016

View proposals and comments on proposals that were submitted by the public and WDFW staff.


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# 10. Extend fishing opportunity through the month of October   
Extend fishery through the month of October to provide additional fishing opportunity.
# 11. Eastern Brook trout limit removed   
Remove Eastern Brook Trout daily limit for specific lakes. Also allows the retention of two cutthroat trout for Big Tiffany Lake
# 12. Upper and Lower Green lakes season adjustment   
Opens the fishery one month earlier, from March 1 through November 30, instead of April 1 through November 30. Also reduces the second season to three months (December through the last day of February.....
# 13. Molson Lake daily limit reduced   
Daily limit reduced from five to two fish for consistency with adjacent lake.
# 14. Implement year-round season and statewide general rules for selected lakes to manage for mixed species populations.   
Convert regulations to statewide general rules (year-round) to increase fishing opportunity on mixed species.
# 15. Big Beaver, Beth, and Little Beaver lakes fishery enhancement   
Adjust season from year-round to 4th Saturday in April – Oct. 31 season.
# 16. Rufus Woods Lake    
Eliminate chumming rules on Lake Rufus Woods.
# 17. Upper Wheeler Reservoir   
Open Upper Wheeler Reservoir to fly fishing only, Trout Catch and Release, motors prohibited 4th Sat. in Apr- Oct 31.
# 18. Wapato Lake    
This rule removes the selective gear rule. The seasons will be: Trout - 4th Sat. in April –July 31 – statewide minimum size/daily limit. All Other Gamefish – 4th Sat. in April to October 31 – state.....
# 19. Washburn Lake Eastern Brook Trout Fishery   
This rule reduces the trout daily limit from 2 to 1, adds selective gear rules and prohibits internal combustion motors.
Not Recommended for further consideration

DFW011116-15
Open a section of the Twisp River to sport fishing
DFW109297-15
Change Walleye rules on Moses Lake and Potholes Reservoir to increase the minimum size and number of larger Walleye in the harvest
DFW292616-15
Do not allow Westslope Cutthroat Trout to be removed from the water prior to release in the Methow River
DFW336531-15
Cease taking hatchery spring Chinook into the Icicle River Hatchery once the escapement is met
DFW513297-15
Allow party fishing to attain daily limits faster on resident game fish species
DFW535329-15
Add a catch and release season for trout on the Wenatchee River
DFW616173-15
Make the Methow River catch and release only
DFW716811-15
Close the lower 2 miles of the Methow River to fishing and close all of the river to fishing from a boat
DFW927905-15
Make Big Twin Lake a fly fishing catch and release only fishery