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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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Region 5

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# 25. Cowlitz 2 pole and barbed hooks fishery   
Allow the use of 2 poles and barbed hook June 1 – July 31 in Cowlitz River up to the boundary at the barrier dam.
# 26. Elochoman River opener   
Open the last Sat in May to Fri before the first Sat in June. Catch and release except 2 hatchery steelhead allowed.
# 27. Lake Scanewa   
Increases the season to start March 1 and go through August 31.
# 28. Little Klickitat River   
Adjust rules on river in city limits 4th Sat. in April- May 31 to allow Seniors (70+ years) to fish and to open June 1 – Oct. 31 to all anglers.
# 29. Open South Rowland Lake year round   
Open South Rowland Lake year-round.
# 30. Elochoman, South Fork Toutle and Green rivers – remove barbless hook requirements seasonally    
Allow the use of barbed hooks from the first Saturday in June through July 31 in these basins when only hatchery summer steelhead are available for harvest.
# 31. Salmon Creek – expand area available to fishing for hatchery steelhead from 72nd Avenue Bridge to 182 Avenue Bridge   
Extends the sportfishing boundary upstream by more than 2 miles, so that the fishery occurs from the mouth to 182nd Avenue Bridge.
# 32. Swift Reservoir    
Adjust maximum size limit for trout and landlocked salmon.
Not Recommended for further consideration

DFW002555-15
Columbia River bank fishing all year, salmon
DFW033734-15
Cowlitz River, allow fishing on south side of river
DFW081213-15
Deschutes River line, no fishing from a floating device and no bait
DFW134627-15
Klickitat River, do not allow treble hooks
DFW265599-15
Sturgeon, must fish with hand casted lines from shore and unlawful to use a floating device to set lines.
DFW291358-15
Sturgeon, catch and release in one section and close to fishing in another section
DFW318868-15
Barbed hooks allowed at Wind River and Drano Lake on particular dates
DFW322853-15
Eliminate hatchery plants of steelhead and have only catch and release fishing for trout
DFW329882-15
Cowlitz River, remove the posted deadline
DFW341785-15
Cowlitz River, reopen the south side from May 1 through June 15
DFW370680-15
Lower Columbia River open to salmon fishing year round for retired sportsmen and maybe allow bankfishing only
DFW377833-15
Klickitat River whitefish season
DFW406875-15
Allow barbed hooks from Jan 1 to June 16
DFW582921-15
Klickitat River multiple suggestions
DFW611377-15
Upper Cowlitz River, Lake Scanewa and Cispus River: Allow barbed hooks for salmon and steelhead
DFW671502-15
Shad season open year round
DFW708223-15
Allow barbed hooks in Columbia River during steelhead seasons
DFW812261-15
Allow barbed hooks for salmon and steelhead in the upper Cowlitz/Cispus river basin
DFW851881-15
Salmon, require same rule as for sturgeon for bank anglers