Sportfishing Rule Changes for 2016-2017

See proposed rule
language (CR-103)
2016 Recreational Fishing Rules
Concise Explanatory Statement
Fish & Wildlife Commission
Meeting Dec. 11-12, 2015

2016 – 2017 Sportfishing Rule Proposals – Briefing and Public Hearing. Audio available.

Recommended
for Public Comment
Not Recommended
for further consideration
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Puget Sound Coast Not Region Specific
Liberalize limits for Bass, Channel Catfish,
and Walleye in the Columbia River
and tributaries contiguous with Oregon

Not Recommended for further consideration

Not Region Specific (35)

Reference ID#Short Title
DFW089315-16Increase license cost to provide for more hatchery fish
DFW103397-16Prohibit removing any part of salmon, steelhead, or Dolly Varden/Bull Trout from the water
DFW127501-16Adjust harvest rules for Chinook Salmon in the Upper Columbia River
DFW130905-16Simplify fishing rules
DFW136967-16Close streams to protect ESA listed Steelhead
DFW136977-16Provide additional fly fishing only opportunities
DFW137550-16Adjust Halibut seasons and rules to be more user friendly
DFW157912-16Allow harvest of wild Salmon and Steelhead in all of the Columbia Basin streams, including the Columbia River
DFW162626-16Adjust Halibut seasons and rules to be more user friendly
DFW183237-16Adjust Bass harvest rules to catch and release April through June statewide
DFW213351-16Make fishing licenses good for one year from date of purchase
DFW236655-16Adjust Walleye harvest rules on Moses Lake and Potholes Reservoir
DFW295129-16Adjust Cowlitz River fishing rules
DFW330380-16Free pass tag
DFW352591-16Do not allow Trout retention in rivers with Steelhead Trout statewide
DFW383494-16Open fishing year round for Rockfish in Marine Area 7, for 1 Rockfish/person/day
DFW410307-16Allow retention of fish that are hooked in the gill plate and forward in the head
DFW418187-16Allow the use of barbed hooks on the Columbia River
DFW435124-16Ban the use of small lead sinkers to reduce avian mortality issues
DFW482462-16Release all resident Trout when fishing in Puget Sound Steelhead ESA listed rivers
DFW546725-16All streams that do not drain into Puget Sound, Strait of Juan De Fuca and Coast open June 1 to October 31
DFW632587-16Apply fish use and commercial sales constraints to Tribal fishing
DFW636396-16Adjust Leader length rules to prevent snagging
DFW640528-16Adjust Blue Creek (Lewis County) fishing rules
DFW732248-16Simplify and clarify number of hooks allowed
DFW763273-16Better define what a beaver pond is, and create better rules for angling in beaver ponds
DFW791776-16Adjust Smelt dip netting rules
DFW802306-16Don’t allow use of live bait to angle for Ling Cod
DFW806242-16Allow the use of two poles while Salmon fishing
DFW809825-16Eliminate gillnetting in rivers for wild Steelhead
DFW819126-16Control avian predation and the use of aquatic herbicides
DFW821304-16Adjust Cowlitz River fishing rules
DFW843393-16Allow White Sturgeon harvest in the Columbia River
DFW946160-16Tilton River management
DFW966302-16Request to clarify Marine Area rules

Puget Sound (70)

Reference ID#Short Title
DFW015231-16Allow harvest of Bull Trout/Dolly Varden in Gorge and Diablo lakes (Whatcom County)
DFW052634-16Allow catch and release Steelhead fishing on the Sauk River
DFW102972-16Change fishing rules on Stickney Lake to make it a year-round, selective gear rules fishery
DFW109731-16Increase Chinook Salmon fishing opportunity in portions of Puget Sound
DFW114385-16Allow catch and release Steelhead fishing on the Skagit River
DFW120136-16Allow the use of two poles on Sammammish Lake and Lake Washington
DFW120757-16Increase Pink Salmon limits on the Skykomish and Snohomish rivers
DFW122596-16Allow catch and release Steelhead fishing on the Skagit River
DFW128764-16Fazon Lake (Whatcom County) electric motor only
DFW137468-16Allow juvenile only angling opportunity on South Prairie Creek
DFW139315-16Allow catch and release Steelhead fishing on the Samish River
DFW143533-16Allow catch and release Steelhead fishing on the Skagit River
DFW150480-16Puyallup River Pink Salmon limits
DFW153197-16Whatcom independent streams Trout limit
DFW153810-16Adjust angling rules on the North Fork Stillaguamish River eliminating fly fish only and going to selective gear rules
DFW162338-16Allow catch and release Steelhead fishing on the Skagit River
DFW174536-16Reduce the bag limit for Coastal Cutthroat Trout to one fish daily on Lake Washington
DFW201911-16Allow catch and release Steelhead fishing on the Skagit River
DFW211108-16Nooksack River Mid Fork: Remove selective gear rules from Nov 1 through Jan 31
DFW213838-16Allow harvest of anadromous Coastal Cutthroat Trout in marine waters
DFW218711-16Adjust fishing rules on Alder Lake (Pierce County) to year round and increase daily limit on Kokanee to 16 fish
DFW219261-16Allow catch and release Steelhead fishing on the Skagit River
DFW228405-16Adjust legal leader length on the Skokomish River
DFW238593-16Trout fishing rules and management on the Skagit River
DFW253082-16Allow catch and release Steelhead fishing on the Skagit River
DFW261508-16Implement selective gear and electric motor only fishing rules on Langlois Lake (King County)
DFW271091-16Adjust fishing rules on Squalicum Lake to catch and release and fly fishing only
DFW287323-16Sixteen Lake: Adjust fishing rules
DFW289037-16Adjust opening date on a portion of the Nooksack River
DFW312191-16Extend Steelhead season on the Nooksack River until the end of February
DFW322610-16Allow catch and release Steelhead fishing on the Skagit and Sauk rivers
DFW332727-16Allow catch and release Steelhead fishing on the Skagit River
DFW336612-16Adjust legal leader length on the Skokomish River
DFW350617-16Adjust fishing rules on the South Fork Nooksack
DFW362181-16Open a portion of South Prairie Creek to catch and release angling
DFW383120-16Liberalize limits non-native predatory fish (e.g. Bass) in Puget Sound
DFW391270-16Ki Lake (Snohomish County) electric motors only
DFW395317-16Adjust rules on the Snoqualmie River during Pink Salmon years to allow for better Pink Salmon harvest opportunity
DFW402310-16Adjust Salmon fishing rules on the Stillaguamish River
DFW407407-16Eliminate Tribal fishing on the Green River
DFW420593-16Open Wildcat Lake to year-round fishing
DFW443546-16Adjust Salmon fishing rules on Gorst Creek (Kitsap County)
DFW449253-16Allow the use of two poles on Sammammish Lake
DFW451033-16Extend Chum Salmon season in the Nooksack River
DFW496361-16Adjust rules on the Tolt River during Pink Salmon years to allow for better harvest opportunity
DFW522463-16Allow use of bait during select periods of time on the South Fork Nooksack River
DFW531362-16Adjust seasons on the Snohomish River
DFW536296-16Crocker Lake open to fishing with seasons adjusted for Salmon
DFW548445-16Lake Sixteen Selective Gear Rules
DFW563537-16Go to year-round fishing season on Whatcom Lake
DFW565950-16Keep the Reiter Ponds hatchery Steelhead trap closed to increase Summer Steelhead harvest
DFW579381-16Open the upper portion of McAllister Creek to Trout fishing
DFW586233-16Allow the use of two poles on Sammammish Lake
DFW591018-16Allow harvest of Bull Trout/Dolly Varden on Ross, Diablo, and Gorge lakes
DFW623901-16Adjust opening date on a portion of the Nooksack River
DFW672201-16Adjust fishing rules on Squalicum Lake to catch and release and fly fishing only
DFW722026-16Allow catch and release steelhead fishing on the Skagit River.
DFW722222-16Increase fishing opportunity on the Union River by adding additional days for trout fishing
DFW738425-16Allow the use of two poles on Sammammish Lake and Lake Washington
DFW741461-16Implement selective gear and not bait rule on the North Fork Nooksack River
DFW745522-16Allow catch and release Steelhead fishing on the Skagit River
DFW808696-16Increase fishing opportunity on the Wallace River
DFW824836-16Lower the Trout daily bag limit to 3 fish on Sammammish Lake
DFW835144-16Allow the use of two poles on Sammammish Lake
DFW845013-16Change McMurray Lake (Skagit County) to a year-round season
DFW907254-16Allow the use of two poles on Sammammish Lake and Lake Washington
DFW922198-16Allow the use of two poles on Sammammish Lake and Lake Washington
DFW923069-16Do not allow Sockeye Salmon harvest in the Skagit River
DFW957141-16Allow catch and release Steelhead fishing on the Skagit River
DFW962412-16Increase fishing oportunity on Lower Voights, Kapowsin, and South Prairie creeks

Coast (8)

Reference ID#Short Title
DFW107323-16Open Crocker Lake to warm water fishing from July 15 through Labor Day
DFW199598-16Adjust the Trout harvest limit to a two fish daily limit on Duck Lake (Grays Harbor County)
DFW326973-16Failor Lake walk-in fishery
DFW403495-16Require the use of barbless hooks on the Hoko River
DFW420089-16Increase Coastal Cutthroat harvest opportunity in select Willapa Bay tributaries
DFW524065-16Require the use of barbless hooks on the Willapa Bay rivers
DFW657267-16Increase steelhead fishing opportunity on the Humptulips River.
DFW952122-16Allow the use of plunking for Steelhead Trout in the Willapa River