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.

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for Public Comment
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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

Reference ID: DFW026686-16

Public Rule Proposal Received

Reference ID: DFW026686-16
Critical Conservation Need      Submission Type: Public
Region: Coast
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Steelhead
 • Trout
Rule to Change:
None
New Rule Proposal:
Bogachiel River Fishing from floating devices is not allowed March 1 through April 31 in the Bogachiel River from the 101 Bridge to the Olympic National Park.
Why the change is needed:
This is an important spawning area for mid-to late-run wild steelhead in the Bogachiel River. Wild early run and many of the later run steelhead rest and slowly pass though this area and spawn in upriver areas. By early March the later run winter steelhead have begun spawning in the area in good numbers, continuing throughout the spring. Boats can access every possible resting, holding and spawning lie in the area, while bank anglers have less access to challenging lies. Wild steelhead are caught-and-released (CnR) in large numbers, often while in their spawning phase. Repeated and high levels of CnR can negatively influence behavior, reproduction, and survival of wild steelhead (Hooton, 2001, and others). This proposal will provide a partial refuge, increasing chances for steelhead survival and effective spawning. Over time this regulation should increase wild steelhead abundance and diversity, improving their health and the fishery for future generations.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
Submitting on behalf of the Wild Steelhead Coalition
Describe their support and/or concerns:
Developed and supported by the Wild Steelhead Coalition
Submitted by: RICH SIMMS, WILD STEELHEAD COALITION K — MUKILTEO, WA

Date submitted: 03/31/2015

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Recommended for Public Comment     Reference ID: DFW026686-16

Rule Change Recommendation Short Title
Adopt "no fishing from floating device" rules on select streams

Rules Category

Type of Rule Change Proposal
Conservation

County or Location Information

Short Description
Implement "no fishing from a floating device" rules on select North Coast streams. This proposal is being considered by the North Coast Advisory Group and will be refined as the Advisory Group provides feedback.

Explanation
Proposed to protect holding and spawning adult Salmon and Steelhead through reduced hooking/handling stress and mortality. See table.

Table for Proposal 46. Adopt "no fishing from floating device" rules on select streams.

Number

River

County

1

Bogachiel

Clallam

2

Calawah

Clallam

3

Clearwater

Jefferson

4

Dickey

Clallam

5

Hoh

Jefferson

6

Quillayute

Clallam

7

Quinault

Grays Harbor

8

Salmon

Grays Harbor

9

Snahapish

Jefferson

10

Sol Duc

Clallam

Original Rule Proposal Number(s)
DFW123891-16
DFW862512-16
DFW912892-16
DFW026686-16

 

Online public comments submitted for this proposal can be found here.