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
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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: DFW118303-16

Public Rule Proposal Received

Reference ID: DFW118303-16
Critical Conservation Need      Submission Type: Public
Region: Coast
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Steelhead
Rule to Change:
WILD STEELHEAD RETENTION RULES: one wild STEELHEAD per license year may be retained from one of the following rivers: Bogachiel River, Calawah River, Clearwater River, Dickey River, Hoh River, Quillayute River, Quinault River, or Sol Duc River, as listed in the special rules.
New Rule Proposal:
Release all wild (adipose-intact) steelhead statewide.
Why the change is needed:
Wild steelhead are in jeopardy in Washington state. Many of the rivers where retention of wild steelhead is allowed do not meet escapement with some regularity. Until wild steelhead achieve or even approach recovery across a broader scope of their range in Washington state, the more conservative measure would be to restrict their retention in sport fisheries across the state. In Washington, the overall trend for the species is on a downward trajectory, and those few systems where productive populations exist should be preserved to the utmost of our ability while still retaining statistically non-consumptive (catch-and-release) angling opportunity.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
No input given
Describe their support and/or concerns:
No input given
Submitted by: BAERWALDE, MATTHEW J — SEATTLE , WA

Date submitted: 03/30/2015

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Recommended for Public Comment     Reference ID: DFW118303-16

Rule Change Recommendation Short Title
Prohibit wild Steelhead harvest

Rules Category

Type of Rule Change Proposal
Conservation

County or Location Information

Short Description
Do not allow harvest of wild Steelhead in 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
This proposal includes requiring the release of wild Steelhead; resident Trout, and not allowing any part of salmonids to be removed from the water if the rule or intention is to release the fish. See Table.

Table for Proposal 48. Prohibit wild Steelhead harvest.

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)
DFW419373-16
DFW025911-16
DFW407012-16
DFW118303-16
DFW513891-16
DFW314805-16

 

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