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: DFW123891-16

Public Rule Proposal Received

Reference ID: DFW123891-16
Critical Conservation Need      Submission Type: Public
Region: Coast
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Steelhead
 • Trout
Rule to Change:
None
New Rule Proposal:
Sol Duc River Fishing from floating devices is not allowed March 1 through April 31 in the Sol Duc River from the Sol Duc Hatchery to the 101 Bridge upstream of the Klahowya Campground. Floating devices may be used for transportation in the area.
Why the change is needed:
This is one of the most important spawning areas for early wild steelhead in the Sol Duc River (McMillan et.al. 2007). Virtually every piece of holding water and spawning riffle is now fished hard and repeatedly by anglers in boats and they catch-and-release (CnR) numerous steelhead during a single day (WDFW creel surveys). Heightened CnR has been shown to have negative consequences on the behavior, reproductive success and survival of many species including adult steelhead (Ashbrook 2010; Hooton 2001, others). This regulation will continue to allow ample sport fishing opportunity from the bank and establish a partial reserve for resting and holding steelhead. WDFW plans to designate this river as a Wild Steelhead Management Zone to protect steelhead genetics while allowing sport fishing. Reduced angling encounters will improve wild steelhead survival and spawning, help rebuild the early-timed run now depleted, and improve their range of genetic and adaptive diversity.
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: DFW123891-16

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.