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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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

Reference ID: DFW450434-16

Public Rule Proposal Received

Reference ID: DFW450434-16
Critical Conservation Need      Submission Type: Public
Region: Coast
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Steelhead
 • Trout
Rule to Change:
Statewide Freshwater Rules > Tackle > “Hook and line angling only. Barbed or barbless hooks may be used, and a hook may be single-point, double, or treble, but not more than one line with up to three hooks per angler may be used.”
New Rule Proposal:
Bogachiel River: From mouth to Hwy. 101 Bridge, Selective Fishery Regulations from first Saturday in June to June 30th. From mouth to Hwy. 101 Bridge, single barbless hooks, July 1st to April 30th. We also recommend that in all Selective Fishery Regulation/Single Barbless Hook fisheries on the Bogachiel River, that anglers be limited to one total hook (i.e. no stinger hooks, two fly rigs, etc). We are proposing to move to Selective Fishery Regulations on the Hoh and Quillayute and other Western Olympic Peninsula systems during the summer season to protect resident rainbow trout as well as juvenile anadromous. We are also proposing to maintain the single barbless hook restriction but allowing bait during the fall salmon and winter/spring steelhead seasons.
Why the change is needed:
The barbless hooks only rule has been adopted as a conservation effort in many areas including many OR rivers, parts of CA and ID, and Canada including all of British Columbia. Hooten (1987) found catch and release mortality of adult winter steelhead to be 2.5 times greater when using barbed hooks compared to barbless hooks. The use of barbless hooks reduces handling time and stress on hooked fish and adds to survival after release (Wydoski 1977). The extremely valuable juvenile steelhead, rearing for 1-3 years in freshwater, are often regularly exposed to mortality in fisheries targeting trout and adult salmon and steelhead. Compared with using barbless hooks, using barbed hooks has been proven to increase tissue damage, handling time, exposure to air, and can significantly reduce smolt numbers and adult returns. Compelling evidence shows that catch and release mortality of juvenile and adult salmon and steelhead can be greatly reduced by using barbless hooks.
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: WILD STEELHEAD COALITION, RICH SIMMS  — MUKILTEO, WA

Date submitted: 03/31/2015

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Recommended for Public Comment     Reference ID: DFW450434-16

Rule Change Recommendation Short Title
Adopt selective gear rules in North Coast Steelhead streams

Rules Category

Type of Rule Change Proposal
Conservation

County or Location Information

Short Description
Implement Selective Gear Rules on North Coast streams to protect juvenile Salmon, Steelhead and Trout. This proposal is being considered by the North Coast Advisory Group and will be refined as the Advisory Group provides feedback.

Explanation
This proposal adopts Selective Gear Rules to protect resident Trout as well as juvenile anadromous salmonids but allows the use of bait during Salmon and Steelhead fisheries. See Table.

Table for Proposal 47. Adopt selective gear rules in North Coast Steelhead 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)
DFW167456-16
DFW823562-16
DFW716165-16
DFW486019-16
DFW544183-16
DFW332614-16
DFW263585-16
DFW371365-16
DFW461714-16
DFW450434-16
DFW972365-16
DFW578706-16
DFW532135-16
DFW217257-16
DFW717411-16
DFW392891-16
DFW724943-16
DFW822552-16
DFW194167-16
DFW563465-16
DFW364827-16

 

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