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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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: DFW724943-16

Public Rule Proposal Received

Reference ID: DFW724943-16
Critical Conservation Need      Submission Type: Public
Region: Coast
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Not species specific
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:
From mouth to concrete pump station at Sol Duc Hatchery, single barbless hooks. We also recommend that in all Selective Fishery Regulation/Single Barbless Hook fisheries on the Sol Duc River, that anglers be limited to one total hook (i.e. no stinger hooks, two fly rigs, etc).
Why the change is needed:
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. The goal with the one total hook regulation is to eliminate the use of stinger hooks and two fly rigs. The stinger hooks create additional mortality as even though one hook may be shallow, often the second hook is located deeper, closer to the fish’s gills and other vital organs. 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. Hunt (1970) found that fishing seasons and daily bag limits, when used by themselves, are not effective management tools, because they do not apply to each fish that i
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: PETZOLD, RYAN  — RENTON, WA

Date submitted: 03/30/2015

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Recommended for Public Comment     Reference ID: DFW724943-16

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.