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
Not Recommended
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: DFW823562-16

Public Rule Proposal Received

Reference ID: DFW823562-16
Critical Conservation Need      Submission Type: Public
Region: Coast
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Not species specific
Rule to Change:
New Regulation
New Rule Proposal:
Clearwater River, Queets Tributary From mouth of Snahapish River to Hoh Mainline Road Bridge- ALL SPECIES - internal combustion motors prohibited. TROUT March1- Apr. 15 Min. size 14". Daily Limit 2. Selective gear rules. No min. size for adipose fin clipped TROUT. Other Game Fish First Sat. in June-Apr. 15 Statewide min. size/daily limit. Selective gear rules. No Fishing From Floating Device
Why the change is needed:
This is an important spawning area for early and mid run wild steelhead in the Clearwater River. Wild early run and steelhead rest and slowly pass though this area during the early winter months and spawn in this area. By April 15, half of the total spawning has been completed within the proposed area (WDFW spawning survey data). Boats can access every possible holding and spawning lie in the entire river, 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 (Ashbrook 2010; Hooton, 2001; 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:
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: DFW823562-16

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.