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: DFW862512-16

Public Rule Proposal Received

Reference ID: DFW862512-16
Critical Conservation Need      Submission Type: Public
Region: Coast
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Steelhead
 • Other
Rule to Change:
Hoh River From Morgans Crossing boat launch to Olympic National Park boundary below mouth of South Fork Hoh (348) ALL SPECIES - internal combustion motors prohibited. TROUT First Sat. in June- 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.
New Rule Proposal:
No Fishing From Floating Device January 15-April 15. Boats used as means of transportation only. This Regulation would incorporate the policies of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, WAC 232-12-825, and WAC 220-55-065 to insure all anglers have reasonable accommodations on this section of the Hoh River and would in no means limit anglers with disabilities from fishing from a floating device.
Why the change is needed:
This is a critical spawning area for early and mid run wild steelhead in the Hoh River. Wild early run and South Fork steelhead rest and slowly pass though this area during the early winter months and spawn in this area. By April 15, at least 50% of the total spawning has been completed within the proposed area (WDFW spawner 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 in large numbers, often while in their spawning phase 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 in known critical habitat, 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: RINGLEE, CHRISTOPHER  — GIG HARBOR, WA

Date submitted: 03/29/2015

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Recommended for Public Comment     Reference ID: DFW862512-16

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.