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Sportfishing Rule Changes for 2016-2017

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Fish & Wildlife Commission
Meeting Dec. 11-12, 2015

2016 – 2017 Sportfishing Rule Proposals – Briefing and Public Hearing. Audio available.

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

Invitation for further public comment on a recommendations developed by the North Coast Steelhead Advisors Group (NCSAG). Click here to see the recommendations. Use the form below to enter your comments.

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Rules Category
Coast

Type of Rule Change Proposal
Conservation

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

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Final Rule Actions

Staff Recommendation
Adopt as modified.

Commission Action
Adopted as modified.

Rule Modifications
WAC 220-310-180: Allow fishing with one barbless hook (up to three points). Allow the use of bait only in areas and during times identified.


Public Testimony

No public testimony

Online Public Comments  (462 comments)

LAMPERS, RAYMOND J  August 07, 2015
GRANITE FALLS, WA  
Comments:
No on selective gear rules on north coast rivers
HICKMAN, WILLIAM R  August 09, 2015
BELLEVUE, WA  
Comments:
I support this special rules proposal
JAMES, ART   August 09, 2015
PORT TOWNSEND, WA  
Comments:
As a regular on the Quillayute system, but a fisherman who never uses bait for either salmon or steelhead, I am of the opinion that the use of bait kills more fish than any artificial lure. If the purpose of this rule change proposal is to reduce mortality, then gear restrictions that don't include the use of bait are ethically and scientifically problematical.
TACHELL, ART J  August 10, 2015
TACOMA , WA  
Comments:
if you are protecting hatchery fish no! if wild fish yes if tribes do not fish also.
TACHELL, JONATHAN T  August 10, 2015
GIG HARBOR, WA  
Comments:
I vote yes on this proposal provided all fisheries open for retention or where hatchery fish may be present can be fished with bait.
PATTERSON, DOUGLAS I  August 11, 2015
MOUNTLAKE TERRACE, WA  
Comments:
Another great idea.
BURKLE, BOB   August 11, 2015
ELMA, WA  
Comments:
All of these rivers contain the last viable populations of wild steelhead and salmon. Selective gear rules are good, and really should be considered year-round. However, salmon fishing is more difficult without bait, as is steelheading without bait or at least scent in high murky water. However, whether bait is or is not allowed hooks should always be single and barbless, so that wild fish release can be facilitated.
LETHER, JOHN   October 09, 2015
FORKS, WA  
Comments:
Comment provided via Commission email address from 70.199.139.212, Submission made: 2015-10-07 11:54 AM; "Regarding the proposed regulations re management of North Coastal steelhead- I support the implementation of a "Catch & Release" policy."
CUSHING, STEPHEN W  October 16, 2015
BRUSH PRAIRIE, WA  
Comments:
I support selective gear rules in North Coast steelhead steams. Proposal #47.
COLE, DAVID   October 16, 2015
REDMOND, WA  
Comments:
This proposal is a start, but does not go far enough. Bait should be banned entirely, during all fishing seasons, including Steelhead and Salmon fisheries. There are plenty of techniques that are productive enough to satisfy most people. Conservation needs to take priority over using the easiest method possible to catch a fish. I support a complete bait ban year round.
EVENSON, TOM   October 18, 2015
BEND, OR  
Comments:
I am in favor of limiting the methods used for fishing during the wild winter fisheries.
LUNGREN, SAM   October 19, 2015
MISSOULA, MT  
Comments:
I support the proposed rule banning bait and barbed hooks on the coast during the late winter steelhead season. These fish are receiving pressure enough as it is; we as anglers need to reduce our impact on them. This is well over due.
BOISVERT, ROBERT   October 19, 2015
OLYMPIA, WA  
Comments:
I agree that selective gear rules should be adopted for North Coast Steelhead streams.
LEISHMAN, COLE J  October 19, 2015
BELLINGHAM, WA  
Comments:
I support this regulation. This would limit the mortality rate associated with bait and would protect our native fish.
THYER, DAVID G  October 19, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
Bait fishing for steelhead and salmon on these rivers should be eliminated. This is just one of the MANY necessary changes that are needed to allow our precious wild stocks a slightly better opportunity to reach their spawning grounds.
LINTON, PETER E  October 19, 2015
BELLEVUE, WA  
Comments:
Selective gear is an important step in decreasing mortality rate for released salmon and steelhead. I think that this is a great idea, less fish that are handled the better and the more efficient they will be at breeding.
CHAUSSEE, CODY   October 20, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
Selective gear rules are important to protect the fish. It is not difficult to change to selective gear rules, and if we wish to have a fish population for future generations then we need to do what is best for the fish and protect them by implementing selective gear practices.
BUNBURY, PARKER   October 20, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I fully support this rule change as well. Single barbless hooks only should be the law on all Olympic Peninsula Rivers for all fish.
OTT, JACOB   October 20, 2015
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV  
Comments:
Selective gear regulations such as barbless hooks, and no bait, or fly only sections are another good first step towards sustainably managing these fisheries.
RUSSELL, TRENT   October 20, 2015
CAMAS , WA  
Comments:
In favor
ZOR, DAVID J  October 21, 2015
PHOENIX, AZ  
Comments:
I am in support of proposd rule change 47. Barbless hooks and bait restrictions make sense in areas with declines in anadromous fish populations. Barbed hooks increase chances for harming a fish while unhooking and releasing and bait fishing significantly increases fish mortallity.
SMITH, RYAN   October 21, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I support this proposal which will reduce the mortality of juvenile steelhead as they rear in the river for up to 3 years. These fish are critically important as they are an example of the diverse life history of this species. Furthermore, there are a number of effective techniques to catch trout that are still allowed under selective gear rules.
ROBBINS, JESSE L  October 22, 2015
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA  
Comments:
I am in full support.
MUELLER, GEOFF A  October 22, 2015
FORT COLLINS, CO  
Comments:
I support this measure to go to barbless hooks in order to minimize detrimental fish handling and to prohibit the use of bait to reduce angler encounters and minimize effects on juvenile steelhead, smolts and trout.
WARNER, ANDREA   October 23, 2015
BELLINGHAM, WA  
Comments:
As a long time steelhead fisher on the Olympic Peninsula I have seen the decline in the steelhead fishery. I support this proposal and it has been way too long in coming.
CHAMBERS, NICK F  October 23, 2015
CORVALLIS, OR  
Comments:
This is a no brainer, bait has the highest mortality of any gear type, barbed hooks are second in most studies. The OP is a destination fishery and most people are not there to harvest, they are there for the experience. More wild fish in the river will only enhance their enjoyment.
PITT, ROBIN   October 25, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
Respect the fish don't use bait! I think the implementation of this rule will help steelhead.
LUND, MARK C  October 25, 2015
KENT, WA  
Comments:
I'm opposed to this proposal
HATCH, RYAN   October 25, 2015
SEQUIM, WA  
Comments:
Another rule paid for by wfc. Stupid.
MCMILLEN, SAM K  October 25, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
Ditch the bait. Releasing bait caught fish is a joke. Save the bait for kids and planter trout. Not for steelhead and salmon.
TOMPKINS, CHRIS   October 26, 2015
SHORELINE, WA  
Comments:
I oppose this rule change. Bait should be allowed on these rivers for both steelhead and salmon.
SIMMS, RICH K  October 26, 2015
MUKILTEO, WA  
Comments:
Support
BELLOWS, CHRISTOPHER   October 26, 2015
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO  
Comments:
You need to stop the use of bait not only in the summer but also in the winter, regardless of whether there are hatchery fisheries happening. Bait kills non-targeted trout species that are not only important to the health of the steelhead populations (resident rainbow trout) but also provide fisheries (sea-run cutthroats) and some mortality is on listed species (bull trout). If you have exemptions that allow bait fishing during hatchery fisheries, you basically are allowing bait during time frames that these species are vulnerable to high mortality. Spring, summer, and fall hatchery salmon fisheries on the Sol Duc mean the lower Sol Duc rules will basically be the same when it comes to bait. The same goes for the Quillayute, Bogachiel, and Calawah due to hatchery summer and winter run steelhead fisheries. You cannot favor hatchery fisheries over conservation and by allowing any exemptions to a no-bait rule you will be failing to protect our fisheries.
FEE, RYLEY   October 26, 2015
BOTHELL, WA  
Comments:
I am in support of this proposal.
LITZENBERGER, MARK A  October 27, 2015
TACOMA, WA  
Comments:
Against. No time periods are specified so it is hard to know what exemptions would be allowed.
DUNN, RON C  October 27, 2015
EDMONDS, WA  
Comments:
Please see this and all the radical proposals put in to limit fishing access on the coastal rivers as what they are as a radical effort to limit access. Remember these fisheries belong to all user groups, not a selected few radicals.
SWARTZ, LARRY D  October 27, 2015
EDMONDS, WA  
Comments:
Do not agree with this proposal. I have seen fish swallow plugs that create more damage than bait. This is a specific user group targeting the rivers on the coast for their own benefit.
KOEHLER, BRENT   October 29, 2015
EXCELSIOR, MN  
Comments:
I suggest 4 important elements of your plan if you are serious about improving the wild steelhead runs. 1. First and foremost, implement wild steelhead and rainbow trout catch-and-release on the OP. 2. Implement restrictive gear regulations during the winter steelhead season, including barbless hooks and artificial lures only to reduce mortality. 3. Experiment with a "no fishing from floating device" rule in the upper Hoh River to reduce fishing pressure in this critical area.
GAWESWORTH, SIMON   October 29, 2015
BATTLE GROUND, WA  
Comments:
To whom it may concern, I am writing to implore you to seriously consider changing the angling laws and prohibit barbed hooks and bait on the OP rivers from being used. Barbed hooks are more difficult to remove and create larger wounds than barbless hooks and increase the mortality rate of any fish being returned, due to extended and poor handling of the fish. I fully support maintaining selective gear fisheries during the entire winter steelhead season from December 1 to April 31 in the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel, and Hoh Rivers. I am a recreational fly fisher that fishes the rivers of the OP several times a year, staying at local hotels, eating in local restaurants and bringing money in to the local economy. This will only happen while there are good runs of wild steelhead, as they are my main target, so please seriously consider this request to change the laws. Yours sincerely, Simon Gawesworth
ARONIAN, JOHN M  October 29, 2015
YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY  
Comments:
I strongly support use of ONLY barbless hooks on all OP rivers. Also, it seems appropriate to remove the use of bait and loow only artificial lures. In terms of sever restricion of use of gear it seems reasonable to not allow it EXCEPT in those time periods when hatchery fish are most abundant in the rivers. Trying to restrict it further would seem elitist and not very fair.
FOWLER, JONATHAN   October 29, 2015
VANCOUVER, WA  
Comments:
This proposal does not go far enough. Gear should be limited to flies and lures only with single hook and no bait allowed at any time of year in order to increase fish survival rates should the catch and release proposal be put into effect. It does not do a lot of good to implement catch and release without eliminating bait fishing as the mortality rate of bait caught fish is far higher than fly or lure caught fish.
CAROLAN, DANIEL M  October 29, 2015
NORTH LOGAN, UT  
Comments:
As an avid angler, environmentalist, former PNW resident, and visitor to your great state, I am in favor of limiting tackle to artificial flies and lures, and barbless hooks, to diminish accidental fish fatalities and prevent overfishing, which would lead to exhausted fish and less spawning.
LILLEY, CHARLES   October 29, 2015
RENO, NE  
Comments:
The arguments supporting barbless vs barbed hooks has been studied and debated for years. There is no excuse nor basis supporting the continuance of fishing with a barbed hook. To go a step further the use of bait should also be prohibited.Your department has been entrusted with the responsibility of maintaining and enhancing native fisheries, how is it that barbed hooks and bait are still permitted?
WOODS, WILLIAM M  October 29, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
In addition to the gear restrictions defined above, I support selective gear fisheries during the entire winter steelhead season from December 1 to April 31 in the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel, and Hoh Rivers, in addition to the stretch of the Queets River between the tribal reservation and the Olympic National Park.
HILBERT, HARRISON S  October 29, 2015
POCATELLO, ID  
Comments:
Implement selective gear rules on North Coast streams to protect juvenile salmon, steelhead, & resident trout. They are the future fish for these important fisheries. Require barbless hooks without bait to be used by sport fishers.
DUDEK, PAUL H  October 29, 2015
AUBURNDALE, MA  
Comments:
I urge the adoption of this proposal
LARSON, PETER J  October 29, 2015
CLIVE, IA  
Comments:
I highly agree with the recommendation that barbed hooks and bait be prohibited in Lower Bogachiel and Calawah Rivers across the entire winter steelhead season. Early-timed wild steelhead are also present during the hatchery steelhead season and rebuilding the early-timed component of the run is critical to recovery. Further, because they do enter early, they are in the fishery for a longer period of time. As a result, early-timed steelhead are more likely to be caught multiple times by anglers, leading to greater chances of mortality.
CALL, STEVE   October 29, 2015
BELLEVUE, WA  
Comments:
I have fished these rivers for over 30 years with both gear and flies. There is no doubt that barbed hooks, multiple hooks and bait result in higher mortality of fished released. Please implement rules to prohibit all bait! At a minimum impose selective gear rules.
HAUFLER, JAMES   October 29, 2015
LINCOLN, CA  
Comments:
Ban the barbs! Ban the bait! With barbless hooks, fish can be easily and quickly released without even taking them out of the water. Using bait usually causes the hook to be set very deep in the throat, or swallowed, thus increasing mortality. The preferred bait is the eggs of Steelhead which tends to increase the slaughter of female fish.
HUGHES, LAUREL J  October 29, 2015
EDMONDS, WA  
Comments:
I support selective gear fisheries during the entire winter steelhead season from December 1 to April 31 in the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel, and Hoh Rivers, in addition to the short stretch of the Queets River between the tribal reservation and the Olympic National Park.
STAUB, LANC S  October 29, 2015
SEQUIM, WA  
Comments:
I support barbless hooks in all steelhead streams
FLAKE, ALAN W  October 29, 2015
BRYN MAWR, PE  
Comments:
Damaged fish are to be avoided. Barbed hooks and bait increase fish mortality and take. I support selective gear fisheries during the entire winter steelhead season from December 1 to April 31 in the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel, and Hoh Rivers, in addition to the short stretch of the Queets River between the tribal reservation and the Olympic National Park.
GOODWIN, RED   October 29, 2015
BLAINE, WA  
Comments:
I support selective gear fisheries during the ENTIRE winter steelhead season from December 1 to April 31 in the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel, and Hoh Rivers, in addition to the short stretch of the Queets River between the tribal reservation and the Olympic National Park. If you are going to barbless hooks, allowing bait is senseless. Prohibiting both is the only effective measure to reduce mortality while releasing fish. I would also recommend prohibiting the use of motorized boats on these rivers.
YOUNG, BOB   October 29, 2015
WASHOUGAL, WA  
Comments:
Selective gear allows fish to survive being caught and released, adding its effect to the release of wild fish on the OP river system. This reduces the damage from barbs, damage from multiple hooks, handling of the fish caught and the most important for me a release with ease and no excessive handling.
FITZSIMMONS, WILLIAM   October 29, 2015
PORT ANGELES, WA  
Comments:
Bout time.
SAVAGLIO, BRUCE   October 29, 2015
SEQUIM, WA  
Comments:
Agree. Barbed hooks take a heavy toll on steelhead. Especially plunkink which should be prohibited. Salmon Fisherman occasionally hook steelhead.
ANDRUSS, DAVID R  October 29, 2015
RICHLAND, OR  
Comments:
I don't understand why bait or barbed hooks are EVER allowed on any anadromous stream anymore in the interest of protecting both adult and juvenile fish. In light of the damage it can do bait is simply not necessary to enjoy a day of fishing for steelhead. A skilled non-bait fisherman will hook as many fish as a bait user. I've proven that over nearly 60 years of fishing. Single-barbless is like a "duh". Less damage to the fish and much quicker releases. Ok, so maybe a few more fish are lost but so be it. We're in the ninth inning of saving these fisheries. Change the rule!
SPAULDING, JEFF P  October 29, 2015
ORONO, ME  
Comments:
I support selective gear fisheries during the entire winter steelhead season from December 1 to April 31 in the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel, and Hoh Rivers, in addition to the short stretch of the Queets River between the tribal reservation and the Olympic National Park. I beleive that barbless hooks greatly reduce mortality rates when releasing fish, and that the prohibition of live bait would also reduce the catch rate which would increase mortality as well. I also support prohibiting the use of motorized boats on the OP.
O'BRIEN, STEPHEN   October 29, 2015
SAN RAMON, CA  
Comments:
We need to do everything possible to protect these fish from over fishing. Adopting this rule will go a long way towards protecting this precious resource.
HUNTINGTON, GLEN P  October 29, 2015
REDMOND, WA  
Comments:
I strongly support selective gear restrictions for the ENTIRE winter steelhead season from Dec. 1 through April 31 on the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogacheil, and Hoh rivers. Furthermore, I also strongly support the same selective gear restrictions on the Queets river between the reservation and Olympic National Park. I also support prohibiting the use of motorized boats on Olympic Peninsula rivers. These rule changes are LONG OVERDUE!!
FOLZ, HOWARD   October 29, 2015
LITTLETON, CO  
Comments:
I am in favor of Rule #47, which proposes selective gear restrictions only during the summer, and specifically stating that you support selective gear fisheries during the entire winter steelhead season from December 1 to April 31 in the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel, and Hoh Rivers, in addition to the short stretch of the Queets River between the tribal reservation and the Olympic National Park.
GILDENHAR, MARK   October 29, 2015
LAKEWOOD , WA  
Comments:
Is has been shown without question that bait fishing reduces the survival rate for any fish that needs to be released. Because precious wild steelhead may return anytime during the winter steelhead season, bait should be prohibited during the the entire winter season from Dec 1 to April 31. There many other very effective ways for sports anglers to catch steelhead without resorting to bait. Also motorized craft should not be allowed while fishing on the Olympic peninsula. It provides too big an advantage for those who employ them, leaving few fish unharnessed in their passage, and may have a negative economic impact on the communities that benefit from visiting sports anglers.
VOIGT, ALAN R  October 29, 2015
SAN ANSELMO, CA  
Comments:
Please adopt this new regulation to preserve our wild steelhead. Thank you.
MADISON, CHRIS   October 29, 2015
ROLLINGBAY, WA  
Comments:
Please require that bait and barbed hooks be prohibited during the winter steelhead season Dec. 1 through April 31 . This will allow hooked fish a better chance of survival. Also only single barbless hooks should be allowed. Thank you. Chris Madison
SMITH, 0LIVER H  October 29, 2015
TROUT LAKE, WA  
Comments:
I support restricted gear rules year round on north coast streams.
ZABRISKIE, PETER N  October 29, 2015
PORT ANGELES, WA  
Comments:
I'm completely fine with this proposal. Most streams which I fish elsewhere already have these rules.
DELEGATOR, DAVID   October 29, 2015
CINCINNATI, OH  
Comments:
I urge you to approve the recommendations, and adopt the proposal of rule change #47. The selective gear rules have the salutary effect of insuring not only the physical health of the salmon, trout and steelhead populations, but of the survival and growth of the species as well.
DOWLING, QUINTON M  October 29, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
Bait fishing for steelhead is incredibly effective, but when anglers are catching every single fish that enters a river system... Something must change or these fish will simply disappear.
BENITEZ, RON   October 29, 2015
CHATHAM, NJ  
Comments:
I agree with these restrictions-- makes TOTAL sense. Lets become better stewards of the land and resources. Not be of the mind to take all we can because one day there will be none.
CLARK, GARY D  October 29, 2015
BELLINGHAM, WA  
Comments:
# 47. Please adopt selective gear rules in North Coast Steelhead streams!!!! This should have been implemented decades ago for the whole state!!
BIALOUS, ROGER P  October 29, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
A skilled bait angler can catch darn near every fish in a hole. In my mind, that is not the problem. I believe the problem is that bait is often taken deeply by fish, resulting in potentially mortal wounds from hooking and unhooking the fish. The problem with that is that it really hamstrings a selective fishery, as wild fish will inevitably be hooked and the damage done by being hooked deep in their throat or gills will increase post release mortality and severely negatively impact the ability of the released wild fish to survive and spawn and perpetuate the wild population, which is the whole point.
ANACKER, TOM R  October 29, 2015
BOZEMAN, MT  
Comments:
I present the following comments on proposed Rule #47: It is vital to take all reasonable steps to promote the recovery and re-establishment of healthy and self-sustaining wild steelhead runs in OP rivers. Proposed Rule #47 is a step in the right direction, but does not go far enough. I support a barbless hook and bait restriction that would apply the entire winter steelhead season. Allowing the proposed exception for the December 1 to February 15 time period would impact early timed wild steelhead that are present with the hatchery run. This would adversely effect recovery of the early component of the wild runs. I also support a restriction on the use of motorized boats on OP rivers. Thank you.
STOVER, CHARLES   October 29, 2015
BURNSVILLE, NC  
Comments:
I fully support this proposal to require barbless hooks and limit fishing to only selected times of year.
REYNOLDS, DOUGLAS   October 29, 2015
VANCOUVER, WA  
Comments:
Selective gear restrictions only during the summer is inadequate. I would ask WDFW to establish selective gear fisheries ALSO during the entire winter steelhead season from December 1 to April 31 in the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel, and Hoh Rivers, in addition to the short stretch of the Queets River between the tribal reservation and the Olympic National Park.
MORRISON, DON R  October 29, 2015
SPOKANE, WA  
Comments:
NO BAIT!!!! Sadly to many fish die to bait fishing than other sport methods! No bait, single barbless hooks.
MILLER, STEPHEN P  October 29, 2015
SAMMAMISH, WA  
Comments:
Although I am definitely in favor of adopting selective gear rules for these rivers during the summer, I believe the change in rules should also apply during the winter.
REYNOLDS, DOUGLAS   October 29, 2015
VANCOUVER, WA  
Comments:
An additional point to add to my earlier comment on this rule: I would also ask WDFW to implement a proposal from the North Coast Advisory Committee and prohibit the use of motorized boats on all OP rivers.
WORTH, DANIEL   October 29, 2015
SCOTTSDALE, AZ  
Comments:
Preservation of wild steelhead should be a principle management objective on the Olympic Peninsula. Gear restrictions are vital to reduce mortality from fishing. Restrictions should be in place on rivers in which wild fish return to spawn for the entire season to minimize the chance of wild fish being caught with gear that reduces the fish's chance of survival following release.
PRICHARD, PATRICK   October 29, 2015
OLYMPIA, WA  
Comments:
In addition to selective gear restrictions in the summer I support selective gear restrictions during the entire winter steelhead season from December 1 to April 31. Angler opportunity to fish will not be harmed and the fish, in conjunction with Proposal 48, have a better chance of survival.
THYER, DAVID G  October 29, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
Barbed hooks and bait make no sense. Period. There are so many other terminal tackle options that are still adequate and effective for hatchery fish, whilst being far less harmful to wild fish "catch and release" handling.
CASEY, JIM   October 29, 2015
ANACORTES, WA  
Comments:
Stand with the steelhead on #47! Motor boats do not belong in these serene wild spaces.
CAMPBELL, TRAVIS   October 29, 2015
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA  
Comments:
I am in favor of selective gear rules on all steelhead fisheries and during ALL steelhead seasons. Specifically, I believe we should eliminate the use of barbed hooks and bait during the entire steelhead season. As anglers we have become very efficient at catching fish and I believe bait and barbs allow us to be too efficient to effectively protect the resource. I also believe we should ban the use of power boats throughout the river systems.
LUTHANEN, JON   October 29, 2015
BELLINGHAM, WA  
Comments:
There have been times I've not crimped my barbs and caught juvenile bull trout, steelhead, etc only to realize that by dislodging the hook, I have a greater potential of fatally injuring the fish and permanently damaging its ability to eat/survive. In those circumstances, I try to crimp my hook while its embedded to make it slightly easier on the fish upon release, and generally prefer to do so prior to fishing. Undeniably easier to hook and land fish with barbs? Undeniably tougher on fish using barbs. Selective gear rules make sense for a sustainable fishery
SMITH, MARK T  October 29, 2015
RICHLAND, WA  
Comments:
Selective gear rules for the NW rivers should be implemented for the entire winter steelhead season from December through April. Barbed hooks and bait have no place on any river that supports valuable native steelhead. The entire Columbia and Snake rivers have adapted barbless hooks and there is absolutely no reason that barbs should be allowed on any of the OP rivers. In addition the use of bait is inexcusable when native steelhead are in the river. You DO NOT need bait to catch steelhead at any time and it should be band outright.
BARNIER, DAVID   October 29, 2015
PT.ANGELES, WA  
Comments:
I strongly disagree with this proposed rule change. I have fished steelhead for 50 years on the Olympic peninsula rivers and have never had a steelhead take a baited lure deeply, I however have seen steelhead hooked by fly fisherman with hooks in the throat and gills. Maybe you should consider banning the use of flys for steelhead! Im sure the king co. steelhead groups would forget about their "conservation goals" with a proposal like that.
SANDERS, JOHN   October 29, 2015
KIRKLAND, WA  
Comments:
I completely agree with this proposal!
JOHNSON, DAN   October 29, 2015
SAN RAMON, CA  
Comments:
Please implement selective gear restrictions during the entire winter steelhead season from December 1 to April 31 in the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel, and Hoh Rivers, in addition to the short stretch of the Queets River between the tribal reservation and the Olympic National Park. This will help reduce mortality of our wild steelhead which are injured by repeated exposure to barbed hooks and bait.
BURGE, RICHARD T  October 29, 2015
QUILCENE, WA  
Comments:
WE should go to selective gear in all steelhead and trout fisheries, year round. Barbed hooks and bait kill at least twice the number of fish. They also increase the stress as it takes longer to release fish hooked by barbed hooks and bait. This may result in increased stress, increased cortisol and increased mortality in these fish. Hence, with stocks in a serious decline on the OP, and no signs of stock rebuilding, it is imperative to eliminate gear that causes higher mortalitie's and higher stress.
LAHTI, DAVID   October 29, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I agree with this proposal and hope it is implemented.
NELSON, RUSSELL E  October 29, 2015
SAMMAMISH, WA  
Comments:
I support restricting recreational fishing for steelhead on the north coast rivers to the use of selective gear rules. Use of non-selective gear and bait leads to higher mortality rates on wild fish released intentionally and unintentionally and also higher mortality rates on hatchery fish lost. Use of selective gear rules will help recovery of wild stocks while also still allowing for recreational fishing through catch and release regulations and use of selective gear.
BLOODWORTH, BEN R  October 29, 2015
GRAND JUNCTION, CO  
Comments:
I support #47 adopting selective gear rules.
BRAMLEY, WILLIAM   October 29, 2015
SAN DIEGO, CA  
Comments:
Please pass regs that propose selective gear restrictions during the summer, and for selective gear restrictions for fisheries during the entire winter steelhead season from December 1 to April 31 in the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel, and Hoh Rivers, in addition to the short stretch of the Queets River between the tribal reservation and the Olympic National Park.
KERST, DUNCAN   October 29, 2015
PORTLAND , OR  
Comments:
Please require barbed hooks and bait be prohibited from December 1 to April 31 except during those times and places where hatchery fish are commonly present (December 1 - February 15 in Lower Bogachiel and Calawah Rivers). I support selective gear fisheries during the entire winter steelhead season from December 1 to April 31 in the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel, and Hoh Rivers, in addition to the short stretch of the Queets River between the tribal reservation and the Olympic National Park
BOWDEN, BRIAN E  October 29, 2015
CAMANO ISLAND, WA  
Comments:
please implement selective gear rules on North Coast Steelhead streams. If we want a fishery in the future this action must be taken.
KING, MIKE & FAITH   October 29, 2015
PHOENIX, AR  
Comments:
We would like to see prohibitions on the use of bait and barbed hooks year 'round on the above rivers. Thank you, Mike & Faith King
DZIEDZIC, THADDEUS J  October 29, 2015
HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL  
Comments:
I agree that Selective Gear Rules should be implemented to allow for the protection of Salmon, Steelhead and Trout species.
UTTER, MARK   October 29, 2015
SAN DIEGO, CA  
Comments:
I am in favor of these proposed regulations to adopt selective gear regulations. I also support the elimination of the use of motorized boats on these fisheries.
HARRIS, TIM   October 29, 2015
FALL CITY, WA  
Comments:
Selective gear is preferable, especially in conjunction with wild fish release, since it inflicts less damage on the fish and helps insure their survival if released.
LELL, JOHN   October 29, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
Selective rules only make sense if you want to salvage the resource. Fishers need to realize that any undue mortality to these magnificent fish is not justified, and that short term restrictions will benefit the resource.
BROCKERMAN, JACOB A  October 29, 2015
EVERETT, WA  
Comments:
This seems very reasonable and I support this proposal.
LUIKEN, LARRY C  October 29, 2015
CHATFIELD, MN  
Comments:
I AM IN FAVOR OF CATCH AND RELEASE FISHING FOR WILD STEELHEAD AND RAINBOW TROUT. I AM ALSO IN FAVOR OF RESTRICTING BARBED HOOKS AND THE USE OF BAIT.
SMOKE, MICHAEL   October 29, 2015
KETTLE FALLS, WA  
Comments:
Selective gear rules should be year-round on all waterways for all salmon and steelhead fishing. Anglers don't need barbs to land fish, I've had decades of fishing to prove it.
WALKER, RICHARD   October 29, 2015
CHEHALIS , WA  
Comments:
It sounds like this would only benefit the fish and provide an equalizer for alternative techniques.
N, KRIS   October 29, 2015
PORTLAND, OR  
Comments:
I support selective gear fisheries during the entire winter steelhead season from December 1 to April 31 in the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel, and Hoh Rivers, in addition to the short stretch of the Queets River between the tribal reservation and the Olympic National Park.
HUBBARD, SHAUN A  October 29, 2015
FRIDAY HARBOR, WA  
Comments:
Please implement restrictive gear regulations during the entire winter steelhead season from December 1 to April 31 in the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel, and Hoh Rivers, in addition to the short stretch of the Queets River between the tribal reservation and the Olympic National Park. Thank you.
HUBBARD, SHAUN A  October 29, 2015
FRIDAY HARBOR, WA  
Comments:
Please prohibit the use of motorized boats on the Olympic Peninsula rivers. Thank you.
CHITTENDEN, COY W  October 29, 2015
PORT ANGELES, WA  
Comments:
I support this proposal.
ARDOVINO, ROBERT   October 29, 2015
EL PASO, TX  
Comments:
I support selective gear restrictions during the summer, and selective gear fisheries during the entire winter steelhead season from December 1 to April 31 in the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel, and Hoh Rivers, in addition to the short stretch of the Queets River between the tribal reservation and the Olympic National Park.
RAUDABAUGH, WILL   October 29, 2015
PORT ORCHARD, WA  
Comments:
I agree with this proposal
HARDCASTLE, ALAN   October 29, 2015
OLYMPIA, WA  
Comments:
I strongly encourage WDFW to adopt selective gear rules to reduce fish mortality and health on the river systems named above. Increased fishing pressure puts wild fish stocks at risk and barbed hooks increases risk to fish for injury and death. Lets' protect our wild steelhead and trout stocks for future generations to enjoy, and increase the likelihood that we can sustain these important natural resources for our children.
PETERS, THOM   October 29, 2015
SNOHOMISH, WA  
Comments:
I agree with this proposal.
LAMPERS, RAYMOND J  October 29, 2015
GRANITE FALLS, WA  
Comments:
No dont take away our traditional ways to fish our coastal streams.
MACKENZIE, GRAHAM   October 29, 2015
AUBURN, WA  
Comments:
I vote Yea
GEISSER, DAVID   October 30, 2015
OAKLAND , CA  
Comments:
Give the fish a chance to survive before it's to late.
ALLEN, JASON   October 30, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
1000 times yes. This makes so much sense.
SILBERGELD, DANIEL   October 30, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
Do we want our children to be able to fish for steelhead? If so, let's get the bait off the rivers. We can only change a few of the many factors that impact these anadromous fish. Let's do what we can. I strongly support a no bait rule.
FIGDORE, BRYCE   October 30, 2015
KIRKLAND, WA  
Comments:
I support this initiative to protect wild steelhead and salmon.
ROSE, CHRISTOPHER   October 30, 2015
WOODLAND, WA  
Comments:
Selective gear is imperative in light of the fact that leaving the fish relatively unharmed is objective number 1.
LACY, JOHN   October 30, 2015
INDIANAPOLIS, IN  
Comments:
We must ban the use of barbed hooks to protect juvenile wild steelhead, salmon, & trout from the damage barbed hooks can do to these wonderful fish. Please act ASAP to implement this rule for the 2016 season. Conservation is not won by one rule or act. It is won & rewarded by many small ones by an individual, group, community, & hero's.
WILLIAMS, ZACK   October 30, 2015
PULLMAN, WA  
Comments:
Selective gear is long overdue on these rivers in the protection of wild steelhead. Please make this change asap.
SAVILLE, STEVEN A  October 30, 2015
TACOMA, WA  
Comments:
I strogly support the selective gear rule changes proposed for all OP rivers during the propsed time period but would further propose that these rules be extended to year-round. The use of barbless hooks has not impacted the salmonid fishery on Puget Sound to any degree and all anglers have accepted these rules with a minimum of problems. I also support the proposal to eliminate motorized craft on all OP rivers as the motors degrade shorline and fish redds through the wakes and turbulance created by the motors, in my opinion.
KELNER, JULIE L  October 30, 2015
BREMERTON, WA  
Comments:
I reccommend proposal #47 which proposes selective gear restrictions during the summer, and I support selective gear fisheries during the entire winter steelhead season from December 1 to April 31 in the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel, and Hoh Rivers, in addition to the short stretch of the Queets River between the tribal reservation and the Olympic National Park.
THALER, WYATT M  October 30, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
Please adopt selective gear rules, especially during the winter steelhead season for salmonids on the Olympic Peninsula.
KNUDSON, ANDREW C  October 30, 2015
BELLEVUE, WA  
Comments:
With barbless hook regulations being implemented throughout the state, it makes no sense to allow barbed hooks on rivers with wild steelhead. I've seen the damage that barbed hooks cause when trying to remove hooks. Barbless hooks slide right out. The worst damage is done to smaller salmon/steelhead when caught as a by-product of targeting returning fish. I think most of those fish die if caught with barbed hooks.
ROUSSEAU, MIKE   October 30, 2015
ROME, GE  
Comments:
Single hooks and artificial lures only seems reasonable. Although I am a fly fisherman, I don't support fly fishing only regulations.
WALLACE, THOMAS   October 30, 2015
SHORELINE, WA  
Comments:
I am against this proposal because I feel it is another effort to segregate our fisheries. Although I rarely use bait for steelhead I have used it extensively in the past. I don't believe the amount of fish it will save warrants the removal of the gear from the water or the anglers who implement it. It is very rare for steelhead to swallow bait and is a small player in smolt mortality on the whole.
MCMAINS, ROBERT W  October 30, 2015
RENTON, WA  
Comments:
Please keep the proposal "As Is". A total bait band is just a ploy by the fly fishing community. A bait ban near hatcheries would just leave more hatchery fish in the system for longer and a greater chance for mixing with the wild fish.
RICE, JASON L  October 30, 2015
SPRINGFIELD, OR  
Comments:
I fully support the restriction of gear to help the survival of our fisheries. It has been proven that bait and barbed hooks increase caught fish mortality.
COLE, HOWARD   October 30, 2015
JACKSON, WY  
Comments:
I would like to see bait and barbed hooks banned from Dec.1-Apr.31. This would help protect wild steelhead by making it much easier to release fish unharmed. I would also encourage prohibiting motorized watercraft on all OP rivers. Again, I recommend adding the Queets River to the list.
NEFF, ADAM R  October 30, 2015
EAST WENATCHEE, WA  
Comments:
I support this change. If nothing else it makes things consistent across the mts, and allows me to consolidate all my steelhead gear into one set.
ZARELLI, CARL   October 30, 2015
UNIVERSITY PLACE , WA  
Comments:
I would recommend selective gear during the entire winter steelhead season from December 1 to April 31 in the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel, and Hoh Rivers, in addition to the short stretch of the Queets River between the tribal reservation and the Olympic National Park.
GALLAGHER, RILEY M  October 30, 2015
EDMONDS, WA  
Comments:
Please restrict the use of bait. Prohibiting bait will spread the use of a limited resource across a greater number of anglers.
RYAN, BRADY S  October 30, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I support selective gear fisheries during the entire winter steelhead season from December 1 to April 31 in the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel, and Hoh Rivers, in addition to the short stretch of the Queets River between the tribal reservation and the Olympic National Park.
HARDY, JIM   October 30, 2015
KIRKLAND, WA  
Comments:
I support the restriction of bait fishing.
GRADY, BEN   October 30, 2015
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO  
Comments:
To whomever it may concern: I support the proposal to adopt selective gear rules on the listed Olympic Peninsula rivers. The primary benefit of this rule will be reduced angler mortality on steelhead smolts and juvenile rainbow trout; important elements that will help ensure the continued viability of Olympic Peninsula steelhead populations. As a former resident (and now non-resident angler that visits multiple times a year) I'm pleased to see a progressive approach finally being considered to conserve these unique and world-class fisheries. Ultimately this will benefit all anglers and the local economies that have become increasingly dependent on sport fishing revenue. Sincerely, Ben Grady
ALEXANDER, ROBERT   October 30, 2015
BEAVER, WA  
Comments:
The mortality rate with bait and barbs is should not be allowed. Removing barbs is a positive step.
ROBERTS, JIM S  October 30, 2015
SEQUIM, WA  
Comments:
I support WDFW requiring selective gear fishing for the entire winter steelhead season from December 1 to April 31 in the Hoh, Bogachiel, Calawah and Sol Duc Rivers and on the Queets River between the tribal reservation and the ONP. I also support WDFW prohibiting the use of motorized boats on Olympic Peninsula rivers
DENNISON, LARRY W  October 30, 2015
PORT TOWNSEND, WA  
Comments:
I strongly support this rule in attempt to survival of our wild steelhead and salmon stocks. I have fished exclusively with single barbless hooks on artificial lures/flies for the past twenty years and have caught (and released) as many fish as I had caught in the previous twenty years with barbed hooks. As for bait fishing, it is nearly impossible to safely release wild fish unharmed if caught on baited hooks. It is past time to continue pondering sensible rules that will help our wild stocks recover. These rule changes are modeled after successful wild steelhead conservation regulations from Oregon, British Columbia, and other areas.
LANGENHORST, HUBERT S  October 30, 2015
SPOKANE, WA  
Comments:
I support this proposal to adopt selective gear rules on the North Coast steelhead streams
MCCABE, CHRISTOPHER   October 30, 2015
PORTLAND, OR  
Comments:
I recommend this action. - Christopher McCabe
BROOKS, JASON J  October 30, 2015
PUYALLUP, WA  
Comments:
yes, this one makes sense to protect juvenile fish
BANAHAN, SEAN   October 30, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
Please implement restrictive gear regulations on steelhead streams. Barbed hooks are destructive to the fish and require excessive handling of these animals. Prohibiting bait will reduce the chance that we catch entire runs of these fish.
REMMER, STEVEN B  October 30, 2015
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA  
Comments:
I support rule change #47 implementing selective gear restrictions on North coast steelhead streams and also would like to see this rule change implemented for the entire winter season from December 1st to April 31st. Also I would support a change restricting any use of motorized boats on these streams during these periods.
LEE, TRAVIS   October 30, 2015
MOUNT VERNON, WA  
Comments:
So no barbed hooks ever, in any of those rivers? If we don't get barbs on the Hoh, then the natives don't get nets.
FAIRBROOK, DUSTIN M  October 30, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
As angler efficiency improves more and more over time, the amount of fish that I have witnessed caught and then released has increased significantly over the past decade. This is mainly due to modern techniques used in the pursuit of fish in these rivers and also due to the added amount of angler pressure. This rule will allow for some of the fish caught and released to have a higher survival rate and also lower the impact to the fishery if the amount of anglers and there efficiency continue to increase.
BARTON, KEN   October 30, 2015
SYLMAR, CA  
Comments:
Please enact restrictive gear proposals for the above waters.
MILLER, RUSSELL   October 30, 2015
EDMONDS, WA  
Comments:
I would suggest that the Bogacheil River 1 and the Hoh River 5 have selective gear rules implemented.
CORRADO, GREG   October 30, 2015
PORT ORCHARD, WA  
Comments:
Once again a great way to help protect the declining populations of wild fish.
MORRISSEY, ERIC O  October 30, 2015
NEW YORK, NY  
Comments:
Yes. But selective gear for the ENTIRE winter season. If implemented, I would consider resuming my annual trips to the OP, which I have recently given up because of the poor state of the fishery. Also, no motor boats. That should be included
BENTZ, KEITH   October 30, 2015
BRISBANE, CA  
Comments:
I support the Selective Gear Rule (barbless hooks and artificial lures (no bait-fishing) on all OP rivers from Dec. 1 to April 31 each year.
HAAG, KATIE   October 30, 2015
FORKS, WA  
Comments:
I strongly do not support this rule change. Selective gear rules are designed to make it harder for sports fishers to keep fish. I need to feed my family. To do this I harvest fish from the rivers. I harvest only what my family will eat and I follow all rules, regulations, and closures. The rivers are for public to use for pleasure, sport, and to feed our families. If selective gear rules are implemented, it will be harder to keep species that I am encouraged to harvest such as hatchery coho and hatchery steelhead. Further, ALL parties who harvest fish from Coastal rivers/streams should be part of the reduction in catch, not just one user group. Again, I need to be able to harvest target species such as hatchery coho and steelhead to feed my family. ALL stakeholders should reduce their catches to reflect higher escapement rates. I strongly DO NOT support this rule change. Please do not implement this change.
ROCKWELL, CHARLES M  October 30, 2015
PENN VALLEY, CA  
Comments:
I support the recommendations of the Wild Steelhead Coalition on limiting to barbless hooks and other limitations as needed to protect wild steelhead stocks on Olympic Peninsula rivers.
DURHAM, JOSEPH P  October 30, 2015
ABERDEEN, WA  
Comments:
Leave all rules as they now exist.
MITCHELL, THOMAS   October 30, 2015
BELLEVUE, WA  
Comments:
I fully support this proposal. Please consider limiting the use of bait as well during the March-April time period.
OSENBACH, RUSS J  October 30, 2015
BURLINGTON, WA  
Comments:
Changing to selective gear rules will not take away any fishing opportunity. It will simply make it a little more difficult to hook a fish. This rule would help prevent fish from being caught over and over because it is well-known that bait (especially roe) is the most effective way to hook steelhead and allows many steelhead to be hooked and landed that would ignore an artificial lure or fly. Making the use of barbless hook mandatory would also benefit the fish because barbed hooks make a much larger wound or tear in the fish's mouth/jaw. Barbless hooks are also much, much easier to remove so fish experience far less trauma with them when released. And since some of these rivers are the ones that an angler can fish to kill and keep just one steelhead annually in total (not one from each river, but one period), this rule will help protect all other wild steelhead.
BROEKHOF, WILLEM E  October 30, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I would like to see this proposal be added to make sure we take the opportunity to reduce mortality of these fish to maintain the fishery as we see increased pressure to these rivers due to the loss of steelhead opportunities across Wa state.
CHIN, RAYMOND   October 30, 2015
LOS ALTOS, CA  
Comments:
Please eliminate the use of bait and barbed hooks. Both of these methods can lead to substantial harm to all fish.
SMITH, GREGORY T  October 30, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I completely support this proposal #47 as it will help protect the gene pool of the wild steelhead that is critical to its survival on the Olympic Peninsula. Fishing pressure on wild steelhead continues to increase while loss of habitat and low snowpack continue to threaten their long term survival. It is important to act now on this proposal, and other proposals, to help prevent a significant decline in the wild steelhead population on the Olympic Peninsula. Once such a decline occurs, as in the Puget Sound rivers, it is very difficult to restore and the loss of the wild gene pool puts the survival of the species at risk. Protecting the species now helps ensure the future generations enjoy the opportunity to experience these incredible fish, and ensures that their important role in the larger ecosystem remains intact. Requiring selective gear (single barbless hooks), reduces the mortality for wild steelhead that are released. Please require all wild steelhead be released.
SMITH, MICHAEL S  October 30, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
This also needs to happen!
HAMMERSTAD, CHARLES B  October 30, 2015
SAN JOSE, CA  
Comments:
I support this rule change!!
STURM, JEFFREY M  October 30, 2015
EVERETT, WA  
Comments:
Recommend adopting selective gear rules for North Coast Rivers, but recommend amending to restrict bait usage as well.
WARNER, ANDREA U  October 30, 2015
BELLINGHAM, WA  
Comments:
I support this proposal. I always fish with barbless hooks regardless of the species and I am totally amazed that this regulation has not been implemented before. It is so basic to the health of the fish and it in no way deminishes the hooking or landing capability. It makes no sense to me that bait or barbed hooks are allowed on any of our rivers.
STEWART, ROBERT   October 30, 2015
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, CO  
Comments:
Let's protect the next generation. These fish haven't even gone out to sea before they are getting injured. If so be it lets just close the whole fishery down for a decade and give these fish a break.
SERENO, VINCENT J  October 30, 2015
ARNOLD, CA  
Comments:
Restrictive gear methods should be implemented to help restore wild steelhead populations. Bait fishing should not be allow since higher damage and mortality rates occur to the fish. Hooks should be required to be barbless to further reduce damage to fish. The gear restrictions should be required for the entire winter steelhead season to help protect as many as the winter run whenever they may be in the river.
THOMPSON, FREF J  October 30, 2015
SOUTH CLE ELUM , WA  
Comments:
Its just common sense it is a well known fact that bait and barbs increase hook mortality! Do your jobs and help protect our fish!
BROZELL, CHRIS   October 30, 2015
FORKS, WA  
Comments:
I support this change. In clear water it is common to see multiple smolts and cutthroat trout tumbling dead in the wake of guide boats.
MILLER, JASON   October 31, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
This is an excellent rule change! It's been a long time coming, I'm all for it!
BUSCH, ANTHONY   October 31, 2015
PORT ORCHARD, WA  
Comments:
I fully support this proposal. We cannot continue current practices and expect a healthy fish population.
HARDING, BRENT   October 31, 2015
SPOKANE, WA  
Comments:
I support selective gear fisheries during the entire winter steelhead season from December 1 to April 31 in the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel, and Hoh Rivers, in addition to the short stretch of the Queets River between the tribal reservation and the Olympic National Park. In addition, I support prohibiting the use of motorized boats on OP rivers.
NANNEY, RON E  October 31, 2015
NASELLE, WA  
Comments:
I support all the reccomendations proposed by the North Coast advisory group
KLINE, CHRISTOPHER A  October 31, 2015
SEQUIM, WA  
Comments:
This proposal will aid in reducing fish mortality while allowing angler opportunity. This rule is another piece in protecting the resource.
STORFOLD, JOHN   October 31, 2015
GRANTS PASS, OR  
Comments:
if we are to adopt a catch and release mind set then we must improve the mortality rate of those released. It has been proven that using barb-less hooks can catch just as many fish, hook set easier and yet requires less handling of the fish while releasing them.
LAYTON, ROBERT L  October 31, 2015
LONGVIEW, WA  
Comments:
This proposal is consistent with #48 in reducing stress and injury to wild steelhead. Anglers may still catch fish with barbless hooks. I have been using them for years with success.
WILSON, KRIS   October 31, 2015
ABERDEEN, WA  
Comments:
Bait should be outlawed. It's hard on wild fish and we are hurting in those regards. Bait will benefit the fishery and help mortality. It's about time we regulate to conserve rather than maximum harvest.
MURPHY, JOHN   October 31, 2015
EL DORADO HILLS, CA  
Comments:
I support selective gear fisheries during the entire winter steelhead season from December 1 to April 31 in the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel, and Hoh Rivers, in addition to the short stretch of the Queets River between the tribal reservation and the Olympic National Park.
JOHNSON, DAVID L  October 31, 2015
BELLINGHAM, WA  
Comments:
I agree with adopting selective gear rules for above streams, BUT I feel strongly that you should not allow bait at any time of the year nor should you allow more than a single barbless hook. The focus should be on allowing as much escapement of wild fish for spawning purposes as possible. It seems to me that it is crazy to allow bait and barbed hooks early in the season to increase the catch rate of hatchery fish when the early season wild fish are the most endangered and need as much protection as possible.
WELCH, DENNIS G  October 31, 2015
MOUNT VERNON, WA  
Comments:
IT all should be Selective gear.
ADAMKIEWICZ, MARTIN   October 31, 2015
LODI, NJ  
Comments:
Rule #47 is truly needed to conserve the small young fish.
PIERATT, JAMES J  October 31, 2015
EAST WENATCHEE , WA  
Comments:
Selective gear rules insure the highest catch and release survival rates and need to be implemented to preserve what little wild steelhead we have left on our OP streams.
THOMAS, JOHN   October 31, 2015
EPHRATA, WA  
Comments:
Adopting selective harvest gear regulations to help minimize fish mortality makes tremendous sense and needs to be enacted.
GILLESPIE, CHAD   October 31, 2015
POULSBO, WA  
Comments:
I fully support selective gear rules on all north coast streams
STOLL, RICHARD   October 31, 2015
POULSBO, WA  
Comments:
Please implement selective gear rules
JOHNSON, GARY L  October 31, 2015
CHIMACUM, WA  
Comments:
Seriously, how can we expect to protect wild steelhead and salmon stocks while still using antiquated techniques originated by subsistance fishermen who needed to land and retain their catch to feed their familie? Today's modern "sportsman" is not struggling to stay alive. His equipment is better and his quarry more limited. He fishes for recreation and should not need barbed hooks, treble hooks, or even bait to increase an already superior advantage. Save the fish, save the sport by being sportsmen.
RIEDER, CALEB D  November 01, 2015
BEND, OR  
Comments:
I'm never a fan of fishing bait, many because it is so effective! But the less one can fish bait the less some of your salmon steelhead and trout will be improperly released and harmed in the process.
SCHLIE, GERALD   November 01, 2015
BEAVER, WA  
Comments:
Salmon and steelhead in rivers are not feeding like they do when in salt water. Seldom is the hook deep in it's throat. Generally, they're hooked on the lip. After over 40 years of river fishing and releasing over 600 steelhead, I have been unable to successfully release two natives. I would say that's a low mortality. If properly released, barbless hooks are unnecessary. And fisherman who don't know how to properly release the fish won't do it with barbless hooks either.
GERDTS, BILL   November 01, 2015
RENTON, WA  
Comments:
I am in favor of barbless hooks and the prohibition of bait as recommended. If catch and release fishing is approved, then it only makes sense to require use of barbless hooks. Prohibition of bait should reduce the catch rate and may help to prevent some fish from being caught several times before they reach the spawning stage.
ANDERSON, LAUREL A  November 01, 2015
OLYMPIA, WA  
Comments:
If you want to keep fishing, you better start protecting that in which you fish for.
SHERWOOD, KURT   November 01, 2015
MAPLE VALLEY, WA  
Comments:
it is past time to implement selective gear regulations on coastal rivers to protect declining steelhead stock.
GALLAGHER, SEAN M  November 01, 2015
ENUMCLAW, WA  
Comments:
I support year round selective gear regulations on all north coast OP rivers. Resident trout and pre-migrant steelhead are too easily harmed when hooked deeply by bait. Bait is not only bad for wild trout and steelhead, it is not even necessary. This rule would be good for wild fish while having very little impact on the angler.
YOUNG, LUCAS J  November 01, 2015
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA  
Comments:
Wild fish need to be protected from angling pressure to minimize hooking mortality. Selective gear rules are safer for the fish and help to ensure that there is less physical damage inflicted on the fish that are actually hooked.
KOSLOSKY, MIKE   November 01, 2015
GIG HARBOR, WA  
Comments:
As President of Puget Sound Fly Fishers representing 128 active members we collectively support the proposed rule change to implement Selective Gear rules on select North Coast streams on the Olympic Peninsula.
PASQUA, JOHN   November 01, 2015
ESCONDIDO, CA  
Comments:
implement selective gear rules on north coast streams to protect juvenile salmon.
FINAN, KEVIN P  November 01, 2015
BELLEVUE, WA  
Comments:
Please restrict bait fishing for steelhead where wild steelhead are susceptible to being taken. Thank you.
HARPERS, BUTCH   November 02, 2015
KETCHUM, ID  
Comments:
Please adopt the protective rule on gear to help protect thes wild fish
BEERS, PAUL   November 02, 2015
BALTIMORE , MD  
Comments:
I fully support barbless hooks to protect the fish and fishery, limitiation on the use of boats, as well as not allowing bait to help better protect the fish to improve and sustain populations
KENFIELD, STEVE   November 02, 2015
PORT TOWNSEND , WA  
Comments:
I support this proposal but believe selective gear regulation should be in effect from December 1 through April 30 no exceptions on all rivers - no bait, no barbed hooks even during periods when hatchery steelhead are in the river systems.
MASONIS, ROBERT J  November 02, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I strongly support requiring selective gear on all North Coast streams to reduce hooking mortality.
NIELSEN, CRAIG J  November 02, 2015
MOUNT SHASTA, CA  
Comments:
I support this change to protect and preserve wild steelhead on the OP.
ALBRECHT, RICHARD L  November 02, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I support this rule change. I don't support the use of bait for any anadromous fishery. I do support the selective gear regulations, and believe they should be implemented statewide for wild salmonids. The use of bait should be banned for all fishery that target or have impacts on wild salmonids
LEBING, WYTOLD   November 02, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I support these Selective Gear Rules
KUSTICH, RICK   November 02, 2015
GETZVILLE, NY  
Comments:
I believe that barbless hooks allow for a great live release rate and should be required for winter steelhead. I am also very supportive of prohibiting the use of bait. With the abundance of quality artificial flies, lures, and egg imitations there is absolutely no need for anyone to use bait whatsoever!
LUNDBERG, ROD   November 02, 2015
PORTLAND, OR  
Comments:
I support the implementation of selective gear fisheries during the ENTIRE WINTER STEELHEAD SEASON from Dec 1 through April 30 on the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel and Hoh.
HAENSLY, THOMAS   November 02, 2015
EDMONDS, WA  
Comments:
I strongly support WDFW adopting selective gear rules on North Coast steelhead rivers (as well as any other rivers in the state that have wild steelhead runs).
STEENSON, RIVER C  November 02, 2015
PORTLAND, OR  
Comments:
I support selective gear fisheries during the entire winter steelhead season from December 1 to April 31 in the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel, and Hoh Rivers, in addition to the short stretch of the Queets River between the tribal reservation and the Olympic National Park.
ROGERS, VINCENT A  November 02, 2015
CHESTER, CA  
Comments:
Implement selective gear fisheries during the entire winter steelhead season from December 1 to April 31 in the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel, and Hoh Rivers, in addition to the short stretch of the Queets River between the tribal reservation and the Olympic National Park. Barbed hooks and bait should be prohibited from December 1 to April 31 except during those times and places where hatchery fish are commonly present (December 1 - February 15 in Lower Bogachiel and Calawah Rivers). Also, prohibit the use of motorized boats on all OP rivers, especially during winter steelhead runs.
CAMPBELL, DAVE   November 02, 2015
SHORELINE, WA  
Comments:
Strongly agree.
HALL, DAN   November 02, 2015
SHORELINE, WA  
Comments:
I disagree with this proposal. Allowing the use of bait increases the likelihood of fish mortality.
MCLEOD, KEN JAMES   November 02, 2015
BOTHELL, WA  
Comments:
Not in favor of adopting anymore selective gear use on the OP rivers and or a bait ban as there are already enough selective regs in place. I would support the use of larger sized hooks 1-2/0 while using bait to protect smolts or juveniles: hooking mortality rates using larger hooks is decreased three-fold since most are hooked in the jaw, not down in the throat in my steelheading experiences.
BROTHERTON, JEROME   November 02, 2015
MOSES LAKE, WA  
Comments:
I recommend the committee adopt the use of selective gear only for the above North Coast (Olympic Penn) Steelhead Streams.
MITCHELL, JAMEY A  November 02, 2015
CAMAS, WA  
Comments:
I am in full support of eliminating the use of 'bait' on any Olympic Peninsula river by implementing 'selective gear rules' from Dec 1 to April 30.
PURDIE, JASON   November 02, 2015
EDMONDS, WA  
Comments:
I can tell you that I have fished some of these coastal rivers when they were full of trout and steelhead smolt. I was mainly using a jig and bobber method with a piece of shrimp on the jig occasionally. I have noticed trout or smolt eating the shrimp off the jig, however they never pull the float all the way down so it is easy to tell the difference when it is a salmon or steelhead. I fished many days using this method and never once hooked any small trout or smolt. Using the right hook size will minimize any harm and I think this rule change might be unnecessary.
HATCH, RYAN   November 02, 2015
WENATCHEE, WA  
Comments:
In regards to change 47, and all of the associated changes. Specifically, no vait after feb on the sol duc. That is the only springer fishery in that area. It is my home fishery (yeah I live in wenatchee currently but will be home soon). I understand the need to protect wild fish, but there are plenty of springers in the river which require bait. The fly fisherman, who are driving this change even think so- ask waters west in port angeles. 2nd- why get rid of boats? Thats rediculous. You are going to force the owver crowded banks to be even more overcrowded. More and more it seems wdfw only wants to charge more bs unfair taxes and provide less and less opportunity. We are being over run by fly fisherman and it simply isnt fair. To fix the problem, is to get rid of nets. Everyone knows. Wdfw knows, but you continue to punish us, the ones who pay your wages!
KOPIJ, DAVID   November 02, 2015
EDMONDS, WA  
Comments:
Agree with all proposed rivers.
COMMINS, MICHAEL   November 02, 2015
TETONIA, ID  
Comments:
I support adoption of this rule on all of the streams under consideration.
PRUETT, JIM F  November 02, 2015
LAKE OSWEGO, OR  
Comments:
I support selective gear fisheries during the entire winter steelhead season from December 1 to April 31 in the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel, and Hoh Rivers, in addition to the short stretch of the Queets River between the tribal reservation and the Olympic National Park
BURDICK, ROBERT   November 02, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I support it
KISINGER, GREG R  November 03, 2015
RENTON, WA  
Comments:
I support selective gear fisheries during the entire winter steelhead season from December 1 to April 31 in the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel, and Hoh Rivers, in addition to the short stretch of the Queets River between the tribal reservation and the Olympic National Park.
TURIGLIATTO, LARRY   November 03, 2015
NAPA, CA  
Comments:
I support this rule change.
BRODECK, KEN R  November 03, 2015
BEND, OR  
Comments:
please adopt selective gear rules immediately on all OP rivers to protect the fish.
OSHERSKY, JIM   November 03, 2015
GREENBANK, WA  
Comments:
Barbless hooks. Absolutely. Just returned from trip to Atlantic Canada. Due to declining salmon stock all of the provinces are mandating barbless hooks.
GOODWIN, CHESTER L  November 03, 2015
QUILCENE, WA  
Comments:
I support this proposal to implement selective gear rules.
GOODWIN, HARRIET J  November 03, 2015
QUILCENE, WA  
Comments:
I agree with these recommendations to adopt selective gear rules for Steelhead streams.
MCROBERTS, JIM   November 03, 2015
BELLEVUE, WA  
Comments:
I support this
WOOD, FORREST E  November 03, 2015
REDMOND, WA  
Comments:
I support proposal 47
QUINN, DAVID   November 03, 2015
OCEAN SHORES, WA  
Comments:
I recommend implementation of rule #47. Thanks.
KOWALSKI , DANIEL J  November 03, 2015
SAN DIEGO, CA  
Comments:
Support selective gear restrictions for steelhead .. All steelhead . Artificial lures only . Single barbless hooks
THOMPSON, VANCE   November 03, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I strongly support Rule 47. Barbless hooks will minimize handling. Use of bait should be prohibited to reduce angler encounters and minimize effects on juvenile steelhead, smolts, and trout.
WOLCOTT, WILLIAM P  November 03, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO, CA  
Comments:
by implementing a selective gear rule thereby reducing bait, treble/barbed hooks - my experience tells me that the catch and release success rates go up significantly which would be very healthy for the runs of anadromous fish in these rivers
HUDSON, NOEL   November 03, 2015
KNOXVILLE, TN  
Comments:
I support selective gear fisheries for the duration of the winter steelhead season from Dec 1 to Apr 31 in the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel and Hoh rivers as well as the Queets River between the reservation and Olympic NP.
BERNSTEIN, HANS   November 03, 2015
RICHLAND, WA  
Comments:
I support this
WILMOTH, JODI   November 03, 2015
BEND, OR  
Comments:
Please implement Selective Gear Rules on North Coast streams to protect juvenile Salmon, Steelhead and Trout. I support selective gear fisheries during the entire winter steelhead season from December 1 to April 31 in the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel, and Hoh Rivers. I request selective gear regulations be implemented across the entire winter steelhead season.
MOSKOWITZ , MARK A  November 03, 2015
SAN CARLOS , CA  
Comments:
I support proposal 47. It is time to prohibit barbed hooks and bait. If these approaches and other factors are not prohibited, there could be a day when the wild runs are depleted.
JENKINS, FELTON   November 03, 2015
SAVANNAH, GA  
Comments:
I agree, yes WDFW should Implement Selective Gear Rules on North Coast streams to protect juvenile Salmon, Steelhead and Trout. Excellent idea to protect holding and spawning adult Salmon and Steelhead through reduced hooking/handling stress and mortality. Thanks, Felton Jenkins (formerly a WA state resident. If WA state better conserves wild salmonids, I will return more frequently, spending money on expensive out-of-state licenses and other travel expenses in WA and out on the OP.)
STARR, JAMES C  November 03, 2015
PORT ANGELES, WA  
Comments:
I support selective gear rules on all north coast rivers, and want selective gear regulations to start on dec. 1 each year so they protect the early timed wild steelhead, which are depleted.
BALSIGER, WAYNE E  November 03, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I support this rule.
HUNTLEY, KYLE C  November 04, 2015
OREGON CITY, OR  
Comments:
I am an advocate for protecting rainbow trout and juvenile salmon and steelhead and agree with the proposed selective gear rule change #47.
DWYER, MICHAEL D  November 04, 2015
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA  
Comments:
Reliable statistics show a rapid, unsustainable and unhealthy decline in the numbers and return of steelhead in the Quillayute system (including the Bogachiel, Calawah and Sol Duc), the Hoh and other selected rivers. They also show an alarmingly high increased mortality to wild, juvenile and spawning fish that want to return to the ocean from use of bait that is swallowed and barbed hooks that often can’t be removed without injury to the fish. To preserve the fragile resource while equalizing the fishing opportunity, the use of bait and/or barbed hooks should be prohibited and selective gear regulations should be adopted.
ZAROFF, BARBARA   November 04, 2015
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA  
Comments:
I support selective gear fisheries during the entire winter steelhead season from December 1 to April 31 in the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel, and Hoh Rivers, in addition to the short stretch of the Queets River between the tribal reservation and the Olympic National Park. In addition to the above rules, the North Coast Advisory Committee proposed prohibiting the use of motorized boats on OP rivers. I support this rule under Rule #47 o prohibit the use of motorized boats on the OP.
MESSETT, DAX S  November 04, 2015
GRANTS PASS, OR  
Comments:
"bead rigs" should be banned. This popular rig used by fly fisherman from boats is a bobber, suspending split shot or weight, then a bead, then bare hook several inches under the bead. Sometime they run yet another section of mono, bead and bare hook under that!. It is fished from a long dead drift from a moving boat. It is the most popular way to fish the Peninsula these days. It INTENTIONALLY hooks fish outside the mouth! This is a straight up snagging rig. It is very effective, hence used by most "fly" fishing guides on the OP. Ban this rig, or ban the fishing from boats, or both! This nefarious technique is just pummeling the resource.
PETERSEN, SHANE   November 04, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
Yes! I fully support this rule change.
GARLICK, LAWRENCE   November 04, 2015
PALO ALTO, CA  
Comments:
In addition to supporting the proposal I support selective gear fisheries during the entire winter steelhead season from December 1 to April 31 in the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel, and Hoh Rivers, in addition to the short stretch of the Queets River between the tribal reservation and the Olympic National Park. Early-timed wild steelhead are also present during the hatchery steelhead season and we need the early-timed run for full recovery. Early-timed steelhead are more likely to be caught multiple times by anglers, leading to greater chances of mortality. Therefore, we request selective gear regulations be implemented across the entire winter steelhead season. I also encourage WDFW to prohibit the use of motorized boats on the OP and the use of barbed hooks. Lawrence Garlick
BORDERLINE BASSIN CONTENDERS, ROBERT HARRIMAN   November 04, 2015
BELLINGHAM, WA  
Comments:
The Borderline Bassin Contenders a hunting & fishing club since 1973 is not in favor of this proposal when pertaining to no internal combustion motors allowed on all north coast rivers. We use internal combustion motors on Skagit, Stilliguamish, and Snohomish rivers to fish for catch & release sturgeon. Not having the ability to chase a fish upstream would be detrimental to the fish and catch & release. We would also want an exception to allow bait at all times fishing for sturgeon on Skagit, Stilliguamish, and the Snohomish. sincerely, Bob Harriman, legis liaison Borderline Bassin Contenders
ATLAS, WILLIAM I  November 04, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I would like to comment in strong support of this rule change. These streams remain strongholds for wild steelhead in our state and as such should be protected under selective gear rules. The vast majority of fish caught in these fisheries are released and minimizing the risk of mortality from catch and release should be the first priority of the department.
NORENE, ROBERT D  November 04, 2015
RIO OSO, CA  
Comments:
Please improve steelhead survival and spawning return by limiting or prohibiting the use of bait and gear fishing for winter run steelhead in the above listed O.P. rivers.
MELDE, PETER B  November 04, 2015
ANCHORAGE, AK  
Comments:
Adopting selective gear restrictions will enhance survival of wild steelhead, resident trout, and juvenile anadromous salmonids. Requiring barbless hooks and restricting use of bait greatly reduces mortality of these fish in both traditional fisheries and catch and release situations. These selective gear restrictions should be implemented during the entire winter steelhead season from December 1 to April 30 on the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel, and the Hoh Rivers in addition to the short stretch of the Queets River between the Tribal Reservation and the Olympic National Park. Additionally, it is important that WDFW prohibit the use of motorized boats on OP rivers.
SHROPSHIRE, RUSS   November 04, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I support rule change recommendation # 47 to adopt Selective Gear Rules on North Coast streams.
TOWNSRND, KEN   November 04, 2015
SEQUIM, WA  
Comments:
In other words, the fly guys are jelious of the bait guys because they are more effictive. Man up, put on your big boy pants and go fish. If you elect to fly fish and have limited success that is your choice. Do not limit my opertunity. Besides I have watched fly guys play fish on light tackel and release them only to have them die from exhaustion.
BINDER, JOSEPH   November 05, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
This is a step in the right direction to reduce mortality and overall impact on wild stocks as juveniles and adults
BOUCHER, MIKE   November 05, 2015
SEQUIM, WA  
Comments:
Not sure how this repsonse is calculated. But I am including all the proposals in this response. This is an excellent rule change which will help our fishing very much. I am totally in favor of all the DFW's listed. Please make this a rule for all of them.
VAN ZEE, CAL   November 05, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I strongly support Rule#47 to adopt selective gear on the Hoh River and all North Coast rivers. We have been trying to protect the late summer king run for years and hope that this rule will benefit all species on the Hoh. Since we already do this in the salt, it's past time to protect our fish in the rivers. Thank you for the opportunity to comment. Cal Van Zee
ANDERSEN, CHRIS J  November 05, 2015
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA  
Comments:
I support going to single barbless and no bait regulations for the entirety of the Winter steelhead season on the North Coast rivers from Dec 1-April 31st. Keeping the Lower Calawah and Bogachiel eligible for the use of bait during a time when there are still a few hatchery fish about makes little sense when it is primetime for the Native fish...the proposal for no bait is to minimize the impact on Native fish, period. Those remaining hatchery fish are still going to be caught and harvested using artificial lures ( the "opportunity" to harvest those hatchery fish has not been lost ), and with that we can still have a positive impact on the native fish at the same time. No bait regulations are common sense for the continued protection and recovery of our last remaining runs of native steelhead. Thank you. Chris Andersen
BASILE, JOHN   November 05, 2015
SANTA CRUZ, CA  
Comments:
I strongly agree this proposal will help in the recovery of wild steelhead. I vote yes, thank you!
CUTTER, RALPH   November 05, 2015
NEVADA CITY, CA  
Comments:
". . . protect juvenile Salmon, Steelhead and Trout." That about sums it up.
CUTTER, DEAN   November 06, 2015
SANTA CRUZ, CA  
Comments:
We have to do what we can to provide a sustainable fishery. This includes using selective gear to minimize harm.
CUTTER, LISA   November 06, 2015
NEVADA CITY, CA  
Comments:
protect resident Trout as well as juvenile anadromous salmonids but allows the use of bait during Salmon and Steelhead fisheries
TIPPETT, JAMES B  November 06, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
Please adopt these selective gear regulations. I alssupport selective gear fisheries during the entire winter steelhead season from December 1 to April 31 in the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel, and Hoh Rivers, in addition to the short stretch of the Queets River between the tribal reservation and the Olympic National Park.
CURRY, REID M  November 06, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I strongly support this rule change recommendation. Barbed hooks and bait result in extensive mortality to both adult and juvenile steelhead. Often times this mortality occurs on a fish that is intentionally released. A rule change to selective gear rules on the OP will ensure that more adult fish make it unharmed to their spawning grounds and more juvenile fish survive to adulthood. All of this adds up to more wild steelhead in our rivers...which is what we all want. As a professional fly fishing guide, this will directly help my business and help put Washington on the map of top global fly fishing destinations.
SIMMS, MATT   November 06, 2015
MISSOULA, MT  
Comments:
I support these proposed changes.
FISHER, FRANK P  November 06, 2015
BELLEVUE, WA  
Comments:
Limiting the use of bait from October 1 to Feb. 15 on many North Coast streams is an acceptable step to reduce potential stress and mortality on wild steelhead
PECK, DANIEL H  November 06, 2015
BOW, WA  
Comments:
I agree with the rule restricting these rivers to selective gear only. Reducing the mortality on these fish while still allowing anglers recreation will boost fish numbers.
HARRINGTON, KENNETH J  November 06, 2015
POULSBO, WA  
Comments:
I do not support this proposel
KEEFER, SHANE T  November 07, 2015
LYNNWOOD, WA  
Comments:
Anywhere there is a chance of hooking a native steelhead there should be barbless hooks required. So you can release them with ease and not beat them up trying to get barbed hooks out of them.
ROBINTON, CHARLES   November 07, 2015
ROSEVILLE, CA  
Comments:
I support this proposal.
FOSTER, BOBBY   November 07, 2015
BELLEVUE, WA  
Comments:
I support this rule change and will provide further testimony on November 14th.
ROHRBACH, CALDWELL J  November 07, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I support this rule change!
SHARF, JOHN D  November 07, 2015
KENMORE, WA  
Comments:
Agree with the North Coast Advisor Group, to a certain degree, Remove "Selective Gear Rules" & replace with: a. Barbless hooks (AT ALL TIMES) b. Only one hook with up to three points.
SCARLETT, WARREN   November 07, 2015
FORKS, WA  
Comments:
Proposal sucks if you like to plunk for steelhead and spring chinook, or drift fish for spring chinook. Another great rule to help out the boaters, guides, and flyfishermen. Professionally, I know that too many wild fish are being handled too many times. Until WDFW has the man power to adequately police the streams on the westend, what is the sense in having more rules since it just makes it easier for the outlaws to catch more fish at the expense of the legal fisherman. So go ahead and make more rules that favors the rich and outlaws since that seems to be the American way. What happened to paying your dues to catch the fish of a "thousand casts"? Now all you have to do is pay a professional to help catch the fish for you. So herd us into a smaller box where only the city folk feel comfortable. I was involved in the first native steelhead broodstock program on the Sol duc,I saw how WDFW contacted the Seattle Times to have people take advantage of our hard work just to sell license
GUERRA, RON   November 07, 2015
MERCER ISLAND, WA  
Comments:
I support this rule change.
GENTRY, JAKE   November 07, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I support selective gear fisheries during the entire winter steelhead season from December 1 to April 31 in the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel, and Hoh Rivers, in addition to the short stretch of the Queets River between the tribal reservation and the Olympic National
ABRAMS, TERRY R  November 07, 2015
ANACORTES, WA  
Comments:
Agree
MYHRES, ED   November 08, 2015
MOUNT VERNON, WA  
Comments:
There is no reason to go to barbless hooks. All this would do is hurt more fish by having to over play the fish. It would surely reduce the number of steelhead landed. Both hatchery and natives. The courts have already stated that if fish are under harvested that any group-individuals may harvest the fish. With the sportsman taking fewer fish the native tribes will up their netting schedule. This would not be a good thing. At least some fish will make it up stream by allowing barbed hooks.
GRAY, PHILIP M  November 08, 2015
PORT ANGELES, WA  
Comments:
I would 100% support refined selective gear rule change during the wild steelhead season to the coast. Personally I feel that something like- 1 hook single or treble, barbless, but bait is ok would be the best compromise here. As a guide and sport angler, I have never had a steelhead take bait deep while side drifting or any other form of casting related technique. Like I said though- best compromise. This still allows everyone to use a large variety of techniques instead of pigeon holing everyone in to the 3 or 4 more popular selective rules techniques. It will help with safety to fish and still allow from a guide perspective giving our clients the opportunity to catch a couple fish.
MILLER, BRYNAN M  November 08, 2015
PORT ORCHARD, WA  
Comments:
Residential and see run cutthroat are very aggressive and will attack lures with large trelble hooks three hooks in these fishes mouths is a death sentence. A single point barbless hook is easy to remove and requires less handling of the fish.
JULIAN, AUGUST   November 08, 2015
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA  
Comments:
Selective gear rules on the coast would be great. I'd like to see no bait included at least during Steelhead season but Selective gear is a good start.
NORDEN, LYNN W  November 08, 2015
QUILCENE, WA  
Comments:
Given the Oregon experience with exactly the same rule on coastal streams in the mid 1990's and its subsequent withdrawal a couple years later including the scientific "white paper" that justified the withdrawal, I guess I will be planning any steelhead fishing trips to Oregon from now on. They need the economic development anyway.
WHITE, DAVID   November 08, 2015
SEQUIM, WA  
Comments:
I am not in favor of this rule change. It is not needed.
SANDELL, TODD   November 08, 2015
LAKE FOREST PARK, WA  
Comments:
I fully support this rule for all of the rivers listed.
BASILE, TEAL S  November 09, 2015
SANTA CRUZ, CA  
Comments:
This should be passed!!!
BRENNAN, ANGELO X  November 09, 2015
LAKE OSWEGO, OR  
Comments:
Single, barb-less hooks. Let's protect the fish as best as we can.
RADLEIN, JOSH   November 09, 2015
PLEASANT PR, WI  
Comments:
I agree with the addition of this rule. It has served well in other areas of the nation in helping wild stocks build numbers via preserving younger fish.
HEIRIGS, MARK W  November 09, 2015
VANCOUVER, WA  
Comments:
In addition to the release of wild steelhead Clark-Skamania Flyfishers support the implementation of selective gear rules to protect not only wild steelhead but to protect juvenile salmon, steelhead and resident trout as well. The view that bait is needed to catch steelhead is outdated and counter-productive in the conservation and health of our wild fish populations. It is time that we prohibit the use of bait, so we can begin to rebuild not only our wild salmon and steelhead populations but our resident trout populations as well. Bait has a profoundly negative impact on resident trout populations which are an important part of steelhead’s life cycle.
PAPP, BERNIE   November 09, 2015
WHITEFISH, MT  
Comments:
I endorse this proposal however I would exclude the use of any bait.
JONES, JOHN M  November 09, 2015
SAMMAMISH, WA  
Comments:
I support this proposal
KELLY, LUKE   November 09, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
As a past fishing guide, current fishery biologist, angler, and steward, I strongly recommend that this proposed rule (#47)be implemented. I have many friend and clients that feel the same. There are more anglers (and guides) on the river now than ever, and there are fewer steelhead than historically. It makes sense to protect this invaluable resource by minimizing our impact on a dwindling populations. It should be about the fish and not the fishermen/women. ONCE WILD STEELHEAD ARE GONE, THEY ARE GONE FOREVER, regardless of how advanced conservation hatchery programs are. We can not replace what evolution and nature has developed.
WESTLUND, ROGER G  November 09, 2015
SNOHOMISH, WA  
Comments:
I strongly support this proposal.
TITLAND, MILES R  November 10, 2015
LAKE STEVENS, WA  
Comments:
Adopting selective gear regulations on these recovering steelhead populations is imperative to there success. These regulations would allow for a more "fair chase" style of fishery which will most likely result in less fish encountering anglers multiple times, which then will potentially amount to less fish mortality (even though sport fishing generally is a small player in fish mortality). If these regulations are enacted, like the others up for comment, will all lessen pressure on a already depleted population, ideally leading to a greater wild fish escapement and greater returns. -Miles
GUERIN, MICHAEL   November 10, 2015
HELENA, MT  
Comments:
Endorse
ROSENBERG, JOHN   November 10, 2015
TUMWATER, WA  
Comments:
It's simple: if you want to rebuild wild stocks, gear needs to be restricted to single barbless hooks when wild fish are in the river, summer or winter. The rule says nothing about how the gear is delivered so drift gear is perfectly permissible. It only restricts what's on the end of the line. Studies have shown that fish in some heavily used OP rivers are caught multiple times. This rule change would at least give them a better chance of spawning. It sure beats a closure to protect listed fish.
LARSON , BRYAN   November 10, 2015
SHELTON , WA  
Comments:
Please do not implement this measure into the fishing rules. Release of all Wild Steelhead should be what the agency is working towards, and working with our Co-Managers to stop netting Wild Steelhead.
ABRAHAMSE, BILL   November 10, 2015
SPOKANE, WA  
Comments:
I support this rule change to protect wild steelhead.
STRASSBURG, GARY A  November 10, 2015
OAK HARBOR, WA  
Comments:
Limiting or removing the use of bait throughout the OP fisheries during the specified times is paramount to ensure fewer encounters with anglers in the rivers. When over 100% of the runs in some watersheds are being handled by anglers twice or more, this increases fish mortality rates significantly. Bait is an extremely effective way to catch fish. Limiting it's use will help to minimize encounters with anglers.
MARTINI, PAUL A  November 10, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
This is another no brainer. I have been fishing for more than 30 years with barbless hooks. Clearly, this causes much less trauma for the fish when releasing it to fight another day. We've all lost fish - more often to bad knots or bad luck, but not to a barbless hook. That's why we call it fishing - not catching! I fully support # 47. Adopt selective gear rules in North Coast Steelhead streams.
MCGINLEY, JEFF   November 10, 2015
FORKS, WA  
Comments:
I am against the propose limits on gear as well as the other NSAG rules for one simple reason. Forks does not currently have a game warden.....Currently compliance with the rules is voluntary. Enforce our current rules and let see how effective the current rules are then we can look at additional protections as needed.
MIYAWAKI, LELAND H  November 10, 2015
KENT, WA  
Comments:
Totally agree. If one supports a mandatory release of wild steelhead then it stands that I would also believe in a selective fishery, especially where it requires the use of barbless hooks. Barbless hooks not only facilitate an quick and easy release, they also "set" easier. In the end, if a fish is lost using a barbless hook it's because the fisher did not keep a tight line and in my mind, doesn't deserve to land the fish. Fish 1, angler 0. We all know that fishing with bait for winter steelhead is the most effective method. We also know that fish mortality is increased when they are caught on bait. Seems a no-brainer. Want to kill hatchery steelhead, fish with bait. Want to release wild steelhead, don't use bait, Duh!
SCHMITZ, JIM P  November 10, 2015
TACOMA, WA  
Comments:
I am writing in support of selective gear on the streams listed in this proposal. We are finding more and more the overall importance of juvenile resident rainbow trouts positive impacts on healthy wild steelhead populations. By allowing no selective gear, we are just killing more and more fish. Why do anymore damage when so much has already been done. Please take this proposal very seriously. This will indeed help build back the runs naturally and without a tremendous cost to the public.
T, CHRIS   November 10, 2015
SHORELINE, WA  
Comments:
I am apposed to having selective regulation on these streams, I dont think that it is needed or very useful.
FRIEDRICH, ANDREW   November 10, 2015
PORT TOWNSEND, WA  
Comments:
I support the use of selective gear rules but do not support allowing bait during salmon and steelhead fisheries. Selective gear rules should be in place to both make harder to catch the fish and to reduce the chances of injuring or killing fish to be released. I don't understand why you would then abandon those benefits and say but forget about when it comes time for salmon and steelhead.
NEVARIL, CHRIS R  November 10, 2015
MONROE , WA  
Comments:
I agree that the rivers listed above should be selective gear rules.
FLOYD, JOE   November 10, 2015
SEQUIM, CL  
Comments:
I support requiring selective gear during all of the winter steelhead season. I support prohibiting motorized water craft on all OP rivers.
GREENWOOD, MARK   November 10, 2015
POULSBO, WA  
Comments:
I stongly support selective gear fisheries during the entire winter steelhead season from December 1 to April 31 in the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel, and Hoh Rivers, in addition to the short stretch of the Queets River between the tribal reservation and the Olympic National Park.
MAHAN, THOMAS   November 10, 2015
REDDING, CA  
Comments:
Absolutely selective gear rule should be inplemented on said rivers. No brainer! I also think that lower boggy and calawa should definitely be included regardless of hatchery fish presence.
EHLERT, CHUCK   November 10, 2015
WOODINVILLE, WA  
Comments:
Based on numerous scientific studies, I support this rule change.
JOHNSON, JEFF   November 10, 2015
REDMOND, WA  
Comments:
I would like to voice my support for proposal 47 to adapt selective gear on the north coast steelhead rivers. thank you Jeff Johnson Redmond, WA
BELLOWS, WILLIAM   November 10, 2015
SEQUIM, WA  
Comments:
no bait and no barbed hooks
DYER, JONATHAN H  November 11, 2015
RENO, NV  
Comments:
I support this change please adopt this asap. Thank You, Jonathan Dyer Reno, Nevada
PETERSON, PAUL   November 11, 2015
THUNDER BAY, ON  
Comments:
Remove all bait while fishing for steelhead on the OP
NEVARIL , CHRIS   November 11, 2015
MONROE, WA  
Comments:
I agree that the rivers listed above should have selective gear rules.
BEST, DOUG   November 11, 2015
BOZEMAN, MT  
Comments:
I am in favor of implementing selective gear rules on these watersheds to help protect juvenile trout and salmon.
KLEPPS, TODD D  November 11, 2015
BEAVER, WA  
Comments:
Please don't pass this proposal.I am a bait fisherman not a fly fisherman. I have young children that enjoy fishing but are only able to catch fish with bait.
TOWNLEY, BRYAN   November 11, 2015
NORTH BEND, WA  
Comments:
LEAVE THE RULES THE SAME. NONE OF THIS SHOULD ALTERED IN ANY WAY. THERE ARE A SELECT FEW THAT ARE MAKING THESE PROPOSALS.
KETTEL, BRYAN   November 11, 2015
CLE ELUM, WA  
Comments:
I support changing the regulations to restrictive gear fishing during the winter steelhead run. No bait, no barbs and single hook.
CAVALERI, BRIAN   November 11, 2015
BEAVERTON, OR  
Comments:
Barbless single hook only, no bait,no scent, fish stay in the water for pics. There should be no question's about this. Its the future, its preventative and its proven. These rules need to be implemented in order to ensure our future populations of Steelhead. More importantly, these rules mean nothing if they are not enforced! There needs to be a more present and strict law enforcement segment monitoring the various rivers daily to ensure law abiding fishermen. Tickets and penalties need to be given and adhered to set a strict precedent from day number one! The objective is to fear breaking the law by strict enforcement and harsh consequences. This notion is to instill in individuals that breaking the new laws will result in a regretful outcome, every time! There can be no jurisdictional leniency granted for the first few years or it will not work.
JORGENSEN, RICHARD K  November 11, 2015
HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE , CA  
Comments:
I understand Rule #47 proposes selective gear restrictions only during the summer. I support selective gear fisheries during the entire winter steelhead season from December 1 to April 31 in the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel, and Hoh Rivers, in addition to the short stretch of the Queets River between the tribal reservation and the Olympic National Park.
WELLS, MICHAEL E  November 11, 2015
MOSCOW, ID  
Comments:
Please implement restrictive gear regulations during the winter steelhead season. I support selective gear fisheries during the entire winter steelhead season from December 1 to April 31 in the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel, and Hoh Rivers, in addition to the short stretch of the Queets River between the tribal reservation and the Olympic National Park. Barbed hooks are more difficult to remove and create larger wounds than barbless hooks. Extended and poor handling reduces the chances of a fish surviving to spawn. Bait is the most effective method and partly as a result, we are catching - not including fish hooked and lost - more than the entire escapement in the Sol Duc and close to it in the Bogachiel and Hoh Rivers. Prohibiting bait is therefore likely to reduce chances that we catch the entire run while simultaneously spreading use of a limited resource across a greater number of anglers.
DEPRIEST, DALE   November 11, 2015
SAMMAMISH, WA  
Comments:
In agreement with selective gear rules.
BROUGHTON, DENNIS M  November 11, 2015
LEAVENWORTH, WA  
Comments:
I am for selective gear fishing in the for mentioned rivers
VANDERPOOL, CHELSEA K  November 11, 2015
BOZEMAN, MT  
Comments:
I would like to see #47 require selective gear restrictions during the entire winter steelhead season: December 1st to April 31st. By imposing these rules only from December 1st to February 15th, it puts wild steelhead who enter these rivers early at higher risk.
BLANKENSHIP, ROBERT   November 11, 2015
LONG BEACH, CA  
Comments:
The gear restrictions proposed are a positive step, however, I feel that they should be extended over the entire winter steelhead season from December to April. This will provide greater protection for the fish over the entire period that wild steelhead will be present in the system.
BIRKNER, ROBERT O  November 11, 2015
SHORELINE, WA  
Comments:
Selective gear, particularly barbless hooks, is an excellent way to reduce fish mortality and doesn't impact landing a fish that much if one pays attention to how they play a fish. Maybe lose a few but gain more in the long run.
CARROTHERS, DAVID   November 11, 2015
ELLENSBURG, WA  
Comments:
I agree with Proposal #47 to implement Selective Gear Rules on North Coast streams to protect juvenile Salmon, Steelhead, and Trout. We have had Selective Gear Rules here on the Yakima River for years, and the results have been very beneficial. I am not opposed to bait fishing during the season when it has the least impact on wild Steelhead. I would strongly agree with single, barbless hooks on all fishing rigs, bait or no bait.
YEE, SAM E  November 11, 2015
WILTON, CA  
Comments:
Single Barbless hook requirement and Artificial lures/ Flies would be beneficial to the trout & Steelhead population due to less damage to the fish, less likelihood of fish swallowing the lure verses bait and less damage to the fish if it is released. Here in California we cannot control the drought or water promised to cities and farmers so your fish stocks are even more valuable since we here in California may have to depend on straying fish and even stocked fish to replenish our Trout & Steelhead Fisheries.
KNUDSEN, STEVE   November 11, 2015
MUKILTEO, WA  
Comments:
Please act to adopt selective gear rules on Olympic Peninsula rivers
MARION, WAYNE R  November 11, 2015
OLYMPIA, WA  
Comments:
Please require selective gear for steelhead fishing during the winter season on Olympic Peninsula (OP) rivers. Thank You.
SLONIKER, GERRY   November 11, 2015
STANWOOD, WA  
Comments:
Please implement "Selective Gear Rules" on all North Coast rivers and streams to protect our Salmon, Steelhead and Trout. Respectfully, Gerry Sloniker
HERRON, JAY S  November 11, 2015
COLLEYVILLE, TX  
Comments:
I recently was on a steelhead fishing trip to British Columbia and fished the Morice and Bulkley Rivers, the guides removed the barbs from all hooks we fished. While I don't know if it was by regulation or not, I agree with the approach and believe it would help the mortality rate of steelhead everywhere so I support the recommendation.
LESH, PAUL   November 11, 2015
KENMORE, WA  
Comments:
I fully agree with the proposal to only allow barbless hooks and no bait on Olympic Peninsula rivers as stated above.
MARION, WAYNE R  November 11, 2015
OLYMPIA, WA  
Comments:
Please consider restricting the use of motorized boats for steelhead fishing on Olympic Peninsula (OP) rivers. Thank You.
THORPE, SCOTT T  November 11, 2015
MINNEAPOLIS, MN  
Comments:
I support rule #47 and specificall support selective gear fisheries during the entire winter steelhead season from December 1 to April 31 in the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel, and Hoh Rivers, in addition to the short stretch of the Queets River between the tribal reservation and the Olympic National Park. I also support restriction of motorized boat traffic.
OYA, GLEN   November 11, 2015
JACKSON, WY  
Comments:
yes, barbless hooks no matter if using a spinning or fly fishing gear. plus spin fishing hooks to have only 1 hook. absolutely no treble hooks with 2 or 3 hooks. one has to cut/remove 2 hooks on a treble hook.
ST.CLAIR, LUCAS   November 11, 2015
PORTLAND, ME  
Comments:
I support the rules for selective gear to protect fish.
COLLINS, BRUCE P  November 11, 2015
STANWOOD, WA  
Comments:
I am in favor of selective gear restrictions on north coast streams.
DENTON, KEITH P  November 11, 2015
SEQUIM, WA  
Comments:
I support the proposed rule change to adopt selective gear rules in North Coast Steelhead streams. Specifically, to limit the use of bait in most rivers after February 15th and to require barbless hooks. A general decline in steelhead populations throughout the region, coupled with an explosion of angling pressure in the last 5 years have combined to put our coastal steelhead fisheries in a bad position. We must reduce angler impact on these stocks. These proposals came forth through several meetings involving a diverse group of anglers and are a positive step forward to combat a bad and getting worse situation. As an Olympic Peninsula resident and steelhead fisherman I will gladly incur any changes to my fishing routine to protect these iconic fish.
STOLTZE, RICHARD   November 11, 2015
LA PINE, OR  
Comments:
I agree with the Rule change #47 in full.
MUNSON, BILL   November 11, 2015
EDMONDS, WA  
Comments:
Bait should not be used any time of the year.
FRASER, JAMES A  November 11, 2015
PORTLAND , OR  
Comments:
Dear WDFW, I take an annual trip to the Olympic Peninsula to fish for wild steelhead. I support all components of Proposal 47 because they will protect wild steelhead from increased mortality risk, and protect resident trout that can and do spawn with steelhead. Sincerely, James Fraser
JOHNSTON, ROBERT M  November 11, 2015
BELLINGHAM, WA  
Comments:
Do it. Restrict wild steelhead and rainbow trout fishing on the OP to catch-and-release only, and with restricted gear - barbless hooks only. And apply this restriction to the entire winter steelhead season, not just from December 1 on. It's time to get serious about saving wild fish. I grew up in the PNW and have lived here most of my life. Over 60 years I've seen fish runs decline drastically. A variety of factors have contributed, but if we don't save native fish now, we will likely lose them forever. Get real, get serious, do it. Thanks, R.J.
BRANHAM, CHARLES   November 11, 2015
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA  
Comments:
Please institute the selective gear rules for no bait use. Use single (non barbed) point lures only.
SASELLI, VERALD   November 11, 2015
PUYALLUP, WA  
Comments:
I support selective gear fisheries during the entire winter steelhead season from December 1 to April 31 in the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel, and Hoh Rivers, in addition to the short stretch of the Queets River between the tribal reservation and the Olympic National Park. Additionally I support making this rule across all fresh water streams in Washington. And prohibiting gas engines on these fresh water streams as well.
COX, JAMES W  November 11, 2015
PORTLAND , OR  
Comments:
I support selective gear fisheries during the entire winter steelhead season from December 1 to April 31 in the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel, and Hoh Rivers, in addition to the short stretch of the Queets River between the tribal reservation and the Olympic National Park.
TIBBETT, ROB S  November 11, 2015
SUNDERLAND, VT  
Comments:
This is a just common sense. Why are we not already doing this?
DANTONI, JOHN   November 11, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I support selective gear restrictions during the entire winter Steelhead fishery from December 1st to April 31st in the Sol Duc. Calawah Bogachiel and Hoh rivers. Also, the short stretch between the tribal reservation and the Olympic National Park. Thank you, John D'Antoni
EDDY JR., LESTER JAMES J  November 11, 2015
CLINTON, WA  
Comments:
I recommed using "barbless hooks" on all streams.
MYLIUS, KYLE   November 11, 2015
MERCER ISLAND, WA  
Comments:
I STRONGLY support selective gear fisheries during the entire winter steelhead season from December 1 to April 31 in the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel, and Hoh Rivers, in addition to the short stretch of the Queets River between the tribal reservation and the Olympic National Park. We need to amend the regulations to protect vitally important early run wild steelhead populations that are in the systems longer and at risk of being caught multiple times as the run upstream to spawn and downstream to re-enter the ocean. This is just part of the solution to long term, sustained recovery of wild steelhead (and salmon) fisheries, but a critical and greatly needed change.
LEE, RICK   November 11, 2015
HONOLULU, HI  
Comments:
I am in support of a total bait ban on all noted Olympic Peninsula river systems.
HARRIS, PAM & JIM   November 11, 2015
HELENA, MT  
Comments:
We have been fishing the Olympic Peninsula for steelhead and salmon for over 30 years. Over that time we have seen the numbers of fish decline and the number of anglers increase (substantially). Adding that many more fisherman, the majority of which use barbed hooks and bait or large lures, means a lot of sore mouthed fish and more chance that the fish will not survive its release in good shape to continue on to spawn, if indeed it is released. Fly fisherman catch lots of fish on barbless, small hooks and it's time that bait and lure fisherman are asked to do the same. And, it should be for the entire winter season, since that's when the majority of steelhead are caught. Again, it's the health of the fish that is at stake, not the wishes of the fisherman. Everyone needs to work together if we are to rebuild this fishery. Would also encourage you to prohibit motors year round on all rivers. Thanks for offering this proposal up for public comment.
ADNEY, JOSEPH S  November 11, 2015
KALISPELL, MT  
Comments:
I support selective gear fisheries during the entire winter steelhead season from December 1 to April 31 in the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel, and Hoh Rivers, in addition to the short stretch of the Queets River between the tribal reservation and the Olympic National Park.
PAULI, JOHN   November 11, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
Bait and barbs kill fish. I support this proposal. We need to care about future generations more than our own current fishing opportunities. There are many ways to non-consumptively enjoy the outdoors. Let's learn and practice a few more. John Pauli, Seattle
OLANIE, ERIC   November 11, 2015
HANSVILLE, WA  
Comments:
Not restrictive enough. Should be barbless at all times. Early returning wild fish are endangered by continuing to allow barbs at ANY time. Additionally, I've been fishing barbless for almost 50 years and can say with authority that barbless hooks have no quantifiable affect on fish landed or lost.
ALLEN, JOHN   November 11, 2015
PHOENIX, AZ  
Comments:
I support the rule change
BOLAND, MICHAEL F  November 11, 2015
AVIS, PA  
Comments:
I am a tourist fisherman to the Olympic Peninsula. I support the implementation of rules mandating "selective gear" including the banning of barbed hooks and bait on the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel, and Hoh rivers including the Early Timed steelhead season December 1 through April 31. The resource is more vulnerable to these means of fishing during this period and thereby puts the resource in greater jeopardy. Our interest and responsibility as sportsman and administrators of the resource should be to keep it healthy and sustainable. To this end , I thank you for your thoughtful consideration of these suggestions. Michael Boland
BROOKS, RICHARD J  November 11, 2015
BELLEVUE, WA  
Comments:
I would suggest that the selective gear fisheries during the entire winter steelhead season from December 1 to April 31 in the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel, and Hoh Rivers, in addition to the short stretch of the Queets River between the tribal reservation and the Olympic National Park
DUNPHY, LOGAN   November 11, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I support restrictive regs to improve steelhead survival
QUIN, JOHN   November 11, 2015
MARSTONS MILLS, MA  
Comments:
The use of barbless hooks will amke no difference in the enjoyment of catching fish, but will decrease the number of injured or dead fish.
BENNETT, BRIAN   November 11, 2015
FEDERAL WAY, WA  
Comments:
I strongly support the implementation of selective gear rules on North Coast Rivers.
ROBINSON, JESS S  November 11, 2015
MARYSVILLE , WA  
Comments:
I do not support this.
HIERONYMUS, MARK   November 11, 2015
JUNEAU, AK  
Comments:
Selective gear rules will lower catch and release mortality as well as limit incidental interaction with non-target and immature fish. Please adopt selective gear rules on the Quillayute, Queets, Quinault and Hoh systems.
KELLY, JOSEPH M  November 11, 2015
FERNDALE , WA  
Comments:
Please approve.
BABCOCK, GABE F  November 11, 2015
CORVALLIS, OR  
Comments:
For me the OP is one of the last places in the lower 48 that still retains a wildness that the coastal rivers once had. An opportunity to help this fishery is intriguing. Why not error on the side of cautious as we figure out how to best protect what is left, and, even make it better. Any fisher-person would rather see more steelhead and less anglers any day, over and over again. It seems that restricting angling to selective gear in these systems year round, even in the early season when the hatchery fish are in the systems is a good start to preserving this wild fishery. Not sure this would even keep people from fishing, but it will aid in protecting the wild fish.
JOHNSON, BRIAN   November 11, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO, CA  
Comments:
I support selective gear fisheries during the entire winter steelhead season from December 1 to April 31 in the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel, and Hoh Rivers, in addition to the short stretch of the Queets River between the tribal reservation and the Olympic National Park. Although I live in CA I fish the OP every year and care deeply about the resource. It can be a continuing economic engine for WA for years to come if managed well.
IRWIN, TANNER M  November 11, 2015
OAKLAND, CA  
Comments:
Barbless must happen. National Parks I've fished require them to be barbless and those National Parks don't have a single wild fish in it. Protect them as best we can.
RUSHTON, RICHARD G  November 11, 2015
BEND, OR  
Comments:
I strongly support selective gear fisheries during the entire winter steelhead season from December 1 to April 31 in the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel, and Hoh Rivers, in addition to the short stretch of the Queets River between the tribal reservation and the Olympic National Park. Mortality to these valuable fish is greatly increased by bait fishing with barbed hooks. These fish are too important to the quality of the fishery to allow bait fishing to continue. Most anglers prefer other, more sporting, methods of fishing for these quality fish as well.
RICHARDSON, MATT   November 11, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO, CA  
Comments:
I support this rule but I would like it to include selective gear during the entire winter steelhead season from December to April in the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel, and Hoh Rivers, and also in the stretch of the Queets River between the tribal reservation and the Olympic National Park.
HILEMAN, MATTHEW   November 11, 2015
BUCKSPORT , ME  
Comments:
I support selective gear fishing for the winter steelhead season.
REVOYR, RICHARD A  November 11, 2015
MOUNT VERNON, WA  
Comments:
I support the Advisory Group recommendation that barbed hooks and bait be prohibited from December 1 to April 31 except during those times and places where hatchery fish are commonly present (December 1 - February 15 in Lower Bogachiel and Calawah Rivers).
ATWOOD, APRIL   November 11, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
This will protect juvenile steelhead, salmon and trout - I support this action.
JOHNSON, SHANNON   November 11, 2015
LINCOLN CITY, OR  
Comments:
Please implement restrictive gear regulations during the winter steelhead season. no barbs, no bait, no motors.
ZWICKER, NICK   November 11, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO, CA  
Comments:
I support selective gear fisheries during the entire winter steelhead season from December 1 to April 31 in the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel, and Hoh Rivers, in addition to the short stretch of the Queets River between the tribal reservation and the Olympic National Park.
WASHINGTON, WILD SALMON CENTER   November 11, 2015
PORT ANGELES, WA  
Comments:
Wild Steelhead populations are in steady decline or barely holding steady in many rivers across the Coast. At the same time sport fishing pressure has increased over the last 8 years. We support the proposed rule change for selective gear suggesting it extend to the entire winter steelhead fishing season (Dec 1 to April 31) in the Hoh, Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel, and Clearwater Rivers. We also encourage the department to address the impacts of increasing guide numbers. Guides catch a disproportionate amount of fish and based on conversations with locals there is also concern that out-of-area guides are overwhelming the fishery. We suggest a sliding fee scale be considered for guides with local guides having the lowest cost and out of state guides the highest costs. This should also help generate revenue for conversation work.
HIKES, MATTHEW   November 11, 2015
PORTLAND, OR  
Comments:
Selective gear and prohibition of bait should be extended to include times when wild winter steelhead are in the river in order limit mortality to fish by bait-induced injury, multiple catch/release events for a single fish, and severe damage to tissue caused by excessively large hooks or barbed hooks of any size. Additionally, the use of motorized boats on the Olympic Peninsula is unnecessary to fish most rivers effectively and will only add to the growing pressure on fish and may lead to conflict between people on the rivers.
KOTERBA, FRANK   November 11, 2015
BELLINGHAM, WA  
Comments:
The use of selective gear supports the release of salmon & steelhead.
MARTIN, JEFFREY   November 11, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
Please institute selective gear regulations, the survival rate of fish caught and realesed under these regulations is much higher than those caught with bait and. or barbed hooks.
CRAMPTON, SUSAN   November 11, 2015
TWISP, WA  
Comments:
Better late than never/as that applies to WDFW Rule Change Recommendation # 47. Adopt selective gear rules in North Coast Steelhead streams/and as it applies to these comments of mine after just finding out about WDFW November 12 deadline. Thank you. Sincerely/ Susan Crampton
CANALAS, ROBERT A  November 11, 2015
ROSEVILLE, CA  
Comments:
Many wild fish released are killed by the side affects of barbed hooks and bait. In releasing a fish, you hope that that fish will live and contribute to the next generation, not die from internal bleeding. I would also like to urge the prohibition of motorized craft in the OP rivers. Wild places must be kept wild; boats roaring to get to the next hot run are not examples of those wild places. When a fisherman comes to the OP, they come to experience how gifted we are with all of our natural resources. Please keep it that way. Thank you.
PRESCOTT, STANLEY W  November 11, 2015
COVINGTON, WA  
Comments:
Please do not implement this rule
COLE, ALLYN   November 11, 2015
ELMA, WA  
Comments:
This would be a great action to implement! The amount of traffic the rivers listed have, this is one of the last "Wild" steelhead areas left in Washington. Almost all other rivers in Puget sound, upper Columbia tributaries, Snake river system. this would give the Steelhead a better chance to live prosper and fulfill there life cycle more than one time, to pass on there evolved genetics to the gravel for natural development. not killing them to use there DNA for a batch of eggs. Just this one action can save numerous watersheds from a failing population.
REED, JOSH P  November 11, 2015
BEND , OR  
Comments:
PLEASE STOP THE ALLOWING THE USE OF Bait. The mortality rates of fish caught using bait are far higher than any other form of fishing. Lets give these fish a chance and increase the liklihood that we will still be able to engage in this sport we call fishing. Would we allow rifle hunting for elk and deer during early season....there is a reason we have limited the methods that are allowed to harvest these resources. Lets do the same for wild steelhead during their sensitive time periods.
CRAWFORD, JAKE   November 11, 2015
ASHLAND, OR  
Comments:
I support the recommendation to implement selective gear during winter months where wild steelhead adults and juveniles are present.
HUGHES, JAMES   November 11, 2015
EVERETT, WA  
Comments:
Please implement "restrictive gear regulations" during the winter. Also no motorized boats, please. The resource is far more important than a few anglers displaced by this common sense package.
CHROMEY, PAUL T  November 11, 2015
TACOMA , WA  
Comments:
In regards to the use of select bait on north coastal rivers. I've been fishing with guides on coastal rivers for the past 20 years now,and using bait is totally less harmful to wild steelhead than artificial lures. We always been using a number four barbless hook using bait. While I've seen artificial lures with a number six hook. When you set the hook using bait the hook gets into the outer mouth of the fish. Artificial lures using big hooks the strikes hard and twists at the lure creating more damage to the fishes mouth. On the Sol Duc river fishing for spring chinook we always use bait. And using bait for spring chinook the bait is a big clump with some kind of other lure. In all my years fishing for spring chinook I can never remember catching a wild steelhead. Fishing with bait is a natural lure. fishing with artificial lures damages and more morality is created. Thank You Paul T Chromey
MARLAHAN, CHRIS   November 11, 2015
WASHOUGAL , WA  
Comments:
The selective gear restrictions should be in place during the entire winter steelhead season. The use of barbed hooks & bait leads to a higher mortality rate for all steelhead. Early returning wild steelhead could be dramatically impacted depending on the timing of their run. Why risk the sacrifice of wild fish we're trying to protect by allowing a time-frame when barbed hooks & bait can be used? Keep selective gear restrictions in place for the entire winter steelhead season to prevent a high mortality of wild steelhead from bait & barbed hooks.
ROIVANEN, CHRIS   November 11, 2015
BREMERTON, WA  
Comments:
I agree with selective gear rules during the summer season.
CARTER, JEFF   November 11, 2015
YAKIMA, WA  
Comments:
I support adopting selective gear rules!
BULLEY, CHARLES K  November 11, 2015
PUYALLUP, WA  
Comments:
Please terminate the current use of fishing with bait for steelhead and trout on the Olympic Coast rivers. This practice is associated with far deeper and more lethal hooking of endangered fish than the use of artificial flies and lures. The populations of wild coastal steelhead are rapidly declining despite the presence of pristine spawning habitat in Olympic National Park. The main reason for this decline is overharvest by the increasing number of fisherman on the river. The fishing that is allowed should be done way that is least harmful to the fish. Bait fishing is effective and deadly. It is perfect for targeting fish for harvest. It has no place in the management of endangered wild steelhead.
MCMILLAN, WILLIAM J  November 11, 2015
CONCRETE, WA  
Comments:
Barbed hooks are harder to remove and take longer to do so & inflict larger wounds than barbless hooks. The extended time & injury reduces the chances that a released fish will survive to spawn. Bait is the most effective method for hooking & catching steelhead. It has been found that more than the entire escapement of wild Sol Duc steelhead is being caught and nearly so in the Bogachiel & Hoh. Prohibiting bait will reduce the chances that the entire run of steelhead will be caught & will spread the use of a limited resource across more anglers. Bait results in higher mortalities of fish due to deeper hookings, particularly rearing juvenile steelhead & smolts. Given the thousands of anglers fishing the North Coast streams each year, this is a high concern. I ask that bait fishing & barbed hooks be banned from Dec 1 to Apr 31 on the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel, & Hoh, & the Queets from Olympic Park to the tribal reservation. Also ban use of motorized boats for angling at all the above.
RITTER, JEFF   November 11, 2015
HAVRE, MT  
Comments:
We need this rule implemented to protect these fish we are so passionate about.
PETERSON, TYLER J  November 11, 2015
EDMONDS, WA  
Comments:
I think this is a fantastic idea
THORSTED , ERIC   November 11, 2015
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND , WA  
Comments:
I support implementing selective gear rules for the entire winter steelhead season.
MCKEEHEN, KATHLEEN E  November 11, 2015
INDIANOLA, WA  
Comments:
I support selective gear restrictions to protect wild steelhead. As with the catch-and-release issue, whatever it takes to support and protect the fishery: barbless flies are my normal gear on any water. (I gave up spin casting with lures or eggs many, many years ago when I found I preferred letting the fish live, and I'm frankly not disappointed when they get themselves off the hook!)
MEYERS, JIM   November 11, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I strongly support the elimination of bait and barbed hooks during the proposed times and on the proposed waters. Bait fishing is unsustainable on many river's based on the studies findings that we're simply out-fishing the escapement rates. Barbed hooks increase mortality rates on released fish as well.
GULBRANSON, MATTHEW   November 11, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I support selective gear fisheries during the entire winter steelhead season from December 1 to April 31 in the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel, and Hoh Rivers, in addition to the short stretch of the Queets River between the tribal reservation and the Olympic National Park
LAVALLE, WILLIAM R  November 12, 2015
POULSBO, WA  
Comments:
Adopt selective gear rules in North Coast Steelhead streams
BAHR, JEFF T  November 12, 2015
BOWIE, MD  
Comments:
I support selective gear fisheries during the entire winter steelhead season from December 1 to April 31 in the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel, and Hoh Rivers, in addition to the short stretch of the Queets River between the tribal reservation and the Olympic National Park. In addition to the above, I am in favor of prohibiting the use of motorized boats on the OP. Thank you for your time. Jeff Bahr
GLOVER, BRYAN   November 12, 2015
ATLANTA, GA  
Comments:
Barbless hooks and no bait fishing on select Olympic Peninsula rivers during winter months seem like great ideas.
MIRASOLE, BOB   November 12, 2015
SPOKANE VALLEY, WA  
Comments:
Support barbless hooks
ALLISON, KEITH P  November 12, 2015
BEAVER, WA  
Comments:
I support changing all of the north coast rivers to the selective gear rule but allowing the use of bait at the same time would seam counter productive. The mortality rate of juvenile and adult salmon/steelhead is much greater with the use of bait.
VAN WYCK, KURT R  November 12, 2015
INDIANOLA , WA  
Comments:
I support selective gear restrictions only during the summer, and specifically stating that you support selective gear fisheries during the entire winter steelhead season from December 1 to April 31 in the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel, and Hoh Rivers, in addition to the short stretch of the Queets River between the tribal reservation and the Olympic National Park. I also support prohibiting the use of motorized boats on OP rivers.
NELSON, PAUL   November 12, 2015
TACOMA, WA  
Comments:
I am in favor of the prohibition of the use of bait and barbed hooks on coastal streams on coastal streams.
CORDINGLEY, NEIL   November 12, 2015
GARIBALDI HIGHLANDS, BC  
Comments:
Fishing with bait is cheating and essentially killing fish. Fishing with barbed hooks is stupid
LARSON, ERIC R  November 12, 2015
PORT ANGELES, WA  
Comments:
Honestly I have caught more wild steelhead without bait. In my experiences of steelhead fishing it is the smaller hatchery fish or salmon that strike bait, such as sand shrimp or eggs. This proposal would change nothing
GERLACH, ROBERT   November 12, 2015
GIG HARBOR, WA  
Comments:
I have heard arguments from Excellent Anglers that they know how to remove a hook. I don't care, if you loose a fish because you allow slack, so what. No Barbs or Bait Please, the fish is more likely to swallow a worm or a ball of eggs. Robert Gerlach IFFF Certified Casting Instructor WSCIFFF Board of Directors
TOMASI, LOREN   November 12, 2015
MIDDLETON, ID  
Comments:
I am in support of more restrictive gear regulations. Barbed hooks are hurting our populations and not necessary. Also since bait fishing is the most effective method of catch, I would prefer that the opportunity for a limited resource be spread across a greater number of anglers. Thank you.
BURKHOLDER, BRIAN   November 12, 2015
WOODSTOCK, VT  
Comments:
I would like to add my support for gear restrictions for steelhead fishing year round on the OP. I believe that sometimes difficult and drastic measures need to be taken to ensure the survival of wild and native fish, and that this is one of those circumstances.
SMITH, BLAKE E  November 12, 2015
PUYALLUP, WA  
Comments:
I support this rule.
SMITH, BLAKE E  November 12, 2015
PUYALLUP, WA  
Comments:
I support no use of motorized boats on these streams too.
BAKER, REID   November 12, 2015
DENVER, CO  
Comments:
To whom it concerns: I am highly in favor of this proposed change in Rule #47. As a non-resident angler, I have traveled to this region since 2010. As one of the last bastions of wild steelhead, it is imperative that the State of Washington implement these changes to protect their state fish. It is well known that mortality rates increase significantly with fish caught on baited tackle. Regardless of steelhead retention regulations, fish are simply being killed by these methods, often times after angler release. I am confident this regulation change can have the largest impact on sport fishing related fish mortality, and act as a significant step toward recovering these stocks of salmon and steelhead. I cannot encourage the WDFW to adopt this measure enough and applaud your attention to the matter. Thank you. Sincerely, Reid Baker
BEATTIE, SEAN   November 12, 2015
BALTIMORE, MD  
Comments:
I support selective gear fisheries during the entire winter steelhead season from December 1 to April 31 in the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel, and Hoh Rivers, in addition to the short stretch of the Queets River between the tribal reservation and the Olympic National Park. Thank you for following the best available scientific approaches to protecting and restoring wild fish populations.
LIND, ALVIN A  November 12, 2015
LAKEWOOD, WA  
Comments:
Barbless hooks should be prohibited on all rivers at all times! And, Bait fishing should be prohibited on all rivers at all times - fish inhale bait deeper which leads to greater mortality on wild steelhead and barbed hooks create more damage which leads to greater mortality on wild steelhead.
KIRK, JOHN   November 12, 2015
BOZEMAN, MT  
Comments:
I support the purposed rule #47. Wild winter steelhead are in dire need of all the support they can get. Anything we can do to minimize our impact on their survival while still enjoying an interaction with them from time to time is a good thing. Please do the right thing and support rule #47.
BEARDSLEE, CANDACE   November 12, 2015
DUVALL, WA  
Comments:
Implement selective gear rules such as barbless hooks and no bait during winter months on select Olympic Peninsula rivers in order to protect juvenile steelhead, salmon, and trout.
HARDER, JOHN R  November 12, 2015
IDAHO FALLS, ID  
Comments:
I support asking WDFW to implement restrictive gear regulations during the winter steelhead season. Barbed hooks are more difficult to remove and create larger wounds than barbless hooks. Extended and poor handling reduces the chances of a fish surviving to spawn. Bait is the most effective method and partly as a result, we are catching - not including fish hooked and lost - more than the entire escapement in the Sol Duc and close to it in the Bogachiel and Hoh Rivers. Prohibiting bait will is therefore likely to reduce chances that we catch the entire run while simultaneously spreading use of a limited resource across a greater number of anglers. Bait is also more likely to result in mortality of post-spawn fish (kelts) that are feeding as they migrate back to the ocean after spawning, and it produces substantially higher encounter and mortality rates with juvenile steelhead and smolts, which is not trivial considering the thousands of anglers that fish the OP every year.
WALKER, DOUG   November 12, 2015
NAPA, CA  
Comments:
I support selective gear restrictions during the summer, and specifically support selective gear fisheries during the entire winter steelhead season from December 1 to April 31 in the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel, and Hoh Rivers, in addition to the short stretch of the Queets River between the tribal reservation and the Olympic National Park. Thank you
MAHONY, JERRY   November 12, 2015
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA  
Comments:
trout and steelhead juveniles need 100% protecction
GREIST, STEVE   November 12, 2015
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA  
Comments:
I support . Second, ask WDFW to implement restrictive gear regulations during the winter steelhead season.
BROWN, LEE   November 12, 2015
REDMOND, WA  
Comments:
I strongly support having WDFW implement restrictive gear regulations during the winter steelhead season on the rivers listed. This includes requiring use of barbless hooks, prohibiting fishing with bait, and prohibiting the use of motorized boats on these rivers.
FINNEGAN, PATRICK   November 12, 2015
GRANGEVILLE, ID  
Comments:
Please implement restrictive gear regulations during the winter steelhead season. Barbed hooks are injurious to fish and delay a quick release of wild fish. Bait fishing should be prohibited during winter steelhead season. Not allowing bait will ensure greater escapement.
WHITE, MICHAEL   November 12, 2015
BOZEMAN, MT  
Comments:
I strongly support selective gear regulations on the proposed waters. Selective gear regulations protect the fish from excessive damage caused by barbs and deeply ingesting baited hooks.
KILCUP, ROB E  November 12, 2015
FOX ISLAND, WA  
Comments:
My family and I request that selective gear rules be applied to the Olympic Peninsula during the winter steelhead season. No barbs and no bait. I also request the rule changes regarding motorized watercraft.
KILBY, PATRICK A  November 12, 2015
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA  
Comments:
I believe this will aid in recover of wild steelhead so I am in support of this proposal. PK
GRANT, JASON S  November 12, 2015
REDMOND, OR  
Comments:
I'm in support of this change. Selective gear is necessary for the conservation and protection of wild steelhead.
ADAMSON, STEVE   November 12, 2015
BREMERTON, WA  
Comments:
Prohibit motorized boats and make barbless hooks mandatory
VOJTA, COPI   November 12, 2015
BELLINGHAM, WA  
Comments:
I fully support this rule change as should the WDFW consider implementing it.
BEAUCHAMP , SEAN   November 12, 2015
EVERETT, WA  
Comments:
I think selective gear regulations will help lower mortality and help facilitate a healthy CNR fishery for the future. You don't need bait and Barbed hooks to enjoy the fishery, many steelhead fisheries around the PNW and BC already require this regulation lets get all of our wild steelhead fisheries on the same page.
CARVER SR, RUSSELL L  November 12, 2015
LAKE TAPPS, WA  
Comments:
Ok as needed .
MICHENER, JOHN   November 12, 2015
FERNDALE, WA  
Comments:
This is a good start - though I think bait should be banned across the board - especially if wild steelhead cannot be retained.
MILLS, JOSH M  November 12, 2015
SPOKANE, WA  
Comments:
These changes are absolutely needed
LEVIN, BRYCE A  November 12, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
By-catch of resident rainbows and bull trout is putting too much stress on these fish. Resident rainbows must be treated like steelhead!
SANGSTER, JIM   November 12, 2015
LOS GATOS, CA  
Comments:
Preventing bait fishing during certain times of year will promote a more sustainable wild fishery. Bait fishing is substantially more harmful to fish by having hooks well into the digestive system as opposed to other methods that are typically hooked on the lip and easier for release.
OLSON, DAVE   November 12, 2015
MAPLE VALLEY, WA  
Comments:
Another stupid attempt by NCSAG to eventually eliminate sport steelhead fishing on the north coast, unless you want to become a catch and release fly fisherman. Not happening!
DONOHUE, CODY T  November 12, 2015
FEDERAL WAY, WA  
Comments:
Barbless books cause less damage and are easily removed. The skill level of the fisherman has to increase to keep the line tight and keeps fishing an enjoyable sport. Moreover, the fish remain healthier and Bette able to spawn and live on to provide greater fishing opportunities.
OLSON, KRIS   November 12, 2015
SALT LAKE CITY, UT  
Comments:
I am in favor of these additional gear and bait restrictions to only those times that anglers are expected to encounter returning hatchery fish, as to limit the impacts on wild salmon and steelhead populations.
WALKER, ALAN   November 12, 2015
IDAHO FALLS, ID  
Comments:
I support the implementation of gear restrictions in order to ensure that the effects and impact of sport angling on the fishery are minimized!
JOHNSON, MICHAEL N  November 12, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
Absolutely get the treble hooks and the barbed hooks off the river. Again, witness the results of similar rules on the Deschutes in Central OR.
VALENTA, RICHARD   November 12, 2015
EDGEWOOD , WA  
Comments:
As the years go on, the Olympic Peninsula has become more pressured. Essentially, our entire wild steelhead runs are being caught and released. Mortality rate is higher than ever and their numbers are steadily declining. As the Peninsula is one of our most prized possessions as Washingtonians and as anglers, we must do what we can to protect it. No one likes more rules and regulations but what is and has been happening is no longer sufficient in saving what we hold so dear. The time for change is now, not a few years down the road when there will nothing left to save. I believe we should make these small sacrifices and changes in hoping that we can stop looking at past abundances and start looking forward to a bright future. I want to catch fish as much as the next angler but I am willing to do what must be done. This is not going to fix everything we done to these rivers but we have to start somewhere. I support this rule change.
KASTING, JUSTIN   November 12, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
Barbed hooks are more difficult to remove and create larger wounds than barbless hooks. Extended and poor handling reduces the chances of a fish surviving to spawn. Bait is the most effective method and partly as a result, we are catching - not including fish hooked and lost - more than the entire escapement in the Sol Duc and close to it in the Bogachiel and Hoh Rivers. Prohibiting bait will is therefore likely to reduce chances that we catch the entire run while simultaneously spreading use of a limited resource across a greater number of anglers. Please implement this proposal and prohibit bait and barbed hooks when wild fish are most likely to be in the river systems.
RILEY, JACK   November 12, 2015
SAMMAMISH, WA  
Comments:
I agree with the proposal to implement selective gear rules on the North Coast Rivers identified in this proposal. This should be mandatory on ALL Washington Rivers and am pleased to see WDFW moving in this direction with this proposal.
TARLETON, ROBERT E  November 12, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I fish regularly for steelhead, salmon, and trout on the Sol Duc River. I strongly support the proposal to prohibit use of bait during the winter steelhead season on the Sol Duc and other West Side rivers, and to require use of barbless hooks as well. The wild steelhead on the West Side rivers are a treasure, and everything possible should be done to preserve and enhance the existing runs of these magnificent sport fish. Prohibiting use of bait and barbed hooks will diminish the mortality of hooked steelhead, perhaps significantly, and anglers would of course retain the ability to fish for steelhead with a variety of effective artificials such as jigs and spoons. No loss of angling opportunity would be involved. For these reasons, the no-bait and barbless-hook proposals are commonsense measures that would bring immediate benefits in terms of reduced steelhead mortality. Please adopt these proposals!
EDWARDS, TROY   November 12, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
Bait has incredibly high mortality and if wild steelhead are to recover, we have to give them a fighting chance. Please implement artificial only restrictions in these river (and all wild steelhead released). There are plenty of opportunities to capture fish for the freezer - steelhead should not be one of those. Please implement artificial only, barbless hooks in these fisheries.
EMBERTSON, LEIF   November 12, 2015
BELLINGHAM, WA  
Comments:
I support this proposal.
PAULL, BENJAMIN   November 12, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
This is a no brainer. People can catch steelhead and salmon JUST FINE with a single barbless artificial. There is no need to incur the by-catch and damage that results from fishing with bait. And again, a single barbless hook is just common sense. It's 2015. I think we have progressed far enough for the single barbless hook to be required everywhere. Thank you, Ben Paull
NELLE, STEVE M  November 12, 2015
FOLSOM, CA  
Comments:
I agree with eliminating barbed hooks and bait and motorized boats on the OP. I also agree with a single fly for fly fisherman.
UNLIMITED, TROUT   November 12, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
The current proposal put forth by the NCSAG would, 1) require barbless hooks and allow only one hook with up to 3 points, and 2) limit use of bait to those times and river segments where an angler can expect to catch a hatchery steelhead (October 1-February 15, the result of the rule is a bait ban from February 15- April 31). We support prohibiting barbed hooks. They create larger wounds than barbless hooks and are more difficult to remove, which increases handling of the fish. Extended and poor handling reduces the chances of a fish surviving to spawn, which is important considering the large numbers of fish caught by anglers each year. We support prohibiting bait for several reasons. First, bait is the most effective method for catching steelhead. A review by Hooton (2001) found bait produced 2.4 times as many steelhead per hour compared to lures. Similarly, creel surveys on the Thompson River in British Columbia found that bait was twice as effective as lures and 7-8 times as
MCMILLAN, JOHN   November 12, 2015
PORT ANGELES, WA  
Comments:
I support the North Coast Advisory Group recommendation of selective gear rules for the entire winter steelhead season, including the rules that prohibit barbed hooks, bait and multiple hooks. We need to regulate the angling fleet. We are catching and releasing more than the reported escapements in some streams, and close to it in others. Requiring barbless hooks will reduce handling time and stress, which is important to ensuring the released fish survives. Bait is 3-8 times more effective than fly and 2-5 times more effective than gear. Bait also has higher mortality rates on post-spawn steelhead, which are feeding, and rainbow trout and juvenile steelhead/smolts. The latter is not trivial considering that thousands of anglers fish the OP and likely encounter thousands of steelhead smolts. Prohibiting bait will reduce our effects on post-spawn steelhead, rainbow, smolts, and help spread use of a limited resource across an increasing number of anglers.
SHAW, WILLIAM   November 12, 2015
FORKS, WA  
Comments:
If you consider yourself a fisherman, then you are a watershed steward and supporting selective gear rules is a step in the right direction to protect these fisheries.
BOBBITT, BRADLEY H  November 12, 2015
OLYMPIA, WA  
Comments:
I support the proposed rule with concerns. Overall, I believe the switch to selective gear will greatly benefit salmon and steelhead survival in the region, particularly wild fish. My concern is that this rule will allow bait to be used during salmon and steelhead seasons. I think the advisory group and agency should look at restricting the use of bait particularly during the period when adult steelhead are migrating back out to the ocean after spawning. These adults begin actively feeding again to rebuild lost fat stores and are thus more responsive to bait. Repeat spawners are of particular importance for rivers closer to the ocean so I would like to see bait restricted during the times when these fish are present in the rivers.
HUDSON, TROY V  November 12, 2015
FORT PLAIN, NY  
Comments:
I would like to comment on the debate of whether or now there should be gear regulations to fish for steelhead in the Olympic Peninsula. Barbless hooks should be the primary hook used to fish for steelhead, and barbed hooks should not be used. Barbed hooks create higher mortality rates for steelhead, which can decrease spawning rates and success for wild steelhead populations. Bait should also be kept out of fishing for steelhead. In order to keep wild steelhead numbers on the rise, barbless hooks on artificial lures or flies should be the only thing allowed to fish for steelhead. There should be regulations on the gear used for fishing wild steelhead, with barbless hooks on artificial flies being the primary lure to use.
WILLIAMS, NANCY L  November 12, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I support this rule change.
ZAVADLOV, MIKE E  November 12, 2015
FORKS, WA  
Comments:
I think this proposal will do what is intended to do. Protect juvenile smolts make releasing wild steelhead more easily and reduce the number of steelhead that are fought all the way to the boat. (You tend to loose more steelhead with barbless hooks which means less time being fought!!)less stress!!!
EMERSON, CHRISTOPHER J  November 12, 2015
CLE ELUM , WA  
Comments:
PLEASE adopt this new rule! The protection of smolt is essential to survival of the greatest wild winter steelhead run on earth!
CONATY , ROB   November 12, 2015
BAYFIELD , CO  
Comments:
These are things most consientues anglers do anyway but there are always those who don't get it
JULIAN, MARK   November 12, 2015
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA  
Comments:
Another step in the right direction. It could be extended to all fish as far as I'm concerned. There are still plenty of opportunities without using bait.
NEBEKER, TRAVIS J  November 12, 2015
RIDGEFIELD, WA  
Comments:
Yes, for both the health and preservation of wild smolt as well as reducing the ability of anglers to actively target spawning fish. This measure will also increase survivability of caught and released fish.
PAULL, NATHANIEL B  November 12, 2015
GIG HARBOR, WA  
Comments:
I strongly support selective gear rules for ALL salmonid fishing, particularly for vulnerable rivers on the Peninsula. This rule should be implemented.
HODDER, CHARLIE   November 12, 2015
SNOHOMISH , WA  
Comments:
I am in support of selective gear rules on all of these rivers.
LUSIS, ARNIE   November 12, 2015
KINGSTON , WA  
Comments:
Completely support this proposal. Selective gear use is proven to reduce mortality of caught and released fish. It is absolutely of value in retaining stocks of already pressured steelhead, salmon and trout.
JOHNSON, KELTEN J  November 12, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
Please adopt selective gear rules for all the above rivers
CROSS, STEFANIE   November 12, 2015
RIDGEFIELD, WA  
Comments:
I support selective gear rules
WOOD, DAVID   November 12, 2015
QUINCY, CA  
Comments:
I have fished for steelhead on the Olympic Peninsula and hope to again. I support the requirement for barbless hooks and the prohibition of bait fishing during the entire winter season (Dec 1 - April 30), not just the summer season, in the Sol Duc, Calawah, Bogachiel, and Hoh Rivers, as well as the Queets River between the tribal reservation and the Olympic National Park. The fishery will be healthier, and I will be more likely to fish these rivers, if this rule is in place.
BOWEN, JAMES R  November 12, 2015
ESCALON, CA  
Comments:
I support this change in the regulations. Artificial flies/ lures with single barbless hooks allows a faster release and far less chance of fish mortality.
WOOD, DAVID   November 12, 2015
QUINCY, CA  
Comments:
This is in addition to my previous comment. I also support the prohibition of motorized boats on Olympic Peninsula streams.
PAULL, BRENDA   November 12, 2015
MERCER ISLAND, WA  
Comments:
I support this.
BOYLE, MARK   November 12, 2015
MUKILTEO, WA  
Comments:
I am against this. Its not necessary.
HARRIS, LISA I  November 12, 2015
VANCOUVER, WA  
Comments:
If this simply means no bait and no barbs, 1 hook. Fine. If it means only flys fishing gear, no

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