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Sportfishing Rule Changes for 2016-2017

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2016 Recreational Fishing Rules
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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
# 45.  Adopt selective gear rules for the Naselle River

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Rules Category
Coast

Type of Rule Change Proposal
Conservation

Short Description
Adopt selective gear rules for the Naselle River from February 1 to April 15.

Explanation
Rule change is proposed to reduce hooking mortality on wild adult and juvenile Steelhead in the Naselle River.

Related Public Proposals Received
DFW335510-16

Final Rule Actions

Staff Recommendation
Adopt as recommended.

Commission Action
Adopted as recommended.

Rule Modifications
None


Public Testimony

No public testimony

Online Public Comments  (42 comments)

GACKE, STEVE R  August 07, 2015
NASELLE, WA  
Comments:
Fully support. I have talked with many fisherman on the Naselle during this time period and they all supported this rule change.
LAMPERS, RAYMOND J  August 07, 2015
GRANITE FALLS, WA  
Comments:
no on selective gear fishing
TACHELL, ART J  August 10, 2015
TACOMA , WA  
Comments:
close fishing then you have no hook mortality till fish recover enough to have a harvest.
ALLEN, ROBERT E  August 11, 2015
VANCOUVER, WA  
Comments:
The selective gear rules should run from Feb 1 - August 15 the only bait fishing allowed should be during the fall salmon run and the early portion of the Winter steelhead run. Trout fishing with bait should not be allowed during the summer there are wild sea- run cutthroat and wild steelhead juveniles.
BURKLE, BOB   August 11, 2015
ELMA, WA  
Comments:
Absolutely, the Naselle is a quality fishery and anything that reduces impacts to wild steelhead I am all for.
NANNEY, RONALD   August 16, 2015
NASELLE, WA  
Comments:
I strongly encourage adoption of this proposal to reduce hooking mortality of Wild Steelhead on the Naselle River. This should be a statewide regulation anywhere wild steelhead are likely to be encountered.
THYER, DAVID G  October 19, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I support this proposal.
SIMMS, RICH K  October 26, 2015
MUKILTEO, WA  
Comments:
Support with the caveat to only one single barbless hook.
WOLDSETH, DANE M  October 29, 2015
BELLEVUE, WA  
Comments:
I support this proposal
BURGE, RICHARD T  October 29, 2015
QUILCENE, WA  
Comments:
Support
SMOKE, MICHAEL   October 29, 2015
KETTLE FALLS, WA  
Comments:
Selective gear rules should be enforced on all waterways for all species of salmonids and steelhead. We need to protect the remnants of the wild fisheries, and promote catch-and-release of wild fish. Retention of hatchery fish should be the only allowable retention of anadromous fish.
PETERS, THOM   October 29, 2015
SNOHOMISH, WA  
Comments:
Agree with proposal.
LAMPERS, RAYMOND J  October 29, 2015
GRANITE FALLS, WA  
Comments:
No dont take away our traditional fishing techniques
YOUNG, LUCAS J  October 30, 2015
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA  
Comments:
Selective gear helps to protect populations that are already vulnerable as it significantly reduces hooking mortality, especially during a time of the year when those fish are even more susceptible to angling pressure. I would like to see more selective gear rules proposed for coastal steelhead rivers.
NEFF, ADAM R  October 30, 2015
EAST WENATCHEE, WA  
Comments:
I support this change.
NANNEY, RON E  October 31, 2015
NASELLE, WA  
Comments:
I strongly support this proposal
BANNON, MIKE   November 01, 2015
TACOMA, W  
Comments:
I could support this as long as the bait ban doesn't happen before March 15. Certain rivers could go selective March 1 like the upper humptuplips. I could support that. But stop the retention of wild steelhead.
MASONIS, ROBERT J  November 02, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I strongly support this proposal to make steelhead fishing opportunity better and more sustainable by reducing mortality. Selective gear rules should be in place wherever wild steelhead are present.
VRADENBURG, JOHN S  November 02, 2015
FALL CITY, WA  
Comments:
I agree with this proposal.
CAMPBELL, DAVE   November 02, 2015
SHORELINE, WA  
Comments:
Agree
GOODWIN, CHESTER L  November 03, 2015
QUILCENE, WA  
Comments:
I agree with this proposal to adopt selective gear rules.
BERNSTEIN, HANS   November 03, 2015
RICHLAND, WA  
Comments:
I support this
ADAMSON , DAVID G  November 03, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
Yes please!
BORDERLINE BASSIN CONTENDERS, ROBERT HARRIMAN   November 04, 2015
BELLINGHAM, WA  
Comments:
no comment
ATLAS, WILLIAM I  November 04, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I would like to comment in strong support of this rule change. The Naselle supports one of the strongest runs of wild winter steelhead on the Washington Coast, and should be protected from increased risk of hooking mortality. Very few hatchery fish remain in the watershed past January 15th, and selective gear rules should be the norm statewide in fisheries targeting wild steelhead.
BOUCHER, MIKE   November 05, 2015
SEQUIM, WA  
Comments:
Very good rule. yes.
ABRAMS, TERRY R  November 07, 2015
ANACORTES, WA  
Comments:
Agree
JULIAN, AUGUST   November 08, 2015
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA  
Comments:
Please adopt selective gear rules for the Naselle. Its easier on the fish and only a small sacrifice for the angler.
SANDELL, TODD   November 08, 2015
LAKE FOREST PARK, WA  
Comments:
I support this proposal. We should consider selective gear harvest for steelhead state-wide as these populations continue to decline.
WALKER, RICHARD R  November 10, 2015
CHEHALIS, WA  
Comments:
I like the proposal. It equalizes the playing field for most techniques and discourages a small group of anglers who are specific to fishing bait due to the ample opportunities of bait allowed rivers. Also, the river has almost no fresh hatchery fish in so more conservative techniques should be encouraged.
OLANIE, ERIC   November 11, 2015
HANSVILLE, WA  
Comments:
Adopt.
ROBINSON, JESS S  November 11, 2015
MARYSVILLE , WA  
Comments:
I support
BABCOCK, GABE F  November 11, 2015
CORVALLIS, OR  
Comments:
For it
FIGURA, ERIC R  November 12, 2015
GLIDE, OR  
Comments:
I think single barbless hooks, no bait should be the regulation during this time of spawning on the Naselle River.
CARVER SR, RUSSELL L  November 12, 2015
LAKE TAPPS, WA  
Comments:
Yes
LEVIN, BRYCE A  November 12, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I strongly support this proposal. Mortality on juveniles by bait must be addressed.
MUKAI, JURO   November 12, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
YES - that river sustains a run of wild fish that should be protected with selective gear.
GREGERSEN, CHRIS N  November 12, 2015
EATONVILLE, WA  
Comments:
I support this proposal. Wild steelhead are especially vulnerable to hooking mortality when using bait due to their aggressive behavior and active feeding in freshwater. Because this stream is not open for wild steelhead retention, the use of bait is not necessary. Selective gear rules support the current C&R fishery and conservation goals of this basin.
BOBBITT, BRADLEY H  November 12, 2015
OLYMPIA, WA  
Comments:
I would like to write in support of proposed rule #45. Implementing a restrictive gear rule will be particularly beneficial for kelts (adult fish that have spawned and are migrating back out to the ocean) as these fish are actively feeding to regain fat stores. Repeat spawners have been shown to be particular important for winter run steelhead on rivers closer to the ocean so I believe this rule will help increase steelhead abundance. Thank you for the opportunity to provide comment on this proposed rule. Sincerely, Bradley H. Bobbitt
JULIAN, MARK   November 12, 2015
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA  
Comments:
Please pass this rule. All coastal steelhead are under great pressure and anything that decreases the risk of mortality is a good step forward. This still allows everyone to fish, but do less harm.
LICHTTENEGGER, TROY   November 12, 2015
ISSAQUAH, WA  
Comments:
This regulation needs to be inforced for future generations to enjoy the Naselle River. Selective gear rules has been proven to work throughout river systems in the NW, Klickitat, Yakima, Naches, Deschutes are all examples of healthy and sustainable rivers. Treble hooks and bait kill fish. Most anglers that resort to using these methods also tend to lead to more garbage and retention of wild (native) fish. Selective gear rules need to issued on the Naselle immediately.
CARNAGHI, WILL   November 12, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
Yes, please conserve our wild fish and prevent deep hooksets with barbed hooks and/or bait.