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Sportfishing Rule Changes for 2016-2017

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

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Rule Change Recommendation Short Title
# 48. Prohibit wild Steelhead harvest

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
Do not allow harvest of wild Steelhead in select North Coast streams. This proposal is being considered by the North Coast Advisory Group and will be refined as the Advisory Group provides feedback.

Explanation
This proposal includes requiring the release of wild Steelhead; resident Trout, and not allowing any part of salmonids to be removed from the water if the rule or intention is to release the fish. See Table.

Table for Proposal 48. Prohibit wild Steelhead harvest.
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

Related Public Proposals Received
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DFW025911-16
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DFW118303-16
DFW513891-16
DFW314805-16

Final Rule Actions

Staff Recommendation
Adopt as modified.

Commission Action
Adopted as modified.

Rule Modifications
WAC 220-310-180: Implement wild steelhead and wild resident rainbow trout release on selected rivers and tributaries. Retain current handling rule.


Public Testimony

No public testimony

Online Public Comments  (634 comments)

LAMPERS, RAYMOND J  August 07, 2015
GRANITE FALLS, WA  
Comments:
No on prohibiting the keeping of wild steelhead on north coast rivers.
DURHAM, JOSEPH P  August 09, 2015
ABERDEEN, WA  
Comments:
A very firm NO.. When the HOH river went from allowed harvest for wild steelhead, to no more more than 1 per year per angler. The HOH Tribe increased their take to roughly 70%, 20% over their allowable harvest. they called it forgone opportunity, and did not allow the State of WA to decide how to utilize their 50%. The rule change then was to help rebuild the wild run. It is in fact worse condition now than it ever has been. No more restrictions on the fisher of the state. Is this the plan for all WA rivers? I certainly pray not. If there has been allowable harvest of wild steelhead on these streams, continue to allow..
MACK, BRUCE   August 10, 2015
SNOHOMISH , WA  
Comments:
This change should have been implenented years ago. Certain guides continue to allow their clients to harvest wild steelhead day after day and over the course of a season, have a huge imact on the wild steelhead population. Catch and release wild steelhead statewide!
TACHELL, ART J  August 10, 2015
TACOMA , WA  
Comments:
only if tribes do the same otherwise whats the point other than just a tribal fishery.
TACHELL, JONATHAN T  August 10, 2015
GIG HARBOR, WA  
Comments:
I vote yes on eliminating wild steelhead retention on the rivers listed provided all hatchery fish are clipped. This rule should have been put in place a decade ago. However, making it a rule to not remove any part of a salmonid from the water if it is to be released is unrealistic and unfair to anglers in regards to landing and releasing fish. The current verbiage of not removing fish from the water is more than sufficient and allows anglers to still release fish safely.
GJESDAHL, JAMIE   August 11, 2015
ARLINGTON, WA  
Comments:
Yes! Prohibit the harvest of wild steelhead!
ALLEN, ROBERT E  August 11, 2015
VANCOUVER, WA  
Comments:
State Wide wild steelhead release... should have been done 20 years ago.. not to be rude but this is a no brainer.. there are more than enough hatchery fish supplied for harvest everywhere in the state all year long...
FITZSIMMONS, WILLIAM   August 11, 2015
PORT ANGELES, WA  
Comments:
Though this should have been enacted years ago I applaud the effort to do so now. These fish are much too valuable to end up in a freezer.
PATTERSON, DOUGLAS I  August 11, 2015
MOUNTLAKE TERRACE, WA  
Comments:
Doesn't really need any comments, catch and release should be the law state wide for native fish. Fishing hasn't gotten any better by killing them has it?
BURKLE, BOB   August 11, 2015
ELMA, WA  
Comments:
This is a long time coming, and I think you will find that it is supported by the vast majority of Penninsula steelhead anglers. These fish should never be purposefully killed, as release mortality is typically less than 5%, allowing an induvidual trophy fish to be captured more than 20 times, dramatically increasing opportunity and angling enjoyment. I myself have caught the same 18 lb. steelhead, easily identified by a unique seal scar, in the same hole 3 times in one day. Moreover, it is totally unnecessary to kill a trophy today, fiberglass replicas can be made from measurements and a photo that look better and last longer than the original. I absolutely support this and hope that the vast majority of steelhead anglers do also.
CRUTCHER, MICHAEL B  August 14, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
Please modify this rule. I support release of wild steelhead. I do not understand how an angler can in every instance release a fish "not allowing any part of salmonids to be removed from the water." Sometimes, even often, a well-hooked fish with fight still left in him will require an angler to grasp the fish in a way that leaves some part of the fishes body exposed in the air. In my view this is preferable cutting the leader and leaving the hook in the fishes jaw, which can be the only alternative. The objective should be to release the fish as quickly as possible without doing it harm. I think adoption of this "no removal" rule, if seriously followed, may have the opposite effect and result in more harm to the fish.
HOLTCAMP, RON J  August 17, 2015
OLYMPIA, WA  
Comments:
Oppose. This and any similar proposals will NOT increase fish populations unless ALL harvesters are required to abide by the provision.
SMITH, CHARLES C  October 10, 2015
NORDLAND, WA  
Comments:
I support the reccommended rule change # 48 to prohibit the harvesting of wild steelhead on all of the selected North Coast streams.
CUSHING, STEPHEN W  October 16, 2015
BRUSH PRAIRIE, WA  
Comments:
I support rule change #48. Do not allow harvest of wild steelhead and trout in select North Coast streams
GOEBEL, JASON M  October 16, 2015
VANCOUVER, WA  
Comments:
I would like to show my support for rule change #48. I feel it only makes sense to protect wild fish from harvest to ensure a strong fishery.
MILLETTE, MATTHEW   October 16, 2015
BOZEMAN, MO  
Comments:
AGREED
COLE, DAVID   October 16, 2015
REDMOND, WA  
Comments:
I whole heartedly support this proposal. With the ongoing decline of wild steelhead, every effort should be made to protect these fish and allow them to spawn and repopulate the system. Not a single one should be killed on purpose. In the short term, there may be some economic loss to local businesses (hotels, guides, etc) since people from the Puget Sound Region come to kill their 1 fish per year, but that sacrifice must be made in order to build the stocks back up for the long term. People who love to fish and cherish the resource, will continue to come. While it's a different governance system, the tribes must get on board and stop their devastating gill netting practice. There is no need for gill netting for sustenance fishing. There are plenty of selective ways to harvest what they need.
PITT, ROBIN   October 17, 2015
SEATTLE , WA  
Comments:
If we want to try and bring back the once world renowned fishery not allowing retention of wild steelhead is paramount!
EVENSON, TOM   October 18, 2015
BEND, OR  
Comments:
I am in favor of limiting the number of river (sections) fish can be harvested.
WHEELER, JORDAN R  October 18, 2015
PORTLAND, OR  
Comments:
I used to fish the OP on a regular basis. One of the reasons I refuse to fish this area is due to the regulations. There is no reason anglers should be allowed to harvest will steelhead and trout while stocks are suppressed. A no kill policy on wild steelhead would be a nice starting point for this area. Salmon also need to be considered, as they are just as important. Reducing limits is an option. The Skeena system in British Columbia has a thriving steelhead population and they do NOT allow harvest. Thank you for your time. Jordan
MACFARLANE, SHAWN K  October 18, 2015
VANCOUVER, WA  
Comments:
Given the current state of wild Steelhead stocks statewide, it defies logic to allow any harvest of wild Steelhead anywhere within the state. The OP rivers are the last stronghold for wild steelhead. Please abolish the State's misguided, "shake your head in disbelief" kill fishery on the OP.
SLOAN, BRADLEY C  October 18, 2015
MAPLE VALLEY, WA  
Comments:
1) If this proposal to eliminate wild steelhead harvest on the OP is put in effect, would targeting steelhead for the purposes of catch and release be prohibited? Even in fisheries with only wild fish? 2) It seems rules are rarely reversed after being put in effect. How many years would it be left in effect before considering repealing the rule, or opening it up to consideration and comment for the purposes of being repealed? Would there be a pre determined goal upon completion of which the rule would be repealed? If there is a data-driven goal, would it be shared with the public? There is a pervasive feeling that anglers have no influence on the implementation of these rules, regardless of the acceptance of public comments.
HAMMOND, TRAVIS   October 19, 2015
KENNEWICK, WA  
Comments:
Please enact this to Get more steelhead on the spawning grounds and protect Rainbow trout, which can mate with and provided essential genetics for steelhead. More Rainbow trout maximizes the number of potential steelhead.
LUNGREN, SAM   October 19, 2015
MISSOULA, MT  
Comments:
It is completely absurd that Washington's Olympic Peninsula is the last place in the world where you can harvest a wild steelhead. Our stocks are in such dismal shape there is no reason anyone should be allowed to kill any of the surviving fish. This needs to be changed now.
BOISVERT, ROBERT   October 19, 2015
OLYMPIA, WA  
Comments:
I agree that steelhead harvesting should be prohibited as per Proposal 48.
WANG, DAVID A  October 19, 2015
MEDFORD, OR  
Comments:
This would be great if you also prohibit the lifting or removing the fish out of the water.
LEISHMAN, COLE J  October 19, 2015
BELLINGHAM, WA  
Comments:
I support this regulation. We need to help our wild fish recover in any way possible. We should keep it restricted at catch and release and increase the restrictions be selective rules.
THYER, DAVID G  October 19, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
Allowing the harvest of wild steelhead is the most ludicrous and abused rule in Washington fisheries! It needs to be eliminated immediately. Given the other abundant salmon and hatchery opportunities in our state waters to retain fish for consumption, the retention of what amounts to endangered wild species and populations of steelhead is absurd. A No wild fish retention policy should be implemented immediately.
LINTON, PETER E  October 19, 2015
BELLEVUE, WA  
Comments:
I think that for the time being, we need a success on the op, something that shows we can make a difference. By cutting back harvest, especially on wild fish, i think we can get higher return rates in the future. The times we are in right now are so important for these fish, we are at a tipping point i believe. Not necessarily only in the health of the fish, but more so that if we don't start making sacrifices to protect these fish now, then future efforts to save this dwindling resource will be trampled under the foot of individuals stampeding to get one last shot at a fishery that will be in a steep decline. Protect those fish!
CHAUSSEE, CODY   October 20, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
This is a great proposal to help protect the wild fish population that is on the decline. I grew up on the peninsula, and it has become clear that the wild fish population is dwindling. It is important to protect our habitat's natural resources and cherish the natural beauty within our lands. The rate that the population is dwindling, there will be no more natural beauties left in these rivers if we do not act quickly. Sure this will not make everyone happy, but it is what is best for the fish. If we want generations to come to have the same fishing privileges that we have had, then we must take a step forward in the realm of conservation. Even if it means changing our old ways.
NOEL, MICHAEL D  October 20, 2015
AUBURN, WA  
Comments:
This proposal sounds great however, without tribal participation this is a waste of many fish that would otherwise be released unharmed. I do not feel like the state is making this very well known. Lets keep quotas where they are so we can retain our option for catch and release fishing without ensuring these fish will be harvested by tribal fisherman driving down the number of spawners even further. These fish are to important to give away to certain harvest.
BUNBURY, PARKER   October 20, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I fully support this rule change. Zero retention of Wild Steelhead in any river in the state of Washington. Winter fish should be no different from summer fish. Removing them from the water should be illegal.
OTT, JACOB   October 20, 2015
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV  
Comments:
This sounds like a very good rule change to me. I believe that the OP rivers are the last ghosts of viable steelhead runs in the lower 48. We should do whatever is necessary to preserve, protect, and restore these runs. The no take of steelhead and rainbows would be a good first start.
RUSSELL, TRENT   October 20, 2015
CAMAS , WA  
Comments:
In favor
ZOR, DAVID J  October 21, 2015
PHOENIX, AZ  
Comments:
I am in support of proposed rule change 48 for the protection of wild steelhead and trout. Less harvest means more spawning fish. More spawning fish means greater future returns. It just makes sense for future angling opportunities.
SMITH, RYAN   October 21, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I support this proposal to not allow retention of wild steelhead or rainbows. This species is our state fish and needs protection. The Olympic Peninsula is a steelhead destination and we need to protect that status. We just experienced our worst water year on record and the fish need all the help they can get. This is an important time to protect this species as we might be in this drought cycle for a few seasons. Oregon and British Columbia are important destinations for steelhead anglers, and through better regulations, Washington can once again be on that list.
ROBBINS, JESSE L  October 22, 2015
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA  
Comments:
I am in FULL SUPPORT of prohibiting wild steelhead harvest on the Olympic Peninsula rivers. If we are trying to restore populations and save these fish, how could there be ANY better way than to prohibit harvest?
MUELLER, GEOFF A  October 22, 2015
FORT COLLINS, CO  
Comments:
I support this measure to help get more steelhead on the spawning grounds and protect Rainbow trout, which can mate with and provided essential genetics for steelhead. More Rainbow trout maximizes the number of potential steelhead.
CHAMBERS, NICK F  October 23, 2015
CORVALLIS, OR  
Comments:
I fully support implementing no harvest rules for wild steelhead. There are enough opportunities to harvest hatchery fish for the freezer that there is no need for a wild harvest. In the face of declining runs it would be foolish not to enact measures that are favored by the majority of the anglers that will only help our shared resources.
KELNER, JULIE   October 24, 2015
BREMERTON, WA  
Comments:
I support the proposal to prohibit Wild Steehead harvest on select rivers on the OP. WITH THE DECLINING NUMBERS WE NEED TO BE PROACTIVELY GIVING THE FISH ANOTHER CHANCE TO SURVIVE AND REPRODUCE FOR FURTURE GENERATIONS OF ANGLERS TO ENJOY BEFORE THEY ARE EXTINCT.
LIM, BEN I  October 24, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I would like to support all efforts of protecting Wild Steelhead in the Olympic Peninsula. I want to support the new rule that ALL WILD STEELHEAD should be released. thanks Ben
CLABAUGH, MATT D  October 25, 2015
TACOMA, WA  
Comments:
I am in favor of this proposal. With continuing long term downward trends in escapement for wild winter steelhead, There can no longer be sustainable harvest on these fish.
LUND, MARK C  October 25, 2015
KENT, WA  
Comments:
These rivers have healthy steelhead runs. Although, I don't keep the one Steelhead I'm currently allowed. I'm not opposed if others do. Please don't over regulate these rivers. This has already happened in the Puget Sound. Specifically,area 10.
YANAK, RICHARD   October 25, 2015
EDGEWOOD, WA  
Comments:
Great, its about time
MCMILLEN, SAM K  October 25, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
it's long overdue to stop the harvest of wild steelhead, our state fish. Let's make sure they survive and thrive for future generations. There are plenty of other fish to eat. The rivers of the forks area and there steelhead runs are world class lets watch them grow, there will be a much larger economic benifit for the area from catch and release practices than there ever has been from the past decades of harvest. It's time.
MARKS, ERIK   October 26, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
Yes - please adopt this rule. These rivers are fabulous experiences for the citizens in our state, and we should focus first on conservation and only secondarily on harvest. We need to preserve the experience for the current generation, and the fishing resource for future generations!
MILLER, BRYNAN   October 26, 2015
PORT ORCHARD WASHINGTON, WA  
Comments:
Awesome idea
SIMMS, RICH K  October 26, 2015
MUKILTEO, WA  
Comments:
Support, this is long over due. The caveat is the Tribal Co managers increasing harvest rates in lieu of our focus to help increase more wild steelhead for spawning. The Commission and WDFW need to do whatever possible and our legal rights to ensure our share is protected and the fish make it to the spawning grounds while providing a level of opportunity.
BELLOWS, CHRISTOPHER   October 26, 2015
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO  
Comments:
I strongly support this rule proposal. There is no biological reason to continue the directed harvest of wild steelhead and wild rainbow trout on the Olympic Peninsula. These rivers have the best shot to continue to have healthy runs of wild steelhead but we need the regulations to reflect the time we live in. Studies show that rainbow trout are an important part of he spawning population and genetic diversity of our wild steelhead populations. If you won't make wild steelhead catch and release year round you need to at least make it illegal to harvest wild trout. The extra rainbow trout will act as a backstop for wild steelhead genetics in case of habitat disruption or changing ocean survival, and the side benefit will be a reinvigorated sea-run cutthroat fishery in these rivers. Catch and release of all wild trout (including steelhead) and no-bait regulations year-round will help restore not only steelhead fisheries, but the health of other fisheries as well.
FEE, RYLEY   October 26, 2015
BOTHELL, WA  
Comments:
I am in full support of this proposal. No Wild steelhead retention should be allowed state wide.
MORAVEC, ANDREW W  October 26, 2015
SNOQUALMIE, WA  
Comments:
The vast majority of sportsmen support a zero kill policy for Wild Steelhead. I support this rule change.
SIMBE, BRETT R  October 26, 2015
LAKE STEVENS, WA  
Comments:
I oppose this proposal
GIRTZ, TODD   October 27, 2015
LAKE TAPPS, WA  
Comments:
I Opposed this rule I like catch and release fishing but a rule where you can not remove any part of the fish out of the water is a bit over board
DUNN, RON C  October 27, 2015
EDMONDS, WA  
Comments:
Please stop another radical proposal from groups that only want to limit access to a select few on first the Coastal Rivers then all of the states rivers. There are rivers listed in this action that still have catchable numbers of wild fish.
BRAY, COREY   October 27, 2015
EDGEWOOD, WA  
Comments:
i think this is a good idea. these fish have been getting further and fewer in my experience and this would be beneficial for the fishery.
LALONDE, EDWARD J  October 28, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I support this proposal whole-heartedly. One should NOT be allowed to kill a wild steelhead.
PORTER, DAVID R  October 29, 2015
JACKSON, WY  
Comments:
Thank you for allowing public comment: 1. Restrict fishing for steelhead and rainbow trout to catch and release only. 2. Implement restrictive gear regulations during the winter steelhead season. 3. Experiment with a "no fishing from floating device" rule in the upper Hoh River. Please do what is right to restore this remarkable fishery. Thank you, David Porter
PENDERGAST, FRED   October 29, 2015
CUPERTINO, CA  
Comments:
This recommendation is a a no brainer. As important is education of fisherman on the proper ways to handle and water release All Steelhead for maximum survival rate.
PENDERGAST, FRED   October 29, 2015
CUPERTINO, CA  
Comments:
This recommendation is a a no brainer. As important is education of fisherman on the proper ways to handle and water release All Steelhead for maximum survival rate.
SEVERY, TYLER   October 29, 2015
TACOMA, WA  
Comments:
As a NW Angler, I support catch and release in all OP streams and rivers. Meanwhile we can't always protect the land around them, we can protect the fish that live in them and keep the native species alive and thriving.
SMITH, STAN   October 29, 2015
POULSBO, WA  
Comments:
I strongly urge you to consider Catch and Release "Only" on the above listed rivers per the Advisory Groups recommendation/considerstion. Thank you. Stan Smith Fishery Biologist, USFWS/USGS (Ret) Poulsbo
GAWESWORTH, SIMON   October 29, 2015
BATTLE GROUND, WA  
Comments:
To whom it may concern, I am writing to implore you to seriously consider implementing a law that requires all anglers to release wild steelhead (and rainbow trout) on the rivers of the Olympic Peninsula. Making a change in the law like this will put more fish on the spawning grounds, which is critical to rebuilding wild steelhead populations in the rivers of the OP. 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 have fished the OP for the last five years and have always considered the 1 wild fish allowable kill as simply mind-boggeling. In fact, it borders on being a sacrilage. IF you consider the impact of First Nation netting on endangered stocks why would anyone want to kill any fish other than an occasional hatehery fish, from those rivers. Thus, I am strongly in faver of no kill on ANY wild species from the OP rivers. I would further add that WA should take action as was initiated on the Gaspe and buy out the netting rights of the Bands on the OP. Wow, would that make a difference! John Aronian aka Grampus the releaser
FIALA, RONALD L  October 29, 2015
BERWYN, IL  
Comments:
I feel it is of utmost importance to protect and enhance the genetic diversity found in a wild population of steelhead. In order for this to happen these steelhead must be allowed to survive, reproduce and pass along the traits neccessary to maintain the diversity needed.
LASS, DAVID W  October 29, 2015
TRUCKEE, CA  
Comments:
Please institute these new regulations to enhance these iconic fisheries.
LILLEY, CHARLES   October 29, 2015
RENO, NE  
Comments:
As a Steelhead fly Fisherman I see it as detrimental and counter to the sustainable health of the system to permit the taking of native fish. The economic enhancement, within a local community, within a healthy catch and release steelhead and trout fishery has been studied and validated countless times. Increased local revenue and license sales will increase and continue to do so within the catch and release frame work. The key remains the health of the system. Smithers BC, North Umpqua in Oregon, are classic economic models demonstrating the economic benefits derived from a sustainable well managed catch and release fishery. Spence's Bridge, on the Thompson River in BC, on the other hand is a validating example of gross fishery mismanagement which is currently grasping to retain the remnants of North Americas legendary steelhead fisheries. Its time to recognize fish need rivers and rivers need friends!
FOWLER, JONATHAN   October 29, 2015
VANCOUVER, WA  
Comments:
I am totally in catch and release regulations on the waters listed above and for the species noted in the proposed regulation. These fish are a precious resource and the thrill of catching them far outweighs the value of eating them.
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 the prohibition of the harvest of steelhead so the species can make a recovery.
WOODS, WILLIAM M  October 29, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
Climate change, poaching and overfishing make it imperative that all the rivers mentioned about be designated as catch and release only.
CHEN, SHAOWEI   October 29, 2015
WEST CHESTER, PA  
Comments:
Please reinforce catch and release regulation and do not allow harvest steelhead
BIE, TOM   October 29, 2015
DENVER, CO  
Comments:
I think we have reached the point—with high numbers of anglers and low numbers of fish—when we should do all we can to save wild steelhead. I no longer so how killing even one can be justified.
HALL, NATHAN A  October 29, 2015
PORTLAND , OR  
Comments:
Wild steelhead need to be protected everywhere that they exist. The Olympic Penisula has really taken a downturn in recent years and needs help quickly. These fish take a beating every year with the amount of netting and sport fishing that occurs. The fact that wild fish can still be killed is crazy and extremely outdated. Please switch to mandatory catch and release for wild steelhead. The next steps should be limiting guide permits to fish these rivers and banning fishing from a boat. These fish deserve better chances at survival. Thanks, Nathan Hall
HILBERT, HARRISON S  October 29, 2015
POCATELLO, ID  
Comments:
Do not allow sport harvest of wild steelhead in select North Coast streams. They are too valuable a resource, & need protection for their genetic diversity.
DUDEK, PAUL H  October 29, 2015
AUBURNDALE, MA  
Comments:
I come to Washington State every year for the sole purpose of fishing for wild Steelhead and I release every fish I catch in hopes that the population of wild Steelhead will increase. For that week I contribute to the economy of Washington State.
LARSON, PETER J  October 29, 2015
CLIVE, IA  
Comments:
I strongly agree with proposal #48 to require catch-and-release for all wild steelhead and rainbow trout on the OP rivers. Releasing wild steelhead and rainbow trout will put more fish on the spawning grounds, which is critical to rebuilding wild steelhead populations on the OP.
CALL, STEVE   October 29, 2015
BELLEVUE, WA  
Comments:
Please implement a rule to require catch and release of ALL wild steelhead and trout on the proposed rivers. I've fished those rivers for over 30 years and we need to do whatever possible to preserve the runs of wild steelhead.
GOODWIN, RED   October 29, 2015
BLAINE, WA  
Comments:
This is a great proposal. Making catch and release of ALL wild steelhead and rainbow trout is the only way we will ensure sustainability of these great fish. Kudos to the DFW for having the foresight and integrity for doing the right thing for the right reasons.
HUGHES, LAUREL J  October 29, 2015
EDMONDS, WA  
Comments:
Require catch and release for all wild steelhead and rainbow trout. Require selective gear rules for all ten of the listed rivers.
DEFRANG, FRED   October 29, 2015
PORT ANGELES, WA  
Comments:
I oppose all of the new restrictions on further reducing the catch of wild steelhead. I recommend that the one wild steelhead harvest be allowed at anytime during the season, and not restricted to late February. You make no mention of the Tribal fisheries. All season, we are releasing wild salmon and then observing the Tribal fishery taking them in their nets almost as we release them. There is no one watching or regulating them. Reducing the sportsman catch is simply adding to the Tribal harvest. All of the recommendations by the North Coast Advisory Group are simply intended to satisfy the high paying Seattle fly fishing groups. 1. The catch and release rules as proposed would work well for any sportsfisher that is on a pay to fish trip. 2. The average fisherman should be able to keep one Native at any time during the season. These two things would meet the goals of reduced stress and mortality.
DEFRANG, FRED   October 29, 2015
PORT ANGELES, WA  
Comments:
I oppose all of the new restrictions on further reducing the catch of wild steelhead. I recommend that the one wild steelhead harvest be allowed at anytime during the season, and not restricted to late February. You make no mention of the Tribal fisheries. All season, we are releasing wild salmon and then observing the Tribal fishery taking them in their nets almost as we release them. There is no one watching or regulating them. Reducing the sportsman catch is simply adding to the Tribal harvest. All of the recommendations by the North Coast Advisory Group are simply intended to satisfy the high paying Seattle fly fishing groups. 1. The catch and release rules as proposed would work well for any sportsfisher that is on a pay to fish trip. 2. The average fisherman should be able to keep one Native at any time during the season. These two things would meet the goals of reduced stress and mortality.
STAUB, LANC S  October 29, 2015
SEQUIM, WA  
Comments:
I support "catch and release" only for steelhead & trout on the OlyPen.
HAUFLER, JAMES   October 29, 2015
LINCOLN, CA  
Comments:
Do this now before it is too late! Save the wild Steelhead ! This step has great potential to dramatically increase business for recreational fishing businesses as these streams become known as "destination waters" for catching (and releasing) wild Steelhead.
NOGRADY, NICK   October 29, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
Wild steelhead and trout are an integral piece of the Northwest. They must be protected.
SAVAGLIO, BRUCE   October 29, 2015
SEQUIM, WA  
Comments:
This is the only way to protect wild steelhead from overfishing by sportsman. Of course nothing will improve the fate of the fish until you prohibit commercial fishing in these rivers. Tribal fishing is commercial fishing! Until it is stopped these Band-Aids will fail.
FLAKE, ALAN W  October 29, 2015
BRYN MAWR, PE  
Comments:
Wild steelhead are a limited resource that should be protected. Returning them to the water will benefit future fisherman and propagation of the species.
ANDRUSS, DAVID R  October 29, 2015
RICHLAND, OR  
Comments:
My wife and I fished the OP several years ago for the first time in many years (we had a Halfway, OR address then). I was very saddened to see such a marked decline in fish numbers since I fished the area in the sixties and seventies, growing up in Vancouver. I was thoroughly disgusted to watch guide boats being taken out at the end of the day with beautiful, precious native steelhead sliding around in the slime in the bottom of their boats. What a waste and pretty impossible to even believe. I'm just back from two weeks on the Bulkley R in BC. Single, barbless, no bait and release all steelhead (they're all natives) since 1989 the fish being treated as the precious resource they are. Only common sense and it works even though the rivers get heavy pressure. Change the rules in Washington!
YOUNG, BOB   October 29, 2015
WASHOUGAL, WA  
Comments:
Catch-and-release practices help to maintain many fisheries with strong, healthy, wild fish populations. It only makes sense to me that this would really help the OP rivers and help to maintain this amazing fishing region for future fishers to enjoy.
HEWES, LARRY   October 29, 2015
BETHESDA, MD  
Comments:
implement the recommended rules as soon as possible, with not exceptions.
HUNTINGTON, GLEN P  October 29, 2015
REDMOND, WA  
Comments:
As a long time OP river fly fisherman, I strongly support catch-and-release Rule #48 for all OP river wild steelhead and rainbow trout. Wild retention simply MUST stop to preserve this resource!!
LIM, BEN I  October 29, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I support the release of ALL wild Steelhead and Rainbow trout on the Olympic Peninsula. Steelhead are like modern dinosaurs. Lets save them for the future generations.
GILDENHAR, MARK   October 29, 2015
LAKEWOOD , WA  
Comments:
Wild steelhead are a declining and endangered resource throughout the state. The Olympic peninsula rivers provide some of the best spawning habitat for steelhead and therefore a greater chance to prevent what has happened to wild steelhead in all of the state of Washington. All wild steelhead that are caught should be released and done in a manner that provides the best chance of survival. Protecting this resource will also give the communities on the Olympic peninsula the best opportunity to enjoy the economic benefits of avid anglers visiting their area to fish.
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.
SPAULDING, JEFF P  October 29, 2015
ORONO, ME  
Comments:
I support enacting a requirement for catch-and-release for all wild steelhead and rainbow trout on the OP rivers. In order to build the wild population all wild steelhead and rainbows should be released.
FOLZ, HOWARD   October 29, 2015
LITTLETON, CO  
Comments:
I am asking WDFW to require catch-and-release for all wild steelhead and rainbow trout on the OP rivers.
FORT, JOSEPH   October 29, 2015
ROMULUS, NE  
Comments:
Wild strains of steelhead should be released without harm. The gene pool needs their diversity to keep the species healthy.
MADISON, CHRIS   October 29, 2015
ROLLINGBAY, WA  
Comments:
Our wild Steelhead population is at dangerously low levels. Please require catch and release for wild steelhead and rainbow trout on the OP rivers. Thank you. Chris Madison
VOIGT, ALAN R  October 29, 2015
SAN ANSELMO, CA  
Comments:
Please pass this new regulation to save our native fish. Thank you.
SMITH, 0LIVER H  October 29, 2015
TROUT LAKE, WA  
Comments:
I support a ban on harvesting wild steelhead and trout.
WOLDSETH, DANE M  October 29, 2015
BELLEVUE, WA  
Comments:
I support this proposal.
DELEGATOR, DAVID   October 29, 2015
CINCINNATI, OH  
Comments:
As an avid steelhead fisherman, I urge you to require the approval of catch and release only regulations as provided for in Proposal #48. It is not only important to the health of the wild steelhead, resident trout and other salmonid populations, but insures their growth and survival rates, as well as providing a significant economic benefit to the OP region.
ZABRISKIE, PETER N  October 29, 2015
PORT ANGELES, WA  
Comments:
These wild strains need all the help we can give them. Harvesting these fish by anyone is just crazy!
DOWLING, QUINTON M  October 29, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I strongly support this rule. As an avid angler who loves steelhead in Washington, I think it is our obligation to support these beautiful fish. If they need us to stop eating them, I'll do it. I would even be willing to not fish for Steelhead at all for a few years if that's what it took. Once books were written in praise of Washington steelhead fishing, now we are left with only a few viable runs of fish and for my kids? What will we leave them.
BENITEZ, RON   October 29, 2015
CHATHAM, NJ  
Comments:
Please, Please implement C&R only for wild steelhead. I'd love to be able to continue coming to the OP for yearly trips and being able to bring my kids in the future. If there is no fish- there is no trips!
CLARK, GARY D  October 29, 2015
BELLINGHAM, WA  
Comments:
Yes please make adopt rule change #48 and make all these rivers catch and release for Wild steelhead and trout!
KRUEGER, DONALD   October 29, 2015
FOLSOM, CA  
Comments:
Implement release of all wild steelhead
ANACKER, TOM R  October 29, 2015
BOZEMAN, MT  
Comments:
I support proposed Rule #48 requiring the release of all wild steelhead and resident trout that are caught. Releasing wild steelhead is critical to re-establishing healthy wild runs in OP rivers as it promotes higher numbers of wild adults returning to their spawning grounds.
BIALOUS, ROGER P  October 29, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I feel this is a no brainer. The genetics of wild salmon and steelhead are dwindling and are far too valuable to remove from the system. I have fished for, harvested, and eaten salmon and steelhead my whole life. These things are important to my way of life. However, over 20 years ago, I imposed wild salmon and steelhead release on myself and those fishing from my drift boat. We are happy to harvest hatchery fish when we catch them. This is not extreme or unreasonable in any way. It is the only reasonable course of action to preserve our wild salmon and steelhead fisheries.
REYNOLDS, DOUGLAS   October 29, 2015
VANCOUVER, WA  
Comments:
As written, this proposal seeks the middle ground but I feel it will fall short of its goal of restoring wild steelhead. Instead, I would ask WDFW to require catch-and-release for all wild steelhead and rainbow trout on all OP rivers.
STOVER, CHARLES   October 29, 2015
BURNSVILLE, NC  
Comments:
I fully support the proposal to make catch and release fishing for wild salmonoids the rule on all of the named rivers.
MORRISON, DON R  October 29, 2015
SPOKANE, WA  
Comments:
Catch and release on ALL steelhead and resident trout on the Olympic Peninsula Rivers.
MILLER, STEPHEN P  October 29, 2015
SAMMAMISH, WA  
Comments:
I am strongly in favor of prohibiting the harvest of wild steelhead in this group of rivers. Given the dismal state of the wild fish populations throughout the state, I'm in favor of prohibiting the harvest of any and all wild fish in all areas, not just the OP.
VINCENT, LINDSAY S  October 29, 2015
BOZEMAN, MT  
Comments:
We want to please prohibit wild steelhead and rainbow harvest.
MCKELVEY, ZACK   October 29, 2015
WHITESTOWN, IN  
Comments:
Please enforce a catch and release policy. If more fisheries enforced catch and release, even if only for 1 season, many of our nations fishing areas would recover.
THYER, DAVID G  October 29, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
It is way beyond the time that this rule should have been implemented. The harvest of wild steelhead (even 1!) is absurd given the devastating depletion of wild stocks in all of these rivers in recent years. This should be a resource management "no-brainer"!
PRICHARD, PATRICK   October 29, 2015
OLYMPIA, WA  
Comments:
I support the recommendation from the NCSAG to require release of wild steelhead and trout. the wild steel head population is a valuable resource to Washington and all of the Pacific NW and BC. It is a population that deserves a chance to recover and thrive to be enjoyed by all fisherfolk.
ALLEN, TYLER J  October 29, 2015
VANCOUVER, WA  
Comments:
Good Morning! A few thoughts from the lower Columbia: When considering the impact of mandatory catch and release regulations on the Olympic Peninsula, many folks cite sport fishing's economic impact on the region. Economics will always be at the core of fisheries management decisions, often to the chagrin of impacted species; with the OP, however, limiting harvest will actually increase the amount of money brought to the region. Many steelheaders are of a different stock, and play the game we do for the "tug", not the fish in the freezer. We go where wild fish roam, and spend countless dollars on getting there and staying there. These are dollars that go directly to OP communities. Economics aside, one must consider the intrinsic value of wild fish in their natal systems. Hatchery fish serve a purpose, but they're not the true denizens of our OP streams. Intact populations of wild fish hold value that can't be quantified. They were here first. Thank you for your time.
BURGE, RICHARD T  October 29, 2015
QUILCENE, WA  
Comments:
Yes to rainbow trout. Yes to all steelhead if WFW will find a solution to the tribal overharvest (both the 50/50 sharing as prescribed by the courts taking too many fish that results in spawning stocks going below escapement on the Hoh and Queets Rivers).
LUTHANEN, JON   October 29, 2015
BELLINGHAM, WA  
Comments:
I believe catch and release fishing for wild/native steelhead will allow the best chance for fish numbers to rebound and offer better opportunities for all anglers/fish.
CASEY, JIM   October 29, 2015
ANACORTES, WA  
Comments:
Support rule change 48!
CAMPBELL, TRAVIS   October 29, 2015
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA  
Comments:
I am 100% in favor of eliminating wild steelhead harvest, particularly in a system currently inundated with hatchery fish. Even worse is the regulation where only one wild fish can be retained, thus creating an additional incentive to kill only the biggest and best.
BARTON, KEN   October 29, 2015
SYLMAR, CA  
Comments:
Please prohibit wild steelhead and resident trout in the above waters.
SMITH, MARK T  October 29, 2015
RICHLAND, WA  
Comments:
I strongly support eliminating retention of all native steelhead and trout. The native steelhead population is at all time lows and there is absolutely no justification for allowing retention. I have watched guides cull through a dozen natives to keep and kill the largest most important natives for their paying clients. This is totally unethical and must be stopped. Nor should local residents be allowed to keep even a single native steelhead.A complete ban on retention of native steelhead is long overdue and the future of recreational fishing on the OP rivers depends on implementing this rule.
STONE, MCLANE G  October 29, 2015
OLGA, WA  
Comments:
WDFW, Releasing wild steelhead and rainbow trout will put more fish on the spawning grounds, which is critical to rebuilding wild steelhead populations in our North Coast streams. I am voicing my support of the proposed rule changes. Wild steelhead are an invaluable natural and cultural resource of Washington State. These rule changes are an important step in protecting these amazing fish.
MASTERSON, JON A  October 29, 2015
KALAMA, WA  
Comments:
I support the catch and release program, at least until the fishery is on a healthy upswing.
MASTERSON, JON A  October 29, 2015
KALAMA, WA  
Comments:
I support the catch and release program, at least until the fishery is on a healthy upswing. I support barbless or "pinched barb" hook rule for improved fishery improvement. I support limiting floating device access to the fishery. Again, get the fishery on a winning population upswing.
ZEMKE, MARK   October 29, 2015
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA  
Comments:
I am 61 years old and retired on disability, but I still travel north into Oregon and Washington specifically to pursue WILD steelhead and coastal cutthroats, my two personal favorite fish to catch on a fly ... other species that I fish for- and catch (on a good day!) are a bonus, but I try to avoid rivers that depend on runs of stocked steelhead ... in other words, I DON'T leave any of my "personal funds" in towns along rivers that depend on hatchery steelhead ... I spend my efforts and time fishing rivers that have WILD steelhead ... I have no interest in spending my days fishing for hatchery steelhead who are inferior genetically to their WILD brethren ... so, bottom line, states that decide to artificially propogate steelhead have every right, and then I have every right to choose not to visit those areas whose rivers depend on hatchery steelhead, a highly inferior fish in ways that science can prove are detrimental to the expansion of WILD steelhead ... your call Washington!
SANDERS, JOHN   October 29, 2015
KIRKLAND, WA  
Comments:
I completely agree with this proposal!
JOHNSON, DAN   October 29, 2015
SAN RAMON, CA  
Comments:
Please disallow keeping wild steelhead and rainbow trout on the Olympic Peninsula rivers. These species are becoming more vulnerable due to habit degradation and climate change and must be better protected. Catch-and-release is one step in this process.
NELSON, RUSSELL E  October 29, 2015
SAMMAMISH, WA  
Comments:
I strongly support this change to the recreational steelhead regulations for North Coast Steams. This is the only area in the State where wild steelhead can still be killed and that makes no sense if we are committed to the recovery of our wild populations. As a sport fisher and avid steelhead fisher I want our wild stocks to recover and see no need to further hinder recovery by allowing a "kill" fishery for these fish.
ROGERS, JACK D  October 29, 2015
PULLMAN, WA  
Comments:
I am against harvest of wild steelhead, anywhere. This is too fine a natural resource to waste or diminish.
BLOODWORTH, BEN R  October 29, 2015
GRAND JUNCTION, CO  
Comments:
I support rule change #48 to add catch and release only areas to help rebuild wild steelhead populations.
LAHTI, DAVID   October 29, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I agree with this proposal and hope it is implemented.
BRAMLEY, WILLIAM   October 29, 2015
SAN DIEGO, CA  
Comments:
Please implement wild steelhead and rainbow trout catch-and-release.
BARNIER, DAVID   October 29, 2015
PT.ANGELES, WA  
Comments:
I strongly disagree with this proposal.I realize that we who live on the Olympic peninsula do not have the clout or numbers to set regulations for the area we live in, but we have done a pretty good job of keeping our resources in good condition. wdfw has lowered our wild steelhead retention from 10 to 3 to 1 the last rule change made at a meeting in Bellingham when the proposal was not even on the published agenda! Then no wild retention till after feb 15th. Enough is enough. Under the Boldt decision the tribes are entitled to 1/2 the "harvestable steelhead. The sport fisherman are also entitled to 1/2. Many of the sport fishermen release the wild fish that they catch (including myself), But I find it very unfair to mandate that all fishermen play by their rules. By the way, in the last 20 years the sport fishermen have never harvested their full 50% of the allocated wild steelhead on the rivers in question.
KERST, DUNCAN   October 29, 2015
PORTLAND , OR  
Comments:
Please require catch-and-release for all wild steelhead and rainbow trout on the OP rivers. Releasing wild steelhead and rainbow trout will put more fish on the spawning grounds, which is critical to rebuilding wild steelhead populations on the OP.
BOWDEN, BRIAN E  October 29, 2015
CAMANO ISLAND, WA  
Comments:
Please implement catch and release for these rivers. The rivers in North Puget Sound just are not worth fishing anymore because catch and release has not been broadly adopted and/or enforced.
KING, MIKE & FAITH   October 29, 2015
PHOENIX, AR  
Comments:
Please implement the rule to eliminate harvest of wild trout and steelhead, something we have been doing for the last 40 years. Thank you, Mike & Faith King
SAMPOU, PETER   October 29, 2015
WEST BARNSTABLE, MA  
Comments:
Keep wild populations of salmonids healthy by requiring catch and release with no bait fishing for wild steelheads and rainbow trout on the OP.
DZIEDZIC, THADDEUS J  October 29, 2015
HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL  
Comments:
Wild Steelhead and resident trout harvesting should be restricted in specific North Coast streams to preserve the Steelhead / Trout populations for future generations.
MATESKY, MIKE   October 29, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I support regulations requiring the release of wild steelhead/rainbows on the rivers listed in Proposal #48. It's astonishing to me that this hasn't been implemented sooner.
UTTER, MARK   October 29, 2015
SAN DIEGO, CA  
Comments:
I am in favor of the no harvest proposal. Please implement catch and releases regulations, especially during critical spawning periods.
HAYES, STAN   October 29, 2015
MONTROSE, CO  
Comments:
I fully support catch & release of all wild steelhead on these waters. As a former WA state resident I have fished these rivers and urge the protection of these fish.
HARRIS, TIM   October 29, 2015
FALL CITY, WA  
Comments:
I fully support a no-kill policy on wild steelhead on the Olympic Peninsula rivers and all rivers in the state of Washington. With steelhead runs on the decline and the invasion of hatchery fish we need to insure all the wild fish that do return have a chance to spawn and not be taken when fishermen can, and should, be keeping the hatchery fish.
LELL, JOHN   October 29, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I have fished the OP Rivers for 30 years, and long ago I personally made the decision that Wild Steelhead were much too valuable to harvest. I have released all I have caught since that decision three of which were over 20 lbs. I urge you to codify this behavior for all fishers.
SMOKE, MICHAEL   October 29, 2015
KETTLE FALLS, WA  
Comments:
Until such a time as wild populations are so numerous we can "walk across the river on the backs of the fish", all wild steelhead and salmonid retention should be prohibited in order to protect the wild genetics which are necessary if we are to believe the science coming out of NOAA Fisheries about incremental adaptation in wild populations.
HANEL, DOUG P  October 29, 2015
SEATTLE , WA  
Comments:
Please Prohibit Wild Steelhead Harvest until the Steelhead populations reaches levels that are equal to those 30 years ago!
WALKER, RICHARD   October 29, 2015
CHEHALIS , WA  
Comments:
It might only be one fish per angler but the impact can be meaningful when certain guides take new clients every day and separately big fish are the ones that get harvested.
N, KRIS   October 29, 2015
PORTLAND, OR  
Comments:
Please require catch-and-release for all wild steelhead and rainbow trout on the OP rivers.
HUBBARD, SHAUN A  October 29, 2015
FRIDAY HARBOR, WA  
Comments:
I support Rule #48. Please require catch-and-release for all wild steelhead and rainbow trout on the Olympic Peninsula, North Coast 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 Catch and release on all streams for wild steelhead and trout only.
ENGLISH, NICK   October 29, 2015
BOZEMAN, MO  
Comments:
This should have been done long ago! Please protect Wild Steelhead! There are plenty of rivers you can harvest hatchery fish, why a need to kill wild fish? There were a lot more around 100 years ago, and we wiped them out, lets give them a chance to come back.
HARDCASTLE, ALAN   October 29, 2015
OLYMPIA, WA  
Comments:
I request that WDFW require catch-and-release for all wild steelhead and rainbow trout on the Olympic Pennisula rivers noted above. We need to protect wild fish stocks in these river systems before they become extinct.
RAUDABAUGH, WILL   October 29, 2015
PORT ORCHARD, WA  
Comments:
I agree with this proposal
INGLIN, DUANE   October 29, 2015
OLYMPIA, WA  
Comments:
The days of keeping and retaining WILD steelhead are over. We cannot truly speak of conservation if we still allow for wild steelhead retention. It's time to move forward and be pro-active, not reactive. Please give this the consideration it deserves and implement a rule change that would make it illegal to harvest any wild steelhead in the state of Washington. Thank You Duane Inglin
CUOMO, DANIEL J  October 29, 2015
TACOMA, WA  
Comments:
I strongly support this rule change. Save wild steelhead! Now!
NOLAN, KENDALL A  October 29, 2015
SNOHOMISH, WA  
Comments:
I support this proposal to eliminate harvest of all wild steelhead. I think this proposal should be applied through out the state. This proposal is much more logical than prohibiting fishing from any floating device. There are many opportunities to harvest hatchery fish. Native/Wild Steelhead should never be harvested. Although legal to do so I have not harvested a native/wild steelhead for 20 years.
PETERS, THOM   October 29, 2015
SNOHOMISH, WA  
Comments:
I agree with this proposal; however no wild steelhead should be retained on any river...period!
BURKE, TIM   October 29, 2015
KIRKLAND, WA  
Comments:
DO NOT KILL WILD FISH! Its obvious that both sport fisherman and tribal fisherman need to work together to restore native fish. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE the future of fishing for the next generation is in our hands!!! Lets be smart about it! RESTORE NATURAL RUNS OF FISH...!!!!
MERWIN, BLAKE J  October 29, 2015
GIG HARBOR, WA  
Comments:
I own one of the largest grossing revenue fly fishing retail operations in the state and I am also a fishing guide. A significant portion of our business is catering to steelhead anglers on the coast. An abundance of fish is good for business. The vast majority of my customers believe in catch and release only for wild steelhead. We even have a wild steelhead catch and release only policy for all our guided trips. Wild steelhead are worth a lot more dollars in the river than in the freezer. With population increases in WA, the advancement of angling technology and knowledge, etc. there needs to be more angling opportunity for the public. More angling opportunity does not mean more harvest opportunity! I do not need to rehash the science that has been clearly articulated by organizations like the WSC, TU, WFC, NFS, and more. You know the science too. Please make the right decision in increasing opportunity and eliminating harvest on wild steelhead. Blake Merwin Gig Harbor Fly Shop
MARSHALL, ALBERT   October 29, 2015
EDMONDS, WA  
Comments:
I strongly believe that all wild steelhead should be released on the Olympic Peninsula rivers. These magnificent fish deserve every chance to thrive. Last April, I caught three "downriver does," females that had spawned and were returning to the ocean. I was told these wild fish could spawn 2 or 3 times, given their short journey to spawning habitat. We need to educate fishermen on safe release methods, to ensure that fish survive. Fishing tackle and techniques should be regulated to maximize the survival prospects of all wild fish hooked by anglers. WDFW can take a lead role in perpetuating a magnificent resource. Jed Marshall
TEATHER, EDWARD   October 29, 2015
POULSBO, WA  
Comments:
I am particularly concerned with protecting wild trout and steelhead in our Olympic Peninsula rivers. For me it is a no brainer! Why on earth would we continue to nibble away at the edges of dwindling species. .
MCGIVERN, MIKE H  October 29, 2015
KIRKLAND, WA  
Comments:
I agree with the proposed release of wild steelhead, I do not agree with the proposed rule to not allow any part of the salmonoid from the water if the intention is to release. I believe that if you hook a salmon that is required to be released the best way to play the fish is to get it to the boat or bank as quickly as possible with the intent to release if necessary. Most times if you horse a fish to the point it can be released it's not ready to lay down and allow you to remove the hook. If the fish is flopping or not laying down it would be difficult to remove the hook without the fish head being out of the water. Also, I've released many salmon that have been drug up onto the beach with no ill affect that I'm aware of. I believe that this part of the proposed rule would be difficult to enforce. I also believe that it would be a shame to not have the ability to document the memory with a photo of the fish out of the water.
LAMPERS, RAYMOND J  October 29, 2015
GRANITE FALLS, WA  
Comments:
No we need to be able to harvest wild steelhead as the hatchery fish have been curtailed. As long as the tribes are allowed to harvest wild fish it would be considered foregone opportunity and the tribes will then take our unused share.
LANG, CHRIS   October 29, 2015
EL CAJON, CA  
Comments:
Please implement catch and release for all wild steelhead and trout. This will put more of these wild fish on the spawning beds and help restore wild steelhead populations. Three years ago I began making an annual trip to the OP to fish for winter steelhead. I bring a friend with me and we spend all our money in the small town of forks. Thousands of people do the same thing as me, all drawn there because of the fish. No doubt the impact to the Forks economy is significant and should the WILD fish disappear, so would the anglers and their money. Please do the right thing for the resource and implement catch and release for wild steelhead and trout. Regards, Chris Lang
MACKENZIE, GRAHAM   October 29, 2015
AUBURN, WA  
Comments:
I vote Yea
GEISSER, DAVID   October 30, 2015
OAKLAND , CA  
Comments:
Steelhead are the under tremendous stress environmentally and tremendous demand as a sport fish . The numberers are declining. Let's keep something for future generations. If by some miracle , the numbers go up in the future , then open it up again. Catch and release, barbless, no bait is the future.
ALLEN, JASON   October 30, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
This is great except the part about removing any part of the fish from the water. Sometimes it is necessary.
SILBERGELD, DANIEL   October 30, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
Wild stocks are dwindling. We must do all we can to sustain what remains. In my opinion, it is absurd to allow harvest of these fish. I strongly support the no harvest rule.
FIGDORE, BRYCE   October 30, 2015
KIRKLAND, WA  
Comments:
I support this initiative to protect wild steelhead.
TROY, JERRY M  October 30, 2015
BOISE, ID  
Comments:
From one Idahoan that has taken numerous trips to the Washington and Oregon coasts in search of steelhead, I can tell you that it is very disappointing to fish waters that allow the harvest of wild steelhead. Even in Idaho that is not allowed!!! Anyone that has been fortunate enough to hook a wild and a hatchery can tell in an instant which one is which. Please, please, if you feel you may be making an error in your policy, error in favor of strengthening the opportunity for the wild strains to continue. Your consideration will be appreciated for generations to come.
ROSE, CHRISTOPHER M  October 30, 2015
WOODLAND, WA  
Comments:
I recommend this proposal. It is clear that we must stop harvesting Wild Steelhead if we are to get ahead of this issue instead of chase it.
LACY, JOHN   October 30, 2015
INDIANAPOLIS, IN  
Comments:
I've fished the beautiful, serene, & legendary Hoh & Sol Duc rivers and seen fellow anglers harvesting Wild Steelhead before. It shames me & my fellow angler community who fish responsibly & try to conserve the WSH population. A no harvest rule is a MUST. We cannot continue to have WSH taken from these majestic rivers & expect the population loss to curb or even rebound. Please do what is right & pass this rule into effect for the 2016 season & beyond.
SAVILLE, STEVEN A  October 30, 2015
TACOMA, WA  
Comments:
I strongly support the catch and release only of all wild Steelhead and Raonbow Trout on all of the rivers listed in this proposal. Further, I support the proposal to eliminate removal of all fish from the water at any time. In addition, I would support these issues on a year-round basis and not merely for a short period each year, until it is deemed that these fish populations have sustantially recovered to a point where relaxing the regulations would be in the best interests of all groups involved in the fishery.
LENEVE, BRIAN J  October 30, 2015
CARMEL, CA  
Comments:
I support catch and release of wild Steelhead as a general plan. In fishing rivers in CA where catch and release was in place i have seen a great rebound in Steelhead numbers. No one needs to kill a fish to receive pleasure from fishing.
WILLIAMS, ZACK   October 30, 2015
PULLMAN, WA  
Comments:
Elimination of wild steelhead harvest is an absolute necessity to protect our fish. As an Olympic Peninsula guide, I find the harvest of any wild steelhead to be an absolute tragedy for everyone involved. Thank you.
THALER, WYATT M  October 30, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
Please protect wild fish on the Olympic Peninsula by not allowing harvest of wild trout and steelhead.
SLIGHTOM, BRUCE W  October 30, 2015
EUREKA, CA  
Comments:
I strongly support this recommendation. I believe that this will help restore the runs. Thanks
SHAVER, CHRISTOPHER   October 30, 2015
UKIAH, CA  
Comments:
The sad truth is that a zero limit on all wild fish is necessary in order to protect the fragile populations of salmonids. There is no reason to to place any limit but zero on wild steelhead populations. There is just no way to sustain a wild fishery with a take limit in this time and day due to human influence on habitat and water quality. Exercise commonsense and adopt conservative measures that protect wild fish and still allow for sport/recreation.
KNUDSON, ANDREW C  October 30, 2015
BELLEVUE, WA  
Comments:
There should be NO killing of wild steelhead or rainbows in these water sheds or in the whole of Washington state for that matter. With dwindling steelhead runs, each wild fish is important.
ROUSSEAU, MIKE   October 30, 2015
ROME, GE  
Comments:
Wild steelhead should not be havested anywhere in this country at this time.
COLE, HOWARD   October 30, 2015
JACKSON, WY  
Comments:
I am in full support rule change #48! I would also like to see the Queets River added to the list. Thank you for considering my thoughts
RICE, JASON L  October 30, 2015
SPRINGFIELD, OR  
Comments:
There should be no harvest of native or wild fish on any river since this activity reduces an already declining population of native/wild fish.
WALLACE, THOMAS   October 30, 2015
SHORELINE, WA  
Comments:
I am against this proposal because I don't think it will save fish. History has shown on these systems that when sportsmen acquiesce our share of the harvest, the tribes with their very effective gill nets, take advantage of the lost opportunity. I would be in favor of this proposal if the state had the authority and will to limit the tribal harvest.
ZARELLI, CARL   October 30, 2015
UNIVERSITY PLACE , WA  
Comments:
I recommend barbless hooks and catch and release for all the rivers on the peninsula. Really don't know why it wasn't done long ago.
NEFF, ADAM R  October 30, 2015
EAST WENATCHEE, WA  
Comments:
I support this rule. There is no reason with the diminished runs we current have that we should be "taking" wild steelhead. I'd prefer to see them stay in the run and make more steelies. I look forward to my annual trip to the coast in the hopes of landing one of these monster natives, by implementing catch and release it might bring me a bit closer to goal more often.
MCGURRIN, JOSEPH M  October 30, 2015
STEVENSVILLE, MD  
Comments:
I fully support Proposal 48 prohibiting wild steelhead harvest.
WITTNER, RODNEY   October 30, 2015
WEST RICHLAND, WA  
Comments:
With declining numbers of wild steelhead, it is imperative that you take action to preserve and protect wild steelhead, before it is too late. Allowing retention of wild steelhead is further damaging this fishery by reducing the number of fish being allowed to spawn naturally. It is time to implement catch and release only rules for wild steelhead. You need to act now. Do your jobs. Regards, Rodney Wittner
GALLAGHER, RILEY M  October 30, 2015
EDMONDS, WA  
Comments:
PLEASE put a mandatory catch and release on wild steelhead and resident rainbow trout. The revenue from in state licenses (Rather than us anglers traveling to BC) will diminish as the steelhead stocks continue to decline. Let us shift baselines in the positive direction. It is 2015 and the average angler does not rely on wild steelhead to feed their families. Make the OP a DESTINATION. The time is now.
RYAN, BRADY S  October 30, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I support the proposal to disallow the harvest of native/wild steelhead in the fisheries outlined above.
HARDY, JIM   October 30, 2015
KIRKLAND, WA  
Comments:
I support catch and release rules proposal for all wild steelhead and trout.
ALEXANDER, ROBERT   October 30, 2015
BEAVER, WA  
Comments:
With steelhead likely on their way to extinction, sport killing them is unconscionable.
GRADY, BEN   October 30, 2015
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO  
Comments:
To whomever it may concern: I support the proposal to prohibit wild steelhead retention on the listed Olympic Peninsula rivers. 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
ROBERTS, JIM S  October 30, 2015
SEQUIM, WA  
Comments:
I request the WDFW to require catch and release for both wild steelhead and rainbow trout on all of the rivers on the Olympic Peninsula. This will be a big help in enhancing the stock of these fish.
DENNISON, LARRY W  October 30, 2015
PORT TOWNSEND, WA  
Comments:
I support the proposal to Prohibit wild steelhead harvest. There is no good reason to allow wild steelhead harvest as long as there are hatchery fish available. In fact, until the wild steelhead stocks are sufficiently recovered there should be a no-kill rule for these fish. Past and currently rules and attempts at protecting our wild fish have failed in Washington, while management of wild steelhead has been much more successful in neighboring areas. These rule changes are modeled after successful wild steelhead conservation regulations from Oregon, British Columbia, and other areas.
ELLEMENT, MATT K  October 30, 2015
DURHAM, NC  
Comments:
Increase recruitment. Initiate catch-and-release.
YOUNG, LUCAS J  October 30, 2015
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA  
Comments:
Why are people even allowed to keep wild steelhead anyway?? These fish are effectively endangered and numerous populations are on the verge of collapse. Wild steelhead retention should not be allowed anywhere, period. Those fish need to be left in the rivers where they belong if there is to be any hope of recovery.
LANGENHORST, HUBERT S  October 30, 2015
SPOKANE, WA  
Comments:
I support this proposal to eliminate the harvest of ANY wild steelhead.
MCCABE, CHRISTOPHER   October 30, 2015
PORTLAND, OR  
Comments:
I recommend this action. - Christopher McCabe
LIVINGSTON, CLAY   October 30, 2015
STANWOOD, WA  
Comments:
in light of the struggles we face encouraging the propagation of wild steelhead, allowing their harvest seems short sighted, antiquated and irresponsible.
BROOKS, JASON J  October 30, 2015
PUYALLUP, WA  
Comments:
all wild steelhead should be release, but the part of not removing any part of the fish from the water is almost impossible and should be seperate from this proposal so not to overly influence the need to release wild steelhead
BANAHAN, SEAN   October 30, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
Please consider implementing catch-and-releaserules on Wild Steelhead on the Olympic Peninsula and it's watersheds. Releasing wild steelhead and rainbow trout will put more fish on the spawning grounds, which is critical to rebuilding wild steelhead populations on the OP.
LUTTON, ANDREW   October 30, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I fully support a no-harvest wild steelhead fishery on the Olympic Peninsula and regulations like this would not deter me at all from spending my time and money traveling to and fishing the Olympic Peninsula. All of these proposed rule changes are about increasing the returns of Wild Steelhead, lets start by changing a rule that has a 100% mortality rate. Sincerely, Andrew Lutton
REMMER, STEVEN B  October 30, 2015
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA  
Comments:
I support rule change # 48. This means requiring catch and release of all wild steelhead and rainbow trout on the Olympic Peninsula, including keeping the fish completely in the water during the release process.
LEE, TRAVIS   October 30, 2015
MOUNT VERNON, WA  
Comments:
Nobody should be allowed to kill a wild steelhead, nor take it out of the water.
FAIRBROOK, DUSTIN M  October 30, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
Retention of wild steelhead should not be permitted, I have witnessed many anglers and guides kill many more wild fish then one per year per angler. They use this retention rule as a cover and say it’s there first and only fish when in reality they come back the next day to the same spot and kill another.
WYATT, JAMES   October 30, 2015
SNOHOMISH, WA  
Comments:
I think these rivers need to go catch and release on native steelhead although I don't agree with the no part of fish can be removed from water. I think the handling should remain as the whole fish may not be removed from water. Making no part of fish to be removed from water seems a bit overboard. Thank you
MILLER, RUSSELL   October 30, 2015
EDMONDS, WA  
Comments:
Will these "lost opportunities" end up in the natives nets? If that answer is YES. Then we should keep these fish in the river. If the answer is NO then we need to stop killing wild steelhead on the coast.
MYHRES, JERRY L  October 30, 2015
PASCO, WA  
Comments:
Until you get the tribes to STOP netting wild steelhead at the mouths of the rivers, no amount of regulation put on other sectors will save these valuable fish. The tribes HAVE to come to the table and admit that their practices are the primary reason for the diminished numbers of fish in these rivers.
CORRADO, GREG   October 30, 2015
PORT ORCHARD, WA  
Comments:
I wholeheartedly support this Rule Change. There is absolutely no reason or need to kill these wild fish and further reduce the number of spawning fish.
SLY, BRANDON   October 30, 2015
BELLINGHAM, WA  
Comments:
I am in favor of adopting this rule change.
BENTZ, KEITH   October 30, 2015
BRISBANE, CA  
Comments:
I support a policy of catch and release for wild steelhead and rainbow trout on all OP rivers. This is the way to protect the wild fish populations and ensure they are healthy and grow, rather than being depleted.
MORRISSEY, ERIC O  October 30, 2015
NEW YORK, NY  
Comments:
This proposal makes sense. 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
ROCKWELL, CHARLES M  October 30, 2015
PENN VALLEY, CA  
Comments:
I fish the OP every year and know it to be one of the last great places to steelhead fish in America. I fully support a "no take" for wild steelhead on those rivers.
DURHAM, JOSEPH P  October 30, 2015
ABERDEEN, WA  
Comments:
This proposed rule does not need any action. The regulation already exist. To open for action is a total waste of time.
BRINKELY, JOHN M  October 30, 2015
EUGENE, OR  
Comments:
I agree with this proposal. No harvest of wild steelhead on these rivers. I have fished the rivers for the last four years and have practiced catch and release exclusively. Please implement this rule.
HAAG, KATIE   October 30, 2015
FORKS, WA  
Comments:
I do not support this rule change. Please do not implement this rule change. One steelhead per year is the current limit. This is a tiny number of fish local people can take. If the fish are at a critical population level then NO stakeholders should be harvesting this endangered populations. Our local rivers are cared for by local people. Federal, state, and tribal resources pay for this care. Taxpayers and license holders should be able to access this resource at the current level. Please keep the rules they way the are for wild steelhead retention.
MITCHELL, THOMAS   October 30, 2015
BELLEVUE, WA  
Comments:
I fully support this proposal. If you do nothing else, please pass and enforce this change.
BROEKHOF, WILLEM E  October 30, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I would like to see this proposal added to the rules. More pressure is going to be applied to OP rivers due to the reduction of hatchery operations around Wa and closure of a number of rivers. These anglers will look to the OP for steelhead opportunities and these river systems will NOT be able to handle the pressure of even one wild fish taken per year per angler. To maintain a long-term steelhead/trout fishery we need to look for opportunities increase the survival rate of wild fish.
OSENBACH, RUSS J  October 30, 2015
BURLINGTON, WA  
Comments:
There is no logical reason to not have mandatory catch and release of steelhead and resident trout on these rivers, which is the norm on all other steelhead rivers in the state. Catch and Release ensures more steelhead spawn, and does not reduce the ability of anglers to fish for and catch steelhead. Thus, there is not demonstrable downside to adopting this rule change.
CHIN, RAYMOND   October 30, 2015
LOS ALTOS, CA  
Comments:
Please prohibit Wild Steelhead and Trout Harvest for the ten rivers listed.
SMITH, MICHAEL S  October 30, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
This needs to happen!
SMITH, GREGORY T  October 30, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I completely support this proposal #48 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. Please require all wild steelhead be released, limit the fishing season, and require single, barbless hooks.
HAMMERSTAD, CHARLES B  October 30, 2015
SAN JOSE, CA  
Comments:
I support this rule change!!!
STURM, JEFFREY M  October 30, 2015
EVERETT, WA  
Comments:
Strongly agree with prohibiting the retention of Wild Steelhead...
REISEN, CRAIG   October 30, 2015
EVERETT, WA  
Comments:
I agree with this recommendation. it is Long overdue.
WARNER, ANDREA U  October 30, 2015
BELLINGHAM, WA  
Comments:
Yes, I definitely support this proposal. About time!
STEWART, ROBERT   October 30, 2015
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, CO  
Comments:
This I s a no brainier. These fish are struggling with climate change, commercial interests and recreational dudes. These fish have been evolving in these streams for thousands of years and deserve better. You want to eat one go find a hatchery and bonk one. These wild fish are a symbol of wilderness, freedom and strength. We should honor them by leaving them in the river.
SERENO, VINCENT J  October 30, 2015
ARNOLD, CA  
Comments:
Wild populations of steelhead and rainbow trout need to increase. Catch and release for all wild steelhead and rainbow trout populations on all Olympic Peninsula rivers is critical to rebuilding their populations by allowing more to reach spawning grounds. I support catch and release regulations.
THOMPSON, FRED J  October 30, 2015
SOUTH CLE ELUM, WA  
Comments:
The fact that it is still legal to kill a wild steelhead anywhere in this state is an abomination! These fish have been managed at such a low level it is ridiculous. We are left fishing for crumbs of what should be. If this state had 50% of the fish that ought to be here it would be one of the biggest sport fishing destinations in the world! Stand up and do your jobs WDFW! Protect OUR resource!
BROZELL, CHRIS   October 30, 2015
FORKS, WA  
Comments:
This step is long overdue. An increase in enforcement is also needed.
MILLER, JASON   October 31, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
This is an excellent change! In order to sustain our great fisheries in the state I believe this is a change that must happen.
BUSCH, ANTHONY   October 31, 2015
PORT ORCHARD, WA  
Comments:
I fully support this proposal. We should have implemented this years ago.
HARDING, BRENT   October 31, 2015
SPOKANE, WA  
Comments:
Releasing wild steelhead and rainbow trout will put more fish on the spawning grounds, which is critical to rebuilding wild steelhead populations on the OP. I support rule #48. Require catch-and-release for all wild steelhead and rainbow trout on the OP rivers.
FITZSIMMONS, WILLIAM   October 31, 2015
KINGSTON, WA  
Comments:
This is such a no-brainer that it is somewhat sad that it is still being discussed. The incessant pandering to largely out-of-state guiding interests allowing them the opportunity to come here for a few months and harvest our wild steelhead really needs to stop.
KLINE, CHRISTOPHER A  October 31, 2015
SEQUIM, WA  
Comments:
Steelhead populations on the Olypen are all at risk of overharvest. The fish need to be protected or the resource will collapse. No harvest is necessary.
KLINE, CHRISTOPHER A  October 31, 2015
SEQUIM, WA  
Comments:
Steelhead populations on the Olypen are all at risk of overharvest. The fish need to be protected or the resource will collapse. No harvest is necessary.
JOHNSON, GARY L  October 31, 2015
CHIMACUM, WA  
Comments:
There cannot be any valid reason to allow the retention of a fish that is struggling to exist during an ever increasing number of fishermen. Closures of other fisheries st the time when the return of wild fish is at its greatest has focused attention on the north coast rivers making a limited number of fish especially vulnerable. The economic and recreational benefits of having these wild fish is far to great to lose.
STORFOLD, JOHN M  October 31, 2015
GRANTS PASS, OR  
Comments:
Catch and release of wild steelhead has proven a valuable tool in Oregon and I see no reason that this is not a great method of conservation to be employed in Washington as well.
LAYTON, ROBERT L  October 31, 2015
LONGVIEW, WA  
Comments:
I support this regulations. It enhances the effort to increase the wild run of steelhead and trout
DURAND, HENRY   October 31, 2015
SNOQUALMIE, WA  
Comments:
I recall catching a 21 lb. wild steelhead on the Soleduck River and my guide holding the steelhead in his hands and asking me, "Do you want to keep it?" and , then he added, "If you kill it, you take it out of the gene pool forever". Those words struck home, and I never forgot it. If we allow the wild steelhead and rainbow trout to be killed in the Olympic Penninsula Rivers, we are taking them out of the gene pool forever!. There will be no going back. We must have a catch and release policy for these incredible fish in order to preserve a resource like no other in the United States, or the future will condemn us a wasteful and short sighted.
MURPHY, JOHN   October 31, 2015
EL DORADO HILLS, CA  
Comments:
Releasing wild steelhead and rainbow trout will put more fish on the spawning grounds, which is critical to rebuilding wild steelhead populations on the OP. Please require catch-and-release for all wild steelhead and rainbow trout on the OP rivers.
ALLISON, KEITH P  October 31, 2015
BEAVER, WA  
Comments:
This is a no brainer... if we want future abundance we have to stop killing wild steeled and create regulations that minimize impacts from angling interactions! That's what sport fisherman CAN control.
JOHNSON, DAVID L  October 31, 2015
BELLINGHAM, WA  
Comments:
I strongly support this proposal for all of the above rivers. Even though the numbers of wild steelhead returning to peninsula streams is much better than Puget Sound streams, the numbers are much lower than historical levels and with large areas of intact watershed in the Olympic Park, it seems reasonable that wild steelhead numbers could reach near historical levels if we provide them with greater protection than current game laws allow.
WELCH, DENNIS G  October 31, 2015
MOUNT VERNON, WA  
Comments:
Well this sounds intelligent now Why didn't we do this 20 years ago . You think we could learn from the Vietnam war. Dennis Welch. And then to even put this proposal up with the one about A HARVEST TAG IS THE PROBLEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ADAMKIEWICZ, MARTIN   October 31, 2015
LODI, NJ  
Comments:
I support rule #48. We need to do it now to increase the wild steelhead population.
STALLING, SHANE   October 31, 2015
BIG SKY, MO  
Comments:
I fully support eliminating any type of harvest of Wild Steelhead on the Olympic Peninsula. Allow every Wild fish to spawn. Lots more money will come into the economy (mine from Montana) to catch wild steelhead. Its getting harder and harder to find wild fish and the OP could be one of the best.
PIERATT, JAMES J  October 31, 2015
EAST WENATCHEE , WA  
Comments:
As a fisheries biologist and angler I believe this rule must take place to sustain OP steelhead. The ESA listing of OP steelhead is inaccurate probably due to some sort of special interested and it is up to YOU to do the right thing and prohibit retention of wild steelhead regardless of the ESA listing.
THOMAS, JOHN   October 31, 2015
EPHRATA, WA  
Comments:
Prohibiting harvest of wild steelhead is long overdue. This will not hurt the economy of Forks and will help conserve this resource.
GILLESPIE, CHAD   October 31, 2015
POULSBO, WA  
Comments:
I fully support all catch and release fishing on all Olympic Peninsula streams
WILLIAMSON, JULIEN H  October 31, 2015
YAQKIMA, WA  
Comments:
If catching wild steelhead and resident rainbows in the streams and rivers of the OP is the goal of recreational fishermen, it makes sense to release all wild steelhead and resident rainbows caught. Taking them out of the system reduces catch opportunity. The purpose to catch and keep is short sighted and misguided. Fish to eat can be bought or caught somewhere else. A trophy? Take a picture.
STOLL, RICHARD   October 31, 2015
POULSBO, WA  
Comments:
No harvest of wild fish imperative to preserve wild steelhead trout populations.is an
RIEDER, CALEB D  November 01, 2015
BEND, OR  
Comments:
As an angler who loves steelhead, you know the difference between the fight of a native fish and a hatchery fish. As everyone knows around the PNW, the wild steelhead numbers are only getting worse. The harvest of a native fish isn't ok on Oregon rivers, at least the ones that I fish, and people are generally ok with that. If one stream has a large number of native fish, go somewhere else if you want to catch a fish to take home. Simple. I know some people didn't grow up like that, but there were also probably many more fish around to be caught and to spawn. I would recommend to make harvest of wild steelhead illegal.
BANNON, MIKE   November 01, 2015
TACOMA, W  
Comments:
This has my full support
WACLASKI, BRIAN   November 01, 2015
CONCRETE, WA  
Comments:
I cannot support further restrictions until the nets are removed from all the rivers.
DENIGER, MIKE   November 01, 2015
BONNEY LAKE, WA  
Comments:
I support this proposal - Please implement
STAHELI, ANDREW L  November 01, 2015
PORTLAND, OR  
Comments:
Please require catch-and-release for all wild steelhead and rainbow trout on the OP rivers.
SCHLIE, GERALD   November 01, 2015
BEAVER, WA  
Comments:
Not long ago the limit for native steelhead was two per day. At that harvest rate, the native steelhead were in trouble. Eventually the limit was reduced to one per year. I've fished for steelhead for forty years but only retained less than six of the 696 native steelhead landed. However, I would like the opportunity to keep a native once in a while. I believe that the limit of one native per year is fair and should not be changed.
MERCER, RONALD S  November 01, 2015
LACEY, WA  
Comments:
It's about time!
TULEY, PARKER   November 01, 2015
FAIRWAY, KS  
Comments:
Hello- Wild steelhead population has been dwindling for years and increased netting and fishing pressure has had a significant impact. Its time to realize that if we don't manage these few remaining wild steelhead fisheries properly then 5-10 years from now its very possible they could be non-existent. Please do the right thing to turn around the decline in wild steelhead...make it a wild steelhead catch and release fishery in the OP. I would like for my children to have the opportunity to catch wild fish in the future and it will require giving the few remaining fish the best possible chance to survive, reproduce, and begin to rebound. There is not enough wild fish left at this point...catch and release should be mandatory. Thanks
GERDTS, BILL   November 01, 2015
RENTON, WA  
Comments:
Releasing wild steelhead and rainbow is a no-brainer. This should have been done several years ago before the runs became so depressed. I know that some fishermen really like to take "hero" pictures, but there is much scientific evidence that shows how harmful it is to the fish to be removed from the water. So, I am in favor of catch & release wild steelhead and non-removal from the water.
MCDONALD, GREG R  November 01, 2015
EDMONDS, WA  
Comments:
I've fished the Olympic peninsula rivers for over 50 years and have witnessed the rapid decline of native steelhead. I have not killed a wild fish in over 25 years. It is shocking to me that killing wild steelhead is still allowed given the increasing fishing pressure, improved angling techniques and the declining number of available fish. In my mind it is unconscionable that there is still a kill fishery on a threatened species. Please end the harvest of these magnificent fish by sports fishermen.
ANDERSON, LAUREL A  November 01, 2015
OLYMPIA, WA  
Comments:
The fact that these fish are going extinct before our eyes and still nothing is being done about it through the fisheries program is upsurd and heartbreaking. A change NEEDS to be made! Please stop harvesting these beautiful creatures for sport. They need our help.
SHERWOOD, KURT   November 01, 2015
MAPLE VALLEY, WA  
Comments:
I support this rule change to protect wild steelhead stocks including resident rainbow populations and juvenile steelhead.
BAERNY, RUSSELL L  November 01, 2015
SUMNER, WA  
Comments:
I'm a avid fly fisherman who practices catch and release with what ever species I pursue, and though I only get to fish the OP once or twice a year, I believe the release of wild steelhead and trout is greatly needed to protect this resource for the future of these streams to continue to have these "great fish".
GALLAGHER, SEAN M  November 01, 2015
ENUMCLAW, WA  
Comments:
I strongly support catch and release for wild steelhead and Rainbow Trout on the Olympic Peninsula. Recent early closers on Puget Sound rivers, combined with improved fishing methods, has been put increased pressure on OP stocks. British Columbia and Oregon have catch and release rules on a number of rivers that are considered world class. This rule is good for wild steelhead and should enhance the angling experience.
KOSLOSKY, MIKE   November 01, 2015
GIG HARBOR, WA  
Comments:
As President of Puget Sound Fly Fishers I represent our 128 member group supporting the rule change prohibiting retention of wild steelhead and other resident salmonids on select rivers on the Olympic Peninsula's North Coast streams.
PASQUA, JOHN   November 01, 2015
ESCONDIDO, CA  
Comments:
end the harvest of wild steelheads.
FINAN, KEVIN P  November 01, 2015
BELLEVUE, WA  
Comments:
I support not harvesting wild steelhead and resident rainbow trout on the Olympic Peninsula.
KOEHLER, GARY   November 02, 2015
WENATCHEE, WA  
Comments:
As a life-long resident of Washington state and one who has fished for steelhead for more than 50 years I recommend that all wild steelhead and wild rainbow trout be released unharmed to the water under 'catch and release rules' for the Olympic Peninsula. Wild steelhead is an important iconic resource for Washington and we need to do all we can to protect these fish and fisheries. I also recommend that the 'no barbed hooks' or the 'barbless hook use only' rule be adopted for rivers on the Olympic Peninsula. I also recommend that 'no fishing from boats' be implemented for rivers on the Olympic Peninsula as successfully imposed on the Deschutes River in Oregon to protect wild fisheries. These management actions will help to protect these highly valued and threatened species for Washington and help to ensure that future generations may enjoy and value this native species of Washington state.
HARPERS, BUTCH   November 02, 2015
KETCHUM, ID  
Comments:
These fish are much to valauable to allow any harvest, they need all of the protection they can get. Please do not allow any harvest of wild steelhead
BEERS, PAUL   November 02, 2015
BALTIMORE , MD  
Comments:
I fully support that catch and release be implemented as soon as possible to help sustain our fishery for future enjoyment and support of the overall ecosystem. Thank you.
KENFIELD, STEVE   November 02, 2015
PORT TOWNSEND , WA  
Comments:
I support this proposal
VRADENBURG, JOHN S  November 02, 2015
FALL CITY, WA  
Comments:
I'm a member of the Wild Steelhead Coalition and agree with the stance prohibiting the harvest of wild steelhead. Thank you for your work, J.S. Vradenburg
MASONIS, ROBERT J  November 02, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I strongly support eliminating wild steelhead harvest on the coastal OP rivers. We need to increase escapement and this requires reducing sport harvest. The State should stand firm in resisting any attempts to reallocate these "saved" fish to the tribal harvest.
UPPER, BENNET   November 02, 2015
WINTHROP, WA  
Comments:
Please implement the more restrictive proposal. I live in Winthrop and the tighter restrictions (barbless, no harvest of wild steelhead) have been here for years. I am frankly surprised that they are not already in place on the peninsula.
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 have been fishing in Washington for 39 years and I believe that this is the most IMPORTANT proposal in the current slate of recommendations. Limiting the harvest and retention of wild steelhead is the right thing to do for conservation, while still allowing for angling opportunity. The data shows that the majority of North Coast steelhead anglers release wild steelhead, and support this rule change. It is time that the regulations reflect not only the best scientific interests of the fish, but also the will of the majority anglers. This rule in no way limits angling opportunity. Catch and release fishing is a well established practice and promotes an economically and environmentally sustainable fishery. Don't be fooled by the purported business impacts - most guided anglers would be happy to release wild fish. These fish are too special and too rare to be killed. Please make this rule change for the future of our fish and our state's fishing opportunities.
FURRENES, SCOTT   November 02, 2015
BONNEY LAKE, WA  
Comments:
I think proposed rule # 48 is a good idea. We need to do something to save wild Steelhead and rainbow trout. This is a good start.
LEBING, WYTOLD   November 02, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I support not harvesting wild Steelhead or Rainbow trout in these rivers.
KUSTICH, RICK   November 02, 2015
GETZVILLE, NY  
Comments:
I support prohibiting the harvest of all wild steelhead. A wild steelhead is much too valuable of a resource to be caught only once.
KOOPMANS, DAVID R  November 02, 2015
BELLEVUE , WA  
Comments:
I strongly support proposal 48 that prohibits wild steelhead harvest. There should be no harvest of wild steelhead for any reason. The resource is diminishing. I am willing to limit my fishing activities to preserve these fish for future generations.
CAMPBELL, DAVE   November 02, 2015
SHORELINE, WA  
Comments:
I fully support this proposal.
LUNDBERG, ROD   November 02, 2015
PORTLAND, OR  
Comments:
I support required release of all wild steelhead on the Olympic Peninsula.
STEENSON, RIVER C  November 02, 2015
PORTLAND, OR  
Comments:
Releasing wild steelhead and rainbow trout will put more fish on the spawning grounds, which is critical to rebuilding wild steelhead populations on the OP. I'm asking WDFW to require catch-and-release for all wild steelhead and rainbow trout on the OP rivers.
HAENSLY, THOMAS   November 02, 2015
EDMONDS, WA  
Comments:
I strongly support WDFW adopting rules on North Coast steelhead rivers prohibiting harvest of wild steelhead.
ROGERS, VINCENT A  November 02, 2015
CHESTER, CA  
Comments:
Require catch-and-release for all wild steelhead and rainbow trout on the OP rivers.
HALL, DAN   November 02, 2015
SHORELINE, WA  
Comments:
I am in agreement that no wild steelhead should be harvested on these rivers.
MCLEOD, KEN JAMES   November 02, 2015
BOTHELL, WA  
Comments:
Not in favor of restricting the said rivers to no wild steelhead sport-harvest. I am in support of allowing the limited ONE wild steelhead current retention where it's applicable to do so if escapement goals are being met. Anything less is simply too restrictive. And if it is determined that certain run populations are at a low ebb, then I propose the WDFW use in-river stock of the same genetics to boost that end, not curtail any further the opportunity to keep one wild fish on said rivers. Lastly, there is nothing wrong with sport-harvesting a wild steelhead or trout to have at ones dinner table for consumption.
MITCHELL, JAMEY A  November 02, 2015
CAMAS, WA  
Comments:
I am in full support of eliminating the legal retention of wild steelhead on the Olympic Peninsula rivers at any time.
PURDIE, JASON   November 02, 2015
EDMONDS, WA  
Comments:
This rule change is far overdue and I agree with it 100%. There is no reason to be harvesting wild steelhead anywhere in Washington state. However, I do believe that sport fishermen are educated and conscientious enough to handle a catch and release fishery for wild steelhead on the coast. I believe there is no better way to build an army of advocates for this precious species than allowing members of the public to come experience the power and beauty of wild steelhead on the Olympic Peninsula first hand. It is a life changing experience and will ensure a future generation of anglers that are concerned with the well being of this species. If the state is concerned with the amount of wild steelhead being caught and released, limited amounts of daily fishing permits could be issued for each coastal river or a requirement put in place that all fishermen must be accompanied by a licensed guide that has a "wild steelhead certification", which the guides can obtain through a class.
HUCK, TODD   November 02, 2015
NACHES, WA  
Comments:
This proposal is long over due. We cannot continue to harvest a resource that is not meeting objectives.
ROSS, ROGER   November 02, 2015
PORT ANGELES , WA  
Comments:
I am for this as long as it doesn't equal a higher allocation for tribal harvest.
COBB, WILLIAM   November 02, 2015
EDMONDS, WA  
Comments:
As a person who has fished OP rivers for over twenty years, I strongly support the release of all wild stealhead on the above-Listed rivers. In my opinion, the above listed release rule is clearly needed and long overdue. William D. Cobb
COMMINS, MICHAEL   November 02, 2015
TETONIA, ID  
Comments:
I strongly favor adoption of this rule in order to help protect wild steelhead.
PRUETT, JIM F  November 02, 2015
LAKE OSWEGO, OR  
Comments:
wild fish are so much more important than hatchery fish, please support wild fish
BURDICK, ROBERT   November 02, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I support it
PERRY, TYLER   November 02, 2015
BOTHELL, WA  
Comments:
I agree with this as it is time to end the killing of wild steelhead. The wild steelhead is too important too lose and if we continue to harvest these awesome fish conservation and preservation will only become tougher.
KISINGER, GREG R  November 03, 2015
RENTON, WA  
Comments:
Please require catch-and-release for all wild steelhead and rainbow trout on the OP rivers.
TURIGLIATTO, LARRY   November 03, 2015
NAPA, CA  
Comments:
I totally support catch and release for wild steelhead.
OLSEN, CRAIG O  November 03, 2015
LAKE STEVENS, WA  
Comments:
I agree, there is no reason to kill these fish.
BRODECK, KEN R  November 03, 2015
BEND, OR  
Comments:
absolutely please implement a no-kill on all wild steelhead/trout on the OP rivers......
SMITH, GARY D  November 03, 2015
REDMOND, WA  
Comments:
Please prohibit the harvest of wild Steelhead in the North Coast streams under Proposal 48 review. The shrinking population needs those wild genes. GARY
OSHERSKY, JIM   November 03, 2015
GREENBANK, WA  
Comments:
i support closing certain waters to allow safe natural spawning.
GOODWIN, CHESTER L  November 03, 2015
QUILCENE, WA  
Comments:
I support this proposal to prohibit wild steelhead harvest.
GOODWIN, HARRIET J  November 03, 2015
QUILCENE, WA  
Comments:
I agree with this proposal to prohibit the harvest of wild steelhead.
MCROBERTS, JIM   November 03, 2015
BELLEVUE, WA  
Comments:
I support this
TAMIYASU, LARRY   November 03, 2015
PORTLAND, OR  
Comments:
I believe it is about time we sportsmen protect the gene pool for these magnificent native stock steelhead. I'm all for catch and release of all native steelhead.
QUINN, DAVID   November 03, 2015
OCEAN SHORES, WA  
Comments:
I strongly recommend implementation of rule #48. Thanks.
KOWALSKI , DANIEL J  November 03, 2015
SAN DIEGO, CA  
Comments:
Strongly support catch and release for Wild Steelhead year round
THOMPSON, VANCE   November 03, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I strongly support Rule 48. It will allow more steelhead to get on spawning grounds and protect rainbow trout, which can mate with and provide essential genetics for steelhead. more Rainbow trout maximizes the number of potential steelhead.
WOLCOTT, WILLIAM P  November 03, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO, CA  
Comments:
wild steelhead on the OP are some of the finest species of anadromous fish left on our planet. allowing them to be harvested for the equivalent of pet food prices and thereby curtailing their already seriously challenged runs makes no economic sense at all. I am sure private donations cold be collected and/or license fees levied to pay native tribes NOT to harvest these wild fish - that way they would not be able to claim economic hardship by a moratorium of the harvest of wild steelhead
GOMBISKI, RAYMOND A  November 03, 2015
DUVALL, WA  
Comments:
Please eliminate all harvest of wild steelhead
HUDSON, NOEL   November 03, 2015
KNOXVILLE, TN  
Comments:
I support Catch & Release - prohibiting wild steelhead harvest. I believe we need to maximum number of spawning fish possible at this time.
BERNSTEIN, HANS   November 03, 2015
RICHLAND, WA  
Comments:
I absolutely support this rule and think it is a critical step towards protecting our resource
TRONQUET, PETER J  November 03, 2015
SOUTH BEACH, OR  
Comments:
As a former WA resident and OP steelheader, I support the NCSAG package. The 5 proposals represent a commitment from sport fishers to reverse the long-term decline of wild OP steelhead populations and to mitigate the risk of losing life history diversity that is the only hope of securing a future for individual populations.
KOZOL, JOHN   November 03, 2015
REDMOND, WA  
Comments:
I am in favor of prohibiting harvest of wild steelhead on our Olympic Peninsula. These precious fish are too valuable not to allow them to spawn naturally and multiply for future generations to continue to enjoy. Steelhead in the State of Washington are already seriously depleted and therefore we should use extra measures to protect what is left. Hatchery programs in the state have not successfully off-set the decline of our wild fish.
DAWSON, JIM   November 03, 2015
ORNDA, CA  
Comments:
please implement catch and release on all OP river systems for rainbow and steelhead before it is too late. This wild resource, once gone, will be gone forever. Please act before it is too late.
WILMOTH, JODI   November 03, 2015
BEND, OR  
Comments:
Please do not allow harvest of wild Steelhead in select North Coast streams. There should be no harvest of wild Steelhead anywhere. Let people keep hatchery fish. The resource is too precious. I am a native to Washington and have fished the Hoh many times, with no luck, but I tried anyway. Its an amazing river with amazing fish. Lets keep 'em wet and wild. NO HARVEST OF WILD STEELHEAD!
MOSKOWITZ , MARK A  November 03, 2015
SAN CARLOS , CA  
Comments:
I support proposal 48. We must act now to protect the ancient, majestic wild steelhead winter runs and also wild trout. The rate of depletion is too steep. If we don't change our angling tactics, there is limited remedy. Another step is to explore ways to restructure tribal rights to netting.
BALSIGER, WAYNE E  November 03, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
Protect Wild fish harvest to increase returning fish for spawning and likely more fish in future.
STARR, JAMES C  November 03, 2015
PORT ANGELES, WA  
Comments:
I support the NCSAG recommendation to implement catch and release regulations on north coast rivers to protect wild steelhead and resident trout.
JENKINS, FELTON   November 03, 2015
SAVANNAH, GA  
Comments:
This is a no-brainer!! Do not allow harvest of wild Steelhead in any North Coast streams. This proposal includes requiring the release of wild Steelhead; resident Trout, and not allowing any part of salmonids to be removed from the water if the rule or intention is to release the fish. As far as I can determine, you can't kill wild steelhead in CA, OR, BC or in the Russian Far East. Believe it or not, WA does not have so many that you can afford to continue to kill them. Thanks, Felton Jenkins (formerly a WA state resident. If WA 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. The rules for killing wild fish have been too damn liberal for a 100 years in WA state, they need to be much more conservative and conserve wild fish.)
ADAMSON, DAVID G  November 03, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
Yes please!
ADAMSON , DAVID G  November 03, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
Yes please!
HUNTLEY, KYLE C  November 04, 2015
OREGON CITY, OR  
Comments:
I support rule change to require the release of all wild (unclipped) steelhead and rainbow trout. This is intended to increase the number of wild steelhead escaping to spawn, and resident rainbow available to contribute to the spawning numbers.
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 wild steelhead in the Quillayute system (including the Bogachiel, Calawah and Sol Duc), the Hoh and other selected rivers. To preserve the fragile resource while providing an opportunity to fish for steelhead, all wild steelhead should be released and harvest should be limited to hatchery steelhead only.
ZAROFF, BARBARA   November 04, 2015
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA  
Comments:
Protect the wild steelhead and trout population by allowing only catch and release on the rivers of the Olympic Peninsula.
MESSETT, DAX S  November 04, 2015
GRANTS PASS, OR  
Comments:
All wild steelhead and trout should be released. It is incomprehensible to me that something as rare and special as an Olympic Peninsula wild steelhead can still be harvested. Catch and release should be implemented immediately.
MCQUEEN, MATT   November 04, 2015
HOOD RIVER, OR  
Comments:
Given the endangerment of the species how can we possibly allow the harvesting of the few remaining wild fish? I also hope that sometime soon it is clarified in court whether given up the sport anglers quota will effect the native american's quota.
BAERWALDE, MATTHEW J  November 04, 2015
SEATTLE , WA  
Comments:
Wild steelhead in Washington State are in trouble. Many, if not most stocks are critically under-escaped, if not categorized as ESA "Threatened." This proposal is a wise, conservative effort that will hopefully help to preserve wild steelhead numbers and diversity in one of the last, best regions in the state in terms of wild steelhead habitat.
PETERSEN, SHANE   November 04, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
Yes! I fully support this rule change.
DAY, DEREK   November 04, 2015
OLYMPIA, WA  
Comments:
I strongly support this proposal. I fish these rivers regularly, and beleive that these regulatios have been a long time coming. These proposed regulations increase the chances that these fisheries will persist into the future. By decreasing the mortality associated with these fisheries (by limiting take/ harvest to c&r mortality rates), you effectively lower the catch per unit effort, protecting the resource, without restricting the opportunity of fishermen to utilize the resource. Balancing harvest impacts on the cpue, not the effort (opportunity), is always preferable. Thank you for considering this proposal. The agency should be proud of the work it undertook to bring this to the public and the commission.
GALLAGHER, CONOR   November 04, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
i would love to see this rule go into effect. we need more rivers to have this as well throughout the state. this could significantly cut down on the fishing pressure as well
GARLICK, LAWRENCE   November 04, 2015
PALO ALTO, CA  
Comments:
I support releasing all wild steelhead and rainbow trout in the watersheds of this proposal. The advantage of protecting the gene pool of wild steelhead while reducing competition with hatchery fish will result in a healthier steelhead population in the future. It is critical to put more wild fish on the spawning grounds, in order to rebuild wild steelhead populations on the OP. I ask WDFW to require catch-and-release for all wild steelhead and rainbow trout on the OP rivers. I fish these waters annually with my brother from Port Angeles. We fish barbless and release all wild fish carefully. Thank you, Lawrence Garlick
HOLTCAMP, RONALD J  November 04, 2015
OLYMPIA, WA  
Comments:
The co-managers need to agree on either allowing all groups to harvest wild steelhead; or no group harvests wild steelhead until harvestable levels are restored. If current escapement goals are not being met or not producing harvestable numbers for all user groups, then the goal or the prediction models need adjustment. For these reasons, I oppose Recommendation #48 at this time.
BORDERLINE BASSIN CONTENDERS, ROBERT HARRIMAN   November 04, 2015
BELLINGHAM, WA  
Comments:
not in favor - getting to extreme. 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 the proposal to curtail the harvest of wild steelhead in these watersheds. This rule change is long overdue, and with increased pressure and high rates of hooking by catch and release fishers these populations cannot sustain continued sport harvest. The quality of these fisheries would be greatly improved by curtailing harvest and managing stocks for higher escapements, and state hatchery programs already provide ample harvest opportunity in many of these same watersheds.
MELDE, PETER B  November 04, 2015
ANCHORAGE, AK  
Comments:
It is critical that more wild steelhead survive their in-river journey to their spawning grounds in order to produce more wild steelhead. It is just as critical that wild rainbow trout survive to sustain their populations. In-river sport fishing impacts on the two populations cannot be easily separated. Requiring catch and release for all wild steelhead and rainbow trout will reduce mortality on their populations immediately, allowing more wild fish to spawn and their progeny to survive. Keeping wild fish alive is the only way to rebuild the wild populations.
NORENE, ROBERT D  November 04, 2015
RIO OSO, CA  
Comments:
Steelhead recovery will begin when no-kill, catch & release regulations are put in place on the 10 Olympic Peninsula rivers listed above. There are too many examples of the success catch & release has provided to fisheries in Alaska, Canada & the lower 48. Start improving the recovery of the steelhead populations on these rivers now.
DAVIS, TROY M  November 04, 2015
BLACKFOOT, ID  
Comments:
we need to protect our wild fish.. please make it a catch and release fishery
ERIKSEN, ERIN E  November 04, 2015
FERNDALE , WA  
Comments:
I believe retention of a natural run fish should be allowed if a hatchery has only released non clipped fish. If the hatchery still has a program clipping steelhead then protect the wild return. these can be released without issue as hatchery runs return much earlier in the winter, vs natural steelhead March, april, May. And almost never compete.
SHROPSHIRE, RUSS   November 04, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I support rule change recommendation # 48 to prohibit wild steelhead and rainbow trout harvest in select North Coast streams.
TOWNSRND, KEN   November 04, 2015
SEQUIM, WA  
Comments:
the countinued reduction in fish retention will have no bearing on the overall run health. I will site the lost opertinity clause of the Bolt decision. basically what the sportsman give up the tribes can absorb, increased netting. I have personally seen this on all treaty net-able rivers on the olympic peninsula. Every time you decrease or eliminate sportsmans opertunity the tribes will increase netting. You want to change the run statis I would start with DRIFT NETTING THE HOH RIVER.
PRICE, MATTHEW W  November 05, 2015
BEND , OR  
Comments:
It's getting hard enough to catch a steelhead these days, why not preserve one of the last strong holds of wild steelhead . I think we've done enough to destroy salmon and steelhead world wide it's time we start making steps that will ensure for generations to come we can be proud we did what we could.
BINDER, JOSEPH   November 05, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I fully support this measure, it is long overdue.
BOUCHER, MIKE   November 05, 2015
SEQUIM, WA  
Comments:
This is a long needed rule change. Please go forward with it. We need our wild steelhead.
VAN ZEE, CAL   November 05, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I strongly support Rule #48 to restrict taking any wild steelhead on any of the North Coast rivers. These runs are already so low that it makes no sense for any fish to be taken. Thanks for the opportunity to comment. Cal Van Zee
ANDERSEN, CHRIS J  November 05, 2015
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA  
Comments:
I would like to see all of the Olympic Peninsula rivers go to catch and release for Native Wild steelhead, the whole state in fact. The Native steelhead is our state fish, they are part of our heritage here in Washington, they bring a tremendous amount of revenue to local communities in proximity to the steelhead fisheries and we are losing those fish at an alarming rate. Mostly due to factors we can indeed control. The biggest ( and simplest ) thing we can immediately do to get more fish on the spawning grounds and strengthen the dwindling returns is to release those fish we catch and give them the best opportunity to reach their natal spawning grounds. Especially in the coastal rivers and where they don't travel far to get to those spawning grounds and still have an extremely high spawning success rate post release. If we want to start rebuilding our incredibly special runs of native steelhead we need to starting releasing them, all of them. Thank you. Chris Andersen
MALLOCH, STEVE   November 05, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I believe that ending the harvest of wild steelhead in Wa is one of the most important steps we can take in bringing this great species back to more robust runs. Please support the ban on wild steelhead harvest. Give the fish a chance to spawn their way back to health, naturally! Steve Malloch
BASILE, JOHN   November 05, 2015
SANTA CRUZ, CA  
Comments:
I strongly agree with this proposal. I have three children that I wish to have the opportunity to enjoy these magnificent fish as I have. Please if anything else pass this into law. Don't let our past faults affect our children's future.
HASSANI, HOSSEIN   November 05, 2015
SANTA CRUZ, CA  
Comments:
I agree would above proposal. All wild steelhead should be released.
CUTTER, RALPH   November 05, 2015
NEVADA CITY, CA  
Comments:
Wild steelhead need to be preserved as a self sustaining resource for future generations of anglers.
CUTTER, DEAN   November 06, 2015
SANTA CRUZ, CA  
Comments:
Wild steelhead cannot withstand harvest at this time.
CUTTER, LISA   November 06, 2015
NEVADA CITY, CA  
Comments:
Do not allow harvest of wild Steelhead in select North Coast streams
TIPPETT, JAMES B  November 06, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
Please implement Rule #48 for catch & release requirements for all wild steelhead and rainbow trout on Olympic Peninsula Rivers.
CURRY, REID M  November 06, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I strongly support this rule change. I strongly support prohibiting the harvest of wild steelhead and trout on the OP. I am a professional fly fishing guide who operates on the Olympic Peninsula from January - April. My clients travel from all around the world to pursue our state's fish, the wild steelhead. ALL of my clients are strictly interested in Catch and Release sport fishing. ALL of my clients take great joy in the process of releasing wild steelhead unharmed. ALL of my clients are shocked and appalled when I tell them that wild steelhead harvest is still legal...this needs to change. My clients pay $550 per day in hopes of landing and releasing wild steelhead. If we take measures such as this one to ensure the future protection and population growth of these great fish, my business, and the business of other guides will grow. OUR WILD STEELHEAD ARE WORTH MORE ALIVE THAN DEAD!
SIMMS, MATT   November 06, 2015
MISSOULA, MT  
Comments:
I support these proposed changes.
HALL, NATHAN   November 06, 2015
PORTLAND, OR  
Comments:
Please join the rest of modern society and change your views on killing wild steelhead. There is no reason to kill these fish! There are far too few and they don't even taste good! This is twenty tears too late. Time to get it together. Those folks who just want to fill their coolers with meat are archaic and wrong. Do not listen to their opinions any longer.
SAAM, DEREK   November 06, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
Every year my brother and cousin travel from the east coast in March so that I can take them fly fishing for steelhead on the above mentioned rivers. They travel across the country because the OP rivers are world class. Our steelhead fishery is a treasure and it draws people from worldwide to come and enjoy Washington State. We should do all we can to keep it healthy, and making wild steelhead catch and release only, as well as other proposed methods for steelhead protection, will help build the legacy that Washington takes conservation seriously and will create a more sustainable fishery for all to enjoy. I support the passing of rules 46, 47, and 48 not just because they directly benefit steelhead populations, but because they will send a message to everyone that the OP is a mecca for great, sustainable, fishing and this will be a great benefit for our state for years to come.
FISHER, FRANK P  November 06, 2015
BELLEVUE, WA  
Comments:
I have no disagreement with this proposal as long as the co-managers do not increase their allotment.
PECK, DANIEL H  November 06, 2015
BOW, WA  
Comments:
I agree with the proposed rule, wild Steelhead should be protected throughout their range in the state.
OCONNOR, MIKE J  November 06, 2015
FREDERICTON, NB CANADA E3B 1Y3, NB  
Comments:
Please implement a mandatory live release program for steelhead and trout on the OP
MAKOWSKI, JARED   November 06, 2015
MANVILLE, NJ  
Comments:
Wild steelhead are a precious resource and should not be harvested.
RUDD, THOMAS   November 06, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I favor eliminating all wild steelhead harvest in the State, including the Hoh River
KEEFER, SHANE T  November 07, 2015
LYNNWOOD, WA  
Comments:
Absolutely a great idea. There needs to be native steelhead around for generations to come and allowing the retention of native steelhead in these streams is and always has been a bad idea. Catch and release is the only way we should fish for native steelhead, that's how everyone else in the state does it. Just because there are good numbers in the north coast streams doesn't mean we should kill them, it means we should continue to let the grow in population so they'll always be around, unlike most of our Puget Sound streams.
MORTON, HAROLD   November 07, 2015
CENTRALIA, WA  
Comments:
only if it's everyone. that includes indians also.
ROBINTON, CHARLES   November 07, 2015
ROSEVILLE, CA  
Comments:
It is beyond time that we stopped harvesting wild steelhead from the rivers listed under this rule change. Every fish is important to the future of our fishery and allowing any kill is detrimental to the health of the fishery.
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:
Until all user groups are included in NO Retention of wild Steelhead, I believes should remain intact as now written in R&R.
GRAHN , GARY E  November 07, 2015
PORT ANGELES, WA  
Comments:
The Killing of this treasure of a fish must stop while we have enough stock to ensure their continued existence in these rivers. Their commercial harvest will also be questioned by the proper federal agencies in the future. My RV Park and Guiding businesses depend on this species health. Killing them is not the answer. Best Regards, Gary Grahn Olympic Anglers Guide Service Riverview RV Park
GUERRA, RON   November 07, 2015
MERCER ISLAND, WA  
Comments:
I support this rule change.
GENTRY, JAKE   November 07, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
require catch-and-release for all wild steelhead and rainbow trout on the OP rivers.
COVICH, TREVOR COVICH   November 07, 2015
ISSAQUAH, WA  
Comments:
This is a rule that is most important, we need game wardens. I've seen the fisheries go south and still these fish get kept. I am a guide who does all catch and release and the peninsula needs this more than we need to kill wild fish, this is why we have hatcheries.
ABRAMS, TERRY R  November 07, 2015
ANACORTES, WA  
Comments:
Agree
MYHRES, ED   November 08, 2015
MOUNT VERNON, WA  
Comments:
Allowing sportsman to fish and keep native steelhead will actually allow for more fish to escape from the native american nets. Stopping the sportsman shall allow a more rigorous netting schedule by the native tribes. This would take more fish out of the systems of rivers.
FULMER, JOEL   November 08, 2015
SNOHOMISH, WA  
Comments:
As long as the tribe is going to continue to harvest wild steelhead, this rule is a waste of time. Do not take rights away from the general public if the tribes will continue to harvest wild fish. Leave the one fish rule as it stands now. Please do not consider.
MILLER, BRYNAN M  November 08, 2015
PORT ORCHARD, WA  
Comments:
Even better than the rule of harvest permits we are provided with a strong hatchery run of winter and summer steelhead for food fish and to minimize the fishing impact on wild steelhead there is no reason for a need to kill these fish. Greed and pride of throphy is very different than food in the freezer.
JULIAN, AUGUST   November 08, 2015
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA  
Comments:
Please end wild Steelhead harvest on the Peninsula! It is unbelievable it has taken this long, the Olympic Peninsula and Alaska are the last places on the planet an angler can legally kill a wild steelhead. Thats two places too many. Stopping sport harvest is a great step towards protecting these fish and rebuilding their numbers. There are plenty of hatchery steelhead and salmon to kill, wild steelhead are worth way more alive than dead!
WHITE, DAVID   November 08, 2015
SEQUIM, WA  
Comments:
I am not in favor of this rule change.
SANDELL, TODD   November 08, 2015
LAKE FOREST PARK, WA  
Comments:
I fully support this proposal. It is time we stop pretending that the Coastal (and esp. Olypic Peninsula) steelhead stocks are doing OK- they are, and have been, in serious decline and now receive more pressure than ever. We must act to protect the wild steelhead to maximize genetic diversity.
MCFARLAND, JONATHAN   November 08, 2015
PORTLAND, OR  
Comments:
As an avid angler and current Fish/Wildlife Management student at Montana State University, I strongly support the eradication of the legal harvest of Wild Steelhead in order to maintain a sustainable fishery on the Olympic Peninsula.
GOLESKI, PATRICK J  November 08, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
Wild steelhead are a precious and vanishing resource. No amount of desire on the part of myself or other sport fisherman can justify their harvest in the face of this reality. We must protect this beautiful fish for generations to come. I champion all measures designed to support the populations of these fish.
BASILE, TEAL S  November 09, 2015
SANTA CRUZ, CA  
Comments:
This should be passed!!
BRENNAN, ANGELO X  November 09, 2015
LAKE OSWEGO, OR  
Comments:
Wild fish are an invaluable resource to both the ecosystem and economy. Having had the opportunity to catch and release numerous wild steelhead, I have a great appreciation of their value. Allowing the retention of wild steelhead may have irreversible impacts on wild fish stock. Please do not allow us to kill all the wild steelhead. Prohibit harvest of wild steelhead!
RADLEIN, JOSH   November 09, 2015
PLEASANT PR, WI  
Comments:
I agree on a "no harvest" of wild fish on the above named rivers. These fish are of greater natural importance than being able to remove them and their genes from the waters they inhabit.
RINNERT, BRUCE A  November 09, 2015
MC LEOD, MT  
Comments:
As a long time steelhead fisherman, mainly in BC Canada, and visitor to Washington I strongly recommend you enact this proposal. There is just no justification for the taking of wild steelhead. The fisheries must be protected and preserved. Thank you
HEIRIGS, MARK W  November 09, 2015
VANCOUVER, WA  
Comments:
On behalf of the 260 members of the Clark-Skamania Flyfishers (CSF) I would ask the Commission to direct WDFW to adopt the proposed rule change that requires release of ALL wild steelhead on all Olympic Peninsula (OP) rivers and streams. The release of all wild steelhead is key in their population growth i.e. survival. With escapements at historic lows every single wild steelhead is needed on the spawning beds. Not only does Clark-Skamania Flyfishers support the release of all wild steelhead but Trout Unlimited, Wild Steelhead Coalition, and Native Fish Society have advocated their release on the Olympic Peninsula for years as well. Simplify the regulations by adopting the state wide release of ALL wild steelhead.
PAPP, BERNIE   November 09, 2015
WHITEFISH, MT  
Comments:
I would endorse this change.
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 (#48)be implemented. I have many friend and clients that feel the same. It is time to catch up and adaptively manage using what science has been telling us. Retention of wild steelhead makes no sense with the long term trends we have been seeing in this state, and now the OP is missing escapement (which is another issue; current escapement goal = classic shifting baseline syndrome). I just hope it isn't already too late for OP wild steelhead!
WESTLUND, ROGER G  November 09, 2015
SNOHOMISH, WA  
Comments:
I strongly support this proposal.
TITLAND, MILES R  November 10, 2015
LAKE STEVENS, WA  
Comments:
Outlawing the harvest of Wild Steelhead on the Coastal Rivers is a no-nonsense act that frankly should have happened years ago. Our Wild fish are in no position to be harvested. There just isn't the numbers of fish where thus us a feasible fishing option. If we want to give our children something even close to the steelhead fishing opportunities we have today, it is essential that we prohibit the retention of Native fish on the Coastal Rivers. -Miles
GRANTHAM, CHRISTOPHER   November 10, 2015
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA  
Comments:
It is entirely unacceptable that anglers are able to take wild steelhead given their alarming numbers and the prevalence of hatchery fish available for harvest.
GUERIN, MICHAEL   November 10, 2015
HELENA, MT  
Comments:
This is a no-brainer and should have been done years ago. Let's return WA to it's former glory.
ROSENBERG, JOHN   November 10, 2015
TUMWATER, WA  
Comments:
This is an excellent rule if the Commission is serious about rebuilding wild steelhead and trout populations on the Olympic Peninsula. It's worked in other places (e.g., lower Deschutes River in Oregon) and will work on the OP.
HELM, JUSTIN B  November 10, 2015
MCKENZIE BRIDGE, OR  
Comments:
I believe that this absolutely needs to be strictly enforced on the streams of the Olympic Peninsula. It is mind boggling that people are able to harvest fish in these desperate times. Please, for the sake of the next generations of anglers and for the sake of these fish, make harvest illegal and strictly enforce those laws.
LARSON , BRYAN   November 10, 2015
SHELTON , WA  
Comments:
I support this being a new rule, but also WDFW needs to work with the Co-Managers in the area to restrict netting for Wild Steelhead.
BOYD, LEWIS   November 10, 2015
EVERETT, WA  
Comments:
This potential rule change is putting the cart in front of the horse. This will allow tribal retention of wild steelhead only and doesn't provide conservation as proposed. Tribes and sport anglers should work together to discontinue harvest of wild steelhead not just the sport angler if I am reading this proposal right.
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:
This proposal has been a long time coming. There is no reason period, for anybody to retain Wild Steelhead as part of their limit. With all the recovery efforts being proposed for wild steelhead, it will all be for naught if these remarkable fish are still allowed to be harvested. However, the co-managers need to be put in check as well. They must lower their catch numbers or remove nets from the rivers to ensure that the fish that are not being targeted by sport anglers have a fair shot at getting to the spawning grounds.
CURTIS, CHARLES A  November 10, 2015
LAKE STEVENS, WA  
Comments:
yes please put an end to wild steelhead harvest.
ROWLES, GARRETT W  November 10, 2015
BROOKINGS, SD  
Comments:
With the current declining populations of wild Steelhead in Pacific Northwest Rivers, harvest is no longer an appropriate management tool. If harvest continues, populations will fall low enough that reproductive stocks will not be high enough to facilitate a recovery in population numbers. Harvest is no longer a viable source of mortality in the population dynamics of wild Steelhead, therefor it must be minimallized to the utmost extent. While harvest can be used as a management tool in most populations, the concern with wild Steelhead is no longer size, but population numbers. In these systems, harvest is not used to eliminate the possibility of a stunted population because of the already existing low population numbers. Therefor, it NEEDS to be eliminated before populations fall too low to recover.
MARTINI, PAUL A  November 10, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I absolutely support # 48. Prohibit wild Steelhead harvest. Wild Steelhead should be protected by "catch and release" to give an endangered natural resource a chance to rebound from multiple pressures and degradation of habitat. This is just one step of many to help our state fish survive and thrive.
MIYAWAKI, LELAND H  November 10, 2015
KENT, WA  
Comments:
I have not seen any reason whatsoever to ever kill a wild fish of any species, particularly wild steelhead. Our wild coastal steelhead are a precious resource that should be preserved for our children and their children's children. Fishing pressure on our coastal rivers is far too great to allow the killing to continue. It must stop! Catching a fish and taking a photograph and returning the fish to the river needs to be enough and even then, the protection must continue - they should never be lifted out of the water. If you love catching wild steelhead why wouldn't you want the sport to continue?
FAHRNER, BRYNA   November 10, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I strongly support this rule change.
SCHMITZ, JIM P  November 10, 2015
TACOMA, WA  
Comments:
I am writing in support of the proposal to not allow harvest of Wild Steelhead in the selected streams. This proposal is way past due and needs to be passed in order to save our state fish. As most of us know, the tribes may threaten to go after the foregone opportunity but that is up to them. We need to set a good example. Maybe someday they will open their eyes but it isn't going to happen until the leadership within WDFW makes something happen.
T, CHRIS   November 10, 2015
SHORELINE, WA  
Comments:
I support release of wild steelhead on all wa rivers.
FRIEDRICH, ANDREW   November 10, 2015
PORT TOWNSEND, WA  
Comments:
I strongly support mandatory release of all wild steelhead. The wild fish populations on the Olympic Peninsula need to be supported and increased, not continually diminished. I also support no removal from the water of any portion of a fish to be released or required to be released. In this age when everybody all the time has a camera at hand I fear too many fish are being photographed to death. As one notable professional sporting photographer has said, "Facebook kills fish."
NEVARIL, CHRIS R  November 10, 2015
MONROE , WA  
Comments:
Yes I believe that all of those listed above should be catch a release only.
NEVARIL, CHRIS   November 10, 2015
MONROE , WA  
Comments:
These river above should be catch and release for wild steelhead.
JONES, FORREST   November 10, 2015
HOOD RIVER, OR  
Comments:
Please implement wild steelhead and rainbow trout catch-and-release. Releasing wild steelhead and rainbow trout will put more fish on the spawning grounds, which is critical to rebuilding wild steelhead populations on the OP. Require catch-and-release for all wild steelhead and rainbow trout on the OP rivers 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). The problem is that 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. Therefore, we request selective gear regulations be implemented. Thank you.
SCHERER, ED   November 10, 2015
KENT, WA  
Comments:
I fully support this proposal. Wild steelhead conservation is critical to their survival. These streams should also be used as a gene bank for potential reclamation with other rivers.
FLOYD, JOE   November 10, 2015
SEQUIM, CL  
Comments:
I support catch and release only fishing for all wild steelhead and rainbow trout
GREENWOOD, MARK   November 10, 2015
POULSBO, WA  
Comments:
I agree 100% with this this proposal to prohibit wild steelhead harvest. Now is our chance to restore these wild runs.
MAHAN, THOMAS   November 10, 2015
REDDING, CA  
Comments:
Wild steelhead and rainbow trout should be mandatory catch and release
JAMES, JOSH T  November 10, 2015
REDDING, CA  
Comments:
Catch and release of these fish is extremely important, without this rule, the numbers of fish will decline dramatically. These fish need to be treated with the utmost respect!
EHLERT, CHUCK   November 10, 2015
WOODINVILLE, WA  
Comments:
A long time overdue and I completely support the new rule.
JOHNSON, JEFF   November 10, 2015
REDMOND, WA  
Comments:
I would like to voice my support for proposal 48 to prohibit Wild steelhead harvest on the north coast steelhead rivers. I can't recommend this enough. Please finally adopt this proposal it has been too long. thank you Jeff Johnson Redmond, WA
BELLOWS, WILLIAM   November 10, 2015
SEQUIM, WA  
Comments:
Release all wild steelhead and trout
DYER, JONATHAN H  November 11, 2015
RENO, NV  
Comments:
Please adopt this now. You have an opportunity right now to help save these magnificent creatures. Please contribute to the plight of these disappearing fish no wild Steelhead should be killed ever. Thank You, Jonathan Dyer Reno, Nevada
PETERSON, PAUL   November 11, 2015
THUNDER BAY, ON  
Comments:
No kill on wild steelhead should be implemented immediately. THe tribal fishery take should be reduced as well.
NEVARIL , CHRIS   November 11, 2015
MONROE, WA  
Comments:
I agree that all the rivers listed above should be catch and release for the fish listed.
BEST, DOUG   November 11, 2015
BOZEMAN, MT  
Comments:
In favor of 100% no harvest for wild Steelhead in all WA North Coast streams. All wild Steelhead should be released immediately unharmed.
KLEPPS, TODD D  November 11, 2015
BEAVER, WA  
Comments:
I think we should prohibit wild steelhead harvest in all of the upper rivers.
KOENIG, BRIAN   November 11, 2015
BOZEMAN, MT  
Comments:
This seems like a no brainer to me. It is absurd that anglers can harvest a wild steelhead anywhere in Washington State. The evidence is out there that numbers of Wild Steelhead are still in decline. Havesting Mature Wild Steelhead is taking potential spawners out of the Gene pool and adding to the plight of steelhead. Please consider a no-kill on wild Steelhead and Rainbow trout.
TOWNLEY, BRYAN   November 11, 2015
NORTH BEND, WA  
Comments:
THIS PROPOSAL IS ABSURD. IF WE GIVE UP WILD STEELHEAD RETENTION, THE TRIBES WILL GO AHEAD AND TAKE OUR ALLOCATION OF THE RESOURCE. ANOTHERWORDS, THEY GET TO KILL EVEN MORE STEELHEAD!
CAVALERI, BRIAN   November 11, 2015
BEAVERTON, OR  
Comments:
All Native Steelhead should be released. No questions asked. There are too few of them around and they are too special of a fish to harvest. They should also be kept in the water for picture purposes and all hooks should be single hooks and void of barbs.
KETTEL, BRYAN   November 11, 2015
CLE ELUM, WA  
Comments:
I support the change to catch and release only of wild steelhead and rainbow trout.
JORGENSEN, RICHARD K  November 11, 2015
HIDDEN VALLY LAKE, CA  
Comments:
I have been fishing many of the rivers in the OP for a number of years and have seen a steady decline in returning fish. There is no reason to harvest any wild fish and no reason to stress them unduly by removing from the water. I wholeheartedly support this proposed rule change
HESS, KEVIN   November 11, 2015
BOTHELL, WA  
Comments:
Require the catch-and-release for all wild steelhead and rainbow trout on the river systems in/on the Olympic Peninsula.
WELLS, MICHAEL E  November 11, 2015
MOSCOW, ID  
Comments:
I ask the WDFW to implement wild steelhead and rainbow trout catch-and-release. Releasing wild steelhead and rainbow trout will put more fish on the spawning grounds, which is critical to rebuilding wild steelhead populations on the Olympic Peninsula. I ask WDFW to require catch-and-release for all wild steelhead and rainbow trout on the Olympic Peninsula rivers.
HUNTSMAN, CHAD   November 11, 2015
IDAHO FALLS, ID  
Comments:
Here on the Salmon River in Idaho we have had the rule to release any wild steelhead and rainbow trout over 20" for quite some time. It is apparent that these stipulations would improve the wild population. We are now catching more wild steelhead and bigger ones at that. If we let these fish do what they do and not hinder their passage to their spawning grounds any more than we already do, we will see this icon of the PNW for years to come. Who knows?, maybe our grandchildren will as well. It is too precious to ignore.
MILLER, MICHAEL   November 11, 2015
HARBOR SPRINGS, MI  
Comments:
Recommend catch and release for wild steelhead,Redband and rainbow trout on all OP rivers? Also advise restrictive gear regulations during Winter months on these rivers. Thank you.
VANDERPOOL, CHELSEA K  November 11, 2015
BOZEMAN, MT  
Comments:
I support rule #48 implementing mandatory catch and release for wild steelhead and rainbow trout. I live in Montana but travel to Washington for fishing trips and would like to see this rule implemented to encourage survival of native wild steelhead. I see these fish as a precious resource that are important to the entire ecosystem as well as tourism industry and should be allowed to be harvested.
KOLLER, ADAM T  November 11, 2015
PORTLAND, OR  
Comments:
The wild Steelhead population always seems to be in a delicate state in terms of numbers and health. It's such an important species and regulating harvest to hatchery for both Steelhead and Rainbow Trout is extremely important. Let's continue to promote wild species as much as possible.
WIELAND, JEFF   November 11, 2015
BEND, OR  
Comments:
I fully support mandatory release of all wild steelhead.
HERRON, JAY S  November 11, 2015
COLLEYVILLE, TX  
Comments:
With the steelhead populations so significantly reduced from historical levels, I support this initiative.
BROUGHTON, DENNIS M  November 11, 2015
LEAVENWORTH, WA  
Comments:
I am for Catch and Release of trout and steel head in the mentioned rivers...
DEPRIEST, DALE   November 11, 2015
SAMMAMISH, WA  
Comments:
I agree that all wild steelhead should be released
BLANKENSHIP, ROBERT   November 11, 2015
LONG BEACH, CA  
Comments:
Given the fishing pressure and habitat requirements of wild steelhead, it is only right to require catch and release of these fish. Our California steelhead resources have suffered tremendously from habitat loss and excessive take, and I see the Olympic Peninsula heading down the same path. A simple catch and release plan would preserve the natural heritage and cultural significance of steelhead fishing.
CARROTHERS, DAVID   November 11, 2015
ELLENSBURG, WA  
Comments:
I agree with Proposal #48 to not allow the harvest of wild Steelhead in select North Coast streams. Rebuilding and sustaining wild Steelhead runs is critical to maintain the Steelhead fisheries and sport in our state.
BIRKNER, ROBERT O  November 11, 2015
SHORELINE, WA  
Comments:
I am very much in favor of this proposal
DENTON, KEITH P  November 11, 2015
SEQUIM, WA  
Comments:
I support the proposal to prohibit wild steelhead retention on North Coast Rivers. Anglers are encountering too many steelhead on these rivers, and while there are certainly some effects of releasing a played out steelhead, there is no doubt that a dead steelhead is not going to spawn. As an Olympic Peninsula resident and steelhead fisherman, I have never killed a wild steelhead. These fish are simply too valuable to kill. Long term population trends for Olympic Peninsula steelhead are headed down and we must allow as many returning adults to spawn as possible.
KNUDSEN, STEVE   November 11, 2015
MUKILTEO, WA  
Comments:
Please act to prohibit the killing of any native steelhead on the Olympic Peninsula rivers.
MARION, WAYNE R  November 11, 2015
OLYMPIA, WA  
Comments:
Please require catch and release of all steelhead and rainbow trout year-round in the rivers of the Olympic Peninsula (OP). Thank You.
SLONIKER, GERRY   November 11, 2015
STANWOOD, WA  
Comments:
Please approve the measure to prohibit the harvest of wild Steelhead and wild trout in select North Coast rivers and streams. Please make it law, requiring the release of wild Steelhead; resident Trout, and not allowing any part of salmonids to be removed from these waters. Please require release of all the noted wild species. Sincerely, Gerry Sloniker
TROUT, ROGER D  November 11, 2015
SPRINGFIELD, IL  
Comments:
I ask you to consider the Sportfishing Rule changes for 2016-2017.We need this to keep our fishing from over harvesting the Steelhead and other resident Trout from being removed from the water.Please vote on this bill to keep the fish becoming extinct.Thank You,Roger Trout
OYA, GLEN   November 11, 2015
JACKSON, WY  
Comments:
yes, catch and release of wild steelhead and rainbows.
THORPE, SCOTT T  November 11, 2015
MINNEAPOLIS, MN  
Comments:
I support rule change #48. I am a steelhead guide in the Lake Superior basin. I have never fished the west coast but I would like to some day.
LUND, MATTHEW A  November 11, 2015
DALLAS, OR  
Comments:
I fully endorse not allowing take of wild steelhead on those rivers denoted under rule change 48. It will allow for improved fishing opportunities as there will be more fish on spawning grounds leading to an increase in overall population size.
COLLINS, BRUCE P  November 11, 2015
STANWOOD, WA  
Comments:
I am definitely in favor of rule change #48 requiring the release of wild steelhead in Washington.
MARSHALL, JED   November 11, 2015
EDMONDS, WA  
Comments:
Please consider a moratorium on keeping any wild steelhead caught in OP rivers through at least 2020. Wild fish stocks need to rebuild, and there will always be some mortality when fish are caught and released. Angler education about proper catch and release techniques need to be strengthened.
STOLTZE, RICHARD   November 11, 2015
LA PINE, OR  
Comments:
As an out of state angler that fly-fishes the WA north coast annually for winter steelhead, I am very familiar with the logic behind the Rule #48 and support their adoption in full.
WARD, DAVID   November 11, 2015
BOTHELL, WA  
Comments:
I strongly endorse this proposal to release wild steelhead and rainbow trout. I believe strongly that catch and release works! thanks for this opportunity. David Ward
CRUTCHER, MICHAEL   November 11, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I support enthusiastically your proposal to require catch and release only for wild steelhead and native trout. I have fished the North Coast streams since the early 1970's (though not in recent years) and in the "old days" we caught and kept steelhead. I didn't realize the impact this would have on the resource, especially after the Boldt decision. Now the population of native steelhead and trout are drastically reduced and we cannot afford the luxury of keeping fish. Most anglers have adjusted to the idea of catch and release and the remaining need to learn, for the benefit of the species, the environment and anglers wishing to still relish the chance of hooking a steelie or trout. Thank you for proposing this!
FRASER, JAMES A  November 11, 2015
PORTLAND , OR  
Comments:
Dear WDFW, I take an annual trip to fish the Olympic Peninsula for wild steelhead. I support the prohibition on killing wild steelhead and rainbow trout. The wild steelhead population on the Peninsula cannot sustain harvest, and even wild rainbow trout should be catch and release only because small male rainbows can and do spawn with wild steelhead by spawning with female steelhead. Thank you for your consideration, James Fraser
MUNSON, BILL   November 11, 2015
EDMONDS, WA  
Comments:
Totally agree with no kill on wild fish. Last year after fishing steelhead for 50 years I finally caught the the big one on the Sol Duc. Over 25 lbs. I could not imagine killing that fish even though I could have. No wild fish should be killed!
DRUMMOND, TOM   November 11, 2015
OCEAN SHORES, WA  
Comments:
Allow the use of barbless hooks only in all of the rivers on the coast. No barbed hooks in any river!!!!!!!!! State wide.
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. 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 pass the rule changes that require the release of all wild steelhead and native (non -clipped) trout from all Olympic Peninsula Rivers and streams.
HENRICHS, MATTHEW J  November 11, 2015
LITTLETON , CO  
Comments:
Keep wild fish in the river. Harvesting of wild fish is unnecessary when sustainable wild populations are not present. Catch and release regulations have been proven effective and easy and inexpensive measures to implement.
SASELLI, VERALD   November 11, 2015
PUYALLUP, WA  
Comments:
Please pass # 48. Prohibit wild Steelhead harvest. So that there will be more wild brood stock available to replenish the over all stock.
COX, JAMES W  November 11, 2015
PORTLAND , OR  
Comments:
This is a must-do regulatory change that will provide greater protections for endangered and threatened anadromous fish. Please implement this change!
TIBBETT, ROB S  November 11, 2015
SUNDERLAND, VT  
Comments:
Stop killing wild fish in an area that has a chance to recover and maintain some of the best steelheading in the US. The economic value of a steelhead alive is far greater than if it was dead.
DANTONI, JOHN   November 11, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
Hi, Please require all wild Steelhead and Trout to be released so they can return to their spawning grounds on the Olympic Peninsula. Thank you, John D'Antoni
EDDY JR., LESTER JAMES J  November 11, 2015
CLINTON, WA  
Comments:
I highly recommend Rule 48. that prohibits wild Steelhead harvest. I would recommend the rule should include the release of "all wild migrating fish including trout and salmon" I am a fly-fisher only and use only barbless hooks and release all wi;d fish.
MYLIUS, KYLE   November 11, 2015
MERCER ISLAND, WA  
Comments:
The science is clear. We need to do more to protect threatened fisheries including wild steelhead and salmon across all OP watersheds. ALL wild steelhead should be catch and release, period. Enforcement needs to be increased and collaborative work needs to continue between WDFW and the tribal interests to reduce and ultimately eliminate harmful gillnetting practices across all OP watersheds. A a variety of anthromorphic impacts are causing wild fisheries to decline... timberland management, hatcheries, commercial fishing, climate change and outdated resource management models and regulations. We need to address ALL of these factors but eliminating the retention of ANY wild steelhead by sport fishers on the OP is a critical piece of the puzzle.
LEE, RICK   November 11, 2015
HONOLULU, HI  
Comments:
I am in support of the proposed no harvest regulation for all trout and steelhead on the noted Olympic Peninsula rivers 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 wild fish decline and the number of anglers increase (substantially) which in turn means more wild fish killed. Though that is good for the economics of the area, it is not good for the fish stocks. To think that fisherman won't come if they can't kill a wild fish (an argument we've heard year after year) is ridiculous. The fish (and the science behind them) should be the first priority, not a fisherman's wish to bring home a wild fish. Releasing all wild steelhead will put more fish on the spawning grounds, which is critical to rebuilding the once magnificent wild steelhead populations on the OP. Thanks for offering this proposal up for public comment.
ADNEY, JOSEPH S  November 11, 2015
KALISPELL, MT  
Comments:
I would favor the proposal of releasing all wild steelhead trout caught
ST.CLAIR, LUCAS   November 11, 2015
PORTLAND, ME  
Comments:
WDFW should prohibit the harvest of wild steelhead.
OLANIE, ERIC   November 11, 2015
HANSVILLE, WA  
Comments:
Absolutely in favor of this proposal. It's LONG overdue!!!
PAULI, JOHN   November 11, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
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
BOLAND, MICHAEL F  November 11, 2015
AVIS, PA  
Comments:
I am a tourist sportsman and support "catch and release" rules on the rivers of the Olympic Peninsula. I spend a significant amount of money to fish those streams and believe catch and release would strengthen the spawning populations in these rivers resulting in greater reproduction and enhanced opportunities for quality sport fishing. This in turn will continue to attract "tourist sportsman" such as myself and their dollars. Thank you for your careful consideration. Michael Boland
ALLEN, JOHN   November 11, 2015
PHOENIX, AZ  
Comments:
I support the rule change.
BROOKS, RICHARD J  November 11, 2015
BELLEVUE, WA  
Comments:
Supportive of requiring catch and rlease of all wild steelhead and trout
HENDERSON, MATTHEW   November 11, 2015
WALNUT CREEK, CA  
Comments:
As a non-Washington angler, I can tell you that the famous steelhead rivers of the Olympic Peninsula are high on my bucket list. As steelhead runs continue to decline across their historic range, it will be vitally important to manage the pressure that the remaining healthy runs experience. Mandated catch and release regulations are a tried and true way of allowing for sport fishing to continue while protecting the overall health of the run. I am always happy to contribute to the economies of the local areas I travel to to go fishing. To me, it is a win-win scenario: the people who live by and care for the resource get to benefit economically from their stewardship, and I get to vote with my dollars to support their efforts while enjoying the outdoors experience. Please take reasonable steps to ensure that some day I (and my children and grandchildren) will be able to travel to the Olympic Peninsula and experience its mighty steelhead. Thank you.
DUNPHY, LOGAN   November 11, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I support prohibitting wild steelhead harvest.
QUIN, JOHN   November 11, 2015
MARSTONS MILLS, MA  
Comments:
Never fished these rivers but catch and release is the way to go, to promote natural growth of the population of both steelhead and wild trout.
TORRE, ROBERT   November 11, 2015
SANTA ROSA, CA  
Comments:
First and foremost, ask WDFW to implement wild steelhead and rainbow trout catch-and-release. Second, ask WDFW to implement restrictive gear regulations during the winter steelhead season. Third, ask WDFW to experiment with a "no fishing from floating device" rule in the upper Hoh River.
PENNY, JOHN D  November 11, 2015
POULSBO, WA  
Comments:
I support a complete catch and release program for wild steelhead and trout on the designated Rivers. This will definitely help the spawning of wild steelhead and trout.
PISTONO, JOHN   November 11, 2015
WILSON, WY  
Comments:
please enforce a catch and release only on wild steelhead
BENNETT, BRIAN   November 11, 2015
FEDERAL WAY, WA  
Comments:
I strongly support the rule change that would prohibit the harvest of wild steelhead in North Coast rivers. This rule change is long overdue.
ROBINSON, JESS S  November 11, 2015
MARYSVILLE , WA  
Comments:
Please allow harvest of wild steelhead. I do NOT SUPPORT #48
HIERONYMUS, MARK   November 11, 2015
JUNEAU, AK  
Comments:
Wild steelhead should not be retained in the Quillayute, Quinault, Queets, and Hoh systems and their tributaries. Hatchery steelhead provide for harvest opportunity.
MARTIN, GABE   November 11, 2015
BATTLE GROUND, WA  
Comments:
Wild steelhead are increasingly rare. There are a number rivers in Washington and the surrounding area to harvest hatchery steelhead and salmon. There has been great deal of press and talk around protecting wild steelhead strains, but it seems as though there have been very few measures taken to protect these strains of fish.
KELLY, JOSEPH M  November 11, 2015
FERNDALE , WA  
Comments:
Please approve.
OLSEN, TYLER   November 11, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
Wild steelhead are ESA listed in many places, and Olympic Peninsula steelhead need our protection so they don't become a threatened population as well. Please implement this rule to make wild steelhead and trout catch-and-release only. Thank you.
MINEHAN, DR. THOMAS F  November 11, 2015
SARANAC LAKE, NY  
Comments:
Please implement catch and release of all wild steelhead. Thank you
JOHNSON, BRIAN   November 11, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO, CA  
Comments:
Although I live in California I fish on the OP every year. It's a magical place and ought to be managed for wild steelhead, which can be a resource for generations to come and for local businesses. I support this rule change.
IRWIN, TANNER M  November 11, 2015
OAKLAND, CA  
Comments:
I support catch and release fishing anywhere 110%. This area is the most beautiful and amazing place in the US to come up and go for such amazing animals. Releasing them back into their home is the absolute best feeling I've ever experienced. They deserve to be treated in this manner by all.
RUSHTON, RICHARD G  November 11, 2015
BEND, OR  
Comments:
I strongly support the proposal calling for release of wild steelhead and rainbow trout in North Coast streams. These fish are critical to a maintaining and growing a healthy population of these valuable fish in the designated streams. They are too precious to allow harvesting. Thank you for your consideration. Richard Rushton, D.V.M.
RICHARDSON, MATT   November 11, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO, CA  
Comments:
I support this rule to implement catch-and-release for ALL wild trout and steelhead. Altho I live in San Francisco, my uncle lives in Washington and I come there to fly fish!
HILEMAN, MATTHEW   November 11, 2015
BUCKSPORT , ME  
Comments:
Please make steelhead and rainbow trout catch and release only.
BABCOCK, GABE F  November 11, 2015
CORVALLIS, OR  
Comments:
This seems responsible. There are plenty of hatchery fish out there to let the wild fish recover until serious efforts are enforced to do away with hatchery fish and establish wild-fish-fisheries that can sustain-ably support wild fish-harvesting.
FREY, JAMES   November 11, 2015
FSIRLESS HILLS, PE  
Comments:
Please make sure to implement catch and release for rainbow trout and steelhead to allow more spawning of fish.
ATWOOD, APRIL   November 11, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
This will protect wild steelhead and rainbow trout - I support this action.
JOHNSON, SHANNON   November 11, 2015
LINCOLN CITY, OR  
Comments:
please implement wild steelhead and rainbow trout catch-and-release regs.
HIKES, MATTHEW   November 11, 2015
PORTLAND, OR  
Comments:
I support this rule. Protecting wild steelhead, as well as resident trout that may parent steelhead, through a no-harvest policy is necessary to ensure the populations are self-sustaining. There are plenty of opportunities to harvest hatchery fish in many rivers across the region, including those on the Olympic Peninsula. Anglers who wish to keep the fish they catch would hardly suffer from this rule.
ZWICKER, NICK   November 11, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO, CA  
Comments:
Please administer catch-and-release regulations for all wild steelhead and rainbow trout on the OP rivers.
KOTERBA, FRANK   November 11, 2015
BELLINGHAM, WA  
Comments:
I wholeheartedly support this proposal. It makes no sense to take wild fish.
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. This pressure noticeably increased after other state fisheries closed down. Based on analysis done by UW-ONRC for the City of Forks, there was a sharp increase in steelhead fishing pressure between 2007 and 2010--nearly threefold. There are simply too many anglers for the number of fish available to catch. We need to rebuild these populations before it’s too late by allowing more fish to reach their spawning grounds. Releasing fish should be counted as “catch” toward the state’s 50% co-management share. We support the proposed rule change of no wild steelhead retention (including rainbow trout) for all coastal rivers under consideration. We also encourage the Department to simultaneously conduct a mortality study to better understand current levels of impact associated with this technique.
SCHWAB, DAVID   November 11, 2015
PORT ANGELES, WA  
Comments:
Rule #48 MUST be Catch and Release. Lets not play games, If you need to eat fish goes to the fish market
PARRISH, CONNOR T  November 11, 2015
ELLENSBURG , WA  
Comments:
Please do not allow the retention of wild steelhead. They are one of the most iconic game fish of the Pacific Northwest. Some of the fondest memories of my life are feeling the sudden take of a steelhead after days of casting and wading in freezing water. Equally enjoyable is getting someone new to steelheading their first fish. Whether you are fishing with gear or a fly, the memory of landing your first steelhead is never forgotten.There are so many impacts on steelhead from over harvest, habitat degradation to climate change. Why do we need to retain a wild fish right before they are able to spawn, directly impacting the future generations of fish. Why retain fish when what we are really after is an experience that is unlike any other. Please do not allow the retention of wild steelhead. Lets do our part to restore these fish by simply letting them go. Thank you for your time
KOPF, MICHAEL A  November 11, 2015
VICTOR, ID  
Comments:
This is a no brainier . Wake up people before its to late .
REED, ROBERT P  November 11, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
Just looking at the 50 odd rule updates, I would say adopt them all. Specifically the wild steelhead relase, the no boat fishing and the selective gear rules. The rivers out there are heavily fished. Too heavily. Can we also have a no-net commercial fishery off the coast? I think its time to do away with net fishing.
MARTIN, JEFFREY   November 11, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
Please no harvest of wild steelhead stocks from our Washington state rivers, they are far to valuable.
COPELAND, JARED R  November 11, 2015
YAKIMA , WA  
Comments:
It is overwhelmingly clear that wild steelhead populations are declining. I, along with many fellow anglers believe that healthy fish habitat and healthy fishing practices produce healthy water for all. To allow wild steelhead harvest at this point in time is not only dangerous but irresponsible. If the very reason we go to the rivers disappears then our care or attention to those rivers will disappear. please listen to the fisherman who cherish these waters so much.
CRAMPTON, SUSAN   November 11, 2015
TWISP, WA  
Comments:
Better late than never/as it applies to the current WDFW Rule Change Recommendation # 48 Prohibit wild Steelhead harvest/and as it applies to these comments of mine after just finding out about WDFW comment deadline Nov 12. Thank you.
CUNNINGHAM, CURT   November 11, 2015
GRAND RAPIDS, MI  
Comments:
Please make this rule change. Two years ago my son and I fished the Bogachial and Hoh with a guide on both rivers. We caught one steelhead on each day. The idea that we could have killed them seemed ridiculous. We spent an awful lot of money to catch two fish. Coming all the way from Michigan to fish your peninsula we were hoping for a bit more. I have since learned a great deal about the politics of steelhead in your state. It seems pretty clear that allowing wild steelhead to be caught and killed in these precious waters isn't in the best interest of the fishery.
SOZINHO, ED   November 11, 2015
SEATTLE , WA  
Comments:
It should only be catch and release and no bait.
CANALAS, ROBERT A  November 11, 2015
ROSEVILLE, CA  
Comments:
These proposed regulation changes could be a milestone in wild steelhead recovery. Please, please adopt these rules and change the path for wild fish forever. More fish will be on spawning beds because of this regulation change. Also, more anglers will experience the thrill of releasing a wild fish back into its native river.
ZATKO, JOHN D  November 11, 2015
ELMORE, OH  
Comments:
Strongly agree to catch and release only
REED, JOSH P  November 11, 2015
BEND , OR  
Comments:
PLEASE STOP ALLOWING ANGLERS TO KILL WILD STEELHEAD. THIS RULE SHOULD HAVE BEEN ENACTED YEARS AGO. PLEASE ACT ON THIS BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE. UNTIL NUMBERS OF WILD FISH REBOUND TO SUSTAINABLE NUMBERS WE SHOULD ALL REALIZE THAT RELEASING WILD FISH TO SPAWN IS THE NUMBER ONE THING WE CAN DO TO REDUCE OUR IMPACT IN THE SHORT TERM.
PRESCOTT, STANLEY W  November 11, 2015
COVINGTON, WA  
Comments:
Please implement
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.
CRAWFORD, JAKE   November 11, 2015
ASHLAND, OR  
Comments:
I support the recommendation to restrict harvest of all wild steelhead and rainbow trout.
HUGHES, JAMES   November 11, 2015
EVERETT, WA  
Comments:
Release all wild steelhead, please. Everywhere, please.
CARVER , JOHN R  November 11, 2015
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA  
Comments:
Catch and release!
MARLAHAN, CHRIS   November 11, 2015
WASHOUGAL , WA  
Comments:
All wild steelhead and rainbow trout angling must be catch and release on the North Coast Rivers. How can we be serious about wild fish recovery if angers are allowed to kill "X number" of wild fish? It goes beyond all logical thinking. All wild fish need to be released for spawning purposes to increase the native stocks, not be put on a dinner table or in a smoker. That's what hatchery fish are for. Ban the take of any wild steelhead or Rainbow trout AND their removal from the water. The "grip & grin" photos are so yesterday and can cause harm/trauma to the very fish we're trying to protect. Leave it in the water!
ROIVANEN, CHRIS   November 11, 2015
BREMERTON, WA  
Comments:
I agree with catch and release for all wild steelhead and raining bows in the OP.
MCMILLAN, WILLIAM J  November 11, 2015
CONCRETE, WA  
Comments:
It has been indicated in several published studies the importance of resident rainbow to wild steelhead productivity and one of which documented resident rainbow and wild steelhead spawning together on Olympic Peninsula streams. Releasing all wild steelhead and wild rainbow trout is important to result in sufficient wild spawning numbers and mix of life histories on the North Coast streams. I ask that such a regulation change be made on all North Coast rivers.
MACOMBER, JOEY E  November 11, 2015
EDWARDS, CO  
Comments:
Catch and release.
BULLEY, CHARLES K  November 11, 2015
PUYALLUP, WA  
Comments:
I strongly support the proposed rule to eliminate harvest of wild steelhead on Olympic Coast rivers. Gone are the days when the wild fish were self sustaining despite harvesting by a much smaller number of anglers than are present today. The resource is rapidly declining despite preservation of pristine habitat for spawning. The only controllable cause of the decline in this system is overharvesting. Please pay attention to the science and stop the harvest of wild steelhead on the Olympic Coast rivers.
CARTER, JEFF   November 11, 2015
YAKIMA, WA  
Comments:
I support not retaining wild steelhead!
RITTER, JEFF   November 11, 2015
HAVRE, MT  
Comments:
We need this rule implemented to continue a growing return of wild steelhead.
FLORES, BENJIE R  November 11, 2015
PORT ANGELES, WA  
Comments:
During this proposal process, I hope that consideration can be taken into the fact that the tribal net fishermen harvest a large number of the wild fish, and they should be monitored for the total number of fish that they harvest. The total number the tribes harvest should be equal to that of the sport fishermen, if you cannot find an equality between the two I think it will cause even more problems between the two groups. If the tribes are still allowed to harvest wild steelhead then the sport fishermen should be allowed to as well. If you shut it down for one group, then it should be closed for the others as well.
THORSTED , ERIC   November 11, 2015
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND , WA  
Comments:
I support catch-and-release for all wild steelhead and rainbow trout on the OP rivers.
PETERSON, TYLER J  November 11, 2015
EDMONDS, WA  
Comments:
Fantastic idea.
MCKEEHEN, KATHLEEN E  November 11, 2015
INDIANOLA, WA  
Comments:
I strongly support catch-and-release for the proposed rivers; as a fly-fisher, most of the places I fish in Washington and elsewhere are catch and release, and I release (and handle carefully) wherever I fish, whether required or not. Restoring the fish population is more important than taking home fish for the table, certainly; and I'd support closing rivers when and if necessary to rebuild the populations.
HARTMAN, CURTIS R  November 11, 2015
ELMIRA, NY  
Comments:
Greetings--Having lived in Washington State and fished many of its rivers and streams,I confidently feel the best strategy for saving/increasing the Steelhead and resident trout populations is with a barbless single-hook, artificial baits only, catch and release/no harvest program.
MEYERS, JIM   November 11, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I think that imposing catch and release only rules for Wild Steelhead is a great opportunity to improve these fisheries and boost the genetic stock and overall quality of the fishing in the region. I strongly support this measure.
GULBRANSON, MATTHEW   November 11, 2015
SEATTLE , WA  
Comments:
I feel strongly that a catch and release fishery for wild steelhead and rainbow trout should be instated for all Olympic Peninsula rivers.
KRENITSKY, MICHAEL   November 11, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
It is past time that we stopped harvesting wild steelhead; the impacts of dams, roads, logging, commercial fishing, pollution and global warming put peninsula steelhead runs under tremendous stress. A fish has to be strong, healthy, and very lucky to make it as far as its home stream as a spawning adult; for a fisherman to then cull that fish from the population is foolish. Short term gain but a long term loss with interest. As a fisherman, I am willing to give up harvesting wild fish now, and commit to building healthy wild runs so that 25 years from now, maybe it won't hurt the run to harvest an occasional wild steelhead.
LAVALLE, WILLIAM R  November 12, 2015
POULSBO, WA  
Comments:
Prohibit wild Steelhead harvest
WELLS, IAN S  November 12, 2015
MISHAWAKA, IN  
Comments:
We need to preserve our fisheries for future generations. Catch and Release of wild steelhead and trout will aid in this and should be implemented.
BAHR, JEFF T  November 12, 2015
BOWIE, MD  
Comments:
As a frequent out-of-state fisherman in both Washington and Oregon I ask the WDFW to strongly consider implementing wild steelhead and rainbow trout catch-and-release regulations on the Olympic Peninsula. Releasing wild steelhead and rainbow trout will put more fish on the spawning grounds, which is critical to rebuilding the wild steelhead population on the OP.
MACDIARMID, JOHN M  November 12, 2015
CENTRAL POINT, OR  
Comments:
There is a critical need to increase wild steelhead spawning numbers on OP streams. I request a wild steelhead and rainbow trout catch and release regulation on these streams.
ISHII, PAUL   November 12, 2015
FEDERAL WAY, WA  
Comments:
I am in favor of the release of all wild steelhead and trout
BUCKINGHAM, NED   November 12, 2015
PORT ANGELES, WA  
Comments:
While the ability to keep a wild steelhead brings tourist traffic to the peninsula, the continuation of this regulation may very likely inhibit the ability of sport fishers to catch a wild steelhead in the future. Population degradation from sport fishing is an unnecessary impact, and can be avoided. Given that this is a recreational fishery, with the primary purpose of fishing for thrill and pleasure, a catch and release fishery sustains this purpose without the potential for resource degradation.
BERGAN, JOSHUA   November 12, 2015
BELGRADE, MT  
Comments:
I am in favor of prohibiting wild steelhead harvest in select North Coast streams.
GLOVER, BRYAN   November 12, 2015
ATLANTA, GA  
Comments:
I strongly support prohibition on harvesting wild steelhead and resident trout. These populations need to be supported.
WILDER, PATRICK   November 12, 2015
OLYMPIA, WA  
Comments:
As a resident to of the gateway to the rivers where largest race of winter steelhead strongly support any efforts to improve return rates of winter steelhead. As an avid and lifelong fisherman, outdoorsman and now the father of an 18 month old son, I can only hope that there will be wild steelhead to show him when he can cast a line. The evidence is there- we shouldn't have to rely on hope. Take action and support all recommendations by the Wild Steelhead Coalition.
JACOBSEN, AARON E  November 12, 2015
GRANTS PASS, OR  
Comments:
As a fisherman, I believe strongly in trying to preserve / enhance our fisheries in any way we can. This proposal should be the start of many more to make sure that our future waters are better than the way we found them. Steelhead and trout should be protected period. With our growing population, it's hard enough to police the regulations to keep these fish safe and wild with the right rules in place. I don't have kids yet, but I hope that one day their kids can experience the thrill of hooking a wild steelhead on a regular basis. It's our obligation to set these standards and teach other generations to follow pace.
MAYFIELD, ROBERT   November 12, 2015
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA  
Comments:
I would like to see all wild Trout be catch and release only. I have fished on the OP for the last 4 years. Each time I come up I spend $1000's of dollars for a chance to catch wild WA steelhead. Wild fish need to be protected.
MIRASOLE, BOB   November 12, 2015
SPOKANE VALLEY, WA  
Comments:
Support catch and release
ALLISON, KEITH P  November 12, 2015
BEAVER, WA  
Comments:
No retention of wild steelhead should be allowed statewide!
VAN WYCK, KURT R  November 12, 2015
INDIANOLA , WA  
Comments:
Please require catch-and-release for all wild steelhead and rainbow trout on the OP rivers.
FITHIAN, BRUCE   November 12, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I support this proposal.
CORDINGLEY, NEIL   November 12, 2015
GARIBALDI HIGHLANDS, BC  
Comments:
Why has this not been done already? Return all Wild fish not just steelhead!
NELSON, PAUL   November 12, 2015
TACOMA, WA  
Comments:
I support regulations requiring the release of wild steelhead and rainbow trout.
GERLACH, ROBERT   November 12, 2015
GIG HARBOR, WA  
Comments:
I totally agree with the recommendations of the North Coast Steelhead Advisory Group concerning release of all wild fish on the OP Robert Gerlach IFFF Certified Casting Instructor WSCIFFF Board of Directors
ZIOLKOWSKI, GREGORY C  November 12, 2015
SAN CLEMENTE, CA  
Comments:
I support rule number 48 and institution of catch and release practice for wild stealhead and trout.
TOMASI, LOREN   November 12, 2015
MIDDLETON, ID  
Comments:
I am completely in favor of this rule change. Releasing wild steelhead and rainbow trout will put more fish on the redds -- and that is important to rebuilding and maintaining wild steelhead populations. I also support the rule to keep the fish in the water if releasing. Thank you.
LIND, ALVIN A  November 12, 2015
LAKEWOOD, WA  
Comments:
Making Catch and Release mandatory on all OP rivers all year for wild steelhead and trout will help considerably in protecting the revitalization of these runs.c
BURKHOLDER, BRIAN   November 12, 2015
WOODSTOCK, VT  
Comments:
I would like to add my comments in favor of C&R fishing regarding wild steelhead and rainbow trout. Thank you, Brian Burkholder
SMITH, BLAKE E  November 12, 2015
PUYALLUP, WA  
Comments:
I support this action.
BEATTIE, SEAN   November 12, 2015
BALTIMORE, MD  
Comments:
As an avid conservation-minded angler, I strongly support catch-and-release/no harvest regulations to protect and restore wild fish populations. Although I do not live in Washington state, I travel often to visit locations where wild fish are valued and protected, and pay close attention to regulatory approaches throughout the country. I work FT for a national conservation education organization, and serve as a volunteer leader of Trout Unlimited on boards of my state chapter and the Mid-Atlantic Council, so share news and opinions about coldwater conservation issues widely among these networks.
KIRK, JOHN   November 12, 2015
BOZEMAN, MT  
Comments:
Given the latest data about catch counts, escapement numbers, and overall run size for the OP and its rivers, there is NO GOOD REASON to keep a wild winter steelhead. The data trends clearly illustrate that your current regulations are not helping maintain a sustainable fishery. Please help save the wild winter steelhead before they are all gone and make the OP a catch and release only fishery.
BEARDSLEE, CANDACE   November 12, 2015
DUVALL, WA  
Comments:
Please adopt this rule.
HARDER, JOHN R  November 12, 2015
IDAHO FALLS, ID  
Comments:
I support, WDFW to implement wild steelhead and rainbow trout catch-and-release. Releasing wild steelhead and rainbow trout will put more fish on the spawning grounds, which is critical to rebuilding wild steelhead populations on the OP. And ask WDFW to require catch-and-release for all wild steelhead and rainbow trout on the OP rivers.
FIGURA, ERIC R  November 12, 2015
GLIDE, OR  
Comments:
Wild Steelhead harvest should no longer be allowed by Native poeple and sport fisherman. It is now 2015 and Wild steelhead should not be a food source and be preserved. It is absolutely blastphemy that Wild Steelhead can be harvest in this day and age. The State of Oregon no longer allows harvest of wild steelhead and we have decent fisheries. Furthermore the enforcement of not taking wild steelhead out of water should be enforced. Do the math, your populations are falling, don't let more fish be taken out of the systems.
COLLARD, RAYMOND S  November 12, 2015
MERIDIAN, ID  
Comments:
PLEASE IMPLEMENT THIS RULE CHANGE.
BAKER, REID   November 12, 2015
DENVER, CO  
Comments:
To whom it concerns: I am highly in favor of the proposed Rule #48. It is imperative that the WDFW outlaw the harvesting of wild steelhead in the Olympic Peninsula rivers. Combining the fact that escapement goals continue fall short, and the presence of hatchery programs throughout the region, it is simply unacceptable to allow retention of any wild steelhead by sport fishing anglers. Simply put, the harvesting of hatchery fish is more than sufficient and significantly easier to monitor in creel surveys. The current regulations are difficult to fully control and easy to be misleading on catch record cards. More importantly however, the removal of wild steelhead from the system prevents the ability that these wild genetics are passed on. Every wild fish that makes its way back to the river needs to have its best chance to reproduce if these stocks are going to survive in this world-class region. Thank you for your attention to the matter. Reid Baker
PFEIFFER, BILL   November 12, 2015
MISSOULA, MT  
Comments:
Please instate this rule. As an avid steelheader who hopes to continue to visit the OP for the main purpose of catching and releasing these amazing fish, I believe it's essential for conserving our wild populations. In Idaho, where many different people of many different walks of life angle for steelhead, keeping wild fish has been illegal for years. It's time for Washington to catch up.
MAHONY, JERRY   November 12, 2015
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA  
Comments:
I support this because we may be too late already. If the fish are put on the endangered list, we may not be able to fish at all in the fall and winter..
GRANT, JASON S  November 12, 2015
REDMOND, OR  
Comments:
I'm is support of this proposed rule change. In general, wild steelhead are struggling in many Pacific Northwest watersheds. Direct take (harvest) of wild steelhead only perpetuates their struggle. Very few, if any, steelhead anglers depend on wild steelhead for subsistence. If anglers choose to use steelhead to supplement their diets, ample opportunities exist where hatchery fish can be harvested. Let's make the right decision and start making the necessary changes to ensure these fish have the chance to return to harvestable levels. Thank you for your time - Jason Grant
WALKER, DOUG   November 12, 2015
NAPA, CA  
Comments:
Releasing wild steelhead and rainbow trout will put more fish on the spawning grounds, which is critical to rebuilding wild steelhead populations on the OP. Please require catch and release of all wild steelhead and trout on the Olympic Peninsula. Thanks
GREIST, STEVE   November 12, 2015
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA  
Comments:
I support First and foremost, ask WDFW to implement wild steelhead and rainbow trout catch-and-release. Releasing wild steelhead and rainbow trout will put more fish on the spawning grounds, which is critical to rebuilding wild steelhead populations on the OP. Provide support for this rule (#48) by asking WDFW to require catch-and-release for all wild steelhead and rainbow trout on the OP rivers.
BROWN, LEE   November 12, 2015
REDMOND, WA  
Comments:
I strongly support prohibiting harvest of wild steelhead and rainbow on the rivers listed. These rivers have the potential of becoming world class fisheries, and assuring the survival of wild steelhead is a critical element of this effort.
LELAND, TROY D  November 12, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
this is really important- in order to protect the wild steelhead for generations to come we must not be allowed to kill a wild fish. Those genetics must be kept in the river and allowed to spawn.
FINNEGAN, PATRICK   November 12, 2015
GRANGEVILLE, ID  
Comments:
Please implement wild steelhead and resident rainbow trout catch and release regulations. Releasing all wild steelhead and rainbow trout will enhance the wild population.
KILCUP, ROB E  November 12, 2015
FOX ISLAND, WA  
Comments:
I support the release of all wild steelhead and rainbow trout on the Olympic Peninsula, and everywhere else the species have struggled for that matter.
WHITE, MICHAEL   November 12, 2015
BOZEMAN, MT  
Comments:
I was born and raised in Washington and spent many days fishing the waters of the OP. As a passionate steelheader and longtime catch & release advocate, I believe it is important to protect native steelhead. Catch and release fishing serves this purpose and will allow future generations of anglers to enjoy the bounty of Washington's waters.
KILBY, PATRICK A  November 12, 2015
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA  
Comments:
I hope we see a day where wild stocks of Steelhead are healthy enough to support retention. Clearly this is not the case now. So I support the proposal that bans retention of any wild steelhead. PK
ADAMSON, STEVE   November 12, 2015
BREMERTON, WA  
Comments:
catch and release only prefered. THESE FISH BELONG TO FUTURE GENERATIONS NOT ON MY DINNER PLATE!!!!!!!!
VOJTA, COPI   November 12, 2015
BELLINGHAM, WA  
Comments:
I fully support this rule change proposal in effort to help the few remaining wild steelhead populations in the state of Washington. Please consider this rule change as steelhead are our state fish and for them to continue the drastic decline would be horrible for our future generations.
LABRIE, NICOLE P  November 12, 2015
POULSBO , WA  
Comments:
As an angler I support the proposal #48 to ask WDFW to implement wild steelhead and rainbow trout catch & release on the OP rivers. This proposal is essential to the preservation of wild steelhead and my future opportunities as an angler as well as the future of many others like myself. It is up to us to take responsibility for how we treat these wonderful fish and reduce the amount of negative impact on this species.
BEAUCHAMP , SEAN   November 12, 2015
EVERETT, WA  
Comments:
Time to end sport harvest of wild steelhead, I think spawning escapements tell the story. Sport CNR seasons are the future of this fishery.
MORRROW, GREG   November 12, 2015
BELLINGHAM, WA  
Comments:
Prohibiting wild steelhead harvest is the single most important rule to the future health and recovery of our Coastal rivers. With mandatory release, we have the greatest chance of wild stocks recovery.
CARVER SR, RUSSELL L  November 12, 2015
LAKE TAPPS, WA  
Comments:
The one fish per year is not excessive and dose not impact the fisheries as much as nets as far as conservation goes .
MICHENER, JOHN   November 12, 2015
FERNDALE, WA  
Comments:
Yes - I am absolutely in favor of this rule change. I have fished these rivers for the past 30 years and seen the wild fish population continue to decline. Time to do what we can to help rebuild these runs.
MILLS, JOSH M  November 12, 2015
SPOKANE, WA  
Comments:
no kill of wild fish please
BALDERSTON, JASON   November 12, 2015
CORVALLIS, OR  
Comments:
PLease do not allow any more harvest of Wild Steelhead ot Rainbow trout on the OP
LEVIN, BRYCE A  November 12, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
No brainer! STOP KILLING WILD STEELHEAD. The Tribal harvest is non-sustainable and sport harvest is only contributing to the decline!
SANGSTER, JIM   November 12, 2015
LOS GATOS, CA  
Comments:
I think WA should do everything possible to protect and preserve one of the best wild steelhead fisheries in the world. I come up from CA specifically for this beautiful environment and great fishing, partly because there are no similar opportunities left in CA due to poor policies of the past. Let the wild fish remain wild and reproduce as much as possible. Continue to support a sustainable fishery. Thanks!
OLSON, DAVE   November 12, 2015
MAPLE VALLEY, WA  
Comments:
Another ridiculous attempt to take away our one native kept per year by the NCSAG! Why are the tribes still targeting natives with their nets?
SELF, MERLIN   November 12, 2015
POULSBO, WA  
Comments:
This is the direction that I feel we must go if we are to maintain wild steelhead in any of our rivers. Reduce impacts and release all wild steelhead to spawn.
BEHNKE, JOHN S  November 12, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
NO barbs on lures intended for Steelhead fish. No barbs on all fish in fresh water.
BERTO, NICHOLAS J  November 12, 2015
MONROE, WA  
Comments:
I am for this proposal. I believe that no wild steelhead should be removed from water or harvested. Their numbers are declining and these fish need to be protected for our future children and those who rely on this great resource. There are select streams with hatchery fish that are available for consumption.
DONOHUE, CODY T  November 12, 2015
FEDERAL WAY, WA  
Comments:
Catch and release using barbless books is far and above the best way to enjoy fishing, provide income to local communities while preserving current fisheries and allowing the stock to spawn and increase fish count.
CARROLL, SHANNON   November 12, 2015
GIRDWOOD, AK  
Comments:
As a former fishing guide in Washington State, and now as a frequent "steelhead tourist," I strongly support this measure. The retention of wild steelhead is an antiquated policy that has few--if any--benefits. Given the decreasing opportunities for steelhead fishing elsewhere, and the corresponding increase in pressure on Olympic Peninsula (OP) rivers, wild steelhead retention runs counter to basic principles of conservation and sound management.
OLSON, KRIS   November 12, 2015
SALT LAKE CITY, UT  
Comments:
I recommend this for preservation of Wild Steelhead.
GREGERSEN, CHRIS N  November 12, 2015
EATONVILLE, WA  
Comments:
I highly support this proposal. With declining returns as well as higher angler pressure, coastal streams can no longer support steelhead harvest without threatening the health and persistence of these critical populations. This is an extremely popular catch and release fishery, and to ensure that this valuable fishery continues to persist we must end harvest. At one time, this limited fishery may have been sustainable, but as the popularity of this fishery has grown and the closure of Puget sound rivers has limited other opportunities, much more pressure has been put on coastal stocks.
ROYS, KAYLA M  November 12, 2015
JUNEAU, AK  
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I am in complete support of this new rule.
WALKER, ALAN   November 12, 2015
IDAHO FALLS, ID  
Comments:
I enthusiastically support prohibiting the harvest of Wild Steelhead as a measure to rebuild threatened populations!
JOHNSON, MICHAEL N  November 12, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
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This rule is enforced on the Deschutes in Central Oregon and the result is a fishery (on that river) that has been superior for decades. I would not object to catch and release rules on these WA rivers.
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:
This is a fantastic proposal. Please implement a a prohibition on harvesting wild steelhead as contemplated by Propsal 48. Wild steelhead are a precious resource with the deck stacked against them. This proposal will result in more wild steelhead and their genetics in our streams. That is a good thing.
RILEY, JACK   November 12, 2015
SAMMAMISH, WA  
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I agree with the proposal to institute a Catch & Release policy for all Wild Steelhead and Wild Trout on the proposed rivers in Rule 48.
EDWARDS, TROY   November 12, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
It is absurd to allow harvest of wild steelhead in any shape or form with such diminishing returns across Washington State. Please implement catch and release for wild fish and rainbow trout in these rivers.
EMBERTSON, LEIF   November 12, 2015
BELLINGHAM, WA  
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This proposal is paramount to ensure the survival of wild steelhead populations. I fully support.
PAULL, BENJAMIN   November 12, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
Nobody NEEDS to eat a wild steelhead. Just like nobody needs to take Rhino horn to help their erectile dysfunction. This is an endangered species, designated or not, and it should be treated as such. I don't care what anyone says- no one is going to go out of business because their clients can't keep fish. PLENTY of people want to come out and catch steelhead just for the sake of catching them. And if they DO go out of business, well,so be it. Who cares about the poachers in Africa who want to kill rhinos and elephants? No one. Now, I know that isn't a fair comparison, but my point remains. This is a rare species that must be protected. Allowing the harvest of wild steelhead is absurd. Thank you, Ben Paull
NELLE, STEVE M  November 12, 2015
FOLSOM, CA  
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I just got back from fishing the OP two weeks ago. I fish up there 6-8 times a year. I agree with releasing all wild steelhead. Take a picture and let 'em go.
MCMILLAN, JOHN   November 12, 2015
PORT ANGELES, WA  
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I support the rule to prohibit harvest of wild steelhead and rainbow trout in the Hoh, Queets, and Quillayute Rivers (including all tributaries). In this day and age there are simply too many anglers and not enough fish to be killed on a sustainable basis. CnR allows anglers to do what they love the most, which is fish, while also improving chances that more steelhead survive the fishery. The latter is important because wild steelhead populations are in long-term decline on the OP and places like the Hoh make escapement only 50% of the time over the past fifteen years. That is not sustainable. CnR will put more fish on the spawning grounds, which maximizes diversity and improves chances that stream habitat is fully utilized to its potential. CnR of wild rainbow trout is important because they provide mates for steelhead, can dampen population declines and contribute genetic diversity.
UNLIMITED, TROUT   November 12, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
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We support CnR of wild steelhead and rainbow trout, and so do the vast majority of anglers that fish the NOP – at least based on creel surveys. According to the 2013-2014 creel and punch-card data, anglers released over 95% of the wild steelhead they caught, largely because CnR of wild steelhead is now almost a universally accepted norm among anglers. The rule would help the NOP keep pace with management of other high quality steelhead fisheries in the lower-48, such as the Smith River (CA), N. Umpqua (OR), Deschutes (OR), Grand Ronde (OR, WA, ID), and Clearwater (ID), and those in Canada, including the Dean, Thompson, and Skeena systems. There is a reason most great steelhead fisheries are CnR. There are simply too many anglers and not enough fish to be killed on a sustainable basis. CnR allows anglers to do what they love the most, which is fish, while also improving chances that more steelhead survive the fishery. The NOP wild steelhead populations are in long-term decline (Fig
REID, NOCHOLAS T  November 12, 2015
BEND, OR  
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Releasing wild steelhead and rainbow trout will put more fish on the spawning grounds, which is critical to rebuilding wild steelhead populations on the Olympic Penninsula. Therefore, I would like to provide support for this rule (#48) by asking WDFW to require catch-and-release for all wild steelhead and rainbow trout on the OP rivers.
SHAW, WILLIAM   November 12, 2015
FORKS, WA  
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I strongly agree that wild steehead on these select rivers should be managed as catch and release. These fish are clearly on the decline and action needs to be taken to ensure there survival, and recovery.
PORTER, DAVID W  November 12, 2015
HOOD RIVER, OR  
Comments:
If what you want is genetic diversity and strength take a good hard look at your hatchery practices as well as that of the tribes. Common knowledge has it that tribes don't even bother marking a large portion of their hatch... And gill nets take everything. Seems like it's the sports fishery and guides that take it in the shorts whenever there's a problem. They're the section that don't have lobbys. Quite often catch and release actually leads to more fish being traumatized as sports fisherman continue casting for a keeper. From what guides tell me this is especially true with coho but most likely others. Keep in touch with the guides. They are the ones most in touch with what is actually happening on the water. And don't abandon the hatcheries in your quest for a strong "native" run. Rather make sure all the fish are strong. If we hadn't had hatcheries in the 1st place we probably wouldn't be fishing now, any of us.
TODD, TAYLOR   November 12, 2015
MILWAUKEE, WI  
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I support the change to NOT allow harvest of wild steelhead
BEVIS, CARL   November 12, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
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Based on the best evidence available, prohibit wild Steelhead harvest is prudent in order to protect this limited resource. As a citizen, I think that this is the least that can be implemented as soon as possible.
BOBBITT, BRADLEY H  November 12, 2015
OLYMPIA, WA  
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I am in full support of proposed rule #48. The presence of healthy wild steelhead populations are crucial for maintaining and improving fishing opportunity on the Olympic Peninsula. This rule will directly benefit wild steelhead escapement and steelhead anglers.
HUDSON, TROY V  November 12, 2015
FORT PLAIN, NY  
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I would like to comment on the debate of whether or not steelhead should be harvested from the Olympic Peninsula. With steelhead numbers still not where they should be population wise, it is important to implement catch and release for steelhead only in this area. This will allow for more fish to enter spawning areas and increase the spawning success rate for steelhead. There should be no harvest of steelhead in the Olympic Peninsula, we should only allow catch and release fishing to keep wild steelhead populations healthy and rising.
DAVIDSON, RICHARD   November 12, 2015
ISSAQUAH , WA  
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Wild steelhead should no longer be harvested by anglers for the purpose of maintaining returns of fish. The already rapid decline in our wild steelhead returns is cause for concern, and doesn't need to be assisted by anglers.
WILLIAMS, NANCY L  November 12, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
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I support this rule change.
CONATY , ROB   November 12, 2015
BAYFIELD , CO  
Comments:
Please protect these great fish I want to be able to swing a fly to these amazing fish for Jena rations to come people are willing to come a long way and spend a lot money if you take care of these fish.
JULIAN, MARK   November 12, 2015
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA  
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I would vote for no harvest of wild steelhead in any coastal stream, period. There is absolutely know justification for killing wild steelhead.
NEBEKER, TRAVIS J  November 12, 2015
RIDGEFIELD, WA  
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I feel that the removal of wild fish from all washimgton rivers should be disallowed until such a time that wild stocks meet total river escapement goals WITHOUT supplementation of inferior hatchery stocks. For sportsmen concerned with preservation of genetic diversity, this is critical! Please enact this measure in order to promote wild fish recovery and preserve the genetically superior wild stock in the region we all hold so dear!
PAULL, NATHANIEL B  November 12, 2015
GIG HARBOR, WA  
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It is an absolute TRAVESTY that wild steelhead are EVER legal to harvest. Washington state should categorically outlaw the harvest of ALL wild steelhead, all the time, from any watershed. The data on the condition of wild steelhead stocks are grim - they need to be broadly protected. This rule is a no-brainer! And to be clear - I am an avid fisherman and fish-eater. I am NOT opposed to the killing of fish for food from healthy stocks. But wild steelhead are not such a fish.
BURGY, AARON   November 12, 2015
WOODINVILLE, WA  
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I think this is the best most effective way to keep those genetics going. I know that steelhead fishermen for the most part just want to catch more steelhead, maybe if they're lucky they will get that 20 lb fish in their life. But all you need is a moment with the beast if the unknown and maybe a good pic and a story. They aren't for subsistence to me or anyone I know, just the pursuit and the comradery when you're with the people you want to fish with. Please let that godly creature of the wild comeback to it's historic numbers, it will pay more return than fillets!
SORSDAHL, RYAN   November 12, 2015
ANCHORAGE , AK  
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There is absolutely no reason to harvest wild fish. Alaska took to long to begin a strict catch and release program on steelhead. The genes of those truly big fish have been lost. Old timers tell me of the glory days of big and plentiful fish. I grew up on the Olympic peninsula I want to go back and fish for those big wild fish. But I won't by a license and spend the money to fish for hatchery fish when the wild ones are gone.
HODDER, CHARLIE   November 12, 2015
SNOHOMISH , WA  
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I feel the retention of wild steelhead and trout NOT be allowed on these rivers.
LUSIS, ARNIE   November 12, 2015
KINGSTON , WA  
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I have commented on this issue several times in the past. I absolutely support the mandatory release of all wild steelhead on North Coast Streams. Please understand that my sons and I enjoy fishing, and enjoy taking our legal limit where and when it is permissible. However, the value of a wild steelhead far exceeds a good dinner. People come from all over the word , and spend huge $$ to get an opportunity to catch a wild Olympic steelhead. I cannot even begin to address the significance of this animal as a marker of ecosystem health, or the spiritual and cultural issues. Please do the right thing: Eliminate the one-per-year confusion and gamesmanship, and mandate the release of wild steelhead on North coast streams.
PETERSON, AARON   November 12, 2015
BELLINGHAM, WA  
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Wild steelhead release was a no-brainer decades ago. Shame on WDFW for taking so long.
JOHNSON, KELTEN J  November 12, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I would like to see catch and release in all the above rivers
WOOD, DAVID   November 12, 2015
QUINCY, CA  
Comments:
I have fished for steelhead on the Olympic Peninsula and hope to again. I support the proposed rule. I am an avid steelhead and trout fisherman and nearly all the fishing I do is catch and release. I prefer to fish in catch and release fisheries and will be more likely to do so here under a catch and release rule for wild fish. Managing fisheries for catch and release, and habitat, is more effective, economic, and sustainable for the long term health of the species than emphasis on put and take and dependence on hatcheries. As you may know, California already has such a rule in place for wild steelhead.
LOCKWOOD , COURTNEY   November 12, 2015
SARATOGA, WY  
Comments:
we cannot keep harvesting wild steelhead. They are the canary in the mineshaft and the last bastion of what it means to be wild and preserve the wildness of the northwest. Look at the model in British Columbia, they generate millions in revenue because thousands of anglers flock to their rivers because the steelhead are wild and unharmed. Killing wild steelhead reduces genetic diversity and takes away the increased amount of strain they add to the gene pool. All wild steelhead should be catch and release and required to be returned and kept in the water immediately. These fish create a cult following that will bring millions of dollars of revenue back to Washington and the coast if the fish are truly wild and unharmed.
CROSS, STEFANIE   November 12, 2015
RIDGEFIELD, WA  
Comments:
This is critical for the survival of our wild fish and I am in support
BOWEN, JAMES R  November 12, 2015
ESCALON, CA  
Comments:
Please approve catch and release on wild steelhead as this dwindling population needs all the help it a get. These fish are just to valuable to harvest.
CARNAGHI, WILL   November 12, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
No wild steelhead should be harvested from Washington state waters. period. We are facing the collapse of yet another run of historic fish (winter run steelhead on Olympic Penninsula streams) because of a failed wildlife management system full of liberal harvest regulations, hatcheries, and a commercial fishery of steelhead. It's insane to all the harvest of wild steelhead. Washington stands alone in western states to allow this and the result is not promising. If people want fish for the freezer they should be confined to fish a few designated runs of hatchery fish set aside to harvest. Do not allow the harvest of wild fish, though.
PAULL, BRENDA   November 12, 2015
MERCER ISLAND, WA  
Comments:
I support this.
BOYLE, MARK   November 12, 2015
MUKILTEO, WA  
Comments:
Please allow the wild steelhead retention to continue. Its our right according to the Bolt decision 50% of the allowable harvest based on escapement goals! The runs are healthy and the tribes harvest way more than the sport fisherman. If the rules change then they will never go back to any wild harvest again. This rule change is pushed by the elitist fly crowds.

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