Sportfishing Rule Changes for 2016-2017

See proposed rule
language (CR-103)
2016 Recreational Fishing Rules
Concise Explanatory Statement
Fish & Wildlife Commission
Meeting Dec. 11-12, 2015

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

View and comment on proposals that were submitted by the public and WDFW staff.


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Puget Sound Coast Not Region Specific
Liberalize limits for Bass, Channel Catfish,
and Walleye in the Columbia River
and tributaries contiguous with Oregon

Coast

Recommended for Public Comment

# 44. Increase fishing opportunity for anglers with lower extremity disabilities   
This proposal applies to the Forks Creek Hatchery (Pacific Co.) fishery for anglers with disabilities. The current rule is: Closed Waters except for anglers with disabilities who must permanently use.....
# 45.  Adopt selective gear rules for the Naselle River   
Adopt selective gear rules for the Naselle River from February 1 to April 15.
# 46. Adopt "no fishing from floating device" rules on select streams   
Invitation for further public comment on a recommendations developed by the North Coast Steelhead Advisors Group (NCSAG). Click here to see the recommendations. Use the form below to enter your comments.

Implement "no fishing from a floating device" rules on select North Coast streams. This proposal is being considered by the North Coast Advisory Group and will be refined as the Advisory Group.....
# 47. Adopt selective gear rules in North Coast Steelhead streams   
Invitation for further public comment on a recommendations developed by the North Coast Steelhead Advisors Group (NCSAG). Click here to see the recommendations. Use the form below to enter your comments.

Implement Selective Gear Rules on North Coast streams to protect juvenile Salmon, Steelhead and Trout. This proposal is being considered by the North Coast Advisory Group and will be refined as the Ad.....
# 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.

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. .....
# 49. Require wild Steelhead harvest tag   
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.

Require purchase and use of annual "Wild Steelhead" harvest tag. This proposal is being considered by the North Coast Advisory Group and will be refined as the Advisory Group provides feedback.....
Not Recommended for further consideration

DFW107323-16
Open Crocker Lake to warm water fishing from July 15 through Labor Day
DFW199598-16
Adjust the Trout harvest limit to a two fish daily limit on Duck Lake (Grays Harbor County)
DFW326973-16
Failor Lake walk-in fishery
DFW403495-16
Require the use of barbless hooks on the Hoko River
DFW420089-16
Increase Coastal Cutthroat harvest opportunity in select Willapa Bay tributaries
DFW524065-16
Require the use of barbless hooks on the Willapa Bay rivers
DFW657267-16
Increase steelhead fishing opportunity on the Humptulips River.
DFW952122-16
Allow the use of plunking for Steelhead Trout in the Willapa River