Sportfishing Rule Changes for 2016-2017

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

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

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

Not Region Specific

Recommended for Public Comment

# 1. Technical changes   
Corrects Washington Administrative Code language to reflect rule adoptions made by the Commission. Formats the language in a clear structure and corrects mistakes in spelling, etc.
# 2. Clarify fishing "fly" definition   
Clarify definition of what constitutes a fishing "fly."
# 3. Remove internal combustion motors prohibition on small streams   
Remove unnecessary Internal Combustion Motor prohibition rule from small streams in Western Washington.
# 4. Allow harvest of Grass Carp   
Allow harvest of Grass Carp in select waters in Western Washington.
# 5. Remove Crappie harvest restrictions    
Increase harvest opportunity for Crappie in select Western Washington lakes.
# 6. Remove daily limit on Brook Trout in Western Washington   
Remove daily bag limits on Brook Trout in select streams in Western Washington.
# 7. Allow retention of stray hatchery Steelhead   
Allows retention of stray hatchery steelhead in streams in Regions 4 and 6.
# 8. Adjust Trout harvest regulations for lowland lake fisheries   
Remove the harvest rules that limit anglers to no more than 2 trout greater than 14 inches in length. Increase harvest opportunity for large Trout and simplify rules in select Western Washington lakes.....
# 9. Provide additional year-round fishing opportunity   
Open additional lakes to year-round fishing opportunity.
# 10. Increase Trout fishing opportunity in streams   
Increase Trout fishing opportunity in select streams in Western Washington.
# 11. Modify Trout fishing opportunity in select Western Washington streams   
Consistent with the stream strategy approach, adjust fishing rules for ESA listed Steelhead protection and allow Trout fishing where appropriate.
# 12. Increase selective gear fishing opportunity   
Increase selective gear fishing opportunity in Western Washington.
# 13. Require mandatory hatchery Steelhead retention   
Mandatory retention of hatchery Steelhead in all streams in Regions 4 and 6.
Not Recommended for further consideration

DFW089315-16
Increase license cost to provide for more hatchery fish
DFW103397-16
Prohibit removing any part of salmon, steelhead, or Dolly Varden/Bull Trout from the water
DFW127501-16
Adjust harvest rules for Chinook Salmon in the Upper Columbia River
DFW130905-16
Simplify fishing rules
DFW136967-16
Close streams to protect ESA listed Steelhead
DFW136977-16
Provide additional fly fishing only opportunities
DFW137550-16
Adjust Halibut seasons and rules to be more user friendly
DFW157912-16
Allow harvest of wild Salmon and Steelhead in all of the Columbia Basin streams, including the Columbia River
DFW162626-16
Adjust Halibut seasons and rules to be more user friendly
DFW183237-16
Adjust Bass harvest rules to catch and release April through June statewide
DFW213351-16
Make fishing licenses good for one year from date of purchase
DFW236655-16
Adjust Walleye harvest rules on Moses Lake and Potholes Reservoir
DFW295129-16
Adjust Cowlitz River fishing rules
DFW330380-16
Free pass tag
DFW352591-16
Do not allow Trout retention in rivers with Steelhead Trout statewide
DFW383494-16
Open fishing year round for Rockfish in Marine Area 7, for 1 Rockfish/person/day
DFW410307-16
Allow retention of fish that are hooked in the gill plate and forward in the head
DFW418187-16
Allow the use of barbed hooks on the Columbia River
DFW435124-16
Ban the use of small lead sinkers to reduce avian mortality issues
DFW482462-16
Release all resident Trout when fishing in Puget Sound Steelhead ESA listed rivers
DFW546725-16
All streams that do not drain into Puget Sound, Strait of Juan De Fuca and Coast open June 1 to October 31
DFW632587-16
Apply fish use and commercial sales constraints to Tribal fishing
DFW636396-16
Adjust Leader length rules to prevent snagging
DFW640528-16
Adjust Blue Creek (Lewis County) fishing rules
DFW732248-16
Simplify and clarify number of hooks allowed
DFW763273-16
Better define what a beaver pond is, and create better rules for angling in beaver ponds
DFW791776-16
Adjust Smelt dip netting rules
DFW802306-16
Don’t allow use of live bait to angle for Ling Cod
DFW806242-16
Allow the use of two poles while Salmon fishing
DFW809825-16
Eliminate gillnetting in rivers for wild Steelhead
DFW819126-16
Control avian predation and the use of aquatic herbicides
DFW821304-16
Adjust Cowlitz River fishing rules
DFW843393-16
Allow White Sturgeon harvest in the Columbia River
DFW946160-16
Tilton River management
DFW966302-16
Request to clarify Marine Area rules