Sportfishing Rule Changes for 2016-2017

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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.

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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

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Not Region Specific (13)

# 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.

Puget Sound (30)

# 14. Increase fishing opportunity in Lake Washington Ship Canal (King Co.)   
Increase area open to fishing in the Lake Washington Ship Canal.
# 15. Pass Lake (Skagit Co.): Allow 2-pole opportunity   
Allow 2-pole fishing on Pass Lake.
# 16. Rattlesnake Lake (King Co.): Allow trout harvest   
Trout: 2 fish daily limit, 14 inch minimum size limit.
# 17. Clear Lake (Pierce Co.): Increase Kokanee daily limit   
Increase the daily limit for Kokanee from 5 to 10 fish.
# 18. Collins Lake (Mason Co.) and Stump Lake(Mason Co.): Adopt statewide rules and harvest limits   
Adopt statewide limits and rules for Collins and Stump lakes.
# 19.  Baker Lake (Whatcom Co.): Adjust Kokanee and Trout size limit   
This proposal would change the Trout size limits to statewide rules, and specify that for Kokanee, the minimum length is 8 inches and the maximum length is 18 inches. By definition, all fish over 18 i...
# 20. Blackmans Lake (Snohomish Co.): Increase trout limit   
Increase the Trout daily limit on Blackmans Lake to five, no more than 2 over 15 inches in length.
# 21.  Ross Lake (Whatcom Co.): Adjust trout fishing rules   
Adjust angling rules on Ross Lake to protect Rainbow Trout and increase harvest on Brook Trout. Modify existing Rainbow Trout and Brook Trout harvest rules. New rules would allow daily limit 1, minimu...
# 22. Texas Pond (Skagit Co.) daily limit   
Remove daily limits for all game fish on Texas Pond.
# 23. Thornton Lake and Thornton Creek (Whatcom Co): No limit on Westslope Cutthroat   
Thornton Creek: All Game Fish: First Sat. in June-Oct. 31. No limit on cutthroat, and up to 2 hatchery Steelhead may be retained. No other species may be retained.
# 24. Black Lake Ditch (Thurston Co.) warmwater angling   
Black Lake Ditch (Thurston Co.) from the confluence with Percival Creek upstream to Black Lake. From November 1 through the first Friday in June catch and release only for all game fish.
# 25. Mill Pond (King Co.): Adjust fishing rules   
Adjust angling rules on Mill Pond (King Co.) to allow juvenile-only fishing and remove adult fishing exceptions.
# 26. Sammamish Lake ( King Co.): Remove hook restrictions   
Remove the seasonal single point barbless hook restrictions on Sammamish Lake.
# 27. Alder Reservoir tributaries and upper Nisqually River (Thurston Co.): Increase Trout harvest opportunity   
Daily limit 2 trout over 14 inches, Selective Gear Rules for all tributaries to Alder Reservoir and the upper Nisqually River above Alder Reservoir.
# 28. Adjust fishing rules on Whatcom Creek, Skagit and Cascade rivers   
This proposal adjusts the rules to remove unneeded seasons and fishery zones that were consistent with providing a fishery on hatchery Steelhead.
# 29.  Whatcom Creek (Whatcom Co.): Open a portion of the creek to fishing   
Increase fishing opportunity on Whatcom Creek and remove unneeded anti-snagging rules. Open the portion of Whatcom Creek from the foot of bridge below Dupont Street in Bellingham to the stone bridge a...
# 30. McAllister Creek (Thurston Co.): Adjust fishing rules    
Remove the "barbless hook" rule from McAllister Creek and implement Selective Gear Rules.
# 31. McLane Creek (Thurston Co.): Adjust fishing rules    
Adopt catch and release and selective gear rules for McLane Creek.
# 32. Chaplain Creek (Snohomish Co.): Close a portion of this stream   
Chaplain Creek (Snohomish County) from the beaver pond(Grass Lake) below the water filtration plant gate upstream - closed waters.
# 33. Newhalem Creek (Whatcom Co.): Adjust fishing rules    
Close angling on the anadromous portion of Newhalem Creek below the Seattle City Light hydropower facility. Open the creek to angling for all game fish above the power facility beginning the Saturday ...
# 34. North Fork Nooksack River (Whatcom Co.): Close a portion of this stream   
Currently this area falls within the section of the North Fork Nooksack that lies from the mouth up to Maple Creek. We propose a subsection of this stretch that runs from the North Fork of the Nooksac...
# 35. Skagit River (Skagit Co.): Adjust fishing rules    
Open the lower Skagit River from mouth to Highway 536 at Mt. Vernon, from March 1 to May 31 for all gamefish.
# 36. Minter Creek (Pierce/Kitsap Co.): Close to Trout fishing   
Close trout fishing from the mouth to the hatchery rack, year-round.
# 37. Snoqualmie River (King Co.): Adjust Trout season dates and harvest limits   
On the Snoqualmie River above the falls including the North and South forks, allow year round fishing with a retention Trout fishery (2 fish daily, min. size 10 inches) from the Saturday before Memori...
# 38. Skagit River (Skagit Co.): Convert a portion of the river to catch and release Trout fishing   
Skagit River from Hwy. 530 Bridge in Rockport to Cascade River Road in Marblemount. June 1st - January 31. Catch and release only for trout.
# 39. Stillaguamish River (Snohomish Co.) night closure   
Close the mainstem Stillaguamish River and all sloughs below Marine View Drive to night fishing year-round, all species.
# 40. Tolt River (King Co.): Adjust fishing rules   
Adjust the fishing rules for the lower Tolt River. Currently the rule is "From the mouth to the USGS trolley cable near the confluence of North and South forks: All Species - First Saturday in June-No...
# 41. Kennedy Creek (Thurston Co.): Adjust fishing rules   
Adjust fishing season dates and harvest rules for Kennedy Creek from Highway 101 upstream to barrier falls. This proposal changes the season end date from the last day in February to Oct. 31 and adjus...
# 42. Chambers Creek (Pierce Co.): Adjust fishing rules   
Chambers Creek from mouth (Burlington-Northern RR Bridge) to markers 400' below the Boise-Cascade Dam: all species: selective gear rules, except bait allowed September 1 to October 15. All Trout C...
# 43. Snohomish River (Snohomish Co.): Allow catch and release Sturgeon fishing    
Open the Snohomish River Sturgeon fishery year-round for catch and release opportunity from the Mouth to the Highway 9 Bridge

Coast (6)

# 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...

Liberalize limits for Bass, Channel Catfish, and Walleye in the Columbia River and tributaries contiguous with Oregon (1)

# 50. Remove daily limits on warmwater fish in the Columbia River   
Remove harvest limits for Walleye, Bass and Channel Catfish in the Columbia River and tributaries in shared boundary waters with Oregon State.