Sportfishing Rule Changes for 2017-2018

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


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Statewide marine waters
Coastal marine water
Puget Sound marine areas
Technical changes
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Puget Sound marine areas

Recommended for Public Comment

# 1. Require descending devices in Puget Sound for bottomfish and halibut   
Require a descending device be onboard the fishing vessel and rigged for deployment when fishing for bottomfish or halibut in waters east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh Line.
# 6. Tanner crab minimum size in Puget Sound   
This change is intended to implement a 4 1/2 inch minimum size limit for any Tanner crabs that are retained during an open personal use crab fishery.
Not Recommended for further consideration

DFW094957-17
Require operators of unregistered boats to complete catch record card after returning to shore.
DFW108235-17
Allow 2-pole in Puget Sound
DFW132001-17
Daily limit of unclassified marine invertebrates
DFW240662-17
Daily limits for unclassified marine invertebrates
DFW326896-17
Modify crab season.
DFW331524-17
Allow retention of crab in soft shell condition.
DFW392233-17
Changes to shrimp season
DFW425153-17
Modify shrimp season
DFW489473-17
Daily limits for unclassified marine invertebrates
DFW499043-17
Allow 2-pole in Puget Sound
DFW557668-17
Modify shrimp season
DFW684377-17
Modify crab and shrimp seasons
DFW717303-17
Modify crab season
DFW775421-17
Increase daily limit for crab in Puget Sound
DFW913251-17
Allow 2-pole in Puget Sound
DFW932845-17
Sturgeon retention in Puget Sound
DFW961538-17
Forage fish dip net gear allowed without a rigid handle