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2013 Recreational Fishing Rules Concise Explanatory Statement
Fish & Wildlife Commission
Meeting Feb. 8-9, 2013

2013 – 2014 Sportfishing Rule Proposals – Briefing and Public Hearing. Audio available.

Sportfishing Rule Changes for 2013-2014

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Reference ID: DFW021077

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW021077
Critical Conservation Need      Submission Type: Public
Rules Category:
Puget Sound Region Marine
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Other
Rule to Change:
Chehalis River open to spring chinook below the mouth of the Newaukum River starting May 1.
New Rule Proposal:
Keep Chehalis closed to spring chinook fishing.
Why the change is needed:
The river has a run size of a few thousand (3000?) on a good year and they are particularly vulnerable to harvest as the water drops to low levels and the fish congregate as the summer progresses. The summer of 2009 (I think?) had an extremely warm week where temps stayed above 100F as a high and the Chehalis became critically warm. Chinook in the Newaukum and Upper Chehalis above Doty and below Pe Ell could be found floating in large numbers in the handful of large holes in those systems. The return of spring chinook are fragile to many pressures. Also, with all the desire to maintain true wild runs, this run is just that! It is the only run in Southwest Washington I know of that is free of hatchery influence genetically. One option would be to keep it open to catch and release with no bait allowed.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
Paul Johnson, Cody Duncan, Chad Driver, John Henricksen, Peter Wagner, Louie Wagner, Joe Townley, Isaac Fu, David Charhon, Mike Wagner, Cody Webster, Dan Webster, Kim Moore, Rich Hilliker, John Woods, and Tod Phelps.
Describe their support and/or concerns:
No input given

Date submitted: 05/11/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Not Recommended for further consideration     Reference ID: DFW021077

We do not recommend this proposal move forward for public review for several reasons. First, Chehalis River spring Chinook are managed to an escapement goal, as is DFW’s management approach with non-listed Chinook stocks. When surpluses are forecast, fisheries are proposed through the North of Falcon process. Second, the average harvest of spring Chinook in the Chehalis River during the last 10 years when seasons were open was 114 fish, based on DFW catch record card data. These harvest numbers occurred when the average runsize during these years was 2,818 fish. This equates to about a 5% impact to the runsize. In addition, when fisheries are open, they are managed to protect important summer holding areas by opening only the Chehalis mainstem from the confluence of the Newaukum River downstream. Also, fisheries are not extended past June, to avoid critical low water and high temperature periods.

Reasons not recommended for further consideration

    Salmon, goes through the North of Falcon process
    This proposal deals with salmon. Salmon seasons are set through the Pacific Fisheries Management Council/North of Falcon process. This process adopts a cohesive set of rules for sport and commercial salmon fisheries, from ocean fisheries to those inside Puget Sound including freshwater fisheries each year during March and April.

    Your proposal will be provided to the manager(s) responsible for this species so that it can be considered during the appropriate rulemaking process.

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