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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

Sportfishing Rule Proposals & Comments

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Columbia Region Freshwater

Reference ID: DFW131682

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW131682
Critical Conservation Need      Submission Type: Public
Rules Category:
Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Steelhead
Rule to Change:
New Rule Proposal:
Restricting or banning the use of sand shrimp on the Klickitat River above the Fisher hill bridge.
Why the change is needed:
Fishing sand shrimp, particularly with a diver set-up, results in some throat hooked steelhead, arguably more than any other form of bait. Restricting the use of sand shrimp would lessen sport impacts on wild/unclipped fish, while maintaining sportfishing opportunities.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
Have discussed this with some guides.
Describe their support and/or concerns:
People that use sand shrimp, minimize the impacts. Fly fishermen support a general ban. Nearly everyone is concerned about increased regulation.

Date submitted: 06/15/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Not Recommended for further consideration     Reference ID: DFW131682

Current regulations are consistent with steelhead protection, creel data collected shows large handling rate of wild steelhead --50% of steelhead caught in 2011 and 2012 during this season.

Online Public Comments    (1 comments)

SMITH, OLIVER H  December 20, 2012
I would support a ban on all bait above the Fisher hill bridge