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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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Reference ID: DFW195565

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW195565
Recreational Opportunities      Submission Type: Public
Rules Category:
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Not species specific
Rule to Change:
Limiting anglers to one rod per person while fishing from a watercraft.
New Rule Proposal:
Upon the Columbia River and within Puget Sound, allow one extra rod per watercraft regardless of the number of anglers. IE: Two anglers could fish with three rods or five anglers could fish with six rods. This endorsement could be sold to the boat registration or to an angler or both. Such an endorsement could be species specific but I don't see a need for such limitations.
Why the change is needed:
Such an endorsement will generate additional revenue and have no effect upon any fishery. This endorsement does not consume state resources or require funds to support or manage. A minimal amount of time will be required to set up the licensing portion then there is no more expense to the state. Allowing an extra rod per boat will not contribute to additional crowding on the water. A watercraft occupies a fixed amount of space regardless of how many anglers or rods are aboard. It would not be wise to allow Columbia River bank anglers to use two rods because available fishing areas are at a premium and we already see conflicts. Additional crowding along the banks would only contribute to the problem. In fact, it is possible that adoption of this endorsement would encourage more boat angling and reduce the number of bank anglers.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
I have spoken with too many friends to list and every one of them likes the idea.
Describe their support and/or concerns:
A few people have commented that they would not want to try to manage an extra rod during certain fisheries but all agree that it's a good idea overall. Most feel that it's free money for the state. Why not try it? All of the boat owners said they would purchase an endorsement. Others, who do not own boats, said they probably would not purchase it but would consider any options offered.

Date submitted: 04/26/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Not Recommended for further consideration     Reference ID: DFW195565

The Washington State Legislature authorized the Department to sell a Two-Pole Endorsement allowing an angler to fish with a second fishing pole in specific waters of the state. The Department is continuing to seek additional waters where this endorsement is valid including fishing for salmon. The Department will consider additional waters for salmon fishing during the North of Falcon process this year.

Reasons not recommended for further consideration

    License types and fees, Legislative action required
    This proposal deals with License types and fees. These rules are set by the Washington State Legislature, and require legislative action for changes. You can contact your state legislators by calling the legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000.

Online Public Comments    (3 comments)

TORGERSEN, HARALD   October 02, 2012
Very good, hope it will go through, but should be for all marine areas.
SMITH, LELAND G  January 27, 2013
What if a vessel has one licensed person and one non-licensed person on board? Can the licensed person still fish with two rod? Can the non-licensed person attend and retrieve a rod without a fish should the other rod have a fish? Please clarify.
GOFORTH, WILLIAM J  January 22, 2013
Just go with two pole endorsement would be the way to go! If that was extended to everyone and just limited the amount of fish that people could keep. It is a win win situation I think.