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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: DFW196432

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW196432
Recreational Opportunities      Submission Type: Public
Rules Category:
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Trout
Rule to Change:
Trout 5 fish daily limit.
New Rule Proposal:
Trout daily limit 2 fish, minimum size 12 inches.
Why the change is needed:
I would like to see a rule change to trout fishing, not on all lakes, but mostly on smaller lakes where planted trout do not have much chance for survival beyond 1 year. I think dropping the daily limit to 2 trout, with a minimum size of 12 inches would create opportunity for more people to catch bigger, better quality fish. It would also save the state money by reducing the demand for trout hatcheries.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
No input given
Describe their support and/or concerns:
No input given

Date submitted: 04/30/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Not Recommended for further consideration     Reference ID: DFW196432

Not specific enough (e.g., which lakes with two? what is mostly smaller lakes?). WDFW Fish Program is working on increasing trout production and modifying stocking strategies that should help with this concern.

Online Public Comments    (1 comments)

RICHARD, STEVEN   October 11, 2012
A reduced limit/minimum size on some lowland lakes would be a great idea. Not only would it lengthen the time that planted fish are available, but would help increase the quality of fish available.