New Rule Proposal: Crabbing is closed to boaters within 150 yards along the North Jetty of the Columbia River.
Why the change is needed: 2 reasons.
#1- To reduce potential conflicts with those fishing for salmon from the Jetty. As it is now many boaters drop the crab pots as close as 50-75 yards to the rocks, which is not much farther than casting distance. When a king salmon is hooked, especially one with any size, they typically make a run out to 150 yards +. The chance of the fish becoming tangled in the crabbing gear is very high.
#2- To give increased opportunities for bank fisherman to catch crab from the jetty.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change: Patrick Frazier
Describe their support and/or concerns:
There were concerns mentioned that this has been brought up before without much luck. I almost lost the biggest salmon I have ever hooked due to crab pots set close to shore and don't want to have this happen to other fisherman, especially when the boaters have the entire ocean to set the pots.
Submitted by: LINDBO, DAN A — ,
Date submitted: 05/31/2012
WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation
Not Recommended for further consideration Reference ID: DFW253641
Managers find this proposal unnecessarily restrictive to harvest opportunity.
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