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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: DFW327431

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW327431
Recreational Opportunities      Submission Type: Public
Rules Category:
Puget Sound Region Freshwater
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Steelhead
Rule to Change:
Snohomish River (850) First Saturday in June to Jan. 1 for steelhead trout.
New Rule Proposal:
Last week in May to Jan. 31st
Why the change is needed:
To give more opportunity to catch hatchery fish. You keep taking away the end of the season to protect so-called native fish, so why not open the season earlier (case in point). Look at the good catch at Reiter on Opening Day. June 1st.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
Numerous fishermen on middle Snohomish.
Describe their support and/or concerns:
They would also like an earlier opening.

Date submitted: 06/13/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Not Recommended for further consideration     Reference ID: DFW327431

The stream strategy approach has been adopted to protect wild steelhead at all life stages. At this time, an earlier opener does not meet steelhead conservation needs for this river.

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