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Meeting Feb. 8-9, 2013

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Sportfishing Rule Changes for 2013-2014

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Reference ID: DFW332292

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW332292
Critical Conservation Need      Submission Type: Public
Rules Category:
Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Bass
Rule to Change:
Walla Walla and Touchet Rivers - Other Game Fish Year-round Statewide min. size/daily limit
New Rule Proposal:
Walla Walla and Touchet Rivers Bass No min.size No daily limit Up to 3 over 15" may be retained
Why the change is needed:
A significant number of smallmouth bass in the thse 2 rivers are over the statewide retention size of 14" (one per day). By decreasing the daily take of large bass, the predation on salmonoid fingerlings/fry has increased since this rule was changed back to the statewide regulation a few years ago. Change this rule to be the same as the Columbia and Yakima Rivers for bass; thereby, increasing bass fishing pressure, and reducing bass predation.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
I am a member of the Tri-State Steelheaders
Describe their support and/or concerns:
No input given
Submitted by: PORTER, RONALD L — WALLA WALLA, WA

Date submitted: 05/07/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Recommended for Public Comment     Reference ID: DFW332292

Rule Change Recommendation Short Title
Remove or modify size and daily limits for bass, walleye, and channel catfish in the Columbia River, Snake River and their tributaries

Rules Category
Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater

Type of Rule Change Proposal
Conservation

County or Location Information

Short Description
Below are two proposed rule options to reduce negative interactions between Endangered Species Act (ESA) listed anadromous fish and predatory warmwater fish:

Option 1 – Remove size and daily limits for bass and walleye and daily limits for channel catfish in the Columbia River, Snake River and their tributaries.

Option 2 – Remove daily limits and modify size limits for bass and walleye and remove daily limits for channel catfish in the Columbia River, Snake River and their tributaries.

  • Bass – no daily limit, no more than 3 over 15 inches
  • Walleye –no daily limit, no more than 1 over 24 inches
  • Channel catfish - no daily limit

Rivers or portions of rivers affected by both proposed options:

Bass and walleye:

Stream

Portion of stream affected by proposal

Columbia River mainstem

McNary Dam upstream to Chief Joseph Dam

Yakima River and tributaries

All portions of the Yakima River and tributaries that are open to game fish angling

Okanogan River and tributaries

All portions of the Okanogan River and tributaries that are open to game fish angling

Walla Walla River and tributaries

All portions of the Walla Walla River and tributaries that are open to game fish angling

Snake River mainstem

Confluence with Columbia River upstream to the Idaho/Oregon border

Tucannon River and tributaries

All portions of the Tucannon River and tributaries that are open to game fish angling

Palouse River from mouth to Palouse Falls

All portions of the Palouse River that are open to game fish angling

Grande Ronde River and tributaries

All portions of the Grande Ronde River and tributaries that are open to game fish angling

Channel catfish:  size and daily limits for channel catfish were removed in 2002 in the majority of waters listed above.  Remove daily limits in the following:

Stream

Portion of stream affected by proposal

Columbia River mainstem

Priest Rapids Dam upstream to Chief Joseph Dam

Okanogan River and tributaries

All portions of the Okanogan River and tributaries that are open to game fish angling

Tucannon River and tributaries

All portions of the Tucannon River and tributaries that are open to game fish angling

Explanation
This proposal seeks to increase the harvest of bass, walleye and channel catfish in the Columbia River, Snake River and their tributaries to reduce competition and predation on Endangered Species Act (ESA) listed anadromous salmonids. This proposal is consistent with supporting The Department‘s conservation mission to support ESA listed salmon and steelhead recovery in the Columbia River Basin. Conserving ESA listed anadromous salmonids through sport fishing regulation is one of many strategies necessary to achieve salmon and steelhead recovery goals.

Original Rule Proposal Number(s)
DFW332292

Online Public Comments

Online public comments submitted for this proposal can be found here.