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2013 Recreational Fishing Rules Concise Explanatory Statement
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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: DFW346127

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW346127
Critical Conservation Need      Submission Type: WDFW Staff
Rules Category:
Puget Sound Region Freshwater
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Not species specific
Rule to Change:
Hutchinson Creek (Whatcom Co.) ALL SPECIES - selective gear rules. Internal combustion motors prohibited. TROUT First Sat. in June-Oct. 31 Min size 14". Daily limit 2. Other Game Fish First Sat. in June-Oct. 31 Statewide min. size/daily limit.
New Rule Proposal:
Close it
Why the change is needed:
Shortly after the stream strategy implementation, a comprehensive winter steelhead census was conducted on the Nooksack River in order to devise a methodology to estimate escapement on any given year. It was discovered that in the South Fork, 60% of the total spawning was occurring in Hutchinson Creek alone. Basin wide, Hutchinson Creek had 17% of the total winter steelhead escapement. Given the purpose of the stream strategy was to protect juvenile anadromous fishes while rearing, steelhead juveniles in particular, and the high density of steelhead spawning in Hutchinson Creek, closing for protection of rearing steelhead is consistent with the intent of the stream strategy concept.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
Ned Currence, Nooksack Indian Tribe. Region4 Bio's
Describe their support and/or concerns:
Support, for the same reasons given.
Submitted by: BARKDULL, BRETT C — ,

Date submitted: 06/05/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Recommended for Public Comment     Reference ID: DFW346127

Rule Change Recommendation Short Title
Close angling on Hutchinson Creek

Rules Category
Puget Sound Region Freshwater

Type of Rule Change Proposal
Conservation

County or Location Information
Whatcom County

Short Description
Close to fishing to protect wild steelhead

Explanation
Shortly after the stream strategy implementation, a comprehensive winter steelhead census was conducted on the Nooksack River in order to devise methods to estimate escapement on any given year. It was discovered that in the South Fork, 60% of the total spawning was occurring in Hutchinson Creek alone. Basin wide, Hutchinson Creek had 17% of the total winter steelhead escapement. Given the purpose of the stream strategy was to protect juvenile anadromous fishes while rearing, steelhead juveniles in particular, and the high density of steelhead spawning in Hutchinson Creek, closing for protection of rearing steelhead is consistent with the intent of the stream strategy concept.

Original Rule Proposal Number(s)
DFW346127

Online Public Comments

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