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Reference ID: DFW374094

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW374094
Recreational Opportunities      Submission Type: Public
Rules Category:
Puget Sound Region Freshwater
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Trout
Rule to Change:
QUILCENE RIVER from Rodgers St. to Hwy. 101 All Game Fish First Sat. in June-Oct. 31 Catch-and-release.
New Rule Proposal:
QUILCENE RIVER from Rodgers St. to Hwy. 101 TROUT First Sat. in June-Oct. 31 Min. size 14". Daily limit 2. Other Game Fish First Sat. in June-Oct. Catch-and-release.
Why the change is needed:
WDFW snorkel surveys in August indicate harvestable adult searun cutthroat stage in the Quilcene River ahead of the summer chum and coho return to the river. This rule would provide an important recreational harvest opportunity while still protecting sensitive species.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
Kitsap Flyfishers, Bremerton Sportsman's Club, Thom Johnson, PNPTC, Larry Phillips and Bill Evans, WDFW
Describe their support and/or concerns:
Local fishing groups support quality harvest opportunities. Thom Johnson supports such a change as long as data exists to justify harvest. WDFW staff support limited recreational harvest opportunity in Hood Canal where healthy populations have been observed; Several systems in South Puget Sound have a similar regulation.
Submitted by: DOWNEN, MARK  — SHELTON, WA

Date submitted: 06/15/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Recommended for Public Comment     Reference ID: DFW374094

Rule Change Recommendation Short Title
Quilcene trout retention

Rules Category
Puget Sound Region Freshwater

Type of Rule Change Proposal
Recreational

County or Location Information
Jefferson County

Short Description
Remove the current regulation requiring catch and release and allow retention of trout from Rodgers Street to Highway 101 with a daily bag limit of 2 and a minimum length of 14 inches.

Explanation
WDFW snorkel surveys in August indicate harvestable adult searun cutthroat stage in the Quilcene River ahead of the summer chum and coho return to the river. This rule would provide an important recreational harvest opportunity while still protecting sensitive species.

Original Rule Proposal Number(s)
DFW374094
DFW339333

Online Public Comments

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