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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: DFW470525

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW470525
Critical Conservation Need      Submission Type: Public
Rules Category:
Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Steelhead
Rule to Change:
New Rule Proposal:
Ban fishing with beads on the Klickitat River. Specifically the beads that are a direct copy of Salmon eggs, that are fished under an indicator or bobber.
Why the change is needed:
Bead fishing is an incredibly effective way to hook and land steelhead. Due to it's effectiveness, it is now utilized by most guides on the Klickitat, and increasingly by non-guides as well. Consequently, during September-November wild or unclipped steelhead are caught repeatedly, some fish are caught and released several times in one day. This results in wild fish spawning in a weakened state as well as higher pre-spawning mortality. Banning bead fishing would help bring sport impacts back to a reasonable level while maintaining sportfishing opportunities.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
I have discussed this with some guides as well as with a local business owner who fishes.
Describe their support and/or concerns:
They have agreed in principle, however the guides have stated that their catch rate would be reduced and they feel like bait should be banned first.

Date submitted: 06/15/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Not Recommended for further consideration     Reference ID: DFW470525

Not a conservation issue. Current regulations are consistent with steelhead protection.

Online Public Comments    (1 comments)

GIRTZ, TODD   September 21, 2012
there are already rules in plsce to protect fish in this area the is no reason to limit this type of gear.