Rules Category: Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater
Species covered in proposed rule • Steelhead • Other
Other Description Salmon
Rule to Change: In freshwater areas (except in the Columbia River between the Buoy 10 line and the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line) SALMON, STEELHEAD, and DOLLY VARDEN/BULL TROUT to be released may not be totally removed from the water.
New Rule Proposal: For the mainstem Columbia River salmon and steelhead fishery from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to OR/WA border – From February 15 through June 15, it is unlawful when fishing from vessels which are less than 30 feet in length (substantiated by Coast Guard documentation or Marine Board registration)
Why the change is needed: This proposal would match Oregon's existing rule. Washington had been adopted it via emergency regulation the past several years.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change: No input given
Describe their support and/or concerns:
No input given
Submitted by: LEFLEUR, CINDY — ,
Date submitted: 06/12/2012
WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation
Recommended for Public Comment Reference ID: DFW511234
Rule Change Recommendation Short Title Prohibit removal of salmon, steelhead, and dolly varden/ bull trout from the water on the Columbia River if intending to release
Rules Category Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater
Type of Rule Change Proposal Conservation
County or Location Information
Short Description Require that in freshwater areas (except in the Columbia River between the Buoy 10 line and the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line) salmon, steelhead, dolly varden/bull trout that are to be released may not be totally removed from the water.
Explanation Aligns with Oregon's existing rule and would be required from February 15 through June 15, when fishing from vessels less than 30 feet in length (substantiated by Coast Guard documentation or Marine Board registration). For the past several years, Washington has adopted this rule via emergency regulation.