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Sportfishing Rule Changes for 2013-2014

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Reference ID: DFW513183

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW513183
Critical Conservation Need      Submission Type: Public
Rules Category:
Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Walleye
Rule to Change:
No min. size. Daily limit 10. Up to 5 over 18" and only 1 over 24" may be retained
New Rule Proposal:
Columbia river. No min size. No daily limit
Why the change is needed:
Walleye overpopulate to a point where they will start stuning themselfs and eat a lot of smelt and salmon smolt. Places like potholes are just a big hatchery adding to overpopulation. This is an invasive species and not native to the columbia river
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
Describe their support and/or concerns:
They agree
Submitted by: BURNS, BILL D — LONG BEACH, WA

Date submitted: 05/15/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Not Recommended for further consideration     Reference ID: DFW513183

Data from Columbia River predation studies don't support the claim that walleye are "overpopulated" or stunted. Further, salmonid predation rates by walleye (and smallmouth) are lower than people think and not even close to the impact that northern pikeminnow (a native species) can have on salmonids.

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