Rules Category: Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater
Species covered in proposed rule • Steelhead • Trout
Rule to Change:
New Rule Proposal: Suggest that the entire Naches River system be managed as a catch and release area and selective gear rules apply.
Why the change is needed: Protect the bull trout and steelhead in the river and provide additional protection of breeding age class rainbow and brook trout.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change: Columbia Basin Fly Casters
Describe their support and/or concerns:
No input given
Submitted by: ROBERTSON, DANIEL C — RICHLAND, WA
Date submitted: 06/14/2012
WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation
Not Recommended for further consideration Reference ID: DFW523157
This proposal does not offer additional conservation protection that warrants adjusting the current rule. The current rule is protective of native fish while allowing a broad spectrum of recreational anglers to use the resource. Implementing the proposed rule would potentially reduce recreational use of the resource.
Online Public Comments(1 comments)
ALLISON, CHET W December 07, 2012 SPOKANE, WA Comments: If a river does not grow fish consitantly over 16 inches it is time to try hook and release to see if the river has enough food to support such a fishery and grow the fish that fisherman are looking for. If the fish don't grow then put and take can be put back into play.