Species covered in proposed rule • Trout • Kokanee
Other Description WA
Rule to Change: Current rule of limit on Lake Sammamish, 5 trout per fisherman and release all Kokanee.
New Rule Proposal: Limit of 2 Cuttbows (Trout) per fisherman and release all Kokanee. Only De-barbed hooks allowed.
Why the change is needed: After fishing Lake Sammamish for several years and watching the developmental return of the Kokanee (a wonderful success) I would encourage de-barbing hooks for the save release of Kokanee to the Lake. Secondly, since the new docks have been in place the pressure on the lake during the winter has greatly increased. Now we have fishermen keeping more Cuttbows (Trout) and Cutthroat than ever before. The same sport of fishing would continue on the lake with a catch limit of 2 fish per fisherman. Since the fish in Lake Sammamish are native and not plants, the state should seriously consider protection and conservation of the trout that currently exist within the lake.
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Submitted by: HICKMAN, WILLIAM R — BELLEVUE, WA
Date submitted: 04/26/2012
WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation
Recommended for Public Comment Reference ID: DFW530376
Rule Change Recommendation Short Title Require seasonal use of single point barbless hooks to protect Lake Sammamish Kokanee
Rules Category Puget Sound Region Freshwater
Type of Rule Change Proposal Recreational
County or Location Information King County
Short Description Daily bag limit of five trout remains the same but to protect kokanee, only single point barbless hooks will be allowed from January 1 through April 30.
Explanation Single point barbless hooks are to allow for the safe release of kokanee. Incidental catch of kokanee has increased during the winter. Kokanee in the lake are native and this regulation will help protect supplementation efforts that are currently underway. This regulation will also assist in the protection of native trout that are released.