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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: DFW620042

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW620042
Recreational Opportunities      Submission Type: WDFW Staff
Rules Category:
Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Bass
 • Crappie
 • Perch
 • Trout
 • Other

Other Description
Rule to Change:
NORTH SILVER LAKE (Spokane Co.) ALL SPECIES – selective gear rules. Internal combustion motors prohibited. TROUT Mar. 1-Sept. 30 Min. size 14”. Daily limit 2. Release TROUT with clipped adipose fin. Other Game Fish Mar. 1-Sept. 30 Statewide min. size/daily limit. All Game Fish Nov. 1-Dec. 31 Catch-and-release.
New Rule Proposal:
Remove NORTH SILVER LAKE from Special Rules section and manage under Statewide Rules.
Why the change is needed:
This rule change will result in increased fishing and harvest opportunity for warmwater fish. This lake is no longer being managed as a quality trout water, so restrictive regulations are unnecessary.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
WDFW: John Whalen (Regional Fish Program Manager) and Chris Donley (Inland Fish Program Manager). Other: George Potter (Inland Empire Fly Fishing Club).
Describe their support and/or concerns:
All are in support of this rule change. All agree that due to access issues and no longer managing this lake as a quality trout water, the change is warranted.
Submitted by: BAKER, BILL  — ,

Date submitted: 06/07/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Recommended for Public Comment     Reference ID: DFW620042

Rule Change Recommendation Short Title
Convert North Silver Lake to a year-round fishery

Rules Category
Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater

Type of Rule Change Proposal

County or Location Information
Spokane County

Short Description
Allow increased fishing and harvest opportunity for warmwater fish by removing this lake from the Special Rules section and manage it under Statewide Rules.

There is no longer public access to this lake. Trout will no longer be stocked in this body of water, restrictive regulations are unnecessary.

Original Rule Proposal Number(s)

Online Public Comments

Online public comments submitted for this proposal can be found here.