Rules Category: Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater
Species covered in proposed rule • Trout • Other
Other Description Bull Trout
Rule to Change: Eastern Rivers Special Rules
New Rule Proposal: Change the regulation to make the entire Naches River catch and release, fly fishing only with single barbless hook.
Why the change is needed: To protect the bull trout population from those confused telling the difference from a bull trout and a brookie. To protect the fishery from over-fishing. To allow the fishery to develop into what it is capable of becoming...a blue-ribbon fishery...within a very short period of time.
The Naches is capable of becoming a truly renowned fishery similar to the Methow. But it should be protected for at least time for it to develop as such.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change: None.
Describe their support and/or concerns:
Submitted by: ANDERSON, CRAIG E — RICHLAND, WA
Date submitted: 06/13/2012
WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation
Not Recommended for further consideration Reference ID: DFW692600
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: Catch and release is the only way to have a great fishery. the fish grow bigger and there are less dead fish. Releasing a fish on barbless hooks dosen't hurt the fish at the rate of fish dieing from getting off the barbed hooks. Death rate of released fish from barbless hooks is in the area of 4%. Also the hook and release rivers give the fish to grow to a much large size if the food sorce is there to start with.