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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: DFW803219

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW803219
Recreational Opportunities      Submission Type: Public
Rules Category:
Coastal Region Freshwater
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Other

Other Description
searun cutthroat trout
Rule to Change:
Searun cutthroat fishing in Puget Sound and Hood Canal is now totally catch and release.
New Rule Proposal:
Does anyone remember what a searun cutthroat tastes like? I propose designating one day (some Saturday in the fall?) for keeping one searun cutthroat with no size limitations.
Why the change is needed:
Catch and release is sometimes necessary in a prudent fishing policy. I do it all the time in my state of residence, Montana, especially when I have a dinner already in my creel. Surely, though, the numbers of cutts would tolerate keeping one fish on one desginated day. I don't think the seals will be hurt by this new policy either. (Note: We are residents of Montana but have a place on Hood Canal.)
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
None besides my wife.
Describe their support and/or concerns:
Oh, yea, she'd like to taste a searun too.
Submitted by: WAALI, ED E — TAHUYA, WA

Date submitted: 05/06/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Not Recommended for further consideration     Reference ID: DFW803219

Current cutthroat regulations were implemented in light of a declining trend in abundance. The minimum size was identified through stock recruitment analysis which indicated that once cutthroat trout in Hood Canal on average achieved a minimum size of 14 inches they had one spawning check on their scales --thereby ensuring that they had the opportunity to contribute to the productivity of the population and maintain its long-term viability. Current information suggests that this strategy is working to maintain the population and in times of good productivity grow the population.

Online Public Comments    (3 comments)

DREWRY, WILLIAM   October 31, 2012
I applaud the WDFW on their catch and release policy on this special, native species. This law has really helped a declining species. Don't let folks from out of State question your prudent decisions. Keep up the good work!!!
DALTON, WILLIAM M  October 31, 2012
I Have lived here my whole life and support catch and release Cutthroat trout, Yes they tasted good, but opening any day or season upon these great fish only confuses fisherman as they will take when they want to take and start using gear that wil only harm this wonderful fisherie, Thats why its a great fisherie now, is because it is protected. Lets please keep it that way. I was on the board of directors for the HCSE for awhile and understand the cutthroat population and disturbance of personal property owners as regulations get more flexible, what needs to be done is to eliminate catching coho salmon on any of the small tributaries to the canal. Let us build the natural populations back.
HOPPLER, WES C  January 29, 2013
I kind of like the style of this proposal - just sayin.