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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: DFW805305

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW805305
Critical Conservation Need      Submission Type: Public
Rules Category:
Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Not species specific
Rule to Change:
SPOKANE RIVER from Upriver Dam to Idaho State boundary Season: First Sat. in June-Mar.15
New Rule Proposal:
Change Season to June 1-March 15
Why the change is needed:
This date needs to be changed to coincide with the date for the Plese Flats Day Use Area to Monroe Street Dam which is June 1-March 15. ***The River is closed beginning 3/16 to protect Native Redband Rainbow Trout during their spawning period. This trout population has declined significally in recent years. WDFW biologists & enforcement feel that anglers targeting & poaching spawning fish have been a major factor hence the closure.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
Chris Donley WDFW Inland Fisheries Manager ,Bill Baker WDFW Region 1 Biologist, Lenny Hahn WDFW Region 1 Enforcement, Spokane Fly Fishers, Trout Unlimited
Describe their support and/or concerns:
All support standardization of these seasons. TU and SFF haved funded, placed & maintain 60 signs along the river corridor. Local groups also do emphasis patrols with WDFW

Date submitted: 06/07/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Not Recommended for further consideration     Reference ID: DFW805305

Spokane River has rules that already are in place to protect spawning redband rainbow trout. This regulation as written does not further protect spawning redband trout.

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