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Reference ID: DFW932350

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW932350
Critical Conservation Need      Submission Type: Public
Rules Category:
Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Trout
 • Steelhead
Rule to Change:
NACHES RIVER (Yakima Co.)from mouth to confluence with Tieton River and from Rattlesnake Creek upstream Min. size 12". Max. size 20". Daily limit 2. Selective gear rules. Internal combustion motors prohibited.
New Rule Proposal:
Propose changing the rule to "Catch-and-release. Selective gear rules. Internal combustion motors prohibited. " from mouth upstream.
Why the change is needed:
This change is critical for the health of the trout fishery as the majority of spawning age trout and a portion of pre-migration juvenile steelhead fall within the 12"-20" range that are currently allowed to be taken. The benfits to the fishery and public far outweight the cost of a few individuals not being able to harvest fish from this river.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
No input given
Describe their support and/or concerns:
No input given
Submitted by: FJELSTAD, AARON J — MERCER ISLAND, WA

Date submitted: 05/17/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Not Recommended for further consideration     Reference ID: DFW932350

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.


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