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Sportfishing Rule Changes for 2013-2014

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Reference ID: DFW951043

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW951043
Recreational Opportunities      Submission Type: Public
Rules Category:
Puget Sound Region Marine
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Not species specific
Rule to Change:
Fazon Lake Services, a Whatcom County based boat rental & hunting blind lease service since 1972, appreciates the opportunity to give comments and suggest an emergency amendment changing the existing restricted dates allowing fishing from a floating device on Fazon Lake, Whatcom county of Jan 15th
New Rule Proposal:
changing the existing restricted dates allowing fishing from a floating device on Fazon Lake, Whatcom county to Feb 1 to coincide with the closing date of waterfowl hunting season
Why the change is needed:
safety - Fazon Lake is a 32 acre lake with 6 duckblinds & one each DFW access launch. Because all blinds are stratified equally on lake with in 150yds of each other uniformly around the lake, there is no safezone for a fisherperson to get out of the way of shotspray pattern - utilizing 150 yds as a hurtzone. Also fisherpersons utilizing a boat or floating device would constantly harrass the hunter and cause ducks to flare or leave because of sight exposure to the birds.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
Ryan Valentine- local enforcement WDFW Bill Hebner - mill creek enforcemnt leader WDFW Annette Hoffman - mill creek leader WDFW Danny Garret - local bio WDFW Justin Spinelli - local bio WDFW Borderline Bassin Contenders - local hunting & fishing club
Describe their support and/or concerns:
mostly in favor because of safety reasons as long as not taking away year round fishing status of which fishing is still allowed from shore during hunting season
Submitted by: HARRIMAN, GAIL D — BELLINGHAM, WA

Date submitted: 06/11/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Recommended for Public Comment     Reference ID: DFW951043

Rule Change Recommendation Short Title
Reduce waterfowl hunter/angler use conflicts on Fazon & Tennant Lakes

Rules Category
Puget Sound Region Freshwater

Type of Rule Change Proposal
Recreational

County or Location Information
Whatcom County

Short Description
UPDATED: Change seasons to not allow fishing from a floating device until January 28th -- to coincide with the closing date of waterfowl hunting season.

Explanation
Balance opportunity for water fowl and fishing. Fazon Lake is a 32 acre lake with 6 duck blinds & one DFW access launch. Fishers in a boat or floating device cause ducks to flare or leave because of sight exposure.

Original Rule Proposal Number(s)
DFW695389
DFW951043

Online Public Comments

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