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Sportfishing Rule Changes for 2013-2014

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Reference ID: DFW981781

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW981781
Recreational Opportunities      Submission Type: Public
Rules Category:
Puget Sound Region Freshwater
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Other

Other Description
searun cutthroat
Rule to Change:
SKAGIT RIVER (Skagit/Whatcom Co) The mouth is defined by a line projected from terminus (end) of the jetty with McGlinn Island to the white monument on east end of Ika Island, then to the white monument on east end of Craft Island, then to the white monument near corner of the levee on the west side of Dry Slough, and then to the white monument on the east side of Tom Moore Slough. from mouth to Hwy. 536 at Mt. Vernon (Memorial Hwy. Bridge) (830) Dolly Varden/Bull Trout June 1-Jan. 31 Min. size 20". May be retained as part of TROUT daily limit. All Other TROUT June 1-Jan. 31 Min. size 14". Daily limit 2. Other Game Fish June 1-Jan. 31 Statewide min. size/daily limit. SALMON Sept. 1-Dec. 31 Min. size 12". Daily limit 2. Release CHINOOK and CHUM.
New Rule Proposal:
Open Skagit River below Hwy. 536 at Mt. Vernon to year round for searun cutthroat trout.
Why the change is needed:
There is no reason to close the river below the bridge. Closing the river below Mt. Vernon does nothing to protect steelhead. Which is the reason given for the closure. All the current rule does is limit fishing opportunity.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
WDFW Mill Creek.
Describe their support and/or concerns:
No support.

Date submitted: 05/01/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Not Recommended for further consideration     Reference ID: DFW981781

The closure was implemented to protect steelhead trout migrating through that section of river. That condition has not changed.

Online Public Comments    (1 comments)

STRATTON, KERRY L  September 29, 2012
There is no evidence that closing the river below Mt. Vernon protects migrating steelhead. Again the closure of the lower river only denies fishing opportunity. Instead of making the blanket statement that the closure was implemented to protect steelhead trout migrating, show how this is protecting them. Protecting them from what? A couple of fly fishermen fishing for cutthroat?

Other Comments Received