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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

Sportfishing Rule Proposals & Comments

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Reference ID: DFW986676

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW986676
Critical Conservation Need      Submission Type: Public
Rules Category:
Puget Sound Region Marine
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Steelhead
Rule to Change:
None
New Rule Proposal:
Fishing from floating devices is not allowed February 1 through November 30 on the Sol Duc River from the Sol Duc Hatchery to the 101 Bridge upstream of the Klahowya Campground. Floating devices may be used for transportation in the area.
Why the change is needed:
This is one of the most important spawning areas for early wild steelhead in the Sol Duc River (McMillan et.al. 2007). Virtually every piece of holding water and spawning riffle is now fished hard and repeatedly by anglers in boats and they catch-and-release (CnR) numerous steelhead during a single day (WDFW creel surveys). Heightened CnR has been shown to have negative consequences on the behavior, reproductive success and survival of many species including adult steelhead (Ashbrook 2010; Hooton 2001, others). This regulation will continue to allow ample sport fishing opportunity from the bank and establish a partial reserve for resting and holding steelhead. WDFW plans to designate this river as a Wild Steelhead Management Zone to protect steelhead genetics while allowing sport fishing. Reduced angling encounters will improve wild steelhead survival and spawning, help rebuild the early-timed run now depleted, and improve their range of genetic and adaptive diversity.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
The Wild Fish Conservancy - Trent Donohue and Nick Gayeski. Native Fish Society - Mike Moody. Bill McMillan, Biologist and Outdoor writer. John McMillan, Fish Research Scientist. Wild Salmon Center - Devona Ensmenger. Conservation Angler - Pete Soverel. Will Atlas, Steelhead Conservation Committee – Federation of Fly Fishers. Doug Schaad, Conservation Committee - Washington Fly Fishing Club. Dave Steinbaugh, Waters West. Dave McCoy, Emerald Water Anglers. Bill Robinson, Fish Advocate and Chair of the WDFW SCPAG. Mike Gross, WDFW Fishery Biologist
Describe their support and/or concerns:
This Rule proposal has been discussed in detail with Mike Gross of WDFW. This proposal is supported by all listed above as well.
Submitted by: LUKE KELLY (CONTACT), WILD STEELHEAD COALITION  — KIRKLAND, WA

Date submitted: 06/14/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Not Recommended for further consideration     Reference ID: DFW986676

Updated 09/27/2012
UPDATED: The "no fishing from a floating device" regulation to reduce negative effects of catch and release fisheries on wild steelhead is typically not a tool used to address conservation objectives. Currently wild steelhead are meeting escapement in this river. Limiting harvest of wild steelhead to one per year per angler statewide, to be taken only in the lower stretches of rivers that are routinely meeting escapement goals, has reduced the non-treaty harvest of wild steelhead in these rivers by roughly 70 percent. Upper reaches of the north coastal streams under both State and Olympic National Park jurisdiction require selective gear and some are closed during much of the year, further limiting impacts of catch and release fishing. WDFW welcomes discussion of this and other ideas to better manage the wild steelhead stocks of the North Coast, as escapements, and catch and effort trends continue to develop in the future.


Online Public Comments    (40 comments)

DUNN, RONALD C  October 29, 2012
EDMONDS, WA  
Comments:
We the sportsmen of this state are seeing a combined effort to stop the general publics access to our resources. Due to the major number of these requests to stop boat access on most rivers on the north coast. Please deny any and all further requests to stop access that has been always available. What about those of us getting older and can't really walk the rivers any more.
GRAHN, GARY   December 06, 2012
PORT ANGELES, WA  
Comments:
There is need for an increased. Amount of protection for these runs. That being said, meny of the groups and individuals that are pushing for this and similar regulations on other streams would like to regulate these sections for the gain of the Fly Fishing Groups. If conservation is the true goal, stop all fishing on this section.
TRIGGS, BOB   January 27, 2013
PORT TOWNSEND, WA  
Comments:
I support this measure to eliminate boat angling pressure on wild steelhead in the upper Sol Duc river. Why does WDFW always have to wait until we have lost runs of fish to react with more conservative measures. We have an opportunity to recover runs of fish, if only we would protect them. right now there are many boat anglers who target wild steelhead on their spawning reaches. I have never seen any fish checkers or law enforcement officers intervene. this is a tragic management failure. This rule should cover the entire river upstream of highway 101 upriver of the Forks and Whitcomb Dimmel ramp area.
MCMILLAN, BILL   January 26, 2013
CONCRETE, WA  
Comments:
All Coastal Olympic Peninsula Rivers are experiencing declines in wild steelhead escapement, including the Quillayute River and its tributaries. The area proposed here is one of the most important spawning areas for early wild steelhead in the Sol Duc River (McMillan et. al. 2007), and currently the early wild steelhead stocks are estimated at just a fraction of their historic levels. The Quillayute River drainage’s wild steelhead abundance, which includes the Sol Duc River, dropped more than 70% during the last decade. WDFW needs to give additional protection to the depleted early run in order to restore and maintain the abundance, productivity, and diversity of the total run. This management practice has been a conservation tool implemented on many steelhead rivers in Oregon and British Columbia with proven success. Making these reasonably minor changes now to protect wild steelhead spawners on this critical stretch of the Sol Duc River can help divert the trend of declines,
EHLERT, CHUCK   January 26, 2013
WOODINVILLE, WA  
Comments:
An incredible river with incredible fish. Due to the pressure now seen on the OP, we must provide some sort of sanctuary for these magnificent fish. Requiring people to fish from shore leaves some water untouched and provide these fish with a well needed resting area. Recommend include and approve.
ROHN, DOUGLAS A  January 25, 2013
HONOLULU, HI  
Comments:
I agree with the original proposal for the following: All Coastal Olympic Peninsula Rivers are experiencing declines in wild steelhead escapement, including the Quillayute River and its tributaries. The area proposed here is one of the most important spawning areas for early wild steelhead in the Sol Duc River (McMillan et. al. 2007), and currently the early wild steelhead stocks are estimated at just a fraction of their historic levels. The Quillayute River drainage’s wild steelhead abundance, which includes the Sol Duc River, dropped more than 70% during the last decade. WDFW needs to give additional protection to the depleted early run in order to restore and maintain the abundance, productivity, and diversity of the total run. This management practice has been a conservation tool implemented on many steelhead rivers in Oregon and British Columbia with proven success. Making these reasonably minor changes now to protect wild steelhead spawners on this critical stretch of the S
SUTTON, MARCEL   January 25, 2013
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
please do enact this rule change, these fish get pounded with "no place to hide" lets give them a chance! Thank you!
BUDD, ROBER M  January 22, 2013
HOLLIDAYSBURG, PA  
Comments:
PAlthough the WDFW states “The no fishing from a floating device regulation to reduce negative effects of catch and release fisheries on wild steelhead is typically not a tool used to address conservation objectives. Currently wild steelhead are meeting escapement in this river.” All Coastal Olympic Peninsula Rivers are experiencing declines in wild steelhead escapement, including the Quillayute River and its tributaries. The area proposed here is one of the most important spawning areas for early wild steelhead in the Sol Duc River (McMillan et. al. 2007), and currently the early wild steelhead stocks are estimated at just a fraction of their historic levels. The Quillayute River drainage’s wild steelhead abundance, which includes the Sol Duc River, dropped more than 70% during the last decade. WDFW needs to give additional protection to the depleted early run in order to restore and maintain the abundance, productivity, and diversity of the total run. Status quo is not working
CHADICK, JASON P  January 22, 2013
NEAH BAY, WA  
Comments:
Dear WDFW, Please consider this rule change as it is based on comprehensive and unbiased study on the impacts of angling on spawning steelhead. By limiting the impact of anglers on this treasured resource we can preserve a noble species and sport for future generations. Please do not keep making short sighted decisions on a species that is rapidly declining. Thanks, Jason Chadick
DUKE, WILLIAM   January 22, 2013
PORTLAND, OR  
Comments:
Although the WDFW states that this “is typically not a tool used to address conservation objectives. Currently wild steelhead are meeting escapement in this river.” This management practice has been a conservation tool implemented on many steelhead rivers in Oregon and British Columbia with proven success. Hoh River wild steelhead have missed their escapement goal in 10 out of the last 20 years. The Hoh River wild steelhead abundance has fallen approximately 50-75% since the 1950’s and 30% since the 1980’s. This proposal promotes the same fishing season for all diverse fishing methods. Without change to management and continued declines in wild steelhead escapement, the next step may be to close the Sportfishing season early, affecting the fishing opportunity for bank and floating anglers alike. The WDFW MUST find new methods to protect wild steelhead stocks from declines. The current management is not working.
DUKE, WILLIAM   January 22, 2013
PORTLAND, OR  
Comments:
Although the WDFW states “The no fishing from a floating device regulation to reduce negative effects of catch and release fisheries on wild steelhead is typically not a tool used to address conservation objectives. Currently wild steelhead are meeting escapement in this river.” All Coastal Olympic Peninsula Rivers are experiencing declines in wild steelhead escapement, including the Quillayute River and its tributaries. The area proposed here is one of the most important spawning areas for early wild steelhead in the Sol Duc River (McMillan et. al. 2007), and currently the early wild steelhead stocks are estimated at just a fraction of their historic levels. The Quillayute River drainage’s wild steelhead abundance, which includes the Sol Duc River, dropped more than 70% during the last decade. WDFW needs to give additional protection to the depleted early run in order to restore and maintain the abundance, productivity, and diversity of the total run. This management practice has
JOHNSON, DANIEL L  January 22, 2013
NEWCASTLE, WA  
Comments:
I agree with WSC proposal for reasons stated in their written justification and reflected below. This is one of the most important spawning areas for early wild steelhead in the Sol Duc River (McMillan et. al. 2007). Virtually every piece of holding water and spawning riffle is now fished hard and repeatedly by anglers in boats and they catch-and-release (CnR) numerous steelhead during a single day (WDFW creel surveys). Heightened CnR has been shown to have negative consequences on the behavior, reproductive success and survival of many species including adult steelhead (Ashbrook 2010; Hooton 2001, others). This regulation will continue to allow ample sport fishing opportunity from the bank and establish a partial reserve for resting and holding steelhead. WDFW plans to designate this river as a Wild Steelhead Management Zone to protect steelhead genetics while allowing sport fishing. Reduced angling encounters will improve wild steelhead survival and spawning, help rebuild the e
CORDONNIER, JUSTIN   January 22, 2013
NEEDHAM, MA  
Comments:
• All Coastal Olympic Peninsula Rivers are experiencing declines in wild steelhead escapement, including the Quillayute River and its tributaries. • The area proposed here is one of the most important spawning areas for early wild steelhead in the Sol Duc River (McMillan et. al. 2007), and currently the early wild steelhead stocks are estimated at just a fraction of their historic levels. • The Quillayute River drainage’s wild steelhead abundance, which includes the Sol Duc River, dropped more than 70% during the last decade. WDFW needs to give additional protection to the depleted early run in order to restore and maintain the abundance, productivity, and diversity of the total run. • This management practice has been a conservation tool implemented on many steelhead rivers in Oregon and British Columbia with proven success. • Making these reasonably minor changes now to protect wild steelhead spawners on this critical stretch of the Sol Duc River can help divert the trend of dec
BREHM, BERT   January 22, 2013
EVERETT, WA  
Comments:
All Coastal Olympic Peninsula Rivers are experiencing declines in wild steelhead escapement, including the Quillayute River and its tributaries. The area proposed here is one of the most important spawning areas for early wild steelhead in the Sol Duc River (McMillan et. al. 2007), and currently the early wild steelhead stocks are estimated at just a fraction of their historic levels. The Quillayute River drainage’s wild steelhead abundance, which includes the Sol Duc River, dropped more than 70% during the last decade. WDFW needs to give additional protection to the depleted early run in order to restore and maintain the abundance, productivity, and diversity of the total run. This management practice has been a conservation tool implemented on many steelhead rivers in Oregon and British Columbia with proven success. Making these reasonably minor changes now to protect wild steelhead spawners on this critical stretch of the Sol Duc River can help divert the trend of declines.
CIRILLO, KEITH   January 22, 2013
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
• All Coastal Olympic Peninsula Rivers are experiencing declines in wild steelhead escapement, including the Quillayute River and its tributaries. • The area proposed here is one of the most important spawning areas for early wild steelhead in the Sol Duc River (McMillan et. al. 2007), and currently the early wild steelhead stocks are estimated at just a fraction of their historic levels. • The Quillayute River drainage’s wild steelhead abundance, which includes the Sol Duc River, dropped more than 70% during the last decade. WDFW needs to give additional protection to the depleted early run in order to restore and maintain the abundance, productivity, and diversity of the total run. • This management practice has been a conservation tool implemented on many steelhead rivers in Oregon and British Columbia with proven success. • Making these reasonably minor changes now to protect wild steelhead spawners on this critical stretch of the Sol Duc River can help divert the trend of dec
YOST, DEREK N  January 22, 2013
EUGENE, OR  
Comments:
Hello- Please restrict fishing on the Sol Duc River from the 101 bridge upstream to the Klahowya Campground wild fish are declining and taking this step will potentially help these fish recover. Best regards, Derek Yost
ALEXANDER, ROBERT G  January 22, 2013
BEAVER, WA  
Comments:
Is the State's objective to restore wild fish populations? Or is it to "meet escapement", a negotiated (as opposed to scientific) target? And, is "successfully meeting escapement" accurately portrayed if those levels have not been attained in 10 of the past 20 years? Let's benefit from the success in other states, rather than adhering purely to what “is typically not a tool used to address conservation objectives...." in the State of Washington. The health and productivity of spawning wild steelhead will benefit from the elimination of boat fishing in the recommended holding/spawning stretch of river. Fishing from boats is not required for profitable guided fishing and under the proposal there would continue to be more than ample water for guide clients and DIY sportsmen to fish from boats.
PETERS, THOM   January 22, 2013
SNOHOMISH, WA  
Comments:
Dear WDFW, As a fisherman, who has lived in this state for over 60 years,(I'm older than I used to be) it has been disheartening about what has happened to our STEELHEAD. As a driftboat owner, I would gladly endorse a "no fishing from a floating device" regulation to reduce negative effects of catch and release fisheries on wild steelhead in upper reaches of spawning habitat re: Hoh & Sol Duc. As a conservationist, I am beyond frustration regarding the regulation allowing the retention of ANY wild steelhead. Who are we kidding? If the agency is truly sincere and is using best available science, it does what is proper for its stewardship role in protecting the resource of the STEELHEAD. This obviously should not allow the taking of ANY native steelhead, if the agency is sincere and dedicated in its mission. No pandering to guides and their "clients." As a citizen and tax payer, I say catch, kill and eat ALL hatchery steelhead, and use ONLY selective
HIAR, EDWARD C  January 22, 2013
LYNNWOOD, WA  
Comments:
I believe that our native fish should have more unmolested areas to live and spawn. Removal of the allowance to fish from a boat is an excellent idea which I support. Ed Hiar
WANG, DAVID   January 22, 2013
MEDFORD, OR  
Comments:
I believe the proposed rule changes for the Sol Duc river putforth by the Wild Steelhead Coalition should be adopted by WDFW. Reducing the total catch on this stretch of river should be a goal of WDFW. It would not bother me if you closed this stretch during spawning months.
DUNPHY, LOGAN   January 22, 2013
EUGENE, OR  
Comments:
I agree w/ WSC: "All Coastal Olympic Peninsula Rivers are experiencing declines in wild steelhead escapement, including the Quillayute River and its tributaries. The area proposed here is one of the most important spawning areas for early wild steelhead in the Sol Duc River (McMillan et. al. 2007), and currently the early wild steelhead stocks are estimated at just a fraction of their historic levels. The Quillayute River drainage’s wild steelhead abundance, which includes the Sol Duc River, dropped more than 70% during the last decade. WDFW needs to give additional protection to the depleted early run in order to restore and maintain the abundance, productivity, and diversity of the total run. This management practice has been a conservation tool implemented on many steelhead rivers in Oregon and British Columbia with proven success. Making these reasonably minor changes now to protect wild steelhead spawners on this critical stretch of the Sol Duc River can help divert the
PARKS, MATTHEW   January 22, 2013
CORVALLIS, OR  
Comments:
I support the position of the Wild Steelhead Coalition, and the need to recover what are currently devastated runs of wild steelhead and salmon.
LENT, MARK   January 22, 2013
BREMERTON, WA  
Comments:
I support fully this proposal. The deshutes river in central oregon uses the no fishing from boat tool with great sucess. Bait fisherman in this river have already damaged the wild steelhead populations when fishing from boats
SULLIVAN, GARRETT   January 22, 2013
GRAND JUNCTION, CO  
Comments:
To whom it may concern, As a tourist of the state and concerned conservative of wild steelhead, it is alarming to hear a state agency is not concerned of, or advocate of halting float fishing to protect spawning steelhead! The claim that escapement numbers are steady is a farce considering that historic numbers should be the goal! SIncerely yours, Garrett Sullivan
VRADENBURG, JOHN S  January 23, 2013
FALL CITY, WA  
Comments:
This is one of the most important spawning areas for early wild steelhead in the Sol Duc River (McMillan et. al. 2007). Virtually every piece of holding water and spawning riffle is now fished hard and repeatedly by anglers in boats and they catch-and-release (CnR) numerous steelhead during a single day (WDFW creel surveys). Heightened CnR has been shown to have negative consequences on the behavior, reproductive success and survival of many species including adult steelhead (Ashbrook 2010; Hooton 2001, others). This regulation will continue to allow ample sport fishing opportunity from the bank and establish a partial reserve for resting and holding steelhead. WDFW plans to designate this river as a Wild Steelhead Management Zone to protect steelhead genetics while allowing sport fishing. Reduced angling encounters will improve wild steelhead survival and spawning, help rebuild the early-timed run now depleted, and improve their range of genetic and adaptive diversity.
LYONS, KIMBERLY A  January 23, 2013
BOTHELL, WA  
Comments:
This management practice has been a conservation tool implemented on many steelhead rivers in Oregon and British Columbia with proven success. The Quillayute system upheld its abundance until recently when it showed its first major decline. Over the 10 year period following the late 1990’s the stock abundance fell over 70%. Although abundance has partially recovered today, that recent decline shows the importance of further stock protection. Making these reasonably minor changes now to protect wild steelhead spawners on this critical stretch of the Sol Duc River can help divert the trend of declines, help in the rebuilding of the early run, and keep these rivers open to fishing all season for diverse angling methods. This rule change is positively consistent with WDFW's stated mission: "To preserve, protect and perpetuate fish, wildlife and ecosystems while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial opportunities."
NOTTINGHAM, DAN C  January 23, 2013
CLANCY, MT  
Comments:
I 100% agree with eliminating fishing from a boat over spawning fish. It is not even a sport and should be restricted. Even with very good catch and release techniques a certain % of mortality will occur. If you're playing the percentage game with spawning fish, eliminate adult mortality and it is only common sense that you will increase spawning productivity.
LINDQUIST, RICK   January 23, 2013
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I strongly oppose this proposal and support the WDFW position. The mission statement of WDFW is: To preserve, protect and perpetuate fish, wildlife and ecosystems while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial opportunities. This proposal, combined with other same group proposals, would reduce fisher-folk to standing in congested bank areas fly fishing shoulder to shoulder. while I like fly fishing, and wild steelhead, and other people, I fail to see how this proposal will help. I will also markedly diminish recreational access to this fishery. It will also markedly adversely affect the commercial opportunities and will further hamstring the guides out of forks. Thank You!
CLARK, GARY   January 23, 2013
FIR TREE WAY, WA  
Comments:
Reduced angling encounters will improve wild steelhead survival and spawning, help rebuild the early-timed run now depleted, and improve their range of genetic and adaptive diversity Virtually every piece of holding water and spawning riffle is now fished hard and repeatedly by anglers in boats and they catch-and-release (CnR) numerous steelhead during a single day (WDFW creel surveys). Heightened CnR has been shown to have negative consequences on the behavior, reproductive success and survival of many species including adult steelhead (Ashbrook 2010; Hooton 2001, others). This regulation will continue to allow ample sport fishing opportunity from the bank and establish a partial reserve for resting and holding steelhead. Reduced angling encounters will improve wild steelhead survival and spawning.
BIGGINS, DENNIS P  January 24, 2013
HILLSBORO, OR  
Comments:
Please consider these proposals. For the future of wild fish of the Sol Duc. Thank you, Dennis Biggins
SENYOHL, CHRIS J  January 28, 2013
FALL CITY, WA  
Comments:
I am against this proposal. It would limit some of the more physically challenged anglers from fishing and create more damage to the spawning areas of all fish that spawn in the river by increasing the amount of wading anglers. If the true nature of the proposal is to lessen impacts and not just to set aside more water for an exclusive group of anglers who choose to fish a certain way, than I think a better idea might be to only allow fishing from a boat or while standing on dry ground. Wading, both while fishing and as a way to access fishing areas, may do more damage than the actual fishing itself.
SENYOHL, AL   January 28, 2013
KIRKLAND, WA  
Comments:
The WDFW has "not recomended this proposal for further consideration". The Steelhead Trout Club of WA is in agreement with the WDFW that this proposal to eliminat fishing from a floating device in this section of the Sol Duc River should not receive any further consideration. The Sol Duc River has the strongest run of Wild Steelhead in the State, the run is currently at early 1980's levels & is easily meeting escapment goals. No further restrictions are needed! Boats simply passing over Salmon Redds cause far less concern than fishermen waist deep on gravel bars & wading through spawning redds! They are a much bigger problem that boats. We are also against regulations that enhance fishing oppertunities for a 1 single group of anglers & at the expense of others. Al Senyohl Pres, Steelhead Trout Club of WA
BROOKS, PETER C  January 28, 2013
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I do not support this proposal because it limits access and opportunity for some while favoring others, without actually addressing conservation.
WALLACE, THOMAS M  January 28, 2013
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I am against this proposal. It will not save fish. The creel data alone indicates the amount of boats going down this section of river on a given week would have little impact. With limited steelhead fishing opportunities in the state in the late winter/ spring it is a good thing for the boat anglers to be able spread out and not have too large an effect on a system or section of river.
GAVIN, MARK J  January 28, 2013
NORTH BEND, WA  
Comments:
It is not needed. The proposal favors fishing methods by a special interest group. In addition, many people are too old and or physically impaired to get out of a boat to fish this rugged terrain. The proposal violates the Americans with disabilities act as does recognize the real needs of people and make reasonable accommodation for them. The data by the groups that originally made this proposal is not valid. In the extremely few cases where there really needs to be a conservation limitation to protect the fish make it a total closesure to all fishing methods.
SHARF, JOHN D  January 29, 2013
KENMORE, WA  
Comments:
Not required, this riverexceeds escapment goals under existing R&R.
SIMONSON, WILLIAM R  January 29, 2013
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
This proposal should not be considered. If the need to reduce sportsfisher catch is real, then limit days/seasons. Requiring sportsfishers to exit a boat/"floating device" can pose safety issues; especially for the young and elder fishers. Don't limit fishing methods and reduce opportunities to certain fishing demographics.
MALLOCH, STEVE   January 29, 2013
SEATTLE , WA  
Comments:
In reference to DFW986676: Let the spawners spawn! Please remove boat traffic on the Sol Duc during this sensitive time on this sensitive stretch of river. Steve Malloch
HOPPLER, WES C  January 29, 2013
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
Oppose this rule. Thank you WDFW for not supporting it. If there are vulnerable fish and a conservation issue, show some stewardship and close the area, do not dedicate it to a group that wants to target these fish from the bank. Do these fish not warrant a "full" reserve if there is an issue. The Sol Duc River is a particularly poor river to be getting in and out of boats in the winter. Some of my fishing peers and myself are getting older and getting in and out of a boat all day is not comfortable, safe or synonymous with "Quality" angling from my perspective. Recent regulations have greatly reduced sport impacts. The Sol Duc was made a WSMZ because it was so healthy-is that no longer the case? Please address non-resident guide impacts before further reducing resident angler opportunity. Hard not to notice that most of the listed supporters are well know fly fishers and fly fishing guides - and they want no fishing from boats. Seems that they are more interested in f
SIMMS, RICH K  January 29, 2013
MUKILTEO, WA  
Comments:
All Coastal Olympic Peninsula Rivers are experiencing declines in wild steelhead escapement, including the Quillayute River and its tributaries. The area proposed here is one of the most important spawning areas for early wild steelhead in the Sol Duc River (McMillan et. al. 2007), and currently the early wild steelhead stocks are estimated at just a fraction of their historic levels. The Quillayute River drainage’s wild steelhead abundance, which includes the Sol Duc River, dropped more than 70% during the last decade. WDFW needs to give additional protection to the depleted early run in order to restore and maintain the abundance, productivity, and diversity of the total run. This management practice has been a conservation tool implemented on many steelhead rivers in Oregon and British Columbia with proven success. Making these reasonably minor changes now to protect wild steelhead spawners on this critical stretch of the Sol Duc River can help divert the trend of declines, hel

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