WDFW LogoWashington Department of Fish & Wildlife
  HELP | EMPLOYMENT | NEWS | CONTACT  
WDFW LogoFishing & Shellfishing
Report a Poacher or Other Violation

Fishing Hotline
360-902-2500

Shellfish Rule
Change Hotline

1-866-880-5431

More Hotline Information...

For more information on
fishing, please contact the
WDFW Fish Program.
360-902-2700
Fish Program District Biologists

For fishing regulation
questions, e-mail us at:
fishregs@dfw.wa.gov

For all other questions and comments, e-mail us at:
fishpgm@dfw.wa.gov

 

 
See proposed rule
language (CR-103)
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

View proposals and comments on proposals that were submitted by the public and WDFW staff.
There are two types of rules available for viewing.


Recommended
for Public Comment
Not Recommended
for further consideration
View by Category
Statewide Coastal Region
Freshwater
Statewide
Shellfish/Seaweed
Puget Sound
Region Freshwater
Coastal Region
Marine
Puget Sound
Region Marine
Eastern Washington and
Columbia Region Freshwater

Recommended for Public Comment

Rule Change Recommendation Short Title
# 27. Prohibit removal of salmon, steelhead, and dolly varden/ bull trout from the water on the Columbia River if intending to release

 • Final Rule Actions
 • See comments

Rules Category
Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater

Type of Rule Change Proposal
Conservation

Short Description
Require that in freshwater areas (except in the Columbia River between the Buoy 10 line and the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line) salmon, steelhead, dolly varden/bull trout that are to be released may not be totally removed from the water.

Explanation
Aligns with Oregon's existing rule and would be required from February 15 through June 15, when fishing from vessels less than 30 feet in length (substantiated by Coast Guard documentation or Marine Board registration). For the past several years, Washington has adopted this rule via emergency regulation.

Original Rule Proposal Number(s)
DFW511234

Final Rule Actions

Staff Recommendation
Adopt as proposed.

Commission Action
Adopted as proposed.

Rule Modifications
No


Public Testimony

There were no comments.

Online Public Comments  (12 comments)

RINGLEE, CHRIS   September 21, 2012
GIG HARBOR, WA  
Comments:
I support this regulation to protect ESA listed salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River. This regulation however may be very difficult to enforce for WDFW staff.
DOCKSTEADER, GAREY   September 22, 2012
LONGVIEW, WA  
Comments:
When bank fishing (i.e. plunking) along the Columbia River it's sometimes difficult to NOT take all of the fish out of the water to remove the hook and return the fish to the water.
TACHELL, JONATHAN T  October 08, 2012
GIG HARBOR , WA  
Comments:
I would like to see this rule put in place. I believe there is no reason to remove the fish from the water if it is going to be released.
ROWE, ANTHONY W  October 12, 2012
APO, AP  
Comments:
If preparing to release fish and reduce mortality we must keep fish in the water. Many of these fish have literally performed a olympic feet by passing over multiple dams and through multiple nets. How many times have we seen the hero shot over dry ground and see that angler slip lose grip or worse apply the death grip in order to retain control of a fish. Its not a huge thing to ask anglers to help reduce mortality by keeping fish in the water.
LAROCCO, MICHAEL   October 23, 2012
WOODLAND, WA  
Comments:
Make it permanant. Where it makes sense, management of the CR should be consistant between states. An annual passing of an emergency regulation wastes peoples time and probably costs some $
CARVER SR., RUSSELL L  November 29, 2012
LAKETAPPS, WA  
Comments:
Please pass rule change#27.
IRVEN, LANCE J  December 07, 2012
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA  
Comments:
Yes, this should be standard anyway with those fish. Just like the Olympic Penninsula.
HINDS, PATRICK E  December 07, 2012
OTIS ORCHARDS, WA  
Comments:
I support this regulation. With increases in selective marked fishing as an attempt to protect wild fish, this should decrease mortality in the catch and release of wild fish.
DODD, JOEL D  December 16, 2012
PUYALLUP, WA  
Comments:
I support this proposal. We share the Columbia with Oregon and should do all we can to make rules the same for people from both states.
PASSMORE, MICHAEL F  January 09, 2013
CATHLAMET, WA  
Comments:
Agree; only reason to remove fish from water is for pictures. This extends the stress they encounter. Most of the time the fin clip (or lack of) can be view with the fish in the water while still in the net.
WICKERSHAM, ED   January 25, 2013
RIDGEFIELD, WA  
Comments:
I support this rule change but I do not understand why it should not apply from Buoy 10 upstream. I fish the CR from the mouth to Bonneville for salmon and steelhead as well as the ocean. I have a relatively large high gunwale 22' boat and I do not fully remove any fish from the water that are goin to be released. I had to modify my net gear a bit but it is the right thing to do and the agency should be demanding that conduct. Recreational fisheries should be required to take all reasonable measures to decrease mortality on wild and listed salmonids. This is a relatively easy and inexpensive regulation change. Respectfully Submitted, Ed Wickersham
MANKOWSKI, DENNIS R  January 14, 2013
VANCOUVER, WA  
Comments:
I think that fishing alone in rough water, on the Columbia, trying to unhook a fish in the water, even if using barbless hooks,can be risky. It would be safer to pull the fish out and unhook it and then put it back in the water. I think that the safety of the fisherman should trumph the comfort of the the fish in this situation. Thanks, You folks are doing a good job.