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Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater
Type of Rule Change Proposal
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Currently Monument Creek is managed under statewide general stream rules. General rules permit the use of barbed hooks and bait. The rules for Monument Creek should be adjusted to selective gear rules to protect federally threatened bull trout.
ExplanationOriginal Rule Proposal Number(s)
Monument Creek is an important spawning area for federally threatened bull trout. Bull trout spawning in Monument Creek are comprised of both fluvial and resident fish. Fluvial fish have migrated to the area from the Methow River. Current rule allowing barbed hooks and bait is not consistent with WDFW and USFWS bull trout Management and Recovery Plans and should be changed to selective gear rules. Adjusting the regulation to selective gear rules still allows angling in this stream, while increasing protection of bull trout.
Adopt as proposed.
Adopted as proposed.
There were no comments.
TRUMBO, BRAD October 01, 2012
WALLA WALLA, WA
Great! I appreciate the fact that WDFW is willing to suggest regulation changes like this. ESA listing aside, bull trout should have more protective regulations from a conservation standpoint.
ALLEN, DANIEL December 28, 2012
MT VERNON, WA
We need to protect the Bull Trout.
PAINE, MICHAEL January 03, 2013
Please implement immediately this important protection for ESA listed Bull trout in Monument Creek. Damage is being done.
HUMLING, MICHAEL A January 08, 2013
WINTHROP , WA
I support this proposal to protect fluvial and resident bull trout. Overall, knowing the remoteness of Monument Creek, I suspect this may be more symbolic than anything else. I really feel that, like the lower Lost River, this tributary should be closed waters. My understanding of the Lost River is that it is closed to sport fishing below Monument to protect steelhead, Chinook, and bull trout (coupled with the lack of fishable resident trout) and I don't see any biological reason that lower Monument Creek should be any different. Nobody that I am aware of has any data suggesting that upper Columbia River steelhead do NOT spawn in the same habitat that fluvial bull trout use.