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Puget Sound Region Freshwater
Type of Rule Change Proposal
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Skagit/ Whatcom counties
Open a trout fishery from the mouth to Highway 536 Memorial Bridge from March 1 through May 31. Anglers must use hooks with a 1/2 inch gap (approximately a size 2 hook) and follow selective gear rules.
ExplanationOriginal Rule Proposal Number(s)
This section of river is a popular trout fishery. This rule change will provide significant recreational trout fishing opportunity. Opening this fishery is not expected to have significant impacts on ESA listed anadromous fish.
MALMGREN, CHARLES G October 02, 2012
Please accept my vote to enact this change.
It would provide another low impact C&R opportunity with easy access.
YOUNG, SETH A October 08, 2012
MT. VERNON , WA
No. The only productive spots I fish are on the north and south forks with larger hooks.
BORDERLINE BASSIN CONTENDERS, ROBERT HARRIMAN October 15, 2012
Borderline Bassin Contenders agrees with this proposal This late winter early spring period can be a dead time for sportspeople. Duck hunting & steelhead is over, during march trout fishery & bass fishery not going well in lakes yet, but nice cuthroat & char are present in Skagit
thanks for your dedication
CARVER SR, RUSSELL L November 29, 2012
Reject rule#54 this will impact the smolt during outward migration.
MCCOY, ROBERT December 06, 2012
MOUNT VERNON, WA
I agree with this proposed change as it increases the Skagit fishery opportunities, in a limited access area of the Skagit, therefore minimizing the risk of over-fishing
COOPER, JOHN December 07, 2012
MOUNT VERNON, WA
You have my full support for this rule change. Great idea and restores the SRC and Dolly Varden fishing opportunity in the lower skagit during the spring.
ASHE, KEVIN December 08, 2012
yes. i would like to see it opened up on the entire system for all species except chinook. if the whole system is opended up it will reduce pressure on certain areas. but this is a beginning.
MORGAN, JOHN D December 10, 2012
I am very excited with your proposal #54 regarding trout fishing in the lower Skagit. I have been fishing that area the last two years and enjoyed many hours of catch and release for searuns using flies. In your brief above I do have a concern with the hook size information. What size trout are we expected to catch on a #2 hook with a 1/2 inch gap? Could that be a typo?
JOHNSON, KENNETH B December 10, 2012
I do not support this recommendation. If the river is closed to protect wild steelhead during this time of year a "trout fishery" would be counter-productive. There are plenty of other places in the Skagit basin to fish for trout this time of year.
DUIM, BRIAN R December 11, 2012
I was able to fish this part of the Skagit several times this past fall. I was very pleased to see how healthy the Sea Run Cuttrhoat and Dolly Varden population is. I would love to be able to fish in the spring when the salmon fry are out migrating and the Cutts and Dollies are feeding on them.
BORDERLINE BASSIN CONTENDERS, ROBERT HARRIMAN January 15, 2013
We are in favor of the proposal and would add upto gardner street boat launch as the upstream limit in desirable.
Thank you for your dedication.
Bob Harriman, legis liaison
Borderline Bassin Contenders
CLARK, GARY January 23, 2013
THis makes zero sense to me... Closure of catch and release season for steelhead March - April and open this bottom section of the river for trout (steelhead)... Sounds like a way for the jet boat guys to go catch wild steelhead to me.. Do not open/aprove this rule change.
SIMMS, RICH K January 29, 2013
Support. This would provide C&R opportunity for sea run cutthroat and bull trout.