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Rule Change Recommendation Short Title
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Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater
Type of Rule Change Proposal
County or Location Information
Walla Walla County
Extend steelhead season by 15 days on the Touchet River
ExplanationOriginal Rule Proposal Number(s)
Balances the needs to protect wild spawning steelhead and to harvest hatchery steelhead from the river.
TRUMBO, BRAD October 01, 2012
WALLA WALLA, WA
I support this but I am curious about the harvest limit relative to extending the season. Was increasing the daily limit on hatchery steelhead considered as an alternative, and would this achieve similar results to extending the season 15 days without changing the ahrvest limit?
CARVER SR., RUSSELL L November 29, 2012
Please pass rule#18.We need the extension to harvest more hatchery fish.
ESKILDSEN, ROBERT D December 07, 2012
WALLA WALLA, WA
I support this rule change. I fish the Touchet River often during the winter for hatchery steelhead. When the season closes at the end of March there are still many hatchery steelhead in the river, which could interfere with spawning wild steelhead.
ASHE, KEVIN December 08, 2012
i favor this. more hatchery fish is needed.
SMITH, CAMERON S January 10, 2013
KENNEWICK , WA
By putting this rule in affect will there still be hatchery steelhead released into the touchet every year, or will it at some point get rid of the hatchery run?