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Rule Change Recommendation Short Title
# 19. Extend Okanogan River game fish season

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Rules Category
Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater

Type of Rule Change Proposal
Recreational

County or Location Information
Okanogan County

Short Description
Extend the game fish season for the area upstream of the highway bridge at Malott to September 15.

Explanation
Recent permanent rule changes for salmon on the Okanogan River closes the season on Sept 15. It would be consistent with the salmon closure to close the "all other game fish" season at the same time (Sept 15th) to allow non-salmon anglers to fish this section of the river as well.

Original Rule Proposal Number(s)
DFW102419

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  (5 comments)

FISHER, CHRISTOPHER J  October 08, 2012
OMAK, WA  
Comments:
I support the proposed regulation. WDFW should consider liberalizing bag limits on non-native species in this river, particulalry smallmouth bass which likely have significant predation rates upon sub-yearling summer chinook salmon migrants
FINCH, RICHARD B  October 14, 2012
OMAK, WA  
Comments:
The harvest of bass, walleye, whitefish, etc (in other words, all fish other than trout) should be permitted during any steelhead season. Selective gear rules only for all species.
CARVER SR., RUSSELL L  November 29, 2012
LAKETAPPS, WA  
Comments:
Please pass rule # 19.
FEWKES, RICH   December 14, 2012
TONASKET, WA  
Comments:
it would be fair and wise to have both close at the same time.
LINDEBLAD, DAVID   December 21, 2012
OMAK, WA  
Comments:
Good idea.