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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

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Rule Change Recommendation Short Title
# 38. Increase hatchery steelhead harvest opportunity in the Kalama River

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Rules Category
Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater

Type of Rule Change Proposal
Recreational

County or Location Information
Cowlitz County

Short Description
Allow retention of hatchery steelhead from Summers Creek upstream to Kalama Falls.

Explanation
Hatchery (ad-clipped)steelhead are volitionally passed over (lower) Kalama Falls and are reaching upstream spawning areas. This rule will reduce the numbers of hatchery fish that may spawn naturally and negatively impact wild steelhead.

Original Rule Proposal Number(s)
DFW363799

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  (3 comments)

LAROCCO, MICHAEL   October 23, 2012
WOODLAND, WA  
Comments:
While I think this is a good idea to protect the natural breeding stock, I question the ability to enforce retention of wild steelhead once this is done. Currently, with the no harvest rule, anybody retaining a steelhead would be in violation of the law. Does WDFW have enough resources to ensure that the fish being harvested under the proposal are hatchery fish or have you opened up the possibility for the illegal retention of wild fish?
CARR, RANDLE T  January 22, 2013
BELLINGHAM, WA  
Comments:
Hatchery steelhead should be retained when they have the opportunity to spawn with native steelhead in the wild. No brainer.
SIMMS, RICH K  January 29, 2013
MUKILTEO , WA  
Comments:
Support