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Puget Sound Region Freshwater
Type of Rule Change Proposal
Beaver ponds located within or adjoining streams that are currently listed as open to trout and other gamefish follow the same rules and regulations as the stream unless otherwise regulated by special rules.
ExplanationOriginal Rule Proposal Number(s)
The current fishing rules do not address beaver ponds located on and adjacent to streams that are open, so by definition, beaver ponds located on an open stream (unless the pond is named and listed as open) are closed. This was not the intent of the regulation, is confusing to the public, WDFW staff, and enforcement, and is unnecessary for conservation.
Adopt as proposed.
Adopted as proposed.
There were no comments.
RICHARD, STEVEN October 11, 2012
BORDERLINE BASSIN CONTENDERS, ROBERT HARRIMAN October 15, 2012
we are in favor of adding additional pond waters to the confusing regulations now present. There are many ponds that come under this new definition.
thanks to the Dept for catching and clearing this up.
Beavor pond fishing is a big issue with kids.
thanks for the dedication
BODENSTEINER, LEO November 05, 2012
I fully support this rule change. I did not understand the basis for it when it was first implemented - what was it intended to protect? My knowledge of beaver ponds is that they make great habitat for cutthroat trout and juvenile coho, where the adults have access, but I don't understand why they would have different regulations than the stream they are associated with. Juvenile coho are minimally susceptible to angling, and my experience has been that cutthroat in beaver ponds are in better condition than in the nearby streams. Also, the definition of a beaver pond is unclear; existing ponds and lakes may be enhanced by beavers at the outflow. Are these then considered beaver ponds? Please change the existing rule so that fishing may be enhanced without adversely affecting conservation.
CARVER SR, RUSSELL L November 29, 2012
Please pass rule #41
MCCOY, ROBERT December 06, 2012
MOUNT VERNON, WA
I agree with this proposed change as it provides greater clarity to anglers and essential allows for more fishing recreation opportunities
GARDNER, JOE R December 07, 2012
I agree with this rule change.
IRVEN, LANCE J December 07, 2012
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA
Please fix this problem, there are so many small beaver ponds that I would love to explore.
DUIM, BRIAN R December 11, 2012
Thanks for clearing up this regulation. I have missed fishing in beaver ponds the last couple years because of the confusion.
PRICE, GREG D December 21, 2012
I support this, especially if it would make beaver ponds next to catch and release or special regulations streams go by the same rules.
I have experienced confusion at a beaver pond near the tinkham campgournd on the S Fork of the Snoqualmie. There was a bait fishermen who claimed it is legal to catch and kill fish at the beaver pond.
BORDERLINE BASSIN CONTENDERS, ROBERT HARRIMAN January 15, 2013
We agree a lot of opportunity was lost before and this should give it back.
thanks for considering
Bob Harriman, legis liaison
Borderline Bassin Contenders
SIMMS, RICH K January 29, 2013
Support Proposal as written.