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Rule Change Recommendation Short Title
# 41. Allow angling in beaver ponds on or adjacent to streams open to angling

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Rules Category
Puget Sound Region Freshwater

Type of Rule Change Proposal
Recreational

Short Description
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.

Explanation
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.

Original Rule Proposal Number(s)
DFW545272

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  (11 comments)

RICHARD, STEVEN   October 11, 2012
MARYSVILLE, WA  
Comments:
great idea.
BORDERLINE BASSIN CONTENDERS, ROBERT HARRIMAN   October 15, 2012
BELLINGHAM, WA  
Comments:
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 sincerely Bob H BBC
BODENSTEINER, LEO   November 05, 2012
BELLINGHAM, WA  
Comments:
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
LAKETAPPS, WA  
Comments:
Please pass rule #41
MCCOY, ROBERT   December 06, 2012
MOUNT VERNON, WA  
Comments:
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
KIRKLAND, WA  
Comments:
I agree with this rule change.
IRVEN, LANCE J  December 07, 2012
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA  
Comments:
Please fix this problem, there are so many small beaver ponds that I would love to explore.
DUIM, BRIAN R  December 11, 2012
BELLINGHAM, WA  
Comments:
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
PUYALLUP, WA  
Comments:
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
BELLINGHAM, WA  
Comments:
We agree a lot of opportunity was lost before and this should give it back. thanks for considering sincerely, Bob Harriman, legis liaison Borderline Bassin Contenders
SIMMS, RICH K  January 29, 2013
MUKILTEO, WA  
Comments:
Support Proposal as written.

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