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Puget Sound Region Freshwater
Type of Rule Change Proposal
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San Juan County
UPDATED: Provide a season for Cascade Creek (on Orcas Island, from mouth to Cascade Lake) from the first Saturday in June through October 31, with selective gear rules and a 10 fish daily limit.
ExplanationOriginal Rule Proposal Number(s)
Brook trout are abundant in Cascade Creek, particularly in the non- anadromous zone. Coastal cutthroat are also present in limited numbers and appear to be getting out competed by non-native brook trout. No steelhead are present in the very short anadromous reach of this stream so there are no conservation concerns related to steelhead catch and release mortality.
KINTZELE, JAMES October 07, 2012
MOUNT VERNON, WA
If indeed the impacts to steelhead and other native fishes are zero, these non-native fishes should be reduced and their over-abundance should be taken as a threat to native fish populations.
SIMMS, RICHARD K January 29, 2013
I support this proposal, but I would change it to a juvenile only fishery.