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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
# 49. Increase daily bag limit on Cascade Creek brook trout
Updated 10/18/2012

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Rules Category
Puget Sound Region Freshwater

Type of Rule Change Proposal

County or Location Information
San Juan County

Short Description
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.

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.

Original Rule Proposal Number(s)

Final Rule Actions

Staff Recommendation
Adopt as proposed.

Commission Action
Adopted as proposed.

Rule Modifications

Public Testimony

There were no comments.

Online Public Comments  (2 comments)

KINTZELE, JAMES   October 07, 2012
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.

Other Comments Received