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Rule Change Recommendation Short Title
# 16. Increase Scooteney Reservoir daily bag limit for walleye

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Rules Category
Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater

Type of Rule Change Proposal
Recreational

County or Location Information
Franklin County

Short Description
Increase daily walleye limit on Scooteney Reservoir from 5 to 8.

Explanation
The walleye population is abundant and does not require the current conservative daily bag limit. Many walleye are lost to the fishery prior to reaching the 12 to 16 inch size class because the irrigation system outflow carries them out of the reservoir. This makes the daily limit consistent with Moses Lake and Potholes Reservoir.

Original Rule Proposal Number(s)
DFW231820

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  (6 comments)

SHARP, RICHARD K  November 25, 2012
KENNEWICK, WA  
Comments:
This is an excellent proposal! The smaller walleye in this system reach 12-14 inches and prey heavily on the spiny ray species Perch/crappie/Bass. durring their spawn times and then migrate out of the system after consuming the fry.
CARVER SR., RUSSELL L  November 29, 2012
LAKETAPPS, WA  
Comments:
Please pass rule change #16.
GODDARD, MERLIN   December 07, 2012
KENNEWICK, WA  
Comments:
increase limit to 8
DODD, JOEL D  December 16, 2012
PUYALLUP, WA  
Comments:
I support this proposal.
SMITH, TOM   January 14, 2013
OMAK, WA  
Comments:
Support increase in bag limit given that they die elsewhere in the irrigation system
FRIEND, STEPHEN   January 28, 2013
SHORELINE, WA  
Comments:
Agree with the proposal. Question- Is there any way to keep the walleye from being sent down the canals?