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Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater
Type of Rule Change Proposal
Extends selective gear rules protection (no bait, single barbless hooks) for salmonids in Manastash Creek, Little Naches River, Nile Creek, Oak Creek, Rattlesnake Creek, Taneum Creek, Teanaway River, Swauk Creek, North Fork Tieton River, and their tributaries.
ExplanationOriginal Rule Proposal Number(s)
Recent improvements in passage conditions, fish screening and habitat flow enhancements in Manastash and Taneum creeks are allowing for increased numbers of adult steelhead to enter the drainage to spawn. The other listed systems have recently emerged as important steelhead spawning and rearing areas, contributing to the Mid-Columbia Distinct Population Segment for population recovery. It is important to protect the spawning/rearing areas of this ESA listed threatened species in the Yakima Basin. Protecting juvenile steelhead (and Westslope cutthroat trout) from mortality associated with bait fishing is a needed conservation action.
Bull trout spawning in Monument Creek is comprised of both fluvial and resident fish, and this is an important spawning area for federally threatened bull trout.
TRUMBO, BRAD October 01, 2012
WALLA WALLA, WA
This may be a bit tough for the general public to swallow but I am all for it. Selective gear regs on these creeks will definitely provide a conservation benefit to all salmonids.
TACHELL, JONATHAN T October 08, 2012
GIG HARBOR, WA
I am in favor of converting all mentioned bodies of water to selective gear rules.
SHAJANIAN, ARVIN October 09, 2012
I strongly support this rule change. It provides anglers the ability to enjoy the opportunities of fishing these waters in a manner that allows safe, easy, and quick release of all species caught, whether targeted or coincidental. Selective gear rules have proven very effective in improving the quality of a fishery and the body of water itself as a whole. This would compliment the Yakima river rules very nicely. The success the Yakima river has seen in terms of fish quality and quantity will spread to these nearby waters. More selective gear rules water will attract more conservation minded fishermen to the area, improving the local economy and promoting responsible sportsmanship.
LUECK, ANDREW M October 12, 2012
Please consider the passing of this regulation changing. As a regular fisherman of this system I could see the benefits of this becoming a Selective Gear Rules for both fishermen and the environment.
Your consideration is appreciated.
LAROCCO, MICHAEL October 23, 2012
Protect the fish now so there will be fish in the future
CARVER SR., RUSSELL L November 29, 2012
I support rule change #25 please pass it.
IRVEN, LANCE J December 07, 2012
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA
Yes I absolutely think this is a good idea. Why not flyfishing only as well?
RANCOURT, ROB D December 11, 2012
Absolutely should extend this to protect steelhead and frankly other species.
HARDMAN, DENNIS J December 11, 2012
GIG HARBOR, WA
I support the recommended rules change: Change to Selective Gear Rules on multiple streams in Region 3 to protect ESA listed steelhead and bull trout and westslope cutthroat trout
ALBRECHT, ANDREW C December 12, 2012
I regularly fish some of these streams and own property within the Columbia Basin. I highly support this proposal to support and improve native fish survival and population improvement in the system.
LO, DERALD December 12, 2012
I support the proposal for a Catch and Release season from June - October that requires a single barbless hook for salmonids in Manastash Creek, Little Naches River, Nile Creek, Oak Creek, Rattlesnake Creek, Taneum Creek, Teanaway River, Swauk Creek, North Fork Tieton River, and their tributaries
If implemented, this proposal will do so many things for our fisheries. In several years the Naches & other waters list will become a highly productive wild trout fisheries AND it will alleviate a ton of fishing pressure from the nearby Yakima River since the quality and quantity of salmonids medium and long term will mimick the Yakima. Also, the Cedar River on the West Side has a similar selective gear rule & season and supports a high quality salmonid population. This would be a win for all the ecosystems listed.
HOFFMAN, SUSAN December 12, 2012
I agree strongly with this proposal.PLEASE make this happen for the benefit of all fisherman.
ERGEESON, TREVOR S December 17, 2012
This is a great idea good for the Heath of the river. We need to protect the bull trout and the steelhead and barbless hooks and no retention I think is the way to go thanks for the proposal
MATSEN, FREDERICK December 31, 2012
We vote in favor of selective gear rules for these rivers.
This will help preserve the fishery without compromising the sporting opportunities.
WOOLDRIDGE, JAMES L January 03, 2013
FALL CITY, WA
I support this recommendation and rule change.
DAVIS, LEE January 04, 2013
I support this rule change.