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Rule Change Recommendation Short Title
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Coastal Region Freshwater
Type of Rule Change Proposal
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Grays Harbor, Willapa Bay, North Coast
Allow retention of any hatchery (ad-clipped) trout under 14 inches in coastal streams (anadromous waters) where trout regulations stipulate a bag limit of minimum size 14 inches and daily limit 2.
ExplanationOriginal Rule Proposal Number(s)
Allow anglers to further DFW's conservation efforts and hatchery management practices by removing hatchery origin steelhead juveniles that delay migration from freshwater areas or residualize after release. The benefits include reduced competition with rearing wild juvenile steelhead and other wild stocks, and potentially reduced genetic crossing with wild steelhead by reducing the presence of hatchery rainbow in spawning areas.
J, K B December 10, 2012
I would only support this measure if these waters were placed under selective gear status. We do not need anglers using bait and accidentally deep-hooking wild smolts.
BORBON, RAYMOND January 01, 2013
Keep the regulations as they are. I fish the coastal rivers exclusively and the 14 " minimum should be applied to all trout. If someone needs to eat 12 inch trout they probably should just switch to the more abundant lake perch all around. There's not a lot to eat on two small trout. Even 14" is borderline small for eating. Additionally I find it ok to find legal trout without a rule change.
LAWRENCE, ANDREW R January 23, 2013
I support this proposal for the reasons noted above.
SIMMS, RICH January 29, 2013
Support proposal as written