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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

Sportfishing Rule Proposals & Comments

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Rule Change Recommendation Short Title
# 60. Allow retention of hatchery trout (ad-clipped) of any size in coastal streams

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Rules Category
Coastal Region Freshwater

Type of Rule Change Proposal
Conservation

County or Location Information
Grays Harbor, Willapa Bay, North Coast

Short Description
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.

Explanation
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.

Original Rule Proposal Number(s)
DFW114348

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  (4 comments)

J, K B  December 10, 2012
BELLINGHAM, WA  
Comments:
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
KIRKLAND, WA  
Comments:
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
LYNNWOOD, WA  
Comments:
I support this proposal for the reasons noted above.
SIMMS, RICH   January 29, 2013
MUKILTEO, WA  
Comments:
Support proposal as written

Other Comments Received