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General Rules Freshwater

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DORSEY, HOWARD E STANWOOD, WA November 3, 2017

Support  But the state should consider regardless of hatchery or wild ,keeping the first two fish caught.Thousands of fish die due to hatchery only retention.There would be alot greater return of all fish of allowed.

PAUL, RAY D WENATCHEE, WA November 3, 2017

Columbia river: (l) From Rock Island Dam to Wells Dam: (ii) July 1 through August 31: Fishing two poles is permissible so long as the angler possesses a two-pole endorsement. Standardize two pole endorsement for entire river system. If two poles permitted up to Rock Island Dam for entire salmon season continue permit the rest of the river. If two poles are not allowed above Rock Island dam after Aug 31 close it below also. Also the same applies to keeping wild salmon, why is it ok to keep them in some of the river and not all? If you want wild salmon to reach the upper spawning area then don't let lower areas keep them either.

NYSSEN, RON O YAKIMA, WA November 3, 2017

Oppose  If your going to continue to sell two pole endorsements allow the endorsement to be used on all waters and all species all year

CHISSUS, STEVEN WAITSBURG, WA November 3, 2017

Support  Doesn't go far enough. This "Game Fish", "Food Fish" is crap. It's either freshwater of saltwater.

CHISSUS, STEVEN WAITSBURG, WA November 3, 2017

Bennington Lake, Walla Walla Co.: I like the removal of no internal combustion engines

CHISSUS, STEVEN WAITSBURG, WA November 3, 2017

Lower Goose Lake, Grant Co: Remove limits on Crappie? Very funny, there aren't any Crappie left in Lower Goose. Haven't been for years.

SHARKEY, KEITH A PORT ANGELES, WA November 3, 2017

Sutherland Lake in Clallam County: Leave the opening date as is.

EDWARDS, CHUCK VANCOUVER, WA November 3, 2017

Oppose  The rule changes are partly ok, but not all. You really need to simplfy the rules and keep the politics out of them. Are you guys really that board that you have to make up more and more damn rules?

EDWARDS, CHUCK VANCOUVER, WA November 3, 2017

All: Yes separate rules concerning steelhead and trout yes separate them.

ALLEN, GEORGE E SPOKANE, WA November 3, 2017

Oppose  Regarding the simplifying of the Inland Fish regulations, we don’t believe that taking the limits of panfish statewide & walleye, bass & catfish in all rivers & streams is in the best interest of anglers in Washington. In the 1980’s there was an illegal commercial fishery in Potholes & Moses Lk. & the once abundant populations of these species were in decline. Unscrupulous people would take freezers full of fish back to the west side & sell them. Then limits were placed on these fish & projects like Mar-Don’s Habitat boxes & others have brought these fish, some species which are the entry level fish for young anglers, back to their former levels. Taking these limits of will cause harm to these fisheries & all the hard work of several volunteer groups. Taking the limits of bass, walleye & catfish in rivers & streams state wide, in our opinion will only make it more difficult, in some areas, like Lk. Roosevelt. How do you differentiate between a limit taken in the lake & an

DIX, MARK OAK HARBOR, WA November 3, 2017

Support  Nothing new here.

SMITH, BRADLEY SEATTLE, WA November 4, 2017

Skykomish River: 1: No harvest of Dolly Varden/Bull Trout! Are you serious? Change this please. 2: Season should extend to March 1st all the way to the forks. Make it catch and release only during the meat of the wild winter steelhead run to keep pressure light.

SMITH, BRADLEY SEATTLE, WA November 4, 2017

North Fork of Skykomish River: I think closing there river at and above Bear Creek Falls is a great idea. Though it doesn't receive much pressure: Catch and Release only. You owe the fish this one after you planted hatchery fish in here for years and destroyed the native steelhead gene pool. The North Fork, in the future, could once again become a wild fish factory. It needs to be protected, much like Deer Creek on the N Fork Stilly. The habitat and water quality is there. Moves like this would lower the cost of operating hatcheries. An alternative would be to make the North Fork a special fishery that requires pre-paid tags to retain fish.

SMITH, BRADLEY SEATTLE, WA November 4, 2017

Sauk River: I agree with the simplified rules and the extended season. However: go further and extend the fishing until March or April. This fishery is in good health and opening it would take pressure off the dangerously over-fished Olympic Peninsula rivers.

SMITH, BRADLEY SEATTLE, WA November 4, 2017

Skagit River: Do NOT eliminate the mandatory hatchery retention. The Skagit needs to be WILD ONLY! This shouldn't be a question. Further, Bull Trout should not be retained under any circumstances anywhere in Washington. The season is also much too short. Like it's trib, the Sauk-- the Skagit is healthy and can support a robust winter and spring catch and release fishery. Again, this would take pressure off of the OP rivers. I would be a boon to the local economy.

SMITH, BRADLEY SEATTLE, WA November 4, 2017

Green (Duwamish) River: The Green deserves a longer season-- at least until March 1st.

BLANKENSHIP, GARRY A MONROE, WA November 4, 2017

All ONP drainages: Eliminate differing jurisdictional regulations. Get on the same page - - - please.

BLANKENSHIP, GARRY A MONROE, WA November 4, 2017

Columbia River and it's drainages.: Eliminate all freshwater commercial fishing. Jurisdictional managers can design, build and operate fish trapping failities for a management established allowable commercial harvest. Those fish allocated and purchased by management approved buyers. All resource negative impacts associated w/ commercial harvest like derelict nets, by catch/kill and renegade commercial poaching are thereby eliminated. Enforcement much easier.

HELLIGSO, JAN S PESHASTIN, WA November 4, 2017

Support  My comments are not about a specific rule or proposal, but just about how things are organized in the reg book. I just started fishing again this year and had never fished in Washington since moving here ten years ago. What I found most difficult was just trying to find things in the manual. You have to go here for lakes. You have to go there for streams and rivers. What if you don't know the name of a stream, or you're going to a new area? It would be nice if you could go to a map of the State, pick a unit off of the map, like, say, North Central Washington, where I live, go to the regs pages for that unit, showing all the water features, rivers, lakes, saltwater, with their names, and then be able to see what rules apply to where you are going to fish. Having to go here, go there, get back referenced to this page or that rule, makes it far more confusing that the rules them selves.

SPOKANE WALLEYE CLUB, THE SPOKANER, WA November 4, 2017

Oppose  October 10, 2017 Re: Proposed lifting of warm water fish limits in rivers and streams To Whom It May Concern: The WDFW’s proposal to remove all limits on warm water fish in rivers and streams is viewed by the Washington warm water fishing community with a mixture of skepticism and alarm. Over the past few regulatory cycles it appears that the goal of the WDFW is to reduce or eliminate warm water management and fishing opportunities in Washington. The warm water fishery has been continually devalued. The abolition of the Inland Fish Advisory Group by the WDFW removed one of the few opportunities for Washington’s anglers to assist the state in setting management goals by gathering meaningful feedback from the fishing community. The current proposal to abolish warm water fish limits in rivers and streams is, in the opinion of the Spokane Walleye Club, a continuation of the policy of devaluation of the warm water fishing opportunities that once made Washington a destinat

SCHNABEL, DANIEL CASTLE ROCK, WA November 4, 2017

Silver Lake, Cowlitz County: Species Crappie: Please keep the minimum size and limit as it is at 9 inch minimum and 10 fish limit. It's working. I have observed the improved size and health of the species over the past 12 years. This fishery is the main reason I purchase a license each year.

SCHNABEL, DANIEL CASTLE ROCK, WA November 4, 2017

Columbia River: Walleye: Please keep the limit at 10. Removing the limit encourages waste and greed. Thank you for managing this valuable resource.

STEVENS , RUSSELL LONGVIEW , WA November 4, 2017

Cowlitz River: see general comment section

BRIGANTIC, ROBERT RICHLAND, WA November 4, 2017

Oppose  DFW should significantly tighten limits on guide boats who even more so are slaughtering the salmon population by relentless catches of salmon (it was super sad when the limit was 3 adults each the past couple of years and guide boats would go out with 6 people and routinely bring in 18 or so salmon every day) .. this is not right as they should not be making profit off of WA State natural resources and significantly impacting the overall endangered species Chinook salmon. Guess while I’m at it, DFW and should significantly clamp down and issues citations to guide boats who routinely and frequently remove fish illegally that are to be immediately released from the water (e.g., wild salmon during Springer season, wild steelhead, and oversize sturgeon) to have their clients snap a bunch of pictures with the fish they caught. See this over and over throughout the year and it is not right.

BRIGANTIC, ROBERT RICHLAND, WA November 4, 2017

Columbia: DFW should significantly tighten limits on guide boats who even more so are slaughtering the salmon population by relentless catches of salmon (it was super sad when the limit was 3 adults each the past couple of years and guide boats would go out with 6 people and routinely bring in 18 or so salmon every day) .. this is not right as they should not be making profit off of WA State natural resources and significantly impacting the overall endangered species Chinook salmon. Guess while I’m at it, DFW and should significantly clamp down and issues citations to guide boats who routinely and frequently remove fish illegally that are to be immediately released from the water (e.g., wild salmon during Springer season, wild steelhead, and oversize sturgeon) to have their clients snap a bunch of pictures with the fish they caught. See this over and over throughout the year and it is not right.

BUNCH, WENDELL OAK HARBOR, WA November 5, 2017

Support  agree

CLARY, MICHAEL S KENMORE, WA November 6, 2017

Potholes Lake: Potholes panfish (crappie/bluegill/perch) limits and size restrictions should remain intact

PINEO, DOUG SPOKANE, WA November 6, 2017

Lakes in general: Most of the lakes at least in eastern Washington could be left open year-round. At least, it's an candidate for an adaptive management program, though creel censuses or associated monitoring would be necessary to confirm success (maintaining viable recreational fisheries) or direct future changes based on data analysis. At present, there's no evidence-based reason to have winter closures on lakes.

KOELLMANN, DEREK BELLINGHAM, WA November 6, 2017

Lake Whatcom, Whatcom County: Lake Whatcom should be opened as a year-round fishery. As a regular user of the lake during the currently allotted season, I do not see that any small increase in overall pressure on the lake from allowing fishing during the winter season would have impacts on the cutthroat trout, large or small mouth bass, or Kokanee populations. If of concern, then the winter season could be catch and release only. Also, I would like the rules to be modified to allow for the 2-pole endorsement to be allowed on Lake Whatcom.

WELLS, MARK L PUYALLUP, WA November 6, 2017

Support  Simplification: Get rid of the 2 Pole Endorsement and the Fee associated with it. Simply allow the use of two rods/reels. Fresh water and salt water both. All bodies of water.

GILKERSON, DELBERT L SILVER LAKE, WA November 7, 2017

Silver Lake, Cowlitz County: Silver Lake was stocked with grass carp in 1992. They have decimated the native vegetation and water quality has deteriorated significantly. We now have very high phosphorus levels and significant algae blooms every year. Current WDFW rules prevent us from removing these fish and improving water quality. The proposed change at Silver Lake will allow us to improve water quality.

KELM, ROBERT B EATONVILLE, WA November 7, 2017

Support  I FEEL THAT ANY CHANGES THAT CAN MAKE PEOPLE MORE COMFORTABLE FISHING WITHOUT BEING WORRIED ABOUT BREAKING SOME HARD TO UNDERSTAND RULE IS OVERDUE, AND I APPRECIATE YOUR EFFORTS TO MAKE IT LESS COMPLICATED

KELM, ROBERT B EATONVILLE, WA November 7, 2017

SOUTH PRAIRE CREEK IN PIERCE COUNTY: THIS BODY OF WATER IS CLOSED FROM THE MOUTH TO THE BUCKLEY DIVERSION DAM. I WAS VERY CURIOUS WHY

KELM, ROBERT B EATONVILLE, WA November 7, 2017

MASHEL RIVER IN PIERCE COUNTY: THIS BODY OF WATER IS ALSO CLOSED TO FISHING. WHY

CHURCH, DENNIS LA CONNER, WA November 7, 2017

Support  If salmon run sizes continue to be too low to open recreational fishing in Western Washington rivers, is there a way to open a selective gear catch and release trout season to allow fishing for sea-runs?

NYBERG, GARY B SILVER :LAKE, WA November 7, 2017

Silver Lake, Cowlitz County: This ancient, natural lake has suffered many unnatural insults from settlers and is in serious crisis. I recommend these recovery steps: A. Eradicate weed carp B. Reintroduce water-filtering aquatic plant life C. Dredge areas (esp. canals) that have become clogged by biomass The eastern (downwind) portions of this ancient lake suffer significantly from flotsam from upwind drift of plants, wood, trash, animal waste. Our canal was excavated in the 1960s & 50+ years of gradual depositing of dead underwater biomass has diminished navigation, property/tax valuation, quality of life. Step up. We pay property taxes, sales taxes and our distressed lake deserves your best efforts.

JOHNSON, DAVID L BELLINGHAM, WA November 8, 2017

Puget Sound streams, Coastal stream, Columbia and Snake River and their tributaries.: Make all streams in the state of Washington with anadromous fish non-bait, barbless hooks, catch and release for all trout with the exception of brook trout.

GOOT, YVETTE CHEWELAH, WA November 8, 2017

The Little Pend Orille River: This rule concerns me since the LPO refuge worked with the WDFW back in the early 2000’s to change the rules for most of the LPO River flowing through the refuge from standard eastside stream rules to selective gear, catch and release except for keeping 5 brook trout. The refuge (and Friends) advocated for that based on input from anglers during our refuge planning process. The idea was to improve the quality of fishing in the stream, I think we succeeded. We have only heard positive feedback from anglers fishing the river concerning the number and quantity of fish they are landing and releasing. The idea was the same as the reason for flyfishing only/ catch and release angling rules on Bayley Lake and McDowell Lake. Those special rules have been successful and supported by anglers for many years and I think they work on the river as well. An additional unexpected but welcome result of the selective gear rules on the LPO River was the complete elimination of bait fishing related trash

ANTHES, RUSSELL S MALO, WA November 8, 2017

Oppose  I support the current selective gear rules on the Little Pend Oreille River. The Little Pend Oreille Refuge has worked with the WDFW since the early 2000’s to change the rules for most of the LPO River flowing through the refuge from standard eastside stream rules to selective gear, catch and release except for keeping 5 brook trout. The refuge (and Friends of Little Pend Oreille Refuge) advocated for that based on input from anglers during the refuge planning process. The idea was to improve the quality of fishing in the stream, I think the Little Pend Oreille Refuge succeeded. Only positive feedback has been heard from anglers fishing the river concerning the number and quantity of fish they are landing and releasing.

ANTHES, RUSSELL S MALO, WA November 8, 2017

Little Pend Oreille River: I support the current selective gear rules on the Little Pend Oreille River.

KILBURY, RYAN PASCO, WA November 9, 2017

Entiat River and others: Clear up things like this as it creates confusion: Eastern brook trout: Limit 10. Eastern brook trout do not count toward the trout limit. However, once the limit of trout other than eastern brook trout is reached, the limit. Why not say Trout: Limit 10. Eastern Brook Trout do not count towards limit.

KILBURY, RYAN PASCO, WA November 9, 2017

Klickitat River and others: Mandatory hatchery steelhead retention. No catch and release of hatchery steelhead. Eliminate this requirement.

KILBURY, RYAN PASCO, WA November 9, 2017

Columbia River/Snake River: Walleye and Bass, Catfish, Sturgeon - Two Pole Endorsement allowed to harvest these fish, no matter the location.

KILBURY, RYAN PASCO, WA November 9, 2017

Columbia River/Snake River: Should start out with the rivers are open year round for retention of certain species and catch and release for all others. (Unless otherwise closed for some reason) Next Start with one species say Chinook put the seasons for the areas and associated restriction in one block. For example: Area 535 (From 395 to I-182) - Chinook Salmon 24" or greater - May 1-June 15 (Adipose Clipped Only for retention; Limit 1. June 16-August 31 (Adipose Clipped Only for retention; Limit 2. September 1-October 22 (Wild or Adipose Clipped for retention; Limit 2. Chinook under 24" - Limit 4.

KILBURY, RYAN PASCO, WA November 9, 2017

Columbia River/Snake River: Remove Barbless restriction. Instead if you need to change it change it to single point barbed hook versus treble hook(s).

KILBURY, RYAN PASCO, WA November 9, 2017

Columbia/Snake: Remove Statements like this: The limit for salmon is the same as the most liberal regulation of either area, (each area should have a limit assigned and restrictions). Make it clear.

KILBURY, RYAN PASCO, WA November 9, 2017

Columbia/Snake: Get rid of the possession amount, it creates an opportunity for a person to cheat the system. It should only be the daily limit allowed in possession.

HARVESTER , PERRY YAKIMA, WA November 9, 2017

Indian Creek - Yakima County : The same wording should be applied to Indian Creek as stated in the gold Creek rules to prevent poaching, snagging, and harassment of bull trout in lower Indian Creek within the bed of Rimrock Reservoir! without closing that portion of Indian Creek within the bed of Rimrock Reservoir this rule change will result in illegal take of bull trout. I've personally witnessed this activity at this location during several years including August 2017. Gold Creek, Gold Creek Pond and outlet channel (tributary to Keechelus Lake): Including that portion of Gold Creek that flows through the dry Keechelus Reservoir lakebed: Closed waters.

HARVESTER , PERRY YAKIMA , WA November 9, 2017

Columbia River below John Day Dam: The current rule states that the Columbia River is closed to boating within 3000' of the John Day Dam, but that bank fishing is open within 400' of the fishway entrance. this is the most restrictive boating restriction at any dam on the Columbia River. It is unnecessary and precludes a lot of walleye, northern pike minnow, and smallmouth bass angling opportunity. Change the boating restriction to 400' below the fishway on the Washington shore, the same as with bank anglers. This isn't a safety issue as boat anglers are able to fish much closer to other Columbia River dams. e) From The Dalles Dam to McNary Dam:(i) Closed waters:(A) At John Day Dam between the upstream line of John Day Dam to markers approximately 3,000 feet downstream, except that bank fishing is permitted up to 400 feet below the fishway entrance on the Washington shore.

HARVESTER , PERRY YAKIMA , WA November 9, 2017

Columbia River : The 2 pole rule should apply to that reach of the Columbia River between The Dalles Dam and McNary Dam as provided in upstream reaches particularly during late fall through spring months to allow use of two poles to catch walleye while not impacting ESA listed species. This will provide increased opportunity to catch walleye, smallmouth bass, and catfish of which there are no seasons, size, or catch limits. Walleye gear is not likely to result in incidental harvest of salmon and steelhead during late fall, winter, and spring. The steelhead don't show in numbers until June. Two poles should be permitted between October 1st and May 31st within this reach of the Columbia River. (ii) For all open species except sturgeon: It is permissible to fish with two poles so long as the angler possesses a two-pole endorsement.

HARVESTER , PERRY YAKIMA , WA November 9, 2017

upper Yakima River reservoir kokanee limits: I see that kokanee are now defined as trout, not landlocked salmon and the daily limit has been reduced from 16 to 5 kokanee in Rimrock Reservoir, Bumping Reservoir, Kachess Reservoir, and Keechelus Reservoir, not including trout. Thus, opportunity has been very significantly reduced in reservoirs that have enjoyed liberal limits on these small fish for years. I've fished these reservoirs annually since 1971. Angler interest in these reservoirs has been dropping for years and the only thing that maintains some angler interest is the rather liberal limits of these small, but tasty, fish. A 16 fish limit of kokanee from these rather sterile reservoirs will fit in a 1 quart Ziploc bag. Reducing the limit to 5 kokanee would virtually eliminate angler interest and kill local license sales and result in much further loss of trust and faith in WDFW management. Simplifying rules should not result in significantly reduced angler harvest opportunity where there is no conservation issue.

BAGLEY, STEVE AUBURN, WA November 10, 2017

Support  Anti fouling hooking rule in general. This rule is there to stop those that willfully snag fish. Most areas that I fish it is difficult to see well enough to hook a fish in the head by snagging. Those that I have seen snagging fish do so and grab there fish and leave. Most fishermen try hard to hook fish legally. Flossing where the hook catches a fish by having the line go thru the mouth and the hook is lodge outside the mouth should be legal especially on those rivers where there is an excess of hatchery fish that the state would like caught,

BAGLEY, STEVE AUBURN, WA November 10, 2017

Tilton River: Hooking a fish in the mouth that is reluctant to bite is very difficult. I have been fishing the Tilton River for a number of years. I have foul hooked fish without trying to snag them. This year I encountered a number of native Chinook hooked in the mouth while I was trying for hatchery fish. If I was able to take those hooked in front of the gill plate I would of had fewer native fish that I released. During the times that I was fishing I did see some people who took fished no matter where they were hooked. Those that took fish regardless of where they were hooked were there for short period of time. They were on the river for less than hour and gone. I usually fished on the opposite side from of the river from those. The same people would no follow the rules. Most of the fishermen there were very aware of the rules in place and tried to follow the rules. There were times that fish were taken not hooked inside the mouth but close.

CHURCHEL, DANA F CASTLE ROCK, WA November 10, 2017

Silver Lake Cowlitz County: The grass carp in Silver Lake are ruining the whole lake. Please help us get them out of the lake. They're too many in the lake and they cause big problems.

JENKINS, TIMOTHY STANWOOD, WA November 11, 2017

Nooksack River: Is it really necessary to list odd/even year regulations separately? There's a "No Bait" restriction listed under the odd number years, but not for the even. This is inconsistent and hard to follow from year to year. To me things like this should be every year or not at all.

JENKINS, TIMOTHY STANWOOD, WA November 11, 2017

Stillaguamish River: These rule changes don't make any sense to me. Being new, these regulations are a mess and are very hard to follow. Also I noticed there is no information on a Salmon season on this river system. Is 2018 already determined to be a closed season for salmon on this river?

FRITSCH, THOMAS M GOLDENDALE, WA November 12, 2017

Support  none

QUESADA, ANDRES J BELLINGHAM, WA November 13, 2017

Support  "(2) Waters listed as open during a specific date range that do not reference a particular species are open during the date range for game fish only." To simplify, change wording to: "Waters that do not reference a particular species are open for game fish only during the specified date range."

QUESADA, ANDRES J BELLINGHAM, WA November 13, 2017

Nooksack River: Comment 1: "(148) Nooksack River (Whatcom County): From the Lummi Indian Reservation boundary to the yellow marker at the FFA High School barn at Deming:" The use of an obscure high school barn as a point of reference is almost comical. Admittedly not knowing where this marker is, I would suggest using the Nooksack Reservation as a reference point. Change to: "From the Lummi Indian Reservation boundary to the western boundary of the Nooksack Indian Tribe Reservation." Moreover, in the age of phones with GPS, including coordinates would be very helpful. Comment 2: "(I) Daily limit 2, plus 2 additional hatchery coho; release wild coho. (II) Release wild Chinook September 1 through September 30." I personally find the 2+2 rule confusing, as the actual limit is 4 fish. Clarify to: "(I) Daily limit 4 hatchery coho OR 2 wild chum and 2 hatchery coho OR 2 wild chinook and 2 hatchery coho; release wild coho" I would advocate for protecting the wild Chinook populations year round. Alternatively: "(I) Daily limit 4 hatchery coho OR 2 wild chum and 2 hatchery coho; release wild coho and chinook."

QUESADA, ANDRES J BELLINGHAM, WA November 13, 2017

Samish River: Specify which salmon can be caught. Change to: "(v) Salmon: (A) Open August 1 through November 30. (B) Daily limit 2 wild chinook; anglers may only retain fish hooked inside the mouth. (C) Release wild coho."

COVILLE, DONALD L RIDGEFIELD, WA November 14, 2017

Silver Lake - Cowlitz County: I am adamantly, make that vehemently, opposed to the rule change that would eliminate the size restriction and bag limit for crappie at Silver Lake in Cowlitz County, WA. When the rule was put in place originally, the crappie fishery had diminished drastically due to overfishing. At the present time, the fishery is outstanding with many crappie available in the 10 to 12+ inch range. Removing the current size and bag limit would result in decimation of the fishery once again.

LEININGER, JIM GOLDENDALE, WA November 14, 2017

Klickitat River: Keep requirement to retain hatchery steelhead.

URBAT, NORM & VAL URBAT P NEWPORT, WA November 14, 2017

diamond lake: allow winter fishing similar to waits lake!!!

WICKERSHAM , TIM VANCOUVER, WA November 15, 2017

North Fork Lewis River (NFLR) from Eagle Cliff Bridge to Big Creek: NFRL should be permanently closed from 1/4 mile downstream of Eagle Cliff Bridge to 1/4 mile upstream from the mouth of the Muddy River. Pine Creek should also be permanently closed. There is no need to close the river upstream to Big Creek after July 15th. The catch and release requirements should stay in effect, regardless of other changes.

WICKERSHAM , TIM VANCOUVER, WA November 15, 2017

East Fork Lewis River: I don't understand why trout above 14 inches are allowed to be taken. The East Fork is supposed to be a gene bank stream, so why would native trout (because no hatchery fish are introduced) be allowed to be taken in a native only stream. This also affects cutthroat trout, which are quite rare and the population is in poor shape. The retention of trout should not be allowed in East Fork Lewis River, period.

WICKERSHAM, ED RIDGEFIELD, WA November 15, 2017

East Fork Lewis River: I support the staff recommendations on this river which will result in selective rules, a summer closure, an increased late winter spring closure to protect wild steelhead. I would suggest a closure of the river upstream from Moulton Falls after Nov. 30th which would be consistent with the Wind River which is also a gene bank river. We should do this to protect wild Summer and Winter Steelhead from excessive handle as those fish rest in that area awaiting spawning. If this additional closure was implemented it still allow for a robust recreational angling opportunity on the Lower ten miles or so of the EFLR where there is excellent public access. As this river is a Summer and Winter Steelhead gene bank, there is no hatchery contribution of any fish therefore I oppose allowing trout over 14” to be retained. An integral part of the steelhead life history is the freshwater population. No wild Rainbow Trout should be allowed to be taken. Cutthroat Trout are in an extremely depressed state in the Lower Columbia River tributaries therefore all wild Cutthroat Trout should be released.

WICKERSHAM, ED RIDGEFIELD, WA November 15, 2017

North Fork Lewis River: I oppose the rule that would close the NFL upstream of Eagle Cliff Bridge to Big Creek on July 15th. Closing those 8 to 10 miles of river is excessive to the need to protect Bull Trout. I have fished that river for over 50 years. The area where Bull Trout are most vulnerable is the area from Eagle Cliff Bridge to the Muddy River. That is also the same area that has by far the majority of angling pressure and illegal and suspicious behavior is often observed. Reduce the closure to 3/8 of a mile below Eagle Cliff Bridge to 100” upstream of the Muddy River. That should be a permanent closure and no trout regardless should be allowed to be taken from the NFL from the bridge upstream to the Lower Falls. I haven’t caught a hatchery trout in that section of river upstream of the bridge in decades. If you allow a portion of that reach of river to be open to taking hatchery trout you are creating a constructive nuisance and a law enforcement nightmare

WICKERSHAM, ED RIDGEFIELD, WA November 15, 2017

Coldwater Lake: Instead of implementing a 14” minimum size limit with a 2 fish bag you should implement a slot limit of two fish 10” - 14”. The trout in this lake are robust and there is a potential to have a high quality fishery on large trout. But if you implement a 14” minimum size limit you will create a mediocre fishery. If you want to provide a harvest opportunity there are numerous trout in the 10” to 14” size. Let folks who want a fish take a couple of those but leave the big trout to live and breed. If you implement a 14” minimum size limit in time it will result in a population of primarily fish smaller than that. Give this lake and the fish in it a chance. I think over time you will be pleasantly surprised. I would suggest that you should use slot limits on all bodies of water where there are no hatchery contributions and there is a potential for natural production to sustain a fishery.

MENDEL, GLEN DAYTON, WA November 16, 2017

Tucannon River mouth to Hatchery Bridge: Although I very much support the removal of hatchery steelhead to keep them from spawning, and to provide harvest, I am concerned about the lack of protection for wild, ESA listed, steelhead during spawning from Marengo upstream to the hatchery bridge. The population of wild steelhead is very low in the Tucannon River and I believe wild steelhead should be protected in important spawning areas and during the primary spawning season. Steelhead fishing upstream of Marengo should not extend beyond either 1 March or 15 Mar. to reduce harassment of wild steelhead during spawning. More protection of wild steelhead is needed during spawning.

MENDEL, GLEN DAYTON, WA November 16, 2017

Walla Walla River: Although I very much support the removal of hatchery steelhead to keep them from spawning, and to provide harvest, I am concerned about the lack of protection for wild, ESA listed, steelhead during spawning from McDonald Rd Bridge upstream to the Oregon border. Hatchery steelhead are no longer released in this drainage and protection of wild steelhead, especially during spawning, should be the priority for the upper portion in WA. This area upstream of McDonald Bridge provides important spawning and rearing areas for wild steelhead and therefore should be protected during the primary spawning season. Steelhead fishing upstream of McDonald Bridge should not extend beyond either 1 March or 15 March to reduce harassment of wild steelhead during spawning. More protection of wild steelhead is needed during spawning.

MENDEL, GLEN DAYTON, WA November 16, 2017

Asotin Creek, Tucannon River, Touchet and Walla Walla rivers: Current daily limits for whitefish encourage harvest of whitefish in these streams of SE WA but whitefish populations have declined to very low levels in these waters. Whitefish are now uncommon to rare and may completely disappear from these waters. They should be protected instead of encouraging more harvest in these SE WA streams.

MENDEL, GLEN DAYTON, WA November 16, 2017

Blue Lake, Rainbow Lk, Spring Lk, Watson Lk, Curl Lk, and most other small ponds and lakes in SE WA: These waters had restrictions to keep anglers from taking more than 2 large hatchery trout, but the proposed regulations apparently are removing those restrictions. Before those restrictions were in place in the past WDFW received many complaints about the high numbers of dead and moribund trout along the shorelines because of hooking and release as anglers high graded to only keep trout over 13 inches for their daily limit. The restrictions were put in place to help share the limited numbers of jumbo trout that were stocked in each of these waters with more anglers and to extend the duration of the season that anglers could catch large trout.

QUESADA, ANDRES BELLINGHAM, WA November 16, 2017

Support  A license should be required to harvest smelt. For instance, very little is known about the Nooksack longfin smelt, including the population size and where they spawn. However, there is a large and unregulated recreational fishery associated to this species. The limit is 10 pounds, an amount that is not easily measured in the field. A better and more intuitive measure would be a given number of fish, as their sizes are fairly homogeneous. Currently, this species is being overharvested because people collect more than the allowable amount. The Nooksack smelt is a vulnerable species that needs to be better protected by requiring harvesters to have a WDFW fishing permit (or potentially a smelt endorsement) and improving on the ground enforcement. Thank you.

TRUAX, MICHAEL R EDMONDS, WA November 17, 2017

Blue Lake (Sienlahekin): I oppose the rule change that will allow internal combustion motors on Blue Lake. Such a change will dramatically change use characteristics converting what is primarily a fly fishing activity to a lure trolling activity. This change has nothing to with and conversely contravenes the stated objective of rule simplification for SGR lakes.

TRUAX, MICHAEL R EDMONDS, WA November 17, 2017

Ell Lake: Ell Lake suffers from well known low water level and is currently not stocked or otherwise managed. Prior to water removals, it produced really large rainbow trout. I much prefer it limit be set at 1 @18"+ consistent with other SG rule lakes in the Okanogan region. Is there something wrong with consistency between rules for SG lakes when the stated objective is rule simplification?

ANDERSON, JOEL COLVILLE, WA November 17, 2017

Little Pend Oreille River and tributaries: I do not support the proposed changes to the rules for fishing on the LIttle Pend Oreille River on the Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge. The present rules have helped make it a quality fishing stream. Let's keep it that way.

PERA, RON CAMANO ISLAND, WA November 18, 2017

Stillaguamish main stem: (223) Stillaguamish River, ( Snohomish County) (a) From the mouth to Marine Drive, including all sloughs: (i) open year-round. (ii) Night closures. (iii) August 1 through November 30: Anti-snagging rule, except anglers fishing for sturgeon may use single-point barbless hook of any size. (A) Catch & release fishing only. (B) Steelhead: daily limit 2 Hatchery Steelhead; minimum length 20 inches. (b) From Marine Drive to the forks: (i) From the barrier dam (downstream of I-5) downstream 200 feet: Closed waters. (ii) Open June 1 through January 31. (A) Selective gear rules. (B) Catch and release fishing only. (C) Steelhead: Daily limit 2 hatchery steelhead; minimum length 20 inches.

PERA, RON CAMANO ISLAND, WA November 18, 2017

Stillaguamish, North Fork: (224) Stillaguamish River, North Fork ( Snohomish County) (a) From the North Fork mouth to Swede Heaven Bridge: (i) It is unlawful to fish from any floating device upstream of the Highway 530 Bridge at mile 28.8 (Cicero Bridge). (ii) It is unlawful to fish from any floating device equipped with a motor downstream from the Highway 530 Bridge. (iii) June 1 through November 30: (A) Fly fishing only (B) Catch & release fishing only (C) Steelhead: Daily limit 2 Hatchery Steelhead; minimum length 20 inches. (iv) December 1 through January 31: (A) Selective gear rules. (B) Steelhead: Daily limit 2 Hatchery Steelhead; minimum length 20 inches. (b) From the North Fork mouth to Swede Heaven Bridge: (i) February 1 through February 15: (A) Selective gear rules. (B) Steelhead: Daily limit 2 Hatchery Steelhead; minimum length 20 inches.

PERA, RON CAMANO ISLAND, WA November 18, 2017

Stillaguamish, South Fork: (225) Stillaguamish River, South Fork ( Snohomish County) (a) From the mouth to 400 feet downstream of the outlet to Granite Falls fishway: (i) June 1 through January 31: (ii) From August 1 through August 31 and November 1 through November 30: (A) Anti-snagging rules. (B) Night closure. (C) Selective gear rules. (D) Trout: Catch & release all trout. (E) Steelhead: Daily limit 2 Hatchery Steelhead; minimum length 20 inches. (b) From 400 feet below the Granite Falls Fishway to the Mountain Loop Highway Bridge above Granite Falls: Closed waters. (c) From the Mountain Loop Highway Bridge above Granite Falls upstream to the source: (i) June 1 through October 31: (A) Anti-snagging rules. (B) Night closure. (C) Selective gear rules. (D) Trout: Catch & release all trout. (E) Steelhead: Daily limit 2 Hatchery Steelhead; minimum length 20 inches. (ii) August 1 through October 31: (A) Anti-snagging rules. (B) Night closure. (C) Trout: Catch & release all trout. (D) Steelhead: Daily limit 2 Hatchery Steelhead; minimum length 20 inches.

LANGELIER, LISA CHENEY, WA November 19, 2017

Little Pend Oreille River: I opposed the proposal to modify the selective gear restriction on the Little Pend Oreille River through the Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge. As the former refuge manager, we proposed the change to WDFW in our comprehensive planning process based on input from refuge anglers. These changes improved the fishery and reduced the litter from irresponsible anglers. Please do not change fishing on the LPO. Thanks.

BANKS, ROBERT L MARYSVILLE, WA November 19, 2017

Stillaguamish River and all tributaries.: Continue fly fishing only in the North Fork, preferably year round. Do NOT permit retention of any trout (except hatchery steelhead) in the system. Add selective gear rules (NO BAIT) to the entire system....CATCH and RELEASE.

KOSLOSKY, MICHAEL E GIG HARBOR, WA November 19, 2017

Mike Koslosky: My above reference was to Chambers Creek but the comments apply to all creeks and streams draining directly in Puget Sound which support populations of coastal cutthroat trout. Cutthroat in Puget Sound have not recovered from past over harvest but are still not at historic levels. Permitting take in their spawning streams is a sure path to elminating them in the Sound. Selective Gear Rules should be in force, bait forbidden, harvest forbidden. The Department has plenty of rainbow trout hatcheries to supply angler harvest. Protect coastal cutthroat trout or they will go the way of the steelhead and you will spend the next 100 years trying to recover a species that could be protected today and at little to no cost.

KOSLOSKY, MICHAEL E GIG HARBOR, WA November 19, 2017

Puget Sound: See above comments.

KOSLOSKY, MICHAEL E GIG HARBOR, WA November 19, 2017

all freshwater bodies having trout.: See above comments.

KOSLOSKY, MICHAEL E GIG HARBOR, WA November 19, 2017

Mike Koslosky: My above reference was to Chambers Creek but the comments apply to all creeks and streams draining directly in Puget Sound which support populations of coastal cutthroat trout. Cutthroat in Puget Sound have not recovered from past over harvest but are still not at historic levels. Permitting take in their spawning streams is a sure path to elminating them in the Sound. Selective Gear Rules should be in force, bait forbidden, harvest forbidden. The Department has plenty of rainbow trout hatcheries to supply angler harvest. Protect coastal cutthroat trout or they will go the way of the steelhead and you will spend the next 100 years trying to recover a species that could be protected today and at little to no cost.

FLAGOR, SUZANNE C NORTH BEND, WA November 20, 2017

Rattlesnake Lake: Rattlesnake Lake is owned by Seattle Public Utilities. It is connected to the Cedar River in the protected Municipal Watershed through groundwater. The Cedar River provides drinking water for 1.4 million people, and is unfiltered. Preventing petroleum spills in the lake is part of the multiple barriers required to protect the drinking water.

TRYON, DON L ADDY, WA November 20, 2017

183, Little Pend Oreille River.: Leave the existing selective gear rules in place through the LPO National Wildlife Refuge. That is the whole point of a National Wildlife Refuge.

ARRABITO, JOHN T SAMMAMISH, WA November 20, 2017

Banks Lake: Please retain the possession limits for warm water species at Banks Lake. They are WORKING!!!

ARRABITO, JOHN T SAMMAMISH, WA November 20, 2017

Moses Lake: Please retain the possession limits for warm water species at Moses Lake. They are WORKING!!!

ARRABITO, JOHN T SAMMAMISH, WA November 20, 2017

Potholes Reservoir: Please retain the possession limits for warm water species at Potholes Reservoir. They are WORKING!!!

NEVERISKY, NICK SEATTLE, WA November 20, 2017

Lake Sammamish: Change to a two trout limit to preserve this highly valuable urban fishery.

WINDOM, EVAN NORTH BEND, WA November 21, 2017

Oppose  "It is unlawful to possess fish taken with gear in violation of the freshwater terminal gear restrictions. Possession of fish while using gear in violation of the freshwater terminal gear restrictions is a rebuttable presumption that the fish were taken with such gear. " I thought we presumed innocence in this country. A person could fish completely legitimately and harvest fish, then forget to pinch one barb, and you presume they caught all of their fish illegally? Where else do we presume guilt in this manner? "Gee, sir, I see you were speeding. And since there's a school zone back just a few miles on this road, I'm going to assume you were speeding when you went through it, as well." Yeah, it's "rebuttable", but what does that even look like? It's already too difficult to comply with all of the different rules. PRESUMING that I'm in violation of a rule when you can't prove it is wrong.

STONE, BRIAN SEATTLE, WA November 21, 2017

Lake Sammamish: Reduce the cutthroat trout limit to two fish per day.

STONE, BRIAN SEATTLE, WA November 21, 2017

Lake Washington: Reduce the cutthroat trout limit to two fish per day.

BEATTY, DANNY ANACORTES, WA November 21, 2017

Oppose  I support the Evergreen Fly Fishing Club's proposals on the Stillaguamish River System!

BEATTY, DANNY ANACORTES, WA November 21, 2017

Stillaguamsih River: Keep the North Fork of the Stilly fly fishing only during summer season. Catch and Release only when open.

EZELL, JEFFREY REDMOND, WA November 21, 2017

Lake Sammamish and Lake Washington: Please consider lowering the cutthroat trout limit to 2 each per angler per day. In my opinion, we are currently overharvesting this extremely valuable resource. Thank you!

ARMSTRONG, GREG L BOTHELL, WA November 21, 2017

Lake Sammamish: Mandatory release ALL Cutthroat. Selective Gear Rules apply.

ARMSTRONG, GREG L BOTHELL, WA November 21, 2017

Lake Washington: Mandatory release ALL Cutthroat. Selective Gear Rules apply.

ARMSTRONG, GREG L BOTHELL, WA November 21, 2017

N.F. Stillaguamish River: Note; I am really hopeful that the summer and fall seasons on this river can be opened as it was in past years! Mandatory release ALL Cutthroat.

ARMSTRONG, GREG L BOTHELL, WA November 21, 2017

Stillaguamish River (main stem): Mandatory release ALL Cutthroat. Selective Gear Rules apply.

ARMSTRONG, GREG L BOTHELL, WA November 21, 2017

S.F. Stillaguamish River: Mandatory release ALL Cutthroat. Selective Gear Rules apply.

MIYADA, RUSSELL T VANCOUVER, WA November 21, 2017

Merwin Lake (Clark/Cowlitz Counties): Without the "Kokanee-10-None" limit in WAC 220-310-090, there is no kokanee bag/size limit in this popular Kokanee fishery.

MIYADA, RUSSELL T VANCOUVER, WA November 21, 2017

Yale Lake (Cowlitz County): Without the "Kokanee-10-None" limit in WAC 22-31-090, there is no kokanee bag/size limit in this Kokanee fishery.

MIYADA, RUSSELL T VANCOUVER, WA November 21, 2017

Merwin Lake (Clark/Cowlitz Counties): Please add: Kokanee: Season -- Fourth Saturday in April through September 30. Limit 10; Kokanee do not count as part of the trout limit. Comment: A lack of 15-inch or bigger Kokanee in later summer for the past three or four years may be attributed to early year harvesting of skinny 12 to 13 inchers. Specifying a period for Kokanee fishing may allow for bigger fish caught in July-August-September.

MIYADA, RUSSELL T VANCOUVER, WA November 21, 2017

Yale Lake (Cowlitz County): Please add: Kokanee; Limit 20; Kokanee do not toward the trout limit. Comment: Yale Lake is known for its abundance of smaller Kokanee due to natural spawning in the creeks. Allowing a daily limit of 20 fish may increase angling opportunities and help in reducing the population of these smaller Kokanee.

GRAUMANN, GERHARD BELLEVUE, WA November 21, 2017

Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish: A reduced limit (2 per day) on trout in these lakes would help sustain the fishery as they are not boosted by hatchery production. Also, allow for the retention of hatchery salmon over 12" caught between December 1st and May 31st. These fish are not likely to out migrate to salt water and migratory adults would nto be prsent in the system at this time.

HAMMERSTAD, CHARLES B SAN JOSE, CA November 22, 2017

Oppose  I am writing to express my strong opposition to several proposals put forth by WDFW in 2017 during the Freshwater Regulations phase of the agency’s Sport Fishing Rule Simplification Process. Specifically, I am concerned with: Policy Proposal: Eliminate mandatory steelhead retention Despite scientifically-demonstrated negative effects on wild steelhead runs, including interbreeding and competition for habitat, hatchery steelhead are produced in many systems to provide sport fishing and harvest opportunity. Because these fish are produced explicitly for harvest, and because of the impacts they have on struggling wild steelhead populations, I am greatly concerned about proposals to roll back mandatory hatchery steelhead retention rules currently in place statewide. I strongly support retaining this sensible and appropriate regulation as it is currently written. When hatchery steelhead are caught by anglers, this constitutes the successful utilization of these fish and as such t

KESSLER, WILLIAM CORNING, NY November 22, 2017

Oppose  I am writing to express my strong opposition to several proposals put forth by WDFW in 2017 during the Freshwater Regulations phase of the agency’s Sport Fishing Rule Simplification Process. Specifically, I am concerned with: Policy Proposal: Eliminate mandatory steelhead retention Despite scientifically-demonstrated negative effects on wild steelhead runs, including interbreeding and competition for habitat, hatchery steelhead are produced in many systems to provide sport fishing and harvest opportunity. Because these fish are produced explicitly for harvest, and because of the impacts they have on struggling wild steelhead populations, I am greatly concerned about proposals to roll back mandatory hatchery steelhead retention rules currently in place statewide. I strongly support retaining this sensible and appropriate regulation as it is currently written. Thank you, William Kessler

JOHNSON, NATHANIEL SEATTLE, WA November 22, 2017

Oppose  I am writing to express my strong opposition to several proposals put forth by WDFW in 2017 during the Freshwater Regulations phase of the agency’s Sport Fishing Rule Simplification Process. Specifically, I am concerned with: Policy Proposal: Eliminate mandatory steelhead retention Despite scientifically-demonstrated negative effects on wild steelhead runs, including interbreeding and competition for habitat, hatchery steelhead are produced in many systems to provide sport fishing and harvest opportunity. Because these fish are produced explicitly for harvest, and because of the impacts they have on struggling wild steelhead populations, I am greatly concerned about proposals to roll back mandatory hatchery steelhead retention rules currently in place statewide. I strongly support retaining this sensible and appropriate regulation as it is currently written. When hatchery steelhead are caught by anglers, this constitutes the successful utilization of these fish and as such t

CHADICK, JASON P PORT ANGELES, WA November 22, 2017

Oppose  I am writing to express my strong opposition to several proposals put forth by WDFW in 2017 during the Freshwater Regulations phase of the agency’s Sport Fishing Rule Simplification Process. Specifically, I am concerned with: Policy Proposal: Eliminate mandatory steelhead retention Despite scientifically-demonstrated negative effects on wild steelhead runs, including interbreeding and competition for habitat, hatchery steelhead are produced in many systems to provide sport fishing and harvest opportunity. Because these fish are produced explicitly for harvest, and because of the impacts they have on struggling wild steelhead populations, I am greatly concerned about proposals to roll back mandatory hatchery steelhead retention rules currently in place statewide. I strongly support retaining this sensible and appropriate regulation as it is currently written. When hatchery steelhead are caught by anglers, this constitutes the successful utilization of these fish and as such t

ALBRECHT, RICHARD L SEATTLE, WA November 22, 2017

Oppose  I have serious concerns with several proposals that are included in their proposed freshwater regulations in 2017-19. 1. Policy Proposal: Eliminate mandatory steelhead retention. I do not support proposals to roll back mandatory hatchery steelhead retention rules currently in place statewide. I strongly support retaining this sensible and appropriate regulation as it is currently written. 2. Policy Proposal: Separate trout and steelhead rules. I strongly oppose any regulations that increase harvest or retention opportunities for wild rainbow trout or wild coastal cutthroat trout in areas of anadromy. If regulations are to be separated, catch and release of wild rainbow and cutthroat trout should be required below barriers to upstream migration. Policy Proposal: Statewide standards. I strongly urge WDFW not to open additional or increased harvest opportunity for wild trout in areas of anadromy in order to protect wild runs runs and sustainable angling opportunities.

PAGE, DAN YELM, WA November 22, 2017

Oppose  Mandatory retention of hatchery steelhead should be in place on all streams. Harvesting wild rainbow or wild cutthroat trout should not be permitted in areas that are habitats of anadromous fish.

OSTERICHER, ROBERT GIG HARBOR, WA November 22, 2017

Oppose  I generally applaud the effort to simplify the rules but I am concerned about 3 of the provisions. We should maintain mandatory hatchery steelhead retention as we know they interbreed with and compete for resources with native fish. Secondly, I am concerned about the default position of all streams open unless there is a posted exception. Many of those smaller tributaries will be under the radar and won"t get listed even if they deserve it.Thirdly, I think all fish caught with bait need to count towards the daily limit as the mortality is so high with bait. I agree that the written regs are cumbersome but in this era a person checks on-line prior to fishing to obtain information regarding updates on that body of water and I think our focus should be on basing those water specific regs on science to preserve our resource while simplifying the process. Thanks for your consideration. Bob Ostericher M.D.

WERNET, DOLAN L MARYSVILLE, WA November 22, 2017

Stilly System: I support the Evergreen Fly Fishers recommendations and strongly encourage WDFW to modify the regulations to fall in line with the statements regarding the Stillaguamish River System. Thank you for your consideration!

BALL, JARROD LAKE STEVENS, WA November 23, 2017

Stilliguamish System: Objective of changes: Protect Salmon and Trout. Reasons for changes to WDFW WAC: (223) (iv) Trout - Catch & release fishing only--Protect all trout going into system. (224) (a) (iii) June 1--Protect smolt leaving system. All salmon smolt should be gone from system by this date. WDFW proposed date could be as early as May 23. (224) (a) (iii) January 31-- Protect Trout with Fly fishing only in North Fork. (224) (b) (i) June 1--Protect smolt leaving system. All salmon smolt should be gone from system by this date. WDFW proposed date could be as early as May 23. (224) (b) (ii) January 1 through February 15: (A) Selective fishery (B) 2 Hatchery Steelhead; min length 20" -- Allow for harvest of hatchery Steelhead by selective gear. (225) (a)(i) June 1--Protect smolt leaving system. All salmon smolt should be gone from system by this date. WDFW proposed date could be as early as May 23. (225) (i)(C,D,E) Trout - Catch & release fishing only except hatchery Steelhead --Protect all trout going into system. (225) (c)(i) June 1--Protect smolt leaving system. All salmon smolt should be gone from system by this date. WDFW proposed date could be as early as May 23. (225) (c)(ii)(C,D) Trout - Catch & release fishing only except hatchery Steelhead--Protect all trout going into system. WAC as EFFC would like: (223) Stillaguamish River, ( Snohomish County) (a) From the mouth to Marine Drive, including all sloughs: (i) open year-round. (ii) Night closures. (iii) August 1 through November 30: Anti-snagging rule, except anglers fishing for sturgeon may use single-point barbless hook of any size. (A) Catch & release fishing only. (B) Steelhead: daily limit 2 Hatchery Steelhead; minimum length 20 inches. (b) From Marine Drive to the forks: (i) From the barrier dam (downstream of I-5) downstream 200 feet: Closed waters. (ii) Open June 1 through January 31. (A) Selective gear rules. (B) Catch and release fishing only. (C) Steelhead: Daily limit 2 hatchery steelhead; minimum length 20 inches. (224) Stillaguamish River, North Fork ( Snohomish County) (a) From the North Fork mouth to Swede Heaven Bridge: (i) It is unlawful to fish from any floating device upstream of the Highway 530 Bridge at mile 28.8 (Cicero Bridge). (ii) It is unlawful to fish from any floating device equipped with a motor downstream from the Highway 530 Bridge. (iii) June 1 through November 30: (A) Fly fishing only (B) Catch & release fishing only (C) Steelhead: Daily limit 2 Hatchery Steelhead; minimum length 20 inches. (iv) December 1 through January 31: (A) Selective gear rules. (B) Steelhead: Daily limit 2 Hatchery Steelhead; minimum length 20 inches. (b) From the North Fork mouth to Swede Heaven Bridge: (i) February 1 through February 15: (A) Selective gear rules. (B) Steelhead: Daily limit 2 Hatchery Steelhead; minimum length 20 inches. (225) Stillaguamish River, South Fork ( Snohomish County) (a) From the mouth to 400 feet downstream of the outlet to Granite Falls fishway: (i) June 1 through January 31: (ii) From August 1 through August 31 and November 1 through November 30: (A) Anti-snagging rules. (B) Night closure. (C) Selective gear rules. (D) Trout: Catch & release all trout. (E) Steelhead: Daily limit 2 Hatchery Steelhead; minimum length 20 inches. (b) From 400 feet below the Granite Falls Fishway to the Mountain Loop Highway Bridge above Granite Falls: Closed waters. (c) From the Mountain Loop Highway Bridge above Granite Falls upstream to the source: (i) June 1 through October 31: (A) Anti-snagging rules. (B) Night closure. (C) Selective gear rules. (D) Trout: Catch & release all trout. (E) Steelhead: Daily limit 2 Hatchery Steelhead; minimum length 20 inches. (ii) August 1 through October 31: (A) Anti-snagging rules. (B) Night closure. (C) Trout: Catch & release all trout. (D) Steelhead: Daily limit 2 Hatchery Steelhead; minimum length 20 inches.

FRANCIS, K. HONOKAA, HI November 23, 2017

Little Pend Oreille River: see general comment, above.

PETERS, THOM SNOHOMISH, WA November 23, 2017

Oppose  Mandatory retention of Hatchery fish should be kept. Catch-and-release should be reduced because of mortality rates. A quota for fishing guides should be determined, set, and enforced. Due to climate change, in stream flows from Summer Into The Fall season will become less and less. Because of this Sanctuary pools should be determined, and designated as a no fishing respite for these magnificent native steelhead. Having fished for steelhead for almost five decades, it is disheartening and outrageous about what has been allowed to occur. If it takes closing Rivers for years to protect native steelhead then DO IT. Please use best science not the best dollar and perform your stewardship role you've been entrusted with to protect native steelhead.

ROHN, DOUGLAS TUCSON, AZ November 24, 2017

Oppose  1. Please continue to support hatchery steelhead retention rules to maintain angler opportunity and protect wild steelhead. 2. Given that resident rainbow trout are a source of genetic diversity for anadromous steelhead populations, harvest of resident rainbows should not be allowed in watersheds where wild steelhead spawn.

WESTOVER, NEIL W MARYSVILLE, WA November 24, 2017

Stillaguamish System: I oppose the proposed rules set for the entire Stillaguamish System. I support the proposal of EFFC made by Ron Para as a much more thought full solution to the needs of the fish in this system and the users. It has minor changes in the dates. It preserves the fly only season. It allows for Steelhead fishing. And perhaps most importantly it conserves the rainbow/steelhead gene bank while still allowing for trout fishing (catch and release) It further protects other species some of which are listed as endangered. (Steelhead, Bull Trout, Cutthroat) It is an excellent proposal!!

ANDERSEN, CHRIS D SEATTLE, WA November 24, 2017

Lake Washington: Lake WA. has a very sought after trout fishery with the native cutthroat species. These fish have been hit HARD by guides over the years, as well as by local sport anglers. This is a native, self sustaining fish.. PLEASE consider taking the Lake WA. cutthroat down to a 2 fish limit. There is no reason this species should be subject to the same limits as hatchery trout.

COVILLE, DONALD L RIDGEFIELD, WA November 24, 2017

Oppose  See comments on Specific Body of Water

COVILLE, DONALD L RIDGEFIELD, WA November 24, 2017

Silver Lake, WA (Cowlitz County): I am writing to comment on the proposal to remove the bag and length limits on crappie in Silver Lake, WA (Cowlitz County) Several years ago WDFW set the current regulations on crappie at Silver Lake to address the over harvest taking place. Most of the crappie were very small, 3 to 5 inches, and were being over harvested even at those sizes by some individuals. After a couple years of the new rules being in effect the size and quantity of the crappie increase dramatically. The yellow perch population also benefited by having larger predatory crappie to thin their ranks. Before the rules of a 10 per day limit and 9 inch minimum length for crappie, the perch were overpopulated and in the 5 to 6 inch size range. Now, the perch size has increased to an average of 8 inches with many 9 to 10 inch specimens present. The crappie fishery at Silver Lake has become a "go to" destination for a large number of fishermen and women who prefer the warm water variety of game fish. I made a quick trip to Silver Lake this afternoon (the day after Thanksgiving 11/24/17) and fished from the bank with about 75 to 100 other individuals. Some were local, some were from distant locations like Wisconsin. All were there to enjoy the fantastic crappie fishing. There were many boats fishing for crappie also. In a very short time I caught a limit of crappie ranging from 9 1/2 to 10 3/4 inches in length. Everyone I observed was catching crappie and religiously measuring each fish, releasing those that were under the 9 inch minimum. What a shame it would be to destroy this valuable fishery for the sake of "Rule Simplification" which we all know is driven by the Endangered Specie Act. There are no salmon or steelhead in Silver Lake so there is no conflict there. Please leave the rules for crappie at Silver Lake unchanged (10 per day bag limit and 9 inch minimum size). Thank you, Don Coville P.O. Box 1300 Ridgefield, WA 98642 Phone (360) 887-3939

WELTON, CARLOS F KINGSTON, WA November 25, 2017

Big Quilcene River: Nice to know that night closure will be going. Showing up to fish before dark will be nice. The two trout native to the river are scenic fish which play an important role maintaining the environment year-round.

WELTON, CARLOS F KINGSTON, WA November 25, 2017

Chico Creek: I assume with the salmon returns along with recent signs of crayfish inhabitants in the water column trout should be more abundant in future years. This proposal might just prove how ready it is.

WELTON, CARLOS F KINGSTON, WA November 25, 2017

Gamble Creek: There appears to be no returning fish to the mouth on Port Gamble, to the Minder NE road culvert and up to the Latest HWY 307 Bond bridge above Gamble creek in recent years during fall months.

SIZER, JEFF RICHLAND, WA November 25, 2017

Hampton lakes and others in Columbia National Wildlife refuege: I wonder about moving the Columbia Wildlife Lakes from April 1st to last Saturday in April, ( Hamptons, Teals and Widgeon chain. I would like to see it stay the same or move to March 1st. The window of trout friendly water temperatures in these lakes is pretty short. This proposal eliminates a month of prime time. The other alternative would be to leave them open until October 31.

LARSON, NICK WASHOUGAL, WA November 25, 2017

Naselle River: See "General comments about this rule proposal" above. Changing limit from Highway 4 Bridge to Highway 401 (bad for boat anglers who launch at South Valley/Knapton Road), and "All Species: Catch and Release Fishing Only" does not make sense when it is open for salmon and steelhead retention during the date range listed for catch and release.

SILVEY, FRANCIS BELLEVUE, WA November 25, 2017

Stillaguamish System: (223) Stillaguamish River, ( Snohomish County) (a) From the mouth to Marine Drive, including all sloughs: (i) open year-round. (ii) Night closures. (iii) August 1 through November 30: Anti-snagging rule, except anglers fishing for sturgeon may use single-point barbless hook of any size. (A) Catch & release fishing only. (B) Steelhead: daily limit 2 Hatchery Steelhead; minimum length 20 inches. (b) From Marine Drive to the forks: (i) From the barrier dam (downstream of I-5) downstream 200 feet: Closed waters. (ii) Open June 1 through January 31. (A) Selective gear rules. (B) Catch and release fishing only. (C) Steelhead: Daily limit 2 hatchery steelhead; minimum length 20 inches. (224) Stillaguamish River, North Fork ( Snohomish County) (a) From the North Fork mouth to Swede Heaven Bridge: (i) It is unlawful to fish from any floating device upstream of the Highway 530 Bridge at mile 28.8 (Cicero Bridge). (ii) It is unlawful to fish from any floating device equipped with a motor downstream from the Highway 530 Bridge. (iii) June 1 through November 30: (A) Fly fishing only (B) Catch & release fishing only (C) Steelhead: Daily limit 2 Hatchery Steelhead; minimum length 20 inches. (iv) December 1 through January 31: (A) Selective gear rules. (B) Steelhead: Daily limit 2 Hatchery Steelhead; minimum length 20 inches. (b) From the North Fork mouth to Swede Heaven Bridge: (i) February 1 through February 15: (A) Selective gear rules. (B) Steelhead: Daily limit 2 Hatchery Steelhead; minimum length 20 inches. (225) Stillaguamish River, South Fork ( Snohomish County) (a) From the mouth to 400 feet downstream of the outlet to Granite Falls fishway: (i) June 1 through January 31: (ii) From August 1 through August 31 and November 1 through November 30: (A) Anti-snagging rules. (B) Night closure. (C) Selective gear rules. (D) Trout: Catch & release all trout. (E) Steelhead: Daily limit 2 Hatchery Steelhead; minimum length 20 inches. (b) From 400 feet below the Granite Falls Fishway to the Mountain Loop Highway Bridge above Granite Falls: Closed waters. (c) From the Mountain Loop Highway Bridge above Granite Falls upstream to the source: (i) June 1 through October 31: (A) Anti-snagging rules. (B) Night closure. (C) Selective gear rules. (D) Trout: Catch & release all trout. (E) Steelhead: Daily limit 2 Hatchery Steelhead; minimum length 20 inches. (ii) August 1 through October 31: (A) Anti-snagging rules. (B) Night closure. (C) Trout: Catch & release all trout. (D) Steelhead: Daily limit 2 Hatchery Steelhead; minimum length 20 inches.

DENNIS, DALE ARLINGTON WA, WA November 26, 2017

Stillaguamish from marine dr. upstream to forks.: I support the Evergreen Fly Fishing Club Proposal June 1st to Jan. 31st. Catch and release except up to 2 hatchery Steelhead may be retained. Selective gear rules.

DENNIS, DALE ARLINGTON WA, WA November 26, 2017

Stillaguamish River NF from mouth to Swede Haven Bridge: I support the Evergreen Fly Fishing Club Proposal June 1- Nov. 30. Catch and release all trout except up to 2 hatchery steelhead may be retained. Trout Dec.1 to Jan. 31 C&R Selective gear rules.

DENNIS, DALE ARLINGTON WA, WA November 26, 2017

Stillaguamish River South Fork from mouth to 400 ft downstream of the outlet to Granite Falls fishway.: I support the Evergreen Fly Fishing Club Proposal Trout June 1- Jan 31. Catch and release all trout except up to 2 hatchery Steelhead may be retained. Selective gear rules.

DENNIS, DALE ARLINGTON WA, WA November 26, 2017

Stillaguamish River South Fork form Mountain Loop Hwy. Bridge upstream to source.: I support the Evergreen Fly Fishing Club Proposal Trout June 1-Oct. 31 C&R all trout except up to 2 hatchery Steelhead may be retained. Selective gear rules.

LARSON, NICK WASHOUGAL, WA November 26, 2017

Elochoman River: See "General comments about this rule proposal section above". Change boundary for earlier opening to Elochoman Hatchery Bridge (as previously written in the regulations book), allow barbed hooks during summer steelhead fishery (as previously allowed) and propose to also allow during winter steelhead fishery since Elochoman does not have ESA listed steelhead stocks and thus should not have special restrictions. Also propose to open Elochoman section between 200' above temporary weir and Elochoman Hatchery Bridge earlier than November 1 (lOctober 1 or October 16) so that hatchery late Coho being planted on Elochoman can be harvested.

TOWNSELL, JR., JOHN V EVERETT, WA November 27, 2017

SStillaguamish River System: Our fisheries resources need all of the help that we can give to it!! Thanks for listening! John T.

BANKS, ROBERT L MARYSVILLE, WA November 27, 2017

Potholes Resivor, Moses Lake, Banks Lake: removing catch limits on Bass, Crappie and perch on these waters will very likely repeat some of the disasters on these waters created in past years. Do NOT remove the catch limits on these lakes. Protect the healthy resources, and do what is necessary to make them even "healthier"! I am not aware of any waters where there are too many fish, and if there are any, nature will cure the problem.

FREET, BRUCE L MOUNT VERNON, WA November 27, 2017

Stillaguamish River watershed: I support the Evergreen Fly Fishing Club rule proposal for the retention of two hatchery steelhead, catch and release only with selective gear rules for all native salmonids, and the North Fork designated for fly fishing only during the summer season. In addition, I strongly support that WDFW have the hatchery goal of eventually terminating all hatchery production unless it promotes the restoration of of native Stillaguamish River salmonid stocks and self-sustaining populations.

HAGY, JIM WOODINVILLE, WA November 27, 2017

Blue Lake (Sinlahekin): Please - No IC engines

MAROS, EVAN SEATTLE, WA November 27, 2017

Lake Washington: I think the limit for cutthroat trout in Lake Washington should be lowered to 2, if not 1 fish per day. The fishery is 100% wild fish and unsupported by a hatchery. They simply still can't take that amount of harvest AND pressure(from increased guided trips in the past few years.)

MAROS, EVAN SEATTLE, WA November 27, 2017

Lake Sammamish : I think the limit for cutthroat trout in Lake Washington should be lowered to 2, if not 1 fish per day. The fishery is 100% wild fish and unsupported by a hatchery. They simply still can't take that amount of harvest AND pressure(from increased guided trips in the past few years.)

HEIRIGS, MARK VANCOUVER, WA November 27, 2017

All Washington State Gene Bank Rivers and Tributaries: 1.The desire to streamline regulations should not supersede the clear need for specific local rules such as on gene bank rivers and their tributaries. 2. Selective gear rules and catch-and-release of all O.mykiss to be implemented on gene-bank rivers and their tributaries.

BYRNE, JAMES B RIDGEFIELD, WA November 27, 2017

Oppose  I would like to see protection of steelhead and cutthroat trout in anadromous waters. Prohibit trout angling on rivers and streams at times when smolts are migrating. Wild and hatchery smolts need protection on their migration. Do not to permit additional or increased harvest opportunity for wild trout in areas of anadromy in order to protect wild runs. All harvested hatchery steelhead should not be permitted to be returned to the river to protect wild steelhead genes. They must be retained by the angler.

QUINN, DAVID C OCEAN SHORES, WA November 27, 2017

Oppose  I am writing to express my strong opposition to several proposals put forth by WDFW in 2017 during the Freshwater Regulations phase of the agency’s Sport Fishing Rule Simplification Process. Specifically, I am concerned with: Policy Proposal: Eliminate mandatory steelhead retention Despite scientifically-demonstrated negative effects on wild steelhead runs, including interbreeding and competition for habitat, hatchery steelhead are produced in many systems to provide sport fishing and harvest opportunity. Because these fish are produced explicitly for harvest, and because of the impacts they have on struggling wild steelhead populations, I am greatly concerned about proposals to roll back mandatory hatchery steelhead retention rules currently in place statewide. I strongly support retaining this sensible and appropriate regulation as it is currently written. When hatchery steelhead are caught by anglers, this constitutes the successful utilization of these fish and as such t

QUINN, DAVID C OCEAN SHORES, WA November 27, 2017

Policy Proposal: Statewide standards (apply to all rivers and streams unless listed as an exception): Similar to the above, I do not broadly oppose efforts to standardize statewide freshwater fishing regulations. However, in doing so, WDFW should be certain to not increase harvest or retention opportunity directed at wild resident rainbow and coastal cutthroat trout in areas of anadromy, or below upstream barriers to wild steelhead and salmon migration. Catch and release fishing for trout, as well as other fish species, provides significant and popular fishing opportunity in Washington, as well as robust benefits for local economies and the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Increasing harvest opportunities for wild trout in anadromous areas is unnecessary, and would be harmful to wild steelhead, resident rainbow, and sea run coastal cutthroat trout without providing significant benefits as far as new fishing opportunity. While I support standardizing, and even liberalizing, retention limits for hatchery trout, I strongly urge WDFW not to open additional or increased harvest opportunity for wild trout in areas of anadromy in order to protect wild runs and sustainable angling opportunities.

CRAYNE, BRICE VANCOUVER, WA November 27, 2017

Coweeman, Grays, Green, EF Lewis, and SF Toutle: Harvest of wild trout in these Columbia River tributaries will limit the recovery of wild steelhead and sea run cutthroat trout. The inconsistencies in the regulations to protect wild trout during specific times of year but allow harvest of them during other parts of year is contradictory. WDFW must eliminate controllable variables in the wild steelhead gene banks that will limit the recovery of these fish. Control of wild trout harvest is one variable that WDFW can eliminate from the plethora of reasons that skeptics will use to eliminate the gene banks before we have time to evaluate their effectiveness. Please control all variables that are within your power and eliminate trout harvest within the wild steelhead gene banks and other predominantly wild steelhead rivers. If complete elimination is not possible, please eliminate retention of rainbow trout. In my observations, cutthroat trout are doing okay under current regulations at least in the SF Toutle and Coweeman Rivers.

MACDONALD, WILLIAM MOSES LAKE, WA November 27, 2017

Hampton Lakes : Use common sense. Open bodies of water is a good thing! Waiting to open lakes until its practically summer is not.

FRANSEN, STEVE OLYMPIA, WA November 27, 2017

Deschutes River, Thurston County: The major recreational fishery in the Deschutes is for native cutthroat trout. The proposed season of 7/1 - 10/15 is excessively restrictive. A season of 6/1 or Sat.

FRANSEN, STEVE OLYMPIA, WA November 27, 2017

(203) Skagit River: sections (d) (e) (f) (i) season dates 6/1 - 1/31. The Department should restore the catch and release season from 6/1 (or Sat.

SIEBERT, IRA J EVERETT, WA November 27, 2017

Jameson Lake: The resorts at both end of the lake rely upon the revenue from the October 1st opener. This is bad for their business. On a personal note, I will hate to lose the tradition of that opener and I know for a fact that their are people who buy their license for that opener and they will not buy if that opener is lost.

SIEBERT, IRA J EVERETT, WA November 27, 2017

Hampton Lakes and others in the area.: If you want to simplify, open those up on the March 1st opener as well. I understand the need to simplify, but some of those lakes fish much better in early spring than they do later in the season. Saving them until the last Saturday in April does not maximize the ability for people to access those lakes. More opportunities earlier in the season will increase license sales. There are plenty of Last Saturday in April lakes as it is.

SIEBERT, IRA J EVERETT, WA November 27, 2017

Gibbs Lake: Those of us who have worked far to hard at creating quality, selective lake fisheries will not be happy with the changing of that status for any body of water. Please do not take away this selective water fishery.

SIEBERT, IRA J EVERETT, WA November 27, 2017

Horseshoe Lake: Those of us who have worked far to hard at creating quality, selective lake fisheries will not be happy with the changing of that status for any body of water. Please do not take away this selective water fishery.

SIEBERT, IRA J EVERETT, WA November 27, 2017

Teal Lake: Those of us who have worked far to hard at creating quality, selective lake fisheries will not be happy with the changing of that status for any body of water. Please do not take away this selective water fishery.

BUCKNER, SONYA MAPLE FALLS, WA November 28, 2017

Nooksack River (all forks): I don't see anything about steelhead retention at all here, except for the removal of mandatory hatchery retention. Wondering if you can fish for steelhead or not and what the daily limit is.

DUNLAP, PAUL LA CENTER, WA November 28, 2017

Coldwater Lake (Cowlitz Co.): Justification for keeping current regulations for Coldwater Lake. Coldwater Lake was formed when North Coldwater Creek was blocked by the massive debris avalanche from the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens. The resulting impoundment created one of most unique and quality wild trout fishing experiences in the northwest. Rainbow, Twin Lakes Cutthroat, Coastal Cutthroat and hybrid Cutthroat/Rainbow are present in Coldwater Lake. The average length of fish caught is 13”-15” with a few fish pushing 20”. The condition factor of the fish is excellent and has remained stable over the last 15 years. Anglers from SW Washington and the Puget Sound area fish Coldwater Lake and consider it one of the finest wild trout lakes in the state. Since the majority of the fish population is under 16”, the current Min. Size 16” Daily limit 1 has created a de facto catch-and-release fishery. There is a fair population of 14”-15” fish and the proposed new regulation allowing the harvest of Min. Size 14” Daily limit 2 fish could be excessive. There is not much data available to determine what effect the new regulation proposal change would bring. Keeping the current regulations (Min. Size 16" Limit 1) would ensure this exceptional wild trout fishery would continue to provide a quality fishing experience for years to come.

WESSEL, JAMES SEATTLE, WA November 28, 2017

Oppose  This simplification would adversely impact wild fish by letting small streams where salmon, trout and steelhead spawn slip through the cracks.

GEOFFRION, PAUL BOTHELL, WA November 28, 2017

Oppose  This proposal risks anglers fishing in closed waters because they will assume the waters are open. There will be less mistakes if anglers know that the default is closed vs open.

JONES, DAN COVINGTON, WA November 28, 2017

Oppose  Washington is home to thousands of anglers with a diverse interests and opinions regarding quality fishing opportunity. This includes anglers who desire opportunities to both harvest fish and participate in quality catch and release for wild fish. Standardized regulations cannot provide the necessary opportunities to satisfy the state’s diverse anglers. It is reasonable to require that anglers be familiar with local regulations and review the rules pamphlet when traveling to new areas, which is what happens in every other state.

JONES, DAN COVINGTON, WA November 28, 2017

Skykomish, Snohomish, Skagit: While my comments apply to all WA waters, my home waters are above.

COWAN, BRIAN SEATTLE, WA November 28, 2017

Oppose  This seems to put undo burden on biologists with limited time. I think it should be closed until listed as open.

COWAN, BRIAN SEATTLE, WA November 28, 2017

Skagit watershead. Olympic Peninnsula : all major steelhead spawning tributaries

BAKEN, DOUGLASS PORTLAND, OR November 28, 2017

Pillar-Widgeon Chain Lakes (: Retain April 1st opener

BAKEN, DOUGLASS PORTLAND, OR November 28, 2017

Teal Lakes: Retain April 1st opener

CSF, CLARK-SKAMANIA FLYFISHERS VANCOUVER, WA November 28, 2017

East Fork Lewis River: Don't allow the harvest of any wild trout, Steelhead or Salmon. In addition to the rules that R-5 staff are proposing the river upstream of Moulton Falls should close for the rest of the Winter season on Nov. 30th. There will still remain an excellent recreational angling opportunity on the lower 10 miles or more of the river.

CSF, CLARK-SKAMANIA FLYFISHERS VANCOUVER, WA November 28, 2017

North Fork Lewis River: Do not allow the take of any fish upstream of the Eagle Cliff Bridge including all tributaries where Bull Trout, Steelhead and Salmon have access. Do not close recreational angling on 10 or more miles of this river to protect Bull Trout when a much smaller closure would have the same benefit without destroying a high quality west side trout fishery.

CSF, CLARK-SKAMANIA FLYFISHERS VANCOUVER, WA November 28, 2017

Coldwater Lake: Instead of implementing a 14” minimum size limit with a 2 fish bag you should implement a slot limit of two fish 10” - 14”. The trout in this lake are robust and there is a potential to have a high quality fishery on large trout. But if you implement a 14” minimum size limit you will create a mediocre fishery. If you want to provide a harvest opportunity there are numerous trout in the 10” to 14” size. Let folks who want a fish take a couple of those but leave the big trout to live and breed. If you implement a 14” minimum size limit in time it will result in a population of primarily fish smaller than that. Give this lake and the fish in it a chance. I think over time you will be pleasantly surprised.

CSF, CLARK-SKAMANIA FLYFISHERS VANCOUVER, WA November 28, 2017

Kalama River : We absolutely oppose the opening of the historical closed zone on the Kalama River from the 6420 Road Bridge upstream. It is our understanding that this is being proposed to add an angling opportunity that might get at some hatchery steelhead. At what cost? This sanctuary provides a protected zone for wild steelhead and trout to breed and flourish unmolested by chronic disturbance and handle. Who knows exactly how that benefits these fish and how it contributes to legal fisheries downstream. Furthermore, this entire area is located behind locked Weyerhaeuser Corporation gates and you must buy a permit to have access to that area. We are deeply troubled that the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife would propose to open a sanctuary for wild fish so as to provide an opportunity for the corporation to financially benefit from the sale of access to our public resources for a limited number of anglers. This is particularly troubling when considered in view that you are going to reduce protection on an ESA listed stock. Again, we will say this is not how you build support for your programs.

BRANHAM, CHARLES BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA November 28, 2017

Calawah: keep the existing rules. Keep the hook, catch and bait restrictions.

BRANHAM, CHARLES BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA November 28, 2017

Hoh: Keep the existing rules, especially the catch restrictions, hook and bait restrictions

BRANHAM, CHARLES BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA November 28, 2017

Bogachiel: Keep the existing rules, especially the catch restrictions, hook rules and bait rules.

BRANHAM, CHARLES BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA November 28, 2017

Sol Duc: Keep the existing rules, esp. motor restrictions, bait, hook, and catch restrictions.

CLARK, GARY D BELLINGHAM , WA November 28, 2017

Oppose  Save our WILD FISH!!! I oppose this for its lack of protection to wild anadromous fish! General Rules Freshwater – As written, this proposal would change the statewide standard of ‘closed unless listed under special rules’ to ‘open unless listed as closed.’ Changing this method would burden local biologists with the task of listing every closed waterway and will result in opening many overlooked small tributary streams used for spawning and rearing by trout, steelhead and salmon. While this may be appropriate in some areas it should not be used in streams with anadromous fish

REVOYR, RICHARD A MOUNT VERNON, WA November 28, 2017

Oppose  "Closed unless Open" is a good policy, requiring research and process to allow fishing in a body of water.

GANSKE, CHARLES SEDRO WOOLLEY, WA November 28, 2017

Skagit River: The regulations for the mouth up are not clear. The regulation states the mouth to 530 bridge in Rockport from March 1st to January 31st is open. Is this correct? I am in favor of catch and release seasons for trout to be open all year except during steelhead peak spawning (April-May).

GANSKE, CHARLES SEDRO WOOLLEY, WA November 28, 2017

Suiattle River: It is not clear whether the Suiattle river is open at all. Please open the Suiattle for catch and release. It is a tremendous trout fishery that should be able to be enjoyed.

DUDLEY, PAUL BLAINE, WA November 28, 2017

Oppose  ’ Changing this method would burden local biologists with the task of listing every closed waterway and will result in opening many overlooked small tributary streams used for spawning and rearing by trout, steelhead and salmon. While this may be appropriate in some areas it should not be used in streams with anadromous fish.

GENUALDI, DAVID E SHORELINE, WA November 29, 2017

Oppose  If anglers have trouble reading the regulations, they should just consult their local wdfw office. We need to protect salmon and steelhead, and a one size fits all approach won’t do that.

CARR, RANDLE T BURLINGTON, WA November 29, 2017

Oppose  How do you protect wild steelhead smolts, and rainbows who hold the same genetics, on the side streams? This rule is too vague, and will require DFW man hours to create an enormous list of side channel streams and tributaries where wild steelhead are reared. Better to list tributaries as blanket closure with streams the biologists think are good, than list all as good and try to close hundreds by special rule?

CARR, RANDLE T BURLINGTON, WA November 29, 2017

Nooksack River: How do I know the two 8"+ wild trout I'm taking home are not the last two wild steelhead in the basin?

CARR, RANDLE T BURLINGTON, WA November 29, 2017

Skagit River: How do I know the two 8"+ wild trout I'm taking home are not in fact down-migrating wild steelhead?

CARR, RANDLE T BURLINGTON, WA November 29, 2017

Sol Duc: How do I know the two 8"+ wild trout I'm taking home are not in fact two wild steelhead?

CARR, RANDLE T BURLINGTON, WA November 29, 2017

Calawah: I take two wild trout from this river. How do I know they aren't part of the wild steelhead gene bank we are trying to protect?

CARR, RANDLE T BURLINGTON, WA November 29, 2017

Sol Duc: I take two wild trout from this river. How do I know they aren't part of the wild steelhead gene bank we are trying to protect?

CARR, RANDLE T BURLINGTON, WA November 29, 2017

Bogachiel: I take two wild trout from this river. How do I know they aren't part of the wild steelhead gene bank we are trying to protect?

CARR, RANDLE T BURLINGTON, WA November 29, 2017

Quinault: I take two wild trout from this river. How do I know they aren't part of the wild steelhead gene bank we are trying to protect?

CARR, RANDLE T BURLINGTON, WA November 29, 2017

Hoh: I take two wild trout from this river. How do I know they aren't part of the wild steelhead gene bank we are trying to protect?

CARR, RANDLE T BURLINGTON, WA November 29, 2017

Quiallute: I take two wild trout from this river. How do I know they aren't part of the wild steelhead gene bank we are trying to protect?

HODSON, HEATHER SPOKANE, WA November 29, 2017

Oppose  opposed

ANDREWS, KAYLEE SEATTLE, WA November 29, 2017

Oppose  I recently made the mistake of taking the survey to support the simplification of fishing regulations. However as a new angler, I felt like this WDFW survey was misleading. We need to protect our fisheries as much as possible, even if that includes keeping regulations separate. I do not think having a one-size-fits-all approach is going to truly protect our fish and preserve our fisheries. Please do not simplify these regulations. Please make it more clear with the surveys in your intentions with simplifying regulations. Simplifying should not mean to destroy.

CAMERON, JUSTIN R LAKE TAPPS, WA November 29, 2017

Oppose  If you open all waters to "anglers" your list of closed waters will only need to increase because you DO NOT have the resources to patrol all these areas. I feel the the problems faced by our states fishing waters are in the lack of enforcement and citations of the regulations and basic state laws, which could be a multi million dollar source of revenue for this state if they were enforced and the waters were protected by ticket writing officers properly. For example, the Green RIver in King County is a mockery of our states law enforcement! I fished it with my children near the River Bend golf course. Today its a TRASH site of what looks to be stolen goods which are discarded next to makeshift camps on its banks.

HARDT, CRAIG LYNNWOOD, WA November 29, 2017

Skykomish River, South Fork - Tributaries above Sunset Falls: The upper Tye River contains eastern brook trout but the proposal reads "Trout: Daily limit 2; minimum length 14 inches" for all tributaries and their tributaries above Sunset Falls. Is this intended to not allow harvest of brook trout in the Skykomish watershed (they will never exceed 14 inches)? I suggest that it be changed to "Trout except eastern brook trout: Daily limit 2; minimum length 14 inches" to clarify that all EBT can be harvested regardless of size.

HARDT, CRAIG LYNNWOOD, WA November 29, 2017

North Fork Wallace River: Am I reading correctly that the North Fork Wallace would be open under this proposal since tributaries of the Wallace below the falls are not listed as closed? I ask since when I inquired about opening the NF Wallace in the past my rule change proposal was declined since bull trout could pass obstacles near the mouth and utilize it for spawning habitat. Just wanted to check if the NF Wallace should be called out as closed if this protection needs to remain in place.

HARDT, CRAIG LYNNWOOD, WA November 29, 2017

Stillaguamish River, South Fork - Above Mountain Loop Highway Bridge : I am disappointed that the rule proposal removes the "Selective gear rules apply" provision. Since selective gear was implemented for the SF I have seen an improvement in the size and numbers of fish and would like to see this retained for the South Fork and extended to all tributaries. The South Fork is not a very productive watershed, with low fish density and high recreational use, so I feel that keeping the selective gear rules would provide better angling experience for the limited number of trout available. This also makes the SF Stilly consistent with the upper Skykomish and Snoqualmie regulations--putting the majority of wild trout in our upper Snohomish tributaries under selective gear regulations.

HUNTER, MACK ASTORIA, OR November 29, 2017

Oppose  The over simplification of regulations from ‘closed unless listed under special rules’ to ‘open unless listed as closed’ creates a scenario where small streams/tributaries will need to be closed on a case-by-case basis. This opens things up for overlooking small streams/tributaries and have what are often refugia for juvenile trout and spawning habitat for salmon and steelhead open for angling and/or harvest. For this reason, this regulation should not be changed.

JORGENSEN , RICHARD K FORKS, WA November 29, 2017

Oppose  This regulation will cause a major burden on regulators to ensure that all tributaries are considered ensuring spawning migratory fish are protected

OSTENSON, KYLE T VANCOUVER, WA November 29, 2017

Washougal,Kalama, Skagit, : The Washougal has little to no trout population below salmon falls so lets not allow any harvest of wild trout cutthroat or rainbow. Lets not open closed waters on the Kalama to protect wild steelhead populations. Opening up closed water to catch a few hatchery strays will only create more problems for the wild steelhead. Skagit, lets not change something that is working and not allow harvest of wild trout rainbow or cutthroat.

MINAKER, GREGORY A ARLINGTON, WA November 29, 2017

Oppose  existing are just fine.

HOYT, TYLER J SPANAWAY, WA November 29, 2017

Hoh River: When I think of special places in the world. The first place that comes to mind is the Hoh River. I’ve spent a lot of time there and it is truly a special place. Allowing bait, barbed hooks, Fishing from a boat and more are not going to help the struggling returns. The hoh has anadromous fish in it year round, it’s a very unique system that should be treated as such. In stead of constantly looking for the best interest of humans, let’s look at the best interest of the fish.

HOYT, TYLER J SPANAWAY, WA November 29, 2017

Any river in world: The rivers and fish that inhabit them are so unique, and certain systems need more regulation. This rule is like making every speed limit in the state the same. Bad idea!

FIGLAR-BARNES, KIM P ELMA, WA November 29, 2017

Support  Support

FIGLAR-BARNES, KIM P ELMA, WA November 29, 2017

Lake Aberdeen: Keep 2 trout over 15 inches rule

FIGLAR-BARNES, KIM P ELMA, WA November 29, 2017

Bowers Lake: Keep 2 trout over 15 inches rule

FIGLAR-BARNES, KIM P ELMA, WA November 29, 2017

Inez Lake: Keep 2 trout over 15 inches rule

FIGLAR-BARNES, KIM P ELMA, WA November 29, 2017

Failor Lake: Keep 2 trout over 15 inches rule

FIGLAR-BARNES, KIM P ELMA, WA November 29, 2017

Sylvia Lake: Keep 2 trout over 15 inches rule

HELSLEY, JESSICA HOQUIAM, WA November 29, 2017

Oppose  As written, this proposal would change the statewide standard of ‘closed unless listed under special rules’ to ‘open unless listed as closed.’ Changing this method would burden local biologists with the task of listing every closed waterway and will result in opening many overlooked small tributary streams used for spawning and rearing by trout, steelhead and salmon. While this may be appropriate in some areas it should not be used in streams with anadromous fish.

JOHNSON, CHRIS FERNDALE, WA November 29, 2017

Oppose  I oppose this rule change as it would be harder to list all closed water than open water. There is no need to change the current system.

RHAMY, MICHAEL W BOTHELL, WA November 29, 2017

Grande Ronde River: The proposed changes offer much needed clarity regarding catch and release of all steelhead in the lower 2.5 miles in the Fall. However, all wild trout should be released throughout the system. I also believe that there should be a 2 fish limit on all clipped trout under 20 inches. I spend a lot of time on this river and talk to a lot of people. People catch a lot of 12 inchers but almost never catch a trout 15-20 inches, so where do these fish go??? We all believe these so called "residualized" trout between 12-20 inches DO EVENTUALLY MIGRATE downstream and do not inter-breed with the wild steelhead in the upper tribs. Therefore, being future adult steelhead, they should be protected to some degree. Having a "no limit" kill fishery for hatchery clipped trout sends a bad message and can end up harming the steelhead fishery overall. Thank you.

RUTTER, JOE J SEATTLE , WA November 29, 2017

Oppose  I oppose the new rule changes because our waters are so complex and diverse that simplifying these rules only makes it worse and will put a lot of different fish species including the threeatened species such as steelhead and certain salmoids lives in jeopardy.

RUTTER, JOE J SEATTLE , WA November 29, 2017

Oppose  I oppose the new rule changes because our waters are so complex and diverse that simplifying these rules only makes it worse and will put a lot of different fish species including the threeatened species such as steelhead and certain salmoids lives in jeopardy.

RUFFIN , HERNANDEZ S BELLEVUE, WA November 29, 2017

Oppose  First, as a group representing Washington Bass anglers, we oppose the removal of daily catch and possession limits on warm water species in our rivers and streams. We believe that there is no scientific data to support expansion of the current deregulation of Bass and other warm water species in the Columbia River system and its tributaries to all rivers and streams.. At this time WDFW can provide no data on the effects of the current rule on the predator/prey dynamic in the Columbia. We believe more needs to be done to research the actual results of this idea before it is expanded any further.We also are opposed to the removal of daily catch and possession limits on warm water species in rivers and streams in hopes of protecting our fantastic warm water fisheries in impoundments that are currently managed as lakes. We would ask that if the commission does approve the removal of limits, that some language be added to make it very difficult for it to be amended or expanded in the future

STOLZENBURG, BRANDON R LYNDEN , WA November 29, 2017

Oppose  Over simplification of our current rules and regulations does not protect these unique and diverse waterways. Each system deserves a thoughtful and fact driven approach.

STEVENSON, TERRANCE L PORT ANGELES, WA November 29, 2017

Olympic penninsula: Regulations on out of state guides and fishing from floating devices on rivers need to be taken into consideration as well no bait year around. I’ve watched people not respect this beautiful place for years now and the fish and heir habitat are paying the ultimate price. We need change.

OULES, RON BREWSTER, WA November 29, 2017

All because it appears by the wording "Tributaries" any water that comes into the Columbia.: Same as above.

SEEGER, SHAWN BURIEN, WA November 29, 2017

Cattail Lake (Grant County): Leave the opener March 1st

SEEGER, SHAWN BURIEN, WA November 29, 2017

Curl Lake: Leave it the 4th Saturday

SEEGER, SHAWN BURIEN, WA November 29, 2017

Diamond Lake (Pend Orielle County): Why are you changing the date, to Year Around. This lake will not really be fishable year around, and will just cause for the decline of the trout population due to fish not having enough time to recovery before real winter sets in. Crazy!

SEEGER, SHAWN BURIEN, WA November 29, 2017

Dry Falls Lake : This lake has finally started to turn around, and you decide that opening this lake a month earlier is beneficial is CRAZY! I have been there many years driving by and checking lakes, and this one has been frozen in March. Leave it alone!!

ELLIOTT, STEFAN A SEATTLE, WA November 30, 2017

Lake Sammamish : Please consider reducing daily limits down to 2 trout min 14" length, release all trout over 20".

ELLIOTT, STEFAN A SEATTLE, WA November 30, 2017

Lake Washington: Please consider reducing daily limits down to 2 trout 14" min. Length, release all trout over 20".

WARNER, PAUL W MOSES LAKE, WA November 30, 2017

Phelps Creek/Chelan County; various lakes Grant/Adams Counties in Columbia Wildlife Refuge: Keep the April 1st opener on the CWR lakes or allow it to revert back to the previous March 1st opener. Also, keep fishing open on Phelps Creek/Chelan County.

BRAUER, JOHN L KENT , WA November 30, 2017

All fly fishing lakes in eastern washington.: I do not understand the need to change the dates as we have had over 40 years of data. And with fishermen around reporting on poaching .

SCHNEIDER, BILL HELENA, MT November 30, 2017

Oppose  I come to Washington from Montana every year for several weeks for steelhead fishing, spending a lot of money in the process. I've had a nonresident Washington license for many years. I oppose any rule that makes it more difficult for the wild steelhead to prosper. Right now, the wild steelhead is in big trouble, and you need to take serious emergency actions to build the population back up. Rules like catch and release only help, but what you really need to do is work with the tribes to STOP GILLNETTING. I am aware of all the problembs with this, but please take them on instead of considering it a lost cause. What use are barbless hooks if there are no steelhead in teh river.

O'CONNOR, ROD ELLENSBURG, WA November 30, 2017

Jameson Lake: I have been participating in the Oct. 1st opener at Jameson annually for about the last 10 years. I stay at Jack's Resort and have gotten to know the operators there. I am commenting to express support for their business and document their concern about changing the season. The primary concern they expressed to me is that catch and release fishing for trout in hot summer weather leads to high mortality. They see this in late June through early July before the current season closes for the summer. If fishing is allowed through the summer, there may not be a strong trout population left for fall fishing, which in turn would impact business for the resort and impact the great fishing I have come to expect. I started bringing my children to fish the fall opener at Jameson 5 years ago and it's been a consistent positive experience. I would prefer to maintain the season as it stands to promote a high quality fishery for the lake.

O'CONNOR, ROD ELLENSBURG, WA November 30, 2017

Hampon lakes, upper and lower: I would prefer to maintain the season as an April 1 opener because it provided high quality catch and release fishing using artificial lures with single barbless hooks. I do most of my spring trout fishing in the Columbia Basin at March 1 and April 1 opener lakes because the best fishing of the season typically occurs early in year. By moving the opener to the 4th Saturday in April, several weeks of prime fishing time will be lost.

DAVIS, CHARLES T INDEX, WA November 30, 2017

Support  Simplification is absolutely needed to ensure both compliance and clearly defined desired outcomes. I am a fisherman and frankly I am tiried of guessing which rules apply. I would bet the game wardens feel the same.

DAVIS, CHARLES T INDEX, WA November 30, 2017

North Fork Skykomish River. It is 100% catch and release save hatchery steelhead. Why is it ever closed?: This river is 100% catch and release save hatchery steelhead, why is it ever closed?

ANDERSON, SHANE T OLYMPIA, WA November 30, 2017

Oppose  I am writing to express my strong opposition to several proposals put forth by WDFW in 2017 during the Freshwater Regulations phase of the agency’s Sport Fishing Rule Simplification Process. Specifically, I am concerned with: Policy Proposal: Eliminate mandatory steelhead retention Despite scientifically-demonstrated negative effects on wild steelhead runs, including interbreeding and competition for habitat, hatchery steelhead are produced in many systems to provide sport fishing and harvest opportunity. Because these fish are produced explicitly for harvest, and because of the impacts they have on struggling wild steelhead populations, I am greatly concerned about proposals to roll back mandatory hatchery steelhead retention rules currently in place statewide. I strongly support retaining this sensible and appropriate regulation as it is currently written. When hatchery steelhead are caught by anglers, this constitutes the successful utilization of these fish and as such t

ANDERSON, SHANE T OLYMPIA, WA November 30, 2017

all: Policy Proposal: Statewide standards (apply to all rivers and streams unless listed as an exception) Similar to the above, I do not broadly oppose efforts to standardize statewide freshwater fishing regulations. However, in doing so, WDFW should be certain to not increase harvest or retention opportunity directed at wild resident rainbow and coastal cutthroat trout in areas of anadromy, or below upstream barriers to wild steelhead and salmon migration. Catch and release fishing for trout, as well as other fish species, provides significant and popular fishing opportunity in Washington, as well as robust benefits for local economies and the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Increasing harvest opportunities for wild trout in anadromous areas is unnecessary, and would be harmful to wild steelhead, resident rainbow, and sea run coastal cutthroat trout without providing significant benefits as far as new fishing opportunity. While I support standardizing, and even liberalizing, retention limits for hatchery trout, I strongly urge WDFW not to open additional or increased harvest opportunity for wild trout in areas of anadromy in order to protect wild runs and sustainable angling opportunities.

PRICE, DANIEL D COLVILLE, WA November 30, 2017

Little Pend Oreille River: The proposed fishing rules concerns us since we (the refuge and Friend of the LPONWR) worked with the WDFW back in the early 2000’s to change the rules for most of the LPO River flowing through the refuge from standard eastside stream rules to selective gear, catch and release except for keeping 5 brook trout. We advocated for that based on input from anglers during our refuge planning process. The idea was to improve the quality of fishing in the stream, we think the refuge has succeeded. We have only heard positive feedback from anglers fishing the river concerning the number and quantity of fish they are landing and From the Board of the Friends of the Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge: releasing. The people fishing the LPO River that I have personally talked with think the fishing has greatly improved and they wish it would stay the same. After all the river flows through a refuge that focuses on wildlife and habitat improvement. The idea was the same as the reason for fly fishing only/ catch and release angling rules on Bayley Lake and McDowell Lake. Those special rules have been successful and supported by anglers for many years and we think they have worked on the river as well. An additional unexpected, but welcome, result of the selective gear rules on the LPO River was the complete elimination of bait fishing related trash like Styrofoam bait containers that use to litter the backs of the river at popular access points. Less trach improves the fishing experience and helps out the overall habitat. The Board of the Friends of the LPONWR strongly support no changes in the current fishing regulation on the Little Pend Oreille River. As the largest supporters of the refuge and the one who help take care of the refuge we hope you take into account our opinions. Thanks, Daniel Price Board President: Friends of the LPONWR 768 Joseph Jessica Rd. Colville, WA. 99114 509-684-5863

CHRISTIAN, DAVID PORT ANGELES, WA November 30, 2017

Oppose  I have a number of serious concerns about the proposed rules. 1) I believe the mandatory retention of hatchery steelhead must be maintained. Wild steelhead are being threatened on many fronts. Numerous studies show that when hatchery steelhead mate with wild steelhead, the resulting fish lose characteristics that make them particularly suited to the conditions in their natal streams. 2) I am concerned about having separate sets of rules for trout and steelhead, particularly as the rules for trout may increase harvest. Resident rainbow trout clearly contribute to appropriate genetic diversity when they spawn with wild steelhead. With wild steelhead being under assault from so many directions, every possible boost to their populations must be protected. And, as declining steelhead runs leads more sport fishers to target anadromous cutthroat trout, that species should be protected with the same vigor used to protect wild steelhead populations.

FITZ, GREGORY S SEATTLE, WA November 30, 2017

Oppose  I am writing to express my strong opposition to several proposals put forth by WDFW in 2017 during the Freshwater Regulations phase of the agency’s Sport Fishing Rule Simplification Process. Specifically, I am concerned with: Policy Proposal: Eliminate mandatory steelhead retention Despite scientifically-demonstrated negative effects on wild steelhead runs, including interbreeding and competition for habitat, hatchery steelhead are produced in many systems to provide sport fishing and harvest opportunity. Because these fish are produced explicitly for harvest, and because of the impacts they have on struggling wild steelhead populations, I am greatly concerned about proposals to roll back mandatory hatchery steelhead retention rules currently in place statewide. I strongly support retaining this sensible and appropriate regulation as it is currently written. When hatchery steelhead are caught by anglers, this constitutes the successful utilization of these fish and as such t

KEARNS, DUSTIN PORTLAND, OR November 30, 2017

Oppose  I am writing to express my strong opposition to several proposals put forth by WDFW in 2017 during the Freshwater Regulations phase of the agency’s Sport Fishing Rule Simplification Process. Specifically, I am concerned with: Policy Proposal: Eliminate mandatory steelhead retention Despite scientifically-demonstrated negative effects on wild steelhead runs, including interbreeding and competition for habitat, hatchery steelhead are produced in many systems to provide sport fishing and harvest opportunity. Because these fish are produced explicitly for harvest, and because of the impacts they have on struggling wild steelhead populations, I am greatly concerned about proposals to roll back mandatory hatchery steelhead retention rules currently in place statewide. I strongly support retaining this sensible and appropriate regulation as it is currently written. When hatchery steelhead are caught by anglers, this constitutes the successful utilization of these fish and as such t

FRIEDRICH, ANDREW PORT TOWNSEND, WA November 30, 2017

Oppose  For streams with anadromous fish the rule should be closed unless specified open.

FRIEDRICH, ANDREW PORT TOWNSEND, WA November 30, 2017

Hoh River: In addition to above, please do not allow motorized boats. That would make it even easier for the boats to pound any given hole or run by repeatedly cycling through then up around and back through again.

PINEO, DOUG SPOKANE, WA November 30, 2017

Oppose  I am writing to express my strong opposition to several proposals put forth by WDFW in 2017 during the Freshwater Regulations phase of the agency’s Sport Fishing Rule Simplification Process. Specifically, I am concerned with: Policy Proposal: Eliminate mandatory steelhead retention Despite scientifically-demonstrated negative effects on wild steelhead runs, including interbreeding and competition for habitat, hatchery steelhead are produced in many systems to provide sport fishing and harvest opportunity. Because these fish are produced explicitly for harvest, and because of the impacts they have on struggling wild steelhead populations, I am greatly concerned about proposals to roll back mandatory hatchery steelhead retention rules currently in place statewide. I strongly support retaining this sensible and appropriate regulation as it is currently written. When hatchery steelhead are caught by anglers, this constitutes the successful utilization of these fish and as such t

ATKINSON, EDWARD S GRANITE FALLS, WA November 30, 2017

Stillaguamish River (Snohomish County): Stillaguamish River (Snohomish County): From the mouth to Marine Drive, including all sloughs: - open year round - Night closure - August 1 through November 30: Anti-snagging rules - Catch and release except 2 hatchery STEELHEAD; minimum length 20 inches. - STURGEON - Closed September 1 to October 30: Catch-and-release, STURGEON gear rules apply. From Marine Drive to the forks: - from the barrier dam (downstream of I-5) downstream 200 ft: Closed waters. - Open June 1 through January 31. - Selective gear rules. - Catch and release except 2 hatchery STEELHEAD; minimum length 20 inches.

ATKINSON, EDWARD S GRANITE FALLS, WA November 30, 2017

Stillaguamish River, South Fork (Snohomish County): From the mouth to 400 feet downstream of the outlet to Granite Falls fishway: - Open June 1 to January 31. - Selective gear rules. - Trout: Catch and release all trout except 2 hatchery STEELHEAD; minimum length 20 inches. - From August 1 through August 31 and November 1 through November 30: o Anti-snagging rules. o Night closure. From the Mountain Loop Highway Bridge above Granite Falls upstream to the source: - Open June 1 through October 31. - Selective gear rules. - Trout: Catch and release all trout except 2 hatchery STEELHEAD; minimum length 20 inches. - From August 1 through October 31: o Anti-snagging rules. o Night closure.

ATKINSON, EDWARD S GRANITE FALLS, WA November 30, 2017

Stillaguamish River, North Fork (Snohomish County): Stillaguamish River, North Fork (Snohomish County): From the North Fork mouth to Swede Heaven Bridge: - it is unlawful to fish from any floating device upstream of the Highway 530 Bridge at mile post 28.8 (Cicero Bridge). - it is unlawful to fish from any floating device equipped with a motor downstream from the highway 530 Bridge. - Open June 1 through November 30: o Fly fishing only. o Catch-and-release except 2 hatchery STEELHEAD; minimum length 20 inches. - Open from December 1 through January 31: o Selective gear rules. o Catch-and-release except 2 hatchery STEELHEAD; minimum length 20 inches. From the North Fork mouth to Swede Heaven Bridge: - Open from February 1 through February 15: o Selective gear rules. o Catch-and-release except 2 hatchery STEELHEAD; minimum length 20 inches.

CURRY, REID M BURIEN, WA November 30, 2017

Oppose  I am writing to express my strong opposition to several proposals put forth by WDFW in 2017 during the Freshwater Regulations phase of the agency’s Sport Fishing Rule Simplification Process. Specifically, I am concerned with: Policy Proposal: Eliminate mandatory steelhead retention -Because of the impacts they have on struggling wild steelhead populations, I am greatly concerned about proposals to roll back mandatory hatchery steelhead retention rules currently in place statewide Policy Proposal: Separate trout and steelhead rules -Language in the proposal offered by WDFW is gravely concerning in regards to the additional and unnecessary harvest it allows for wild resident rainbow trout and coastal cutthroat trout in areas of anadromy, or below barriers to the migration of steelhead and salmon. Policy Proposal: Statewide standards WDFW should be certain to not increase harvest or retention opportunity directed at wild resident rainbow and coastal cutthroat trout in areas of anad

HUNTLEY , KYLE OREGON CITY , OR November 30, 2017

Oppose  No retention of wild steelhead allowed.

SIMON, RON LEAVENWORTH, WA November 30, 2017

Stehekin River: You should allow the retention of one fish. Sometimes they are hooked in such a way they may die anyway. Wasteful. Upper Stehekin should allow retention of native cutthroat.

WARREN, DANNY PORTLAND, OR November 30, 2017

Coldwater Lake: Current regs have 1 fish over 16", proposed have 2 over 14". This lake is an incredible fishery and is thriving with many fish in the 15-18" range. Changing the take strategy would likely hurt the fishery. Why change a good thing? Most don't come here to eat fish, they come for a world-class and scenic experience. Don't ruin the fishing!

WARREN, DANNY PORTLAND, OR November 30, 2017

Castle Lake: Current rules are 1 fish over 16" and Selective Gear. These are being removed completely in the new version. Why? This lake fishes very well and increasing the take dramatically will only hurt. Given some people camp there, 2 fish over 14" might be a good compromise if people want to eat in camp. But given the hike, folks are unlikely to be taking fish home.

TORRES, NICK F BOISE, ID November 30, 2017

Oppose  I am writing to express my strong opposition to several proposals put forth by WDFW in 2017 during the Freshwater Regulations phase of the agency’s Sport Fishing Rule Simplification Process. Specifically, I am concerned with: Policy Proposal: Eliminate mandatory steelhead retention Despite scientifically-demonstrated negative effects on wild steelhead runs, including interbreeding and competition for habitat, hatchery steelhead are produced in many systems to provide sport fishing and harvest opportunity. Because these fish are produced explicitly for harvest, and because of the impacts they have on struggling wild steelhead populations, I am greatly concerned about proposals to roll back mandatory hatchery steelhead retention rules currently in place statewide. I strongly support retaining this sensible and appropriate regulation as it is currently written. When hatchery steelhead are caught by anglers, this constitutes the successful utilization of these fish and as such t

FLY FISHERS, METHOW VALLEY WINTHROP, WA November 30, 2017

Methow, Twisp, and Chewuch Rivers tributary closures: There are 19 individual closures on Methow, Twisp, and Chewuch tributaries, some of which were previously open to fishing (Beaver, Goat, and Gold Creeks to name a few). The Methow Valley Fly Fishers Club wonders why there are additional closures being proposed rather than using restrictive regulations such as catch and release, shortened seasons, and selective gear to create fisheries and angler opportunities?

FLY FISHERS, METHOW VALLEY WINTHROP, WA November 30, 2017

Main Stem Methow River: The Methow River is cut up into six different sections, all of which are under different regulations. The MVFF Club understands that due to federal permit requirements, some of these distinctions are necessary. The problem stems from having a regulation in a particular section and then having a different rules for tributaries. Creating a regulation that would apply not only to a main stem Methow section, but all tributaries within that section would go a long way to simplify the pamphlet.

FLY FISHERS, METHOW VALLEY WINTHROP, WA November 30, 2017

Methow River Eastern Brook trout retention: Some of the proposed rules for the Methow River and tributaries allows for retention of eastern brook trout. The MVFF realize the importance of removing non-native species in some watersheds, but wonders if in areas of bull trout presence, that anglers might mistake the two species.

BENNETT, AARON SEATTLE , WA November 30, 2017

Oppose  Please continue to help protect and support the return of Wild Steelhead, a regional and national treasure! Further: I am writing to express my strong opposition to several proposals put forth by WDFW in 2017 during the Freshwater Regulations phase of the agency’s Sport Fishing Rule Simplification Process. Specifically, I am concerned with: Policy Proposal: Eliminate mandatory steelhead retention Despite scientifically-demonstrated negative effects on wild steelhead runs, including interbreeding and competition for habitat, hatchery steelhead are produced in many systems to provide sport fishing and harvest opportunity. Because these fish are produced explicitly for harvest, and because of the impacts they have on struggling wild steelhead populations, I am greatly concerned about proposals to roll back mandatory hatchery steelhead retention rules currently in place statewide. I strongly support retaining this sensible and appropriate regulation as it is currently written.

CHAMBERS, NICK INDEX, WA November 30, 2017

Oppose  I do not support proposed statewide rule change to open unless closed. First, it would increase the workloads of local biologists and require them to have a firm grasp of the potential fishery impacts in every waterway in each watershed. That is not possible and will likely result in opening fisheries on many overlooked small spawning and rearing creeks and streams. While it may create some additional fishing opportunity, it would likely mainly consist of anglers catching juvenile steelhead and salmon with potentially high mortality rates. Given the depleted state of many of our fish populations, the unintended impacts don’t seem worth the proposed change, particularly for the numerous populations of ESA-listed steelhead and salmon. Lastly, it seems to be counter to the massive financial investment made in habitat improvements in small tributaries, mainly to improve survival of juvenile salmonids. A more conservative approach would ensure only the right places are open to fishing.

SCHLEGEL, NICK SALT LAKE CITY, UT November 30, 2017

Oppose  N/A

MCNEW, STEVE SHELTON, WA November 30, 2017

Lenore: Oppose deletion of Catch and Release from Mar 1 to May31.

ASHMUN, AUGUST H SHORELINE, WA November 30, 2017

Oppose  this proposal would change the statewide standard of ‘closed unless listed under special rules’ to ‘open unless listed as closed.’ Changing this method would burden local biologists with the task of listing every closed waterway and will result in opening many overlooked small tributary streams used for spawning and rearing by trout, steelhead and salmon. While this may be appropriate in some areas it should not be used in streams with anadromous fish. Protecting these spawning tributaries is critical for maintaining adequate populations of anadromous fish, and preserving our ability for both conventional and fly fishing anglers to fish for these highly valued species.

ASHMUN, AUGUST H SHORELINE, WA November 30, 2017

Rivers with anadromous fish, and spawning tributaries for anadromous fish: While this may be appropriate in some areas it should not be used in streams with anadromous fish. Protecting these spawning tributaries is critical for maintaining adequate populations of anadromous fish, and preserving our ability for both conventional and fly fishing anglers to fish for these highly valued species.

ASHMUN, AUGUST H SHORELINE, WA November 30, 2017

North and South Forks of the Calawah River: Please DO NOT eliminate mandatory release of wild trout on the North and South Forks of the Calawah River. Managing those fish and the fishery in the same way that we manage every other population does not make sense. If we want to prevent wild steelhead, and other wild anadromous fish populations from declining as they have been on the Coast of Washington State since the 1980s, we cannot allow elimination of the mandatory release of wild trout on the North and South Forks of the Calawah River.

ASHMUN, AUGUST H SHORELINE, WA November 30, 2017

South Fork Hoh River: Please DO NOT eliminate mandatory release of wild rainbow trout and bait restriction on the South Fork Hoh River. Managing those fish and the fishery in the same way that we manage every other population does not make sense. If we want to prevent wild steelhead, and other wild anadromous fish populations from declining as they have done on the Coast of Washington State since the 1980s, we cannot allow elimination of the mandatory release of wild trout and bait restriction on the South Fork of the Hoh River.

ASHMUN, AUGUST H SHORELINE, WA November 30, 2017

Quinalt River: Please DO NOT eliminate mandatory release of wild rainbow trout, barbless hook rule and bait restrictions on the Quinalt River. Managing those fish and the fishery in the same way that we manage every other population does not make sense. If we want to prevent wild steelhead, and other wild anadromous fish populations from declining as they have done on the Coast of Washington State since the 1980s, we cannot allow the mandatory release of wild rainbow trout, barbless hook rule and bait restrictions for the Quinault River.

ASHMUN, AUGUST H SHORELINE, WA November 30, 2017

Sol Duc River: Please do not eliminate the mandatory release of wild rainbow trout, barbless hook rule and bait restriction for the Sol Duc River. Managing those fish and the fishery in the same way that we manage every other population does not make sense. If we want to prevent wild steelhead, and other wild anadromous fish populations from declining as they have done on the Coast of Washington State since the 1980s, we cannot allow the mandatory release of wild rainbow trout, barbless hook rule and bait restrictions for the Sol Duc River.

MOORE, RICHARD COLVILLE, WA November 30, 2017

Little Pend Oreille River: Do not remove the selective gear and catch and release restrictions from these waters. These restrictions have generated and sustained a healthy aquatic ecosystem and a quality angling experience within the Refuge that will most certainly be adversely affected by these unnecessary rule changes.

DUNLAP, PAUL LA CENTER, WA November 30, 2017

Castle Lake (Cowlitz Co.): Of the hundreds of lakes open to fishing in Region 5 there are only 4 quality trout waters (Selective Gear or Fly-Fishing Only). The elimination of one of the few quality trout lakes (Castle Lake) just to simplify regulations does make sense. Castle Lake was formed after the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens. Castle Lake has never been stocked and is an all wild trout fishery. Rainbow trout repopulated the lake after the lake was formed. Castle Lake would be in excellent place to implement the Min. 14" Limit 2 and keep the Selective Gear Rules. This would allow anglers who hike down to the lake to harvest 2 trout for a meal, while continuing to offer a Quality Trout Water for Region 5.

BOURNE, LUCAS M SEATTLE, WA November 30, 2017

Oppose  Could severely reduce wild fish numbers. Wild fish will be out-competed by the hatchery fish. It is just not a well-thought out plan. Please don’t change the rules in this manner. For the sake of fisherman of my generation, and other teens like me, who haven’t had the chance to catch a wild fish, please let us have a future and a optimal vision to catch a wild steelhead.

YOST, PAMELA J NEWMAN LAKE, WA November 30, 2017

Big Sheep Creek: See above

BATES, HILARY A ROCHESTER, MN November 30, 2017

Oppose  Please target any and all anadromous sport and commercial regulations to support and rebuild wild salmon and steelhead populations throughout all of the Columbia and Snake river watersheds.

BATES, HILARY A ROCHESTER, MN November 30, 2017

The entire Snake River watershed: This entire watershed in Washington and Oregon encompasses the last great remaining wild fish habitat left in the lower 48. Please do anything and everything to protect and enhance wild fish in these waters.

FUHRKEN, EDUARDO A GIG HARBOR, WA November 30, 2017

Hoh River: The use of bait has been proven time and time again to have a far greater incidence of fish mortality compared to artificial lures and flies. Allowing bait on these rivers will only accelerate the population decline. Allowing motorized flotation devices on the Hoh will adversely affect the outdoor experience in a number of ways. Jet boats running over shallow water will blow out spawning redds further accelerating the population decline. Also, the noise generated power boat traffic makes a beautiful serene place like this feel more like a shopping mall. Who wants that? Let the power boats keep making noise on the Puget Sound rivers and let OP rivers stay quiet and peaceful.

FUHRKEN, EDUARDO A GIG HARBOR, WA November 30, 2017

Sol Duc: Allowing motorized flotation devices on the Sol Duc will adversely affect the outdoor experience in a number of ways. Jet boats running over shallow water will blow out spawning redds further accelerating the population decline. Also, the noise generated power boat traffic makes a beautiful serene place like this feel more like a shopping mall. Who wants that? Let the power boats keep making noise on the Puget Sound rivers and let OP rivers stay quiet and peaceful.

FUHRKEN, EDUARDO A GIG HARBOR, WA November 30, 2017

Salmon River: Allowing motorized flotation devices on the Sol Duc will adversely affect the outdoor experience in a number of ways. Jet boats running over shallow water will blow out spawning redds further accelerating the population decline. Also, the noise generated power boat traffic makes a beautiful serene place like this feel more like a shopping mall. Who wants that? Let the power boats keep making noise on the Puget Sound rivers and let OP rivers stay quiet and peaceful.

FUHRKEN, EDUARDO A GIG HARBOR, WA November 30, 2017

Quinault River: Allowing motorized flotation devices on the Sol Duc will adversely affect the outdoor experience in a number of ways. Jet boats running over shallow water will blow out spawning redds further accelerating the population decline. Also, the noise generated power boat traffic makes a beautiful serene place like this feel more like a shopping mall. Who wants that? Let the power boats keep making noise on the Puget Sound rivers and let OP rivers stay quiet and peaceful.

ASHMUN, SUSAN SHORELINE, WA November 30, 2017

Oppose  As written, this proposal would change the statewide standard of ‘closed unless listed under special rules’ to ‘open unless listed as closed.’ Changing this method would burden local biologists with the task of listing every closed waterway and will result in opening many overlooked small tributary streams used for spawning and rearing by trout, steelhead and salmon. While this may be appropriate in some areas it should not be used in streams with anadromous fish.

GILLETTE, MICHAEL STEVENSON,, WA November 30, 2017

Oppose  I am writing to express my strong opposition to several proposals put forth by WDFW in 2017 during the Freshwater Regulations phase of the agency’s Sport Fishing Rule Simplification Process. Specifically, I am concerned with: Policy Proposal: Eliminate mandatory steelhead retention Despite scientifically-demonstrated negative effects on wild steelhead runs, including interbreeding and competition for habitat, hatchery steelhead are produced in many systems to provide sport fishing and harvest opportunity. Because these fish are produced explicitly for harvest, and because of the impacts they have on struggling wild steelhead populations, I am greatly concerned about proposals to roll back mandatory hatchery steelhead retention rules currently in place statewide. I strongly support retaining this sensible and appropriate regulation as it is currently written. When hatchery steelhead are caught by anglers, this constitutes the successful utilization of these fish and as such t

HENKE, CHARLES OOSTBURG, WI November 30, 2017

Oppose  I am writing to express my strong opposition to several proposals put forth by WDFW in 2017 during the Freshwater Regulations phase of the agency’s Sport Fishing Rule Simplification Process. Specifically, I am concerned with: Policy Proposal: Eliminate mandatory steelhead retention Despite scientifically-demonstrated negative effects on wild steelhead runs, including interbreeding and competition for habitat, hatchery steelhead are produced in many systems to provide sport fishing and harvest opportunity. Because these fish are produced explicitly for harvest, and because of the impacts they have on struggling wild steelhead populations, I am greatly concerned about proposals to roll back mandatory hatchery steelhead retention rules currently in place statewide. I strongly support retaining this sensible and appropriate regulation as it is currently written

ROMANO, WILL PULLMAN, WA November 30, 2017

Oppose  I oppose this rule proposal because I would rather err on the side of caution when it comes to the status of rivers. I would rather fisherman assume rivers are closed and have to consult regulations to find out otherwise rather than the other way around. I especially do not think this rule proposal is appropriate in rivers and streams that host anadromous fish. Thanks! Will

WILLIAMS, MICHAEL SPOKANE VALLEY, WA November 30, 2017

Oppose  press my strong opposition to several proposals put forth by WDFW in 2017 during the Freshwater Regulations phase of the agency’s Sport Fishing Rule Simplification Process. Specifically, I am concerned with: Policy Proposal: Eliminate mandatory steelhead retention Despite scientifically-demonstrated negative effects on wild steelhead runs, including interbreeding and competition for habitat, hatchery steelhead are produced in many systems to provide sport fishing and harvest opportunity. Because these fish are produced explicitly for harvest, and because of the impacts they have on struggling wild steelhead populations, I am greatly concerned about proposals to roll back mandatory hatchery steelhead retention rules currently in place statewide. I strongly support retaining this sensible and appropriate regulation as it is currently written. When hatchery steelhead are caught by anglers, this constitutes the successful utilization of these fish and as such they should be reta

WILLIAMS, MICHAEL SPOKANE VALLEY, WA November 30, 2017

Methow, Grande Ronde Rivers : Please keep retention for hatchery Steelhead so that the wild fish can genetically stay wild. We owe it to our future generations of fisherman.

MILLER, JASON NORTH BEND, WA November 30, 2017

Oppose  For god sakes! Listen to the biologist! Please make all wild rainbow catch and release on all rivers. Please!!!

MILLER, JASON NORTH BEND, WA November 30, 2017

Jason Miller: For god sakes! Listen to the biologist! Please make all wild rainbow catch and release on all rivers. Please!!!

ROCKWELL, CHARLES M PENN VALLY, CA November 30, 2017

Oppose  I fish steelhead in the Olympic Peninsula for 2 weeks each year. I am greatly concerned about proposals to roll back mandatory hatchery steelhead retention rules currently in place statewide. I strongly support retaining this sensible and appropriate regulation as it is currently written. Language in the proposal offered by WDFW is gravely concerning in regards to the additional and unnecessary harvest it allows for wild resident rainbow trout and coastal cutthroat trout in areas of anadromy, or below barriers to the migration of steelhead and salmon. Research has shown that resident rainbow trout routinely interbreed with wild steelhead, contributing to the genetic diversity and resilience of wild steelhead populations. In places of known anadromy wild Rainbow trout should be catch and release only. great benefit to local economies will come from a robust wild trout fishery, enhanced by catch and release rules.

FREET, BRUCE L MOUNT VERNON, WA November 30, 2017

Skagit River: I support allowing light-weight selective gear for sea-run cutthroat trout on the middle and lower Skagit River from mid-August to mid-October on a catch and release basis using barbless hooks.

SPRIGGS, CHRIS VANCOUVER , WA November 30, 2017

Oppose  It makes no sense to put wild salmon and steelhead downing and resting grounds at risk. The people who are fishing these random water are uneducated about declining population and habitat for our wild fish. It is critical to protect ourselves r wild fish, and allowing fisherman to catch wild juvenile trout and salmon will do nothing but impact our once great fishery even more than it already has been. Leave the stocked trout areas for those that want to fish with bait. Protect the wild habitat, for our wild fish. It all starts in the smaller tribes. Please s protect them.

GROVER, JUSTIN SALT LAKE CITY, UT November 30, 2017

Oppose  I am writing to express my strong opposition to several proposals put forth by WDFW in 2017 during the Freshwater Regulations phase of the agency’s Sport Fishing Rule Simplification Process. Specifically, I am concerned with: Policy Proposal: Eliminate mandatory steelhead retention Despite scientifically-demonstrated negative effects on wild steelhead runs, including interbreeding and competition for habitat, hatchery steelhead are produced in many systems to provide sport fishing and harvest opportunity. Because these fish are produced explicitly for harvest, and because of the impacts they have on struggling wild steelhead populations, I am greatly concerned about proposals to roll back mandatory hatchery steelhead retention rules currently in place statewide. I strongly support retaining this sensible and appropriate regulation as it is currently written. When hatchery steelhead are caught by anglers, this constitutes the successful utilization of these fish and as such t

WADE, BRIAN SEATTLE, WA November 30, 2017

Oppose  First off I believe Washington State should pursue heavy harvest regulations against sport, tribal, and commercial fishermen. The main goals we should be pursuing the re-establishment of historical returns of wild salmoniods. State and tribal hatcheries should be phased out. Those budgets should be invested into habitat restoration and science based solutions to bring back the wild populations. Commercial harvest should be suspended until historical return are achieved. Sport fishing should be limited to artificial barbless hooks, catch and release only, and no fishing from a boat. Now regarding your proposal. I am in opposition to several proposals put forth by WDFW in 2017 during the Freshwater Regulations phase of the agency’s Sport Fishing Rule Simplification Process. Specifically, I am concerned with: Policy Proposal: Eliminate mandatory steelhead retention Despite scientifically-demonstrated negative effects on wild steelhead runs, including interbreeding and com

WADE, BRIAN SEATTLE, WA November 30, 2017

Puget Sound: Aquaculture (fish farming) should not be allowed.

WADE, BRIAN SEATTLE, WA November 30, 2017

Policy Proposal: Eliminate mandatory steelhead retention: Despite scientifically-demonstrated negative effects on wild steelhead runs, including interbreeding and competition for habitat, hatchery steelhead are produced in many systems to provide sport fishing and harvest opportunity. Because these fish are produced explicitly for harvest, and because of the impacts they have on struggling wild steelhead populations, I am greatly concerned about proposals to roll back mandatory hatchery steelhead retention rules currently in place statewide. I strongly support retaining this sensible and appropriate regulation as it is currently written. When hatchery steelhead are caught by anglers, this constitutes the successful utilization of these fish and as such they should be retained to remove them from the system. If hatchery steelhead bag limits are met and a catch and release fishery directly targeting wild steelhead is not specifically in place, the angler should cherish their success and cease fishing for the day, perhaps enjoying their surroundings or allowing other anglers a chance to fish. In addition to the negative effects releasing hatchery steelhead would have on wild steelhead, in many watersheds guided clients and experienced anglers are known to catch steelhead, both hatchery and wild, in numbers that routinely exceed individual bag limits. While as anglers we all want to be successful on the water, encounters with high numbers of steelhead on any given day statistically mean a significant level of mortality caused to fish caught and released, typically between 10 and 20 percent of fish encountered depending on the study referenced. Mandating hatchery steelhead retention, especially in watersheds such as those of the Columbia and Snake River watersheds where a wild steelhead-specific fishery is not in place, helps reduce catch and release mortality and fairly distribute angler pressure while still allowing ample fishing opportunity. I strongly urge you to retain mandatory steelhead retention statewide.

WADE, BRIAN SEATTLE, WA November 30, 2017

Policy Proposal: Separate trout and steelhead rules: I do not universally oppose the proposal to separate trout and steelhead rules in rivers and creeks in order to remove one source of confusion from the regulations. However, language in the proposal offered by WDFW is gravely concerning in regards to the additional and unnecessary harvest it allows for wild resident rainbow trout and coastal cutthroat trout in areas of anadromy, or below barriers to the migration of steelhead and salmon. Research has shown that resident rainbow trout routinely interbreed with wild steelhead, contributing to the genetic diversity and resilience of wild steelhead populations. Additionally, this proposal is problematic as anglers retaining trout may not discern whether their catch is a coastal cutthroat or a resident rainbow, potentially increasing the harvest of wild resident rainbows in areas where these fish are important for rebuilding threatened wild steelhead runs. I also feel that anadromous cutthroat populations should not be subject to increased harvest until a better understanding of their abundance, population trends, and the value of widely-popular catch-and-release sea run cutthroat fisheries is available. I strongly oppose any regulations that increase harvest or retention opportunities for wild rainbow trout or wild coastal cutthroat trout in areas of anadromy. If regulations are to be separated, catch and release of wild rainbow and cutthroat trout should be required below barriers to upstream migration.

WADE, BRIAN SEATTLE, WA November 30, 2017

Policy Proposal: Statewide standards (apply to all rivers and streams unless listed as an exception): Similar to the above, I do not broadly oppose efforts to standardize statewide freshwater fishing regulations. However, in doing so, WDFW should be certain to not increase harvest or retention opportunity directed at wild resident rainbow and coastal cutthroat trout in areas of anadromy, or below upstream barriers to wild steelhead and salmon migration. Catch and release fishing for trout, as well as other fish species, provides significant and popular fishing opportunity in Washington, as well as robust benefits for local economies and the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Increasing harvest opportunities for wild trout in anadromous areas is unnecessary, and would be harmful to wild steelhead, resident rainbow, and sea run coastal cutthroat trout without providing significant benefits as far as new fishing opportunity. While I support standardizing, and even liberalizing, retention limits for hatchery trout, I strongly urge WDFW not to open additional or increased harvest opportunity for wild trout in areas of anadromy in order to protect wild runs and sustainable angling opportunities.

BREWER, JOHN C PORT ANGELES, WA November 30, 2017

Oppose  I have several serious concerns about the proposed changes, especially how they will impact steelhead, wild trout and sea-run cutthroat trout: PROPOSAL: Eliminate hatchery steelhead retention rules currently in place statewide. No -- retain this sensible and appropriate regulation as currently written. Mandating hatchery steelhead retention helps reduce incidental wild steelhead catch and mortality. PROPOSAL: Separate trout and steelhead rules No. I strongly oppose any regulations that increase harvest or retention opportunities for wild rainbow trout or wild coastal cutthroat trout in areas of anadromy. If regulations are to be separated, catch and release of wild rainbow and cutthroat trout should be required below barriers to upstream migration. PROPOSAL: Statewide standards (apply to all rivers and streams unless listed as an exception). No. Do not open additional or increased harvest opportunity for wild trout in areas of anadromy in order to protect wild runs and sus

ST. PIERRE, CHARLES O TACOMA, WA November 30, 2017

Oppose  I am writing to express my strong opposition to several proposals put forth by WDFW in 2017 during the Freshwater Regulations phase of the agency’s Sport Fishing Rule Simplification Process. Specifically, I am concerned with: Policy Proposal: Eliminate mandatory steelhead retention Despite scientifically-demonstrated negative effects on wild steelhead runs, including interbreeding and competition for habitat, hatchery steelhead are produced in many systems to provide sport fishing and harvest opportunity. Because these fish are produced explicitly for harvest, and because of the impacts they have on struggling wild steelhead populations, I am greatly concerned about proposals to roll back mandatory hatchery steelhead retention rules currently in place statewide. I strongly support retaining this sensible and appropriate regulation as it is currently written. When hatchery steelhead are caught by anglers, this constitutes the successful utilization of these fish and as such t

MATHIESEN, DONALD WOODINVILLE, WA November 30, 2017

Oppose  This rule will result in adding many times the statement that "all tributaries are closed except: ...". Not a simplification. Do not open unnamed streams. Streams should be managed on a case by case basis. Retain "Rivers, streams, and beaver ponds are closed to fishing unless specifically listed as open."

ROHRBACH, CALDWELL SEATTLE, WA November 30, 2017

Oppose  am writing to express my strong opposition to several proposals put forth by WDFW in 2017 during the Freshwater Regulations phase of the agency’s Sport Fishing Rule Simplification Process. Specifically, I am concerned with: Policy Proposal: Eliminate mandatory steelhead retention Despite scientifically-demonstrated negative effects on wild steelhead runs, including interbreeding and competition for habitat, hatchery steelhead are produced in many systems to provide sport fishing and harvest opportunity. Because these fish are produced explicitly for harvest, and because of the impacts they have on struggling wild steelhead populations, I am greatly concerned about proposals to roll back mandatory hatchery steelhead retention rules currently in place statewide. I strongly support retaining this sensible and appropriate regulation as it is currently written. When hatchery steelhead are caught by anglers, this constitutes the successful utilization of these fish and as such the