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600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

This document is provided for archival purposes only.
Archived documents do not reflect current WDFW regulations or policy and may contain factual inaccuracies.

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August 30, 2007
Contact: Fish Program (360) 902-2700

WDFW seeks public comment on
2008-09 sport fishing rules package

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is accepting public comment on a proposed package of sport fishing rules for the 2008-09 fishing season.

All 78 proposed rules for freshwater and saltwater fisheries are available on WDFW’s website at Printed copies of the package are available by contacting WDFW’s Fish Program at (360) 902-2700.

Comments submitted by mail must be received by Nov. 1. Comments can be submitted to WDFW Rules Coordinator Lori Preuss via email at or by mail: 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA, 98501.

The public also will have an opportunity to provide testimony, as well as written comments, on the proposed rule changes during a Nov. 2-3 meeting of the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission in Chelan. Check the commission’s website ( for the specific day and time.

The commission, which sets policy for WDFW, is scheduled to vote on the final sport fishing rules package during a meeting in February 2008.

Proposed rule changes within the 2008-09 sport fishing package include:

  • Replacing the non-buoyant lure restriction with a new anti-snagging rule (only one single hook, fish must be hooked in the mouth, night closure);

  • Changing the size measurement for sturgeon from total length to fork length;

  • Separating limits for largemouth and smallmouth bass statewide;

  • Allowing anglers to purchase a second catch record card for hatchery steelhead;

  • Closing clam and oyster beaches that are designated as polluted and pose a risk to human health; and

  • Making season and area adjustments to protect listed bull trout and steelhead stocks.