OLYMPIA - People with ideas to improve Washington state sport fishing rules can share their proposals now through May 27.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is collecting proposals for possible changes to 2006-07 sport fishing rules.
Sport fishing rule changes developed through this process will be distributed for public review in mid-August. The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is scheduled to be briefed on the rule proposals at an October public meeting in Olympia. The final opportunity for written and oral public comment on proposed sport fishing rules will be during the commission's Nov. 18-19 public meeting. The commission will take final action on the 2006-07 sport fishing rule changes during a public meeting next February.
Information about the sport fishing rule change process and forms needed to submit proposals can be downloaded from the WDFW website or may be obtained by calling (360) 902-2700 to request a rule-change packet.
The website and packet include a timeline for rule adoption, instructions on how to participate in the process, information on current seasons and information on other fishing season-setting processes, such as the annual North of Falcon salmon-season forum.