December 04, 1997
Contact: Madonna Luers, (509) 456-4073
Commission to hear public on sportfishing rule proposals at meeting in Spokane Dec. 13
The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will take public comments on
1998-99 sportfishing regulation change proposals at its meeting in Spokane Dec.13.
The meeting will be in the Tamarack Room at the Doubletree Inn, at Sullivan
Road and Interstate 90 in the Spokane Valley, and runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:50 p.m.
Sportfishing proposals will be reviewed sometime after 1 p.m. on the meeting agenda,
with public comment scheduled both in the morning and afternoon.
No decisions on sportfishing rules will be made by the commission until late
January. Changes will be effective May 1, 1998.
The commission is a nine-member, governor-appointed board that oversees the
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and meets several times a year
at various locations across the state.
At the Spokane meeting, the commission also will consider adoption of:
- Transport tags for black bear and cougar hunting
- Private lands wildlife management area hunting season rules
Among the highlights of the sportfishing rule proposals are:
- Amendments to regulations on hunting permits, wildlife rehabilitation
permits, license suspension and reinstatement and sale of surplus salmon
carcasses and eggs.
- Changes on waterways in eastern Washington's upper Columbia and
Snake River systems where Endangered Species Act listings require
further protection of steelhead trout, chinook salmon, and bull trout
- Statewide, year-around wild steelhead release, with exceptions noted in
- Statewide requirement for barbless hooks to encourage wild fish release
- Closure of some marine areas to address over-harvest on urban beaches
Complete copies of all sportfishing proposals under consideration may be
obtained from WDFW's Fish Management Program at 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia,
WA 98501-1091, 360-902-2848.
- Landlocked lake rules for steelhead fishing to limit hatchery fish spawning
in the wild.