OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is accepting public comment on a proposed package of sport fishing rules for the 2007-08 fishing season.
All 39 proposed rules for freshwater and saltwater fisheries are available on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/rule_proposals/index.htm. 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. 3. Comments should be addressed to WDFW Rules Coordinator, 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. 3-4 meeting of the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission in Vancouver. Check the commission’s website (http://wdfw.wa.gov/com/comintro.htm) for the specific day and time.
The commission, which sets policy for WDFW, will vote on the final sport fishing rules package during a meeting in February 2007.
Proposed rule changes within the 2007-08 sport fishing package include:
- Opening an additional section of the Skagit River to catch-and-release fishing from March 16 through April 30;
- Re-opening the Lewis River Power Canal to fishing from June 1 through Oct. 31;
- Opening additional tidelands in North Bay (Case Inlet) to clam and oyster harvest;
- Requiring knotless nets in waters only open to fly-fishing;
- Allowing the use of electric motors on lakes only open to fly-fishing;
- Prohibiting the harvest of green sturgeon statewide;
- Establishing a Snake River Confluence Protection Area on the Columbia River; and
- Restricting the use of small lead sinkers in four eastern Washington lakes.