Recreational fishing 2022 season

Rule-making status: Permanent

The department considered amendments to several recreational fishing regulations including shellfish, gamefish, and forage fish.

This rule making addressed critical conservation objectives with changes to Sea Cucumber harvest seasons, changes to Cutthroat trout retention in several streams throughout areas of Puget Sound and Hood Canal, particularly around the Kitsap Peninsula and south Sound streams, and closes steelhead fishing on the Methow river. Also included in these proposals are some clarification and simplification changes that include separate containers for smelt, shrimp head retention changes, clarification of "single-point hooks, concurrent rule reflections for steelhead season on the Snake river with Idaho and clarifying section of the Columbia with Catch Record Card locations.

Public comments

The public comment period has closed as of December 4, 2021.

To view comments submitted on this proposal, please visit the public comment website for this proposal.

Public hearing

Listen to the Commission Briefing and Public Hearing in the December 2-4, 2021 Webinar  (beginning at timestamp 3:40:30 of the meeting).
Summary Sheet

Date of Intended Adoption: No earlier than January 1, 2022

For more information

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Recreational fishing 2022 season - Timeline

  • February 11, 2022

    Final Rule CR-103 filed with Code Reviser

  • December 3, 2021

    Commission Briefing and Public Hearing

  • October 4, 2021

    Rule Proposal CR-102 filed with Code Reviser

    The public is encouraged to submit comment on this proposal at this time.

  • July 24, 2021

    Preproposal Notice CR-101 filed with Code Reviser

    The Department filed notice of it's intent to initiate rule development.

July 2021