Current rule-making petitions

Any person may petition the agency requesting the adoption, amendment, or repeal of any rule. A petition form is available for download from the Office of Financial Management. Petitions must be sent to the Agency Rules Coordinator at to receive consideration.

WDFW will respond with a decision letter within 60 days from the date the petition was received. If the petition is granted, the agency will initiate rule making by developing a CR-102 rule proposal, which will undergo the full public comment process before receiving a final decision.

For information on petitions that have been decided on or withdrawn, visit our "archived" (granted, denied, and withdrawn) petitions page.

Pending Commission decision

  • North Skookum Ice Fishing

    Received: Feb 6, 2023

    The petitioner wishes to expand the fishing season for North Skookum lake in Pend Oreille County to a "year-round" fishery OR open a new season from January 1 to March 1 for ice fishing.

    The Commission will formally consider the petition as an agenda items during a hybrid meeting scheduled for Friday, April 7, 2023.


    Petition: Camara Petition (PDF)

  • Whatcom Lake Rule Changes

    Received: Feb 3, 2023

    Petitioner asked the Commission to "open a season for cutthroat trout with two poles on Lake Whatcom near Bellingham.” 

    The Commission will formally consider the petition during a hybrid meeting scheduled in April 2023.

    Petition: Knott Petition - Whatcom Lake (PDF)