WDFW is seeking comment on how to best collect information from commercial guides on angler catch and participation in Washington.
Please provide comments on the proposed draft rule and/or input on how to best implement a logbook. The goal is to develop a user-friendly approach that will work for the guide industry and the department.
Logbooks will give fishery managers a better understanding of the guiding industry's role in state fisheries, including when and where guides are fishing, angler effort and catch.
Commercial guides also can provide input at four public meetings scheduled in early December 2018. The meetings are scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. and include the following dates and locations:
- Ridgefield: Dec. 10, WDFW Region 5 office, 5525 S. 11th St., Ridgefield.
- Montesano: Dec. 11, Montesano City Hall, 112 N Main St., Montesano.
- Yakima/Selah: Dec. 12, ESD 105 in the Yakima Room (Allen Greenborough Conference Center), 33 South Second Ave., Yakima.
- Clarkston: Dec. 13, Walla Walla Community College in the multi-purpose room, 1470 Bridge St., Clarkston.
Requiring logbooks to record catch and other information, such as catch and effort, also was discussed last year during public meetings with the industry. Those meetings were part of an effort by the department to discuss legislation that was proposed in the 2017 legislative session, the guide license fee increase, and the current status of guiding in Washington.
WDFW developed in 2017 a report to the state legislature on the guiding industry.