Sportfishing Rule Simplification Process 2017-2019

State fishery managers have proposed a package of simplified recreational fishing regulations for freshwater species, such as steelhead, trout and warmwater fish.

Public comment on these proposals is closed. Links to the proposals and the comments the department received are available below.

This is the first year of a three-year effort to simplify sportfishing regulations throughout the state.

  • Year 1 (2017): Simplify sportfishing regulations for freshwater species (steelhead, trout, warmwater fish, sturgeon, shad and carp). Rules effective July 1, 2018.
  • Year 2 (2018): Simplify sportfishing regulations for salmon fisheries in marine and fresh waters. Rules effective July 1, 2019.
  • Year 3 (2019): Simplify sportfishing regulations for marine fish and shellfish in Washington coastal and Puget Sound waters. Rules effective July 1, 2020.
  • Consider regulations that address critical conservation needs on an annual basis.
Timeline for 2017 Sport Rule Simplification Process
January through July Staff review of rules and draft proposed changes.
September through November Proposals placed on website for public comment.
September - October Regional workshops with the public to discuss the rule simplification process and proposed regulation changes.
  • Spokane: 6 to 8 p.m., Sept. 26, Center Place, 2426 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley.
  • Ephrata: 6 to 8 p.m., Sept. 27, Grant County Public Works, 124 Enterprise St. SE, Ephrata.
  • Selah: 6 to 8 p.m., Sept. 28, Selah Civic Center, 216 S. First St. Selah.
  • Mill Creek: 6 to 8 p.m., Oct. 3, WDFW Region 4 headquarters, 16018 Mill Creek Blvd., Mill Creek.
  • Ridgefield: 6 to 8 p.m., Oct. 4, WDFW Region 5 Headquarters, 5525 S. 11th St., Ridgefield.
  • Montesano: 6 to 8 p.m., Oct. 5, Montesano City Hall, 112 N. Main St., Montesano.
October 27-28 Washington State Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting: Staff will brief the commission on proposed regulation changes.
November 30 Deadline for the public to submit written comments on proposed sport rule changes.
December 9 Washington State Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting: Meeting starts at 8:30am. Public testimony will be received for sport proposals.
January 2018 Washington State Fish and Wildlife Commission takes action on sport rule proposals.
July 1, 2018 Rules take effect.