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2013 Recreational Fishing Rules Concise Explanatory Statement
Fish & Wildlife Commission
Meeting Feb. 8-9, 2013

2013 – 2014 Sportfishing Rule Proposals – Briefing and Public Hearing. Audio available.

Sportfishing Rule Changes for 2013-2014

Sportfishing Rule Proposals & Comments

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Eastern Washington and
Columbia Region Freshwater

Reference ID: DFW344423

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW344423
Critical Conservation Need      Submission Type: Public
Rules Category:
Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Steelhead
 • Trout
Rule to Change:
The Naches River currently allows for the harvest of trout on specified sections.
New Rule Proposal:
Make the entire river Catch and Release only.
Why the change is needed:
Improved fishery quality, and survival from the potential harvest of juvenile Steelhead that exceed the 12" limit but have not yet gone to the salt.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
Many sportsmen!
Describe their support and/or concerns:
Highly supportive

Date submitted: 05/17/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Not Recommended for further consideration     Reference ID: DFW344423

This proposal does not offer additional conservation protection that warrants adjusting the current rule. The current rule is protective of native fish while allowing a broad spectrum of recreational anglers to use the resource. Implementing the proposed rule would potentially reduce recreational use of the resource.

Online Public Comments    (1 comments)

WILSON, SCOTT   October 20, 2012
Agree with catch and release for entire system.