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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

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Reference ID: DFW851623

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW851623
Critical Conservation Need      Submission Type: WDFW Staff
Rules Category:
Puget Sound Region Freshwater
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Not species specific
Rule to Change:
Channel Creek (Whatcom Co.) All Game Fish First Sat. in June-Sept. 15 Statewide min. size/daily limit.
New Rule Proposal:
Channel Creek (Whatcom Co.) All Game Fish First Sat. in June-August 30 Statewide min. size/daily limit.
Why the change is needed:
Channel creek is a crystal clear, spring fed stream, flowing at less than 10 cfs in summer, that receives large numbers of spawning sockeye salmon. With recent increases in escapement of adult Sockeye salmon to Baker Lake, a few adults have been showing up earlier in Channel Creek to spawn than the current fishing closure. The current closure date in place is intended to prevent harassment of adult Sockeye. With the combination of a large number of fishers enjoying the Baker Lake Sockeye fishery, the small, crystal clear spawning small stream running parallel to the main road, and the visually obvious adult sockeye adults, the temptation to harass/fish for/snag spawning adults is a great. The earlier closure date is needed to prevent temptation.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
PSE, local tribes, enforcement staff
Describe their support and/or concerns:
Submitted by: BARKDULL, BRETT C — ,

Date submitted: 06/05/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Recommended for Public Comment     Reference ID: DFW851623

Rule Change Recommendation Short Title
Shorten fishing season on Channel Creek to protect spawning sockeye

Rules Category
Puget Sound Region Freshwater

Type of Rule Change Proposal

County or Location Information
Whatcom County

Short Description
Change the fishing season to the first Saturday in June through August 30, with statewide rules for minimum size and daily limit.

Protect spawning sockeye. This action is in compliance with language in an agreement between WDFW and the Skagit Tribes.

Original Rule Proposal Number(s)

Online Public Comments

Online public comments submitted for this proposal can be found here.