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2015 Recreational Fishing Rules Concise Explanatory Statement
Fish & Wildlife Commission
Meeting Jan. 8-10, 2015

2015 – 2016 Sportfishing Rule Proposals – Briefing and Public Hearing. Audio available.

Sportfishing Rule Changes for 2015-2016

View proposals and comments on proposals that were submitted by the public and WDFW staff.

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# 10. Extend fishing opportunity through the month of October   
Extend fishery through the month of October to provide additional fishing opportunity.
# 11. Eastern Brook trout limit removed   
Remove Eastern Brook Trout daily limit for specific lakes. Also allows the retention of two cutthroat trout for Big Tiffany Lake
# 12. Upper and Lower Green lakes season adjustment   
Opens the fishery one month earlier, from March 1 through November 30, instead of April 1 through November 30. Also reduces the second season to three months (December through the last day of February.....
# 13. Molson Lake daily limit reduced   
Daily limit reduced from five to two fish for consistency with adjacent lake.
# 14. Implement year-round season and statewide general rules for selected lakes to manage for mixed species populations.   
Convert regulations to statewide general rules (year-round) to increase fishing opportunity on mixed species.
# 15. Big Beaver, Beth, and Little Beaver lakes fishery enhancement   
Adjust season from year-round to 4th Saturday in April – Oct. 31 season.
# 16. Rufus Woods Lake    
Eliminate chumming rules on Lake Rufus Woods.
# 17. Upper Wheeler Reservoir   
Open Upper Wheeler Reservoir to fly fishing only, Trout Catch and Release, motors prohibited 4th Sat. in Apr- Oct 31.
# 18. Wapato Lake    
This rule removes the selective gear rule. The seasons will be: Trout - 4th Sat. in April –July 31 – statewide minimum size/daily limit. All Other Gamefish – 4th Sat. in April to October 31 – state.....
# 19. Washburn Lake Eastern Brook Trout Fishery   
This rule reduces the trout daily limit from 2 to 1, adds selective gear rules and prohibits internal combustion motors.
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Open a section of the Twisp River to sport fishing
Change Walleye rules on Moses Lake and Potholes Reservoir to increase the minimum size and number of larger Walleye in the harvest
Do not allow Westslope Cutthroat Trout to be removed from the water prior to release in the Methow River
Cease taking hatchery spring Chinook into the Icicle River Hatchery once the escapement is met
Allow party fishing to attain daily limits faster on resident game fish species
Add a catch and release season for trout on the Wenatchee River
Make the Methow River catch and release only
Close the lower 2 miles of the Methow River to fishing and close all of the river to fishing from a boat
Make Big Twin Lake a fly fishing catch and release only fishery