Sportfishing Rule Changes for 2016-2017

See proposed rule
language (CR-103)
2016 Recreational Fishing Rules
Concise Explanatory Statement
Fish & Wildlife Commission
Meeting Dec. 11-12, 2015

2016 – 2017 Sportfishing Rule Proposals – Briefing and Public Hearing. Audio available.

for Public Comment
Not Recommended
for further consideration
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Puget Sound Coast Not Region Specific
Liberalize limits for Bass, Channel Catfish,
and Walleye in the Columbia River
and tributaries contiguous with Oregon

Reference ID: DFW107323-16

Public Rule Proposal Received

Reference ID: DFW107323-16
Recreational Opportunities      Submission Type: Public
Region: Puget Sound
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Bass
 • Other
Rule to Change:
Crocker Lake: Closed all year
New Rule Proposal:
Open to warm water fish only from July 15 through Labor Day
Why the change is needed:
This lake has a significant warm water fish population and during this period this shallow lake in this microclimate routinely achieves water temps in excess of 75 degrees top-to-bottom which drives salmonids out. Given the fine access this lake has next to Hwy 101, it seems a shame not to utilize this resource.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
No input given
Describe their support and/or concerns:
No input given

Date submitted: 03/15/2015

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Not Recommended for further consideration     Reference ID: DFW107323-16

Short Title
Open Crocker Lake to warm water fishing from July 15 through Labor Day

This lake holds a critical Coho stock and has habitat challenges. In addition, repeated surveys over the past fifteen or more years have shown that fish abundance is low other than Bullhead and Cutthroat.


Public Testimony

No public testimony.

Online Public Comments  (1 comments)

NORDEN, LYNN W  August 10, 2015
I support this since this lake is loaded with largemouth bass (just go to the launch on a summer evening and wiggle your finger in the water then see what comes to watch you). Critical coho stock!! Don't make me laugh. During that period the lake water routinely reaches 80 degrees top to bottom every year and reached 82 degrees already this year when I checked with the inlet stream at 75 degrees. I am not holding my breath though.