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: DFW524065-16

Public Rule Proposal Received

Reference ID: DFW524065-16
Critical Conservation Need      Submission Type: Public
Region: Coast
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Steelhead
 • Trout
Rule to Change:
Statewide Freshwater Rules > Tackle > “Hook and line angling only. Barbed or barbless hooks may now be used, and a hook may be single-point, double, or treble, but not more than one line with up to three hooks per angler may be used.”
New Rule Proposal:
Willapa Bay Rivers Barbless Hooks Only - December 1 to August 31 Statewide Freshwater Rules > Tackle > “Hook and line angling only. For steelhead and rainbow trout only barbless hooks may be used and a hook may only be single-point. Not more than one line with one hook may be used.
Why the change is needed:
The barbless hooks only rule has been adopted as a conservation effort in many areas including many OR rivers, parts of CA and ID, and Canada including all of British Columbia. Hooten (1987) found catch and release mortality of adult winter steelhead to be 2.5 times greater when using barbed hooks compared to barbless hooks. The use of barbless hooks reduces handling time and stress on hooked fish and adds to survival after release (Wydoski 1977). The extremely valuable juvenile steelhead, rearing for 1-3 years in freshwater, are often regularly exposed to mortality in fisheries targeting trout and adult salmon and steelhead. Compared with using barbless hooks, using barbed hooks has been proven to increase tissue damage, handling time, exposure to air, and can significantly reduce smolt numbers and adult returns. Compelling evidence shows that catch and release mortality of juvenile and adult salmon and steelhead can be greatly reduced by using barbless hooks.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
Submitting on behalf of the Wild Steelhead Coalition
Describe their support and/or concerns:
Developed and supported by the Wild Steelhead Coalition

Date submitted: 03/31/2015

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Not Recommended for further consideration     Reference ID: DFW524065-16

Short Title
Require the use of barbless hooks on the Willapa Bay rivers

Not a rule needed at this time from a conservation perspective.


Public Testimony

No public testimony.

Online Public Comments  (0 comments)

No online public comments submitted for this proposal.