Agency proposes changes in fishing rules

Staff reportSeptember 1, 2013 

Anglers will have a number of opportunities to comment on three proposed fishing rules recommended by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The agency is accepting comments through Oct. 31. The state Fish and Wildlife Commission, which sets policy for the department, is scheduled to vote on rule proposals at its meeting in December.

The three sportfishing rule proposals would:

 • Liberalize the daily limit for walleye to 16 fish on the waters of the San Poil River inundated by Lake Roosevelt (the San Poil Arm). The intent is to reduce the overabundant walleye population and to align regulations with those for Lake Roosevelt.

 • Prohibit fishing from boats equipped with an internal combustion motor on a stretch of the Naselle River from the state Route 4 bridge to the Crown Mainline (Salme) Bridge year-round. This goal is to reduce user conflicts on the river.

 • Re-organize WAC 232-28-619, “Washington food fish and game fish-Freshwater exceptions to statewide rules,” into multiple rules based on geographical area. The current rule is more than 300 pages long. Proposed modifications include making technical changes, corrections and updates to language and restructuring provisions under an outline format for accuracy, clarity and transparency for the public.

Get involved

The proposals

You can review and comment on the proposed rules at wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/rule_proposals. Printed copies of the proposals and comment forms are available by contacting the department’s Fish Program at 360-902-2672.

Public meetings

The department will hold two meetings, from 6-8 p.m.: Tuesday at the WDFW Spokane Office, 2315 North Discovery Place, Spokane Valley, and Thursday at Naselle School common area, 793 State Route 4, Naselle.

Public hearing

The public also can provide testimony during the commission’s November meeting in Olympia. Check the commission’s website at wdfw.wa.gov/commission for the specific day and time.

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