Terrible News for Sports Anglers

What’s being called a “Victory” by the Wild Steelhead Coalition, all of the below proposals were passed by the Commission today.

Watch out everyone… Salmon is next!

# 46. Adopt “no fishing from floating device” rules on select streams

Rules Category
Coast

Type of Rule Change Proposal
Conservation

Short Description
Implement “no fishing from a floating device” rules on select North Coast streams. This proposal is being considered by the North Coast Advisory Group and will be refined as the Advisory Group provides feedback.

Explanation
Proposed to protect holding and spawning adult Salmon and Steelhead through reduced hooking/handling stress and mortality. See table.

Table for Proposal 46. Adopt “no fishing from floating device” rules on select streams.

 

 

# 47. Adopt selective gear rules in North Coast Steelhead streams

Rules Category
Coast

Type of Rule Change Proposal
Conservation

Short Description
Implement Selective Gear Rules on North Coast streams to protect juvenile Salmon, Steelhead and Trout. This proposal is being considered by the North Coast Advisory Group and will be refined as the Advisory Group provides feedback.

Explanation
This proposal adopts Selective Gear Rules to protect resident Trout as well as juvenile anadromous salmonids but allows the use of bait during Salmon and Steelhead fisheries. See Table.

 

# 48. Prohibit wild Steelhead harvest

Rules Category
Coast

Type of Rule Change Proposal
Conservation

Short Description
Do not allow harvest of wild Steelhead in select North Coast streams. This proposal is being considered by the North Coast Advisory Group and will be refined as the Advisory Group provides feedback.

Explanation
This proposal includes requiring the release of wild Steelhead; resident Trout, and not allowing any part of salmonids to be removed from the water if the rule or intention is to release the fish. See Table.

 

Table for Proposals

Number

River

County

1

Bogachiel Clallam

2

Calawah Clallam

3

Clearwater Jefferson

4

Dickey Clallam

5

Hoh Jefferson

6

Quillayute Clallam

7

Quinault Grays Harbor

8

Salmon Grays Harbor

9

Snahapish Jefferson

10

Sol Duc Clallam

 

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