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Other river restrictions are in place in other parts of the state.
FISHING — Yellowstone National Park has enacted a few new fishing regulations aimed at protecting native fish species.
In some cases, anglers MUST KEEP certain species they catch.
The limit on non-native fish caught in the park's Native Trout Conservation Area has been eliminated. This includes all park waters except the Madison and Firehole rivers, the Gibbon River below Gibbon Falls, and Lewis and Shoshone lakes.
Rainbow or brook trout caught in the Lamar River drainage must be harvested in order to protect native cutthroat trout in the headwater reaches of the drainage. This includes Slough and Soda Butte Creeks.
All lake trout caught in Yellowstone Lake must be killed to help cutthroat trout restoration efforts.
All native fish including cutthroat trout, mountain whitefish and Arctic grayling must be released unharmed.
FISHING — Starting May 1, anglers fishing for salmon or steelhead on the Columbia River and most of its tributaries downstream from Chief Joseph Dam will be required to use barbless hooks.
This is just one of several new fishing rules adopted for 2013 by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission.
The new barbless regulations expand a similar rule in effect on the stretch of the Columbia River that constitutes the border between Washington and Oregon.
The new rules extend the ban on barbed hooks another 250 miles upriver on the Columbia River and to dozens of its tributaries, including the Cowlitz, White Salmon, Klickitat, Snake, Yakima and Okanogan rivers.
Anglers fishing those waters will still be allowed to use single, double-point or treble hooks, so long as the barbs have been filed off or pinched down.
Jim Scott, assistant director of the WDFW Fish Program, said the new rule will contribute to ongoing efforts to minimize impacts on wild stocks while maintaining opportunities for anglers to harvest abundant hatchery fish.
“Anyone who’s ever fished with barbless hooks knows they are easier to remove from a fish’s mouth than a barbed hook,” Scott said. “That’s important in fisheries where anglers are required to release wild fish unharmed.”
Fishing regulations requiring the release of wild salmon and steelhead are common in the Columbia River Basin and other Washington waters, especially in areas wild salmon and steelhead are protected by state and federal laws. In those cases, only hatchery fish marked with a clipped adipose fin and a healed scar may be retained.
“Anglers fishing for salmon and steelhead in Puget Sound and ocean waters have been required to use barbless hooks for years,” Scott said. “The new rule on the Columbia River is consistent with our state’s longstanding commitment to sustainable fisheries.”
Waters where the new rules apply are marked in WDFW’s 2013-14 Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet, now posted online.
The paper version of the pamphlet will be distributed to recreational license dealers around the state by early May.
WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT — The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has a full agenda of wide ranging topics to cover at its meeting Friday in Moses Lake.
Among the 15 agenda items, the panel will take public comments on proposed changes to hunting rules, consider adopting sportfishing rules and vote on buying a 1600-acre addition to the Blue Mountains Wildlife Area in Asotin County.
The meeting will convene at 8 a.m. at the Moses Lake Civic Center, 401 S. Balsam St.
The commission will accept public comments on 17 proposed hunting rule changes, which would include allowing the use of illuminated arrow nocks for archery equipment and restoring antlerless elk opportunities for archery hunters in Yakima County Units 352 (Nile) and 356 (Bumping).
The commission won't vote on the proposed changes to hunting rules until its April 12-13 meeting in Olympia.
However, the commission will consider adopting nearly 70 sportfishing rules, including proposals that would allow the use of two fishing poles on 50 additional lakes throughout the state and liberalize limits for walleye, bass and catfish in the Columbia River system.
The standout among three proposed land transactions is the plan to buy 1,614 acres of the 4-0 Ranch in Asotin County as phase two of a multi-year project to secure a total of nearly 12,000 acres of riparian habitat for steelhead and bull trout and terrestrial habitat for deer, bighorn sheep and elk.
FISHING — An update on proposed changes to sportfishing rules will be presented by state fish managers to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission at its Feb. 8-9 meeting in Olympia. See the preliminary meeting agenda here.
Fishing rule proposals affecting Eastern Washington angling include:
Public comments on the proposals are being accepted on the agency’s website through Tuesday (Jan. 29).
The commisison is set to vote on the proposals at a March 1-2 meeting.
FISHING — Starting New Year’s Day, anglers will be required to use barbless hooks until further notice when fishing for salmon, steelhead and cutthroat on a large section of the Columbia River.
The rule will affect sport fisheries from the mouth of the Columbia River – including the north jetty – upstream to the state border with Oregon, 17 miles upstream from McNary Dam, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says.
Under the new rule, anglers may still use single-point, double-point, or treble hooks in those waters, so long as any barbs have been filed off or pinched down.
The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission, which sets policy for WDFW, is scheduled to take action next month on the new draft policy that includes a ban on barbed hooks and a variety of other management changes.
State fishery managers said the immediate need for the rule is to make Washington’s fishing regulations consistent with those in Oregon, where that state’s fish and wildlife commission recently approved a broad-based measure that prohibits Oregonian license holders from using barbed hooks on the Columbia River starting Jan. 1.
Read on for more information from the WDFW:
FISHING — Washington’s new 2012-2013 fishing regulations pamphlet is available online and coming to license dealers around the state.
The rules in the new pamphlet don't take effect until May 1.
That means old rules apply to Saturday's season opener at many of the state's lowland lakes such as Williams and Fishtrap, although there aren't many changes affecting those waters.
Cheaper two-pole permit: One change affecting anglers this season is the reduced rate for the two-pole fishing permit, which went into effect in September. The two-pole endorsement for selected waters was reduced from $24.50 last year to $14.30.
The fee is only $5.50 for seniors 70 and older.
FISHING– The Washington Fish and Wildlife Department is taking comment statewide on proposed changes to sportfishing regulations.
A public meeting has been scheduled Thursday (Oct. 27), from 6 p.m.-8 p.m., in the agency’s Spokane Region Office, 2315 N. Discovery Pl. in Spokane Valley.
Current proposals related to Eastern Washington include:
All of the proposed rules, which would affect various freshwater and saltwater fisheries around the state, are available on the agency’s website.
During the meetings, the public can discuss the proposals with WDFW staff. Written comments are due Dec. 30.
The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will take more comments on proposals during its Jan. 6-7 meeting.
Check the commission’s website for the specific day and time.
The commission, which sets policy for WDFW, is scheduled to vote on the final sportfishing rules package Feb. 3 or 4. Adopted rules would go into effect in May 2012.
FISHING — Northwest Sportsman Magazine editor Andy Walgamott has an interesting tidbit about the illustration on the cover of the new fishing rule pamphlet (see item below this post).
“With this year’s cover going unsold (previous issues’ have had ads for Pavati Marine and Alumaweld), the regs feature “Heartbreaker,” a painting of a leaping rainbow by Fred W. Thomas, a Shoreline artist whose Web site says he’s the guy who came up with the Eskimo on the tail of all those Alaska Airlines jets.”