The public hearing on new fishing-rule proposal, scheduled Jan. 7, 8:30 a.m. in Room 172 of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. S.E. in Olympia.
An agenda is available on the commission’s website.
All changes proposed by WDFW are posted on the WDFW website.
- Closing fishing early for steelhead and other game fish in several river systems in Puget Sound and along the Strait of Juan de Fuca to protect wild steelhead. The early closures, ranging from mid-January to mid-February, would apply to the Nooksack, Skagit, Stillaguamish, Snohomish, Green and Puyallup river systems, along with several streams along the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The proposal also includes closing the upper section of the Samish River on Dec. 1 and the lower section Jan. 1 to fishing for all species.
- Allowing anglers to fish with two poles on the Pend Oreille River and the lower Spokane River.
- Closing fisheries on a number of small coastal streams that drain into Washington’s ocean waters to protect juvenile anadromous fish.
- Changing the opening day of the lowland lake fishing season from the last Saturday in April to the fourth Saturday in April.
- Closing sturgeon retention in Puget Sound, as well as its tributaries. The proposal is designed to protect Columbia River sturgeon that venture into Puget Sound to feed. Under the proposal, catch and release fishing for sturgeon would still be allowed.