The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Thursday that the public’s time to comment on any of the nearly 70 proposed changes to fishing regulations statewide has been extended.
The proposed changes can be viewed and commented on from the department’s website where they are broken down by category including those “recommended for public comment” and those “not recommended for further consideration.”
The possible changes range from liberalizing limits with the goal of increasing harvests to tightening restrictions with the goal of protecting certain species.
An explanation is provided under each proposal giving specific details to what changes would take effect should the recommendation be implemented. Different options for changes are listed where applicable.
Some potential changes include removing or modifying the daily limits and sizes for bass, walleye and channel catfish on the Columbia and Snake rivers and their tributaries. The intended effect for this would be to decrease predation on salmon and steelhead.
The link to the rule proposals can be found at wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/rule_proposals.