Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

November 15, 2004

Smelt and herring dip net rules changed

Action: Modify rules for smelt dip nets in marine waters

Effective dates: November 16, 2004 until further notice

Species affected: Smelt and herring

Location: All marine waters of Washington

Reason for action: Current rules specify a stretch mesh size of one-half inch when fishing for smelt and herring with a dip net. The rule has proved confusing to a number of people and there has been difficulty purchasing nets that meet the legal requirement. The current definition does not work well for nets constructed out of wire mesh. The new mesh requirement will specify a maximum mesh size of 3/8 inch measured knot to the nearest knot for fabric net or inch measured corner to the next nearest corner for wire nets. This change will not substantially change the size of allowable net mesh but will allow persons to purchase materials that meet the requirements.

Information contact: Greg Bargmann (360) 902-2825

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

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