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

September 9, 2009

Change to anti-snagging rule

Action: Change the definition of the anti-snagging rule to: Except when fishing with a buoyant lure or trolling from a floating device, anglers may use only one single-point hook, measuring no more than inch from point to shank. Hooks must be attached to or below the lure or bait. Weights may not be attached below or less than 12 inches above the lure or bait. A buoyant lure floats on the surface of fresh water when it is not being retrieved by a line. "Trolling" means fishing from a vessel that is underway and under power.

Effective dates: Immediately until further notice.

Species affected: All species affected by the anti-snagging rule.

Location: All locations where the anti-snagging rule is in effect.

Reasons for action: This change allows additional recreational opportunity by allowing gear types commonly used in salmon fishing while providing protection to fish from snagging.

Information Contact: Fish Program (360) 902-2700.

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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