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

September 14, 2009

Anti-snagging rule clarified

Action: The anti-snagging rule has been further clarified to read:

Except when fishing with a buoyant lure (with no weights added to the line or lure), or trolling from a floating device, terminal fishing gear is restricted to a lure or bait with one single point hook. Only single point hooks measuring not more than 3/4 inch from point to shank may be used, and all 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" is a lure that floats on the surface of freshwater when no additional weight is applied to the line or lure, and when 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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