DIF&W is proposing sixty seven pages of fishing rule changes that, if adopted, will take effect in 2017. All of the rule changes are available on the agency’s website, and public hearings on the proposals will be held in July and August.
The changes impact both ice and open water fishing, and some are designed to simplify the fishing law book. Commissioner Chandler Woodcock informed members of the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee that his agency would simplify the rule book for 2017, and simplify the rules the following year. That seemed backward to me, given that the rule book would be simpler if the rules were simpler.