Calling Fish and Wildlife to make sure you're legal

Jiminsandiego

Active Member
Rest assured I alway try and do my homework but learning new areas can be time consuming and tricky. Hopefully we can get the phone number back up and running like it was a year ago. Hopefully.
 

Jellymon

New Member
I wouldn’t trust what they say anyway. These are the same people who couldn’t tell if my cougar was male or female.
 

Steve Saville

WFF Supporter
Two things. First and easiest to take care of, download the aforementioned Fish Washington App to the cell phone. It has a GPS built in so you can be fairly certain that where you fish and use the app, the regs are up to date. I am no tech weenie but I use it and it works. If you are "caught" by a WDFW officer you can show them the app and I'd be pretty certain they could be interpreted for you. I also use a Gazetter and read up before I go fishing anywhere I am unfamiliar with. The second is a bit more complicated. The Covid pandemic has complicated most things but I am also sure that it is a convenient excuse, in some cases, for not doing a good job on some of the most mundane of tasks. An example is the trash problem along roadways. The City, County, and State pass it off as the ability to social distance while transporting crews to sites; only three people to a van. Duh! Use a school bus! There are many sitting idle and if children can social distance on a bus, older folks should be able to do so, as well. It is what it is.
 

Brian Miller

Be vewy vewy qwiet, I'm hunting Cutthwoat Twout
WFF Supporter
Try using the Fish Washington app. Lets you zoom in to the water you want to fish and lists the regs for that water. Not so good in the field since you need a cell signal for it to work, but used in a know before you go mode, it's pretty good.
Fish WA app works off-line but you don’t get emergency reg updates published (in the app) since you last opened the app with an internet connection.
 

Bruce Baker

Active Member
A few years ago I moved here from California. The complexity of the regulations in WA were rather overwhelming. I realize this is a necessity due to... well.. the complexities of fisheries. But I was very impressed with the system that allowed me to call a number and verify I was doing everything legally. Speed dial the number , talk to a real person and have confidence that I'm not "misreading" the regulations. Very cool!... But since Covid that "system" is a flat out dud. I call that number and get a recording saying that due to "Covid" they can't be bothered. If ever there was a perfect situation for "working from home" this has to be it. So that same person that answered my call at their office is unable to do so from their computer at home? Arggg
What number were you calling?
 

Jellymon

New Member
If you could not tell, that is what is disturbing . Why would you expect them to be able to?
I knew what it was. They insisted on identifying it themselves when I took it to get the pelt sealed which is required after killing one. They couldn’t figure out what it was, even though as a male it was pretty obvious.
 

Jiminsandiego

Active Member
Steve Saville I thank you for your post #19. From this thread I have learned that that "App" is a necessity which I will, reluctantly, have to master. Also I agree that Covid has complicated things, and I am confident that we are all hoping these people are doing their best.
 

Bruce Baker

Active Member
@Jiminsandiego I spoke to a Fish Program customer service specialist today. Before COVID, there were 3 staff to answer phone calls. You either got someone immediately or were placed on hold until one of them could get to you. That system does not work when staff are working from home. You cannot forward an incoming call to 3 phones and in my opinion, saddle one person with the call volume the agency gets. So the system currently in place allows a caller to leave a message, which is recorded and then emailed to all three of the staff and someone will get to it ASAP. In most instances the caller will receive a call back within 20 minutes if not almost immediately. So if you have any questions, call 360.902.2700 (HQ)and leave a message. Unfortunately, the outgoing message has not been updated from about a year ago.

I am presuming it may be the same at the Regional offices, but I do not know.
 

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