FISH AND WILDLIFE
Date of Adoption: September 30, 1999.
Purpose: Personal use rules.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 220-57-175 and 220-57-319.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 75.08.080.
Under RCW 34.05.350 the agency for good cause finds that immediate adoption, amendment, or repeal of a rule is necessary for the preservation of the public health, safety, or general welfare, and that observing the time requirements of notice and opportunity to comment upon adoption of a permanent rule would be contrary to the public interest.
Reasons for this Finding: The Cowlitz River Salmon Hatchery is expected to have coho in excess of escapement needs. The Lewis River Hatchery currently has coho in excess of escapement needs in its holding ponds. This action will provide a greater opportunity for the sport fishery to utilize the surplus coho. There is insufficient time to promulgate permanent rules.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 2, Amended 0, Repealed 2.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0. Effective Date of Rule: October 2, 1999, 12:01 a.m.
September 30, 1999
Jeff P. Koenings
by Larry Peck
Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-57-175, effective 12:01 a.m. October 2, 1999 through December 31, 1999, downstream from fishing boundary markers approximately 400 feet below the barrier dam structures at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery Barrier Dam, the daily bag limit is six fish of which four may be adult salmon, except release all chum and wild coho and no more than one adult chinook may be retained. Release chinook over 28 inches in length from Mill Creek to Blue Creek. Salmon angling from boats is prohibited the entire year in designated open waters between the barrier dam and a line from the mouth of Mill Creek to a boundary marker on the opposite bank.
Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-57-319, effective 12:01 a.m. October 2, 1999 through December 31, 1999, North Fork mouth to Colvin Creek and those waters of the mainstem downstream from the east fork to the mouth, the daily bag limit is six fish of which four may be adult salmon, except release all chum, chinook, and wild coho. At all times it is unlawful to take, fish for or possess salmon taken for personal use from waters shoreward of the cable, buoy, and corkline located at the mouth of the Lewis River Salmon Hatchery Fishway. Fishing from boats is prohibited from Johnson Creek to Colvin Creek through October 15.