WSR 06-09-027

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 06-69 -- Filed April 12, 2006, 3:59 p.m. , effective April 12, 2006 ]


Effective Date of Rule: Immediately.

Purpose: Amend personal fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 232-28-619.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.12.240.

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: This emergency rule is needed to provide consistent walleye and bass regulations in contiguous waters. Anglers frequently move back and forth between Lake Roosevelt and the lower Spokane River and the lower Colville River. Having inconsistent rules between these waters would be extremely difficult to enforce and confusing to the public. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: April 12, 2006.

Evan Jacoby

for Jeff Koenings

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 232-28-61900Q   Exceptions to statewide rules -- Spokane and Colville rivers.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 232-28-619:

(1) Spokane River - In those waters of the Spokane River from mouth (SR 25 Bridge) to the upstream boundary of the Plese Flats Day Use Area (Riverside State Park) except waters of Long Lake:

(a) Effective June 1, 2006 until further notice, special daily bag limit of 8 walleye, no minimum size and no more than 1 may be over 22 inches in length.

(b) Effective May 1, 2006 until further notice, special daily bag limit of 10 smallmouth bass, no minimum size and no

more than 1 may be over 14 inches in length.

(2) Colville River - In those waters of the Colville River from mouth to bridge at town of Valley:

(a) Effective May 1, 2006 until further notice, special daily bag limit of 8 walleye, no minimum size and no more than 1 may be over 22 inches in length.

(b) Effective May 1, 2006 until further notice, special daily bag limit of 10 smallmouth bass, no minimum size and no more than 1 may be over 14 inches in length.

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