FISH AND WILDLIFE
Effective Date of Rule: Immediately.
Purpose: Amend recreational fishing rules.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 232-28-619.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.12.047 and 77.04.020.
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 department is in the process of adopting permanent rules that are necessary to implement the personal-use fishing plans that were agreed to with resource comanagers at the North of Falcon proceedings. These emergency rules are necessary to comply with agreed upon management plans, and are interim until permanent rules take effect.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: May 1, 2012.
1. Baker Lake (Whatcom Co.):
Salmon: Open July 1 until further notice. Daily limit three sockeye only. Minimum size 18 inches.
2. Green River (King Co.): Closed to fishing from Auburn Black Diamond Road to the mouth of Cristy Creek.
3. Deschutes River (Thurston Co.):
From the Old Highway 99 Bridge on Capitol Boulevard in Tumwater upstream to the Henderson Boulevard Bridge near Pioneer Park: Selective gear rules when fishing for salmon.
4. Hoko River (Clallam Co.):
From mouth to upper Hoko Bridge: Lawful to fish up to the hatchery ladder, except closed to fishing from shore on the hatchery side of the river from the ladder downstream 100 feet.
5. McAllister Creek (Thurston Co.):
From mouth to Olympia-Steilacoom Road Bridge: Salmon: Open July 1 until further notice. Daily limit of six and up to two adults may be retained.
6. Nooksack River (Whatcom Co): Closed to salmon fishing.
7. Skagit River (Skagit Co.):
From Memorial Highway Bridge (highway 536 at Mount Vernon) upstream to Gilligan Creek: Anti-snagging rule and night closure in effect from June 16, 2012, until further notice. Salmon: Open June 16 through July 15, 2012. Daily limit of three sockeye.
8. Skykomish River (Snohomish Co.):
From the mouth to the mouth of the Wallace River: Effective immediately until further notice: Closed to salmon fishing.