FISH AND WILDLIFE
Effective Date of Rule: Immediately.
Purpose: Amend recreational fishing rules.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 220-56-220 [220-55-220].
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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: May 3, 2012.
(1) Anglers who are in possession of a valid two-pole endorsement may fish in the following river sections:
(a) Columbia River - From Priest Rapids Dam to Wanapum Dam, from Wanapum Dam to Wells Dam, From Wells Dam to Highway 173 Bridge at Brewster, and from Highway 173 at Brewster to Chief Joseph Dam.
(b) Cowlitz River - Lexington Bridge Drive in Kelso upstream to the Highway 505 Bridge in Toledo.
(c) Drano Lake - Waters downstream of markers on point of land downstream and across from Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery from May 12 through June 30.
(d) Lewis River - From the mouth to Colvin Creek.
(e) Wind River - From the mouth to the Burlington Northern Railroad Bridge through June 30.
(2) Anglers who are in possession of a valid two-pole endorsement may fish in the following marine areas:
(a) Willapa Bay - Area 2.1 east of line from Cape Shoalwater to Leadbetter Point.
(b) Port Susan and Port Gardner Area 8.2, Tulalip Terminal Area - waters west of Tulalip Bay and within 2,000 feet of shore from the pilings at Old Bower's Resort, to a fishing boundary marker approximately 1.4 miles northwest of Hermosa Point.