FISH AND WILDLIFE
[Order 18-307—Filed October 31, 2018, 8:56 a.m., effective November 1, 2018]
Effective Date of Rule: November 1, 2018.
Purpose: Extends the recreational fishing season in Padden Lake (Whatcom Co.).
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-312-04000B; and amending WAC 220-312-040.
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 Washington department of fish and wildlife (WDFW) stocked one thousand one hundred catchable-size rainbow trout for a heritage fishing day event conducted by the Sportsman's Alliance Foundation. There are many of the fish left over in the lake and WDFW is extending the season providing additional angling opportunity through the holidays. There is insufficient time to adopt 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: October 31, 2018.
WAC 220-312-04000BFreshwater exceptions to statewide rules—Puget Sound.
Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-312-040, effective November 1, 2018 through January 6, 2019, it is permissible to fish for gamefish in those waters of Padden Lake (Whatcom Co.). Statewide minimum size and daily limits apply.
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective January 7, 2019:
Freshwater exceptions to statewide rules—Puget Sound.