FISH AND WILDLIFE
[Order 19-22—Filed February 1, 2019, 3:12 p.m., effective February 1, 2019, 3:12 p.m.]
Effective Date of Rule: Immediately upon filing.
Purpose: Amend recreational fishing rules for North Fork Stillaguamish River.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-312-04000G and 220-312-04000I; 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: This rule is needed to return the North Fork Stillaguamish River to permanent rule. The Whitehorse Hatchery has completed broodstock collection for early winter steelhead for the season. This rule change gives anglers the opportunity to harvest any remaining hatchery steelhead. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 2.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: February 1, 2019.
WAC 220-312-04000IFreshwater exceptions to statewide rules—Puget Sound.
Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-312-040, effective immediately through February 15, 2019:
Wallace River (Snohomish Co.) from 200 feet downstream to 200 feet upstream of the water intake of the salmon hatchery:
(a) It is unlawful to fish from any floating device.
(b) Game fish: Statewide minimum length/daily limit, except:
(i) Cutthroat trout and wild rainbow trout: minimum length 14 inches.
(ii) Dolly varden/bull trout: minimum length 20 inches as part of the trout limit.
Reviser's note: The typographical error in the above section occurred in the copy filed by the agency and appears in the Register pursuant to the requirements of RCW 34.08.040
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective immediately:
Puget Sound—Freshwater exceptions to statewide rules. (19-08)
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective February 16, 2019:
Puget Sound—Freshwater exceptions to statewide rules.