FISH AND WILDLIFE
[Order 19-110—Filed May 23, 2019, 5:48 p.m., effective May 27, 2019]
Effective Date of Rule: May 27, 2019.
Purpose: Amend recreational salmon fishing rules for the Snake River.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 220-312-050.
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 open salmon fishing in a portion of the Snake River. Fishery managers have determined that sufficient harvest allocation remains to allow for a one day spring Chinook fishery below Little Goose Dam. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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 23, 2019.
WAC 220-312-05000IFreshwater exceptions to statewide rules—Eastside.
Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-312-050 and WAC 220-313-010:
(1) Snake River from Texas Rapids boat launch (south side of the river upstream of the mouth of Tucannon River) to the fishing restriction boundary below Little Goose Dam. This zone includes the rock and concrete area between the juvenile bypass return pipe and Little Goose Dam along the south shoreline of the facility (includes the walkway area locally known as "the Wall" in front of the juvenile collection facility); effective immediately until further notice:
(a) Hooks must be barbless when fishing for all species during times and in locations open for salmon.
(i) Open Monday, May 27, 2019.
(ii) Daily limit 4 of which up to 1 may be an adult; minimum length 12 inches.
(iii) Release all salmon other than hatchery Chinook.
(iv) Anglers may not continue to fish for salmon or steelhead once the adult salmon daily limit has been retained.
(v) Night closure.
Reviser's note: The unnecessary underscoring 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