FISH AND WILDLIFE
[Order 19-114—Filed May 31, 2019, 1:52 p.m., effective June 5, 2019]
Effective Date of Rule: June 5, 2019.
Purpose: Amends recreational fishing rules for the Klickitat River.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-312-03000S; and amending WAC 220-312-030.
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 number of hatchery origin spring Chinook that have returned to Klickitat Salmon Hatchery is far below the five hundred fish needed to meet the hatchery escapement goal. As of May 28, only forty-two adults have been collected for the hatchery program. Closing the river to spring Chinook retention will increase the number of hatchery fish available for broodstock and help ensure future hatchery returns. Washington department of fish and wildlife will continue working with comanagers to monitor the progress of broodstock collection and reopen the fishery if returns indicate that hatchery goals will be met. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: May 31, 2019.
WAC 220-312-03000TFreshwater exceptions to statewide rules—Southwest.
Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-312-030, effective June 5, 2019 until further notice:
(1) Cispus River (Lewis Co.): Salmon: closed.
(2) Cowlitz Falls Reservoir (Lake Scanewa) (Lewis Co.): Salmon: closed.
(3) Cowlitz River (Cowlitz Co.): Salmon: closed.
(4) Drano Lake (Skamania Co.): In the waters downstream of markers on point of land downstream and across from Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery and upstream of Highway 14 bridge: Salmon and steelhead: closed.
(5) Kalama River (Cowlitz Co.):
a. From the mouth upstream to 1000 feet below the fishway at the upper salmon hatchery:
(i) Salmon and steelhead: The use of barbed hooks is permissible.
(ii) Salmon; effective immediately: Daily limit 6; no more than 1 adult may be retained. Release all salmon other than hatchery Chinook and hatchery coho.
b. From 1000 feet above fishway at upper salmon hatchery to Summers Creek: Selective Gear Rules, except the use of barbed hooks is permissible.
c. From Summers Creek to the intersection 6000 and 6420 Roads: fly fishing only, except the use of barbed hooks is permissible.
d. From the intersection 6000 and 6420 Roads to 6600 Road Bridge immediately downstream of Jacks Creek: Selective Gear Rules, except the use of barbed hooks is permissible.
(6) Klickitat River (Klickitat Co.):
a. From the mouth (Burlington Northern Railroad bridge) to boundary markers below Klickitat Salmon Hatchery, effective immediately until further notice: Salmon: closed.
(7) Lewis River (Clark/Cowlitz Co.): Salmon: closed.
(8) Wind River (Skamania Co.): From the mouth to 800 yards downstream of Carson National Fish Hatchery: Salmon and steelhead: closed.
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective June 5, 2019:
Southwest—Freshwater exceptions to statewide rules. (19-106)