FISH AND WILDLIFE
[Order 19-218—Filed September 12, 2019, 5:03 p.m., effective September 16, 2019]
Effective Date of Rule: September 16, 2019.
Purpose: Amend recreational fishing rules for Wind River.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-312-03000A; 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: This rule is needed to close a portion of the Wind River to all fishing. A minimum escapement of five hundred wild summer steelhead is needed to allow for the opening of a catch-and-release fishery above Shipherd Falls on September 16. Based on recent survey results and average run timing, the wild escapement is projected to be well below that objective. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: September 12, 2019.
for Kelly Susewind
WAC 220-312-03000BFreshwater exceptions to statewide rules—Southwest.
Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-312-030, effective September 16, 2019:
(1) Klickitat River (Klickitat Co.): From the mouth to Fisher Hill Bridge: Effective immediately through September 30, 2019: Release all steelhead.
(2) Toutle River, North Fork (Cowlitz Co.), from the mouth (confluence with South Fork) to posted markers downstream of the fish collection facility; salmon, effective immediately until further notice:
(a) Daily limit 6; up to 4 may be adults.
(b) Release all salmon other than hatchery coho.
(3) White Salmon River (Klickitat/Skamania Co.): From the mouth (Burlington Northern Railroad Bridge) to the county road bridge below the former location of the powerhouse: Effective immediately through September 30, 2019: Release all steelhead.
(4) Wind River (Skamania Co.):
(a) From the mouth to 400 feet downstream of Shipherd Falls fish ladder: Effective immediately through September 30, 2019: Release all steelhead.
(b) From 100 feet above Shipherd Falls to Moore Bridge: Effective immediately through November 30, 2019: Closed waters.
The following sections of the Washington Administrative Code are repealed effective September 16, 2019:
Freshwater exceptions to statewide rules—Southwest. (19-202)
Reviser's note: The typographical errors in the above section occurred in the copy filed by the agency and appear in the Register pursuant to the requirements of RCW 34.08.040