FISH AND WILDLIFE
[Order 19-269—Filed October 28, 2019, 4:13 p.m., effective November 1, 2019]
Effective Date of Rule: November 1, 2019.
Purpose: Amend recreational fishing rules for Padden and Steel lakes.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-312-04000C; 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 emergency rule is needed to extend the gamefish open season for Padden Lake and Steel Lake. The Washington department of fish and wildlife stocked catchable-size rainbow trout in both lakes this fall in late-October and will again prior to black Friday (November 29). These fish and the extension of the fishing season will provide additional fishing opportunities through the holidays in these lakes. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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 28, 2019.
Amy H. Windrope
for Kelly Susewind
WAC 220-312-04000CFreshwater exceptions to statewide rules—Puget Sound.
Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-312-040, effective November 1, 2019 through January 5, 2020:
(a) Padden Lake (Whatcom County): Gamefish: Statewide minimum length/daily limit.
(b) Steel Lake (King County): Gamefish: Statewide minimum length/daily limit.
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective January 6, 2020:
Freshwater exceptions to statewide rules—Puget Sound.