WSR 08-12-048

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 08-123 -- Filed May 30, 2008, 3:30 p.m. , effective June 1, 2008 ]


Effective Date of Rule: June 1, 2008.

Purpose: Amend fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 232-28-61900T; and amending WAC 232-28-619.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.12.047.

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: Large numbers of hatchery spring chinook jacks have crossed Bonneville Dam and have been found in Drano Lake creel surveys. To date, more jacks have been counted at Bonneville Dam since at least 1976 with the exception of the year 2000. Jacks have comprised up to half the recent sport catch at Drano Lake. Increasing the daily limit from the current two hatchery salmon or hatchery steelhead will provide additional opportunity to harvest those fish. There is insufficient time to promulgate 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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 30, 2008.

J. P. Koenings

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 232-28-61900T   Exceptions to statewide rules -- Drano Lake (Skamania Co.)   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 232-28-619, effective June 1 through June 30, 2008, a person may fish for salmon in waters of Drano Lake downstream of markers on point of land downstream and across from Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery and upstream of Hwy. 14 Bridge, except closed June 4 and June 11. Daily limit six salmon, of which no more than two may be adults; minimum size 12 inches. Daily limit two hatchery steelhead; minimum size 20 inches. Night closure and non-buoyant lure restrictions in effect.

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REPEALER


The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective July 1, 2008:


WAC 232-28-61900T Exceptions to statewide rules -- Drano Lake (Skamania Co.)

Washington State Code Reviser's Office