WSR 11-16-103




[ Order 11-184 -- Filed August 3, 2011, 10:12 a.m. , effective September 3, 2011 ]

Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

Purpose: WAC 220-55-160 Free fishing weekend, language added to clarify that the two-pole endorsement and the Columbia River endorsement are not needed during free fishing weekend. WAC 220-55-220 Two pole endorsement, a portion of Swift Reservoir is removed from the areas where anglers may fish with two poles, due to bull trout holding in this area. WAC 220-55-230 Columbia River endorsement, stream sections are added to the rule for clarification. Gobar Creek, a Kalama River tributary, was added to the list where the endorsement is required. Cougar Lake was removed, and the description for Swift Reservoir was revised. WAC 220-56-240 Daily limits forage fish and other food fish not otherwise provided for, clarifies the daily limit of fifteen for shiner perch. During the last rule change cycle, shiner perch were inadvertently included in the species that have a two-fish daily limit. WAC 220-56-270 Smelt -- Areas and seasons, closes fishing for eulachon smelt state-wide, due to their "threatened" listing under the Endangered Species Act. Adds the scientific name for the smelt species to clarify that the closure applies only to this species.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: All of these rule changes were adopted by the Washington fish and wildlife commission on February 5, 2011, to provide for maximum recreational fishing opportunity while conserving fish resources. By the time the Washington department of fish and wildlife (WDFW) filed the rule-making order (CR-103P) on April 12, 2011, to make these rules effective thirty-one days later, the time limit for filing all of the adopted rules except WAC 232-28-619 had expired. This rule-making order adopts as permanent rules the previously expired sections.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 220-55-160, 220-55-220, 220-55-230, 220-55-240, and 220-56-270.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.04.020 and 77.12.047.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 11-09-060 on April 18, 2011.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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 0, Amended 5, 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: August 3, 2011.

Philip Anderson



AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 06-135, filed 6/13/06, effective 7/14/06)

WAC 220-55-160   Free fishing weekend.   The Saturday and Sunday following the first Monday in June is declared to be free fishing weekend in Washington. On this weekend a fishing license is not required for any person, regardless of age or residency, to fish for or possess fish and shellfish and a fish and wildlife lands vehicle use permit is not required to utilize department parking facilities except that it is unlawful to fish for or possess any species for which a catch record is required without a valid catch record card in possession. Anglers may fish with two poles in all lakes where it is legal to do so without purchasing a two-pole endorsement, and may also fish in all open areas of the Columbia River and tributaries without purchasing a Columbia River endorsement. During free fishing weekend only the license, endorsements, and permit provided for in this section are affected, and all other rules including the catch record card requirement remain in effect.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.047. 06-13-023 (Order 06-135), 220-55-160, filed 6/13/06, effective 7/14/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080 and 77.12.040. 99-08-029 (Order 99-13), 220-55-160, filed 3/30/99, effective 5/1/99.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 10-64, filed 3/19/10, effective 5/1/10)

WAC 220-55-220   Two pole endorsement.   Anglers who are in possession of a valid two pole endorsement may fish with two lines in all lakes and ponds open to fishing, with the following exceptions:

Water Body County
Para-juvenile Lake Adams
Quail Lake Adams
Headgate Pond Asotin
Columbia Park Pond Benton
Blackbird Island Pond Chelan
Lake Wenatchee Chelan
Aldwell Lake Clallam
Beaver Lake Clallam
Carrie Blake Pond Clallam
Dickey Lake Clallam
Lake Pleasant Clallam
Lincoln Pond Clallam
Sutherland Lake Clallam
Vancouver Lake Clark Includes all other waters west of Burlington-Northern Railroad from Columbia River drawbridge near Vancouver downstream to Lewis River
Big Four Lake Columbia
Dayton Pond Columbia
Blue Lake Cowlitz
Castle Lake Cowlitz
Coldwater Lake Cowlitz
Lewis River Power Canal Cowlitz Includes old Lewis River streambed between Swift No.1 powerhouse and Swift No. 2 powerhouse
Merrill Lake Cowlitz
Silver Lake Cowlitz
Grimes Lake Douglas
Pit Lake Douglas
Long Lake Ferry
Beda Lake Grant
Brookies Lakes Grant
Dry Falls Lake Grant
Dusty Lake Grant
Homestead Lake Grant
Lenice Lake Grant
Lenore Lake Grant
Merry Lake Grant
Nunnally Lake Grant
Ping Pond Grant
Damon Lake Grays Harbor
Mill Creek Pond Grays Harbor
Promised Land Pond Grays Harbor
Quigg Lake Grays Harbor Located at Friends Landing near Montesano
Shye Lake Grays Harbor
Vance Creek Pond #1 Grays Harbor
Vance Creek Pond #2 Grays Harbor
Wynoochee Reservoir Grays Harbor
Anderson Lake Jefferson
Gibbs Lake Jefferson
Horseshoe Lake Jefferson
Teal Lake Jefferson
Lake Sammamish King
Lake Union King
Lake Washington King Including that portion of Sammamish River from 68th Ave. NE bridge downstream
Lake Washington Ship Canal King (Including Lake Union, Portage Bay, and Salmon Bay) waters east of a north-south line 400' west of the Chittenden Locks to the MontLake Bridge
Mill Pond King Auburn
Old Fishing Hole Pond King Kent
Portage Bay King
Rattlesnake Lake King
Ravensdale Lake King
Salmon Bay King
Swans Mill Pond King
Koeneman Lake Kitsap Formerly Fern Lake
Easton Lake Kittitas
Kachess Lake Kittitas
Keechelus Lake Kittitas
Kiwanis Pond Kittitas
Naneum Pond Kittitas
Cowlitz Falls Reservoir Lewis
Fort Borst Park Pond Lewis
Mayfield Lake Lewis Mayfield Dam to Mossyrock Dam
Packwood Lake Lewis
Scanewa Lake Lewis Cowlitz Falls Reservoir
Walupt Lake Lewis
Willame Lake Lewis
Coffeepot Lake Lincoln
Cady Lake Mason
Cushman Reservoir Mason
Prices Lake Mason
Stump Lake Mason
Aeneas Lake Okanogan
Big Twin Lake Okanogan
Black Lake Okanogan
Blue Lake Okanogan Near Wannacut Lake
Blue Lake Okanogan Sinlahekin Creek
Campbell Lake Okanogan
Chopaka Lake Okanogan
Cougar Lake Okanogan Lost River
Davis Lake Okanogan
Ell Lake Okanogan
Green Lake Okanogan
Green Lake Okanogan Lower Green Lake
Hidden Lake Okanogan Lost River
Rat Lake Okanogan
Silvernail Lake Okanogan
Cases Pond Pacific
Middle Nemah Pond Pacific
Mooses Pond Pacific
Owens Pond Pacific
South Bend Mill Pond Pacific
Browns Lake Pend Oreille
Muskegon Lake Pend Oreille
Bradley Lake Pierce
De Coursey Pond Pierce
Ohop Lake Pierce
Tanwax Lake Pierce
Wapato Lake Pierce
Granite Lakes Skagit Near Marblemount
Northern State Hospital Pond Skagit
Pass Lake Skagit
Vogler Lake Skagit
Drano Lake Skamania (Little White Salmon River) downstream of markers on point of land downstream and across from Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery and upstream of Hwy. 14 bridge
Swift Reservoir Skamania From ((dam to)) markers approximately ((1)) 3/8 mile below Eagle Cliff Bridge to bridge
Ebey Lake Snohomish Little Lake
Fortson Mill Pond #2 Snohomish
Jennings Park Pond Snohomish
Monte Cristo Lake Snohomish
North Gissburg Pond Snohomish
Spada Lake Snohomish
Amber Lake Spokane
Bear Lake Spokane
Medical Lake Spokane
North Silver Lake Spokane
Bayley Lake Stevens
Lucky Duck Pond Stevens
Mcdowell Lake Stevens
Rigley Lake Stevens
Kennedy Creek Pond Thurston
Long's Pond Thurston
Mclane Creek Ponds Thurston
Munn Lake Thurston
Jefferson Park Pond Walla Walla
Lions Park Pond Walla Walla College Place
Diablo Lake Whatcom
Gorge Lake Whatcom
Lake Whatcom Whatcom
Ross Lake Whatcom
Squalicum Lake Whatcom
Garfield Juvenile Pond Whitman
Bumping Lake Yakima
Clear Lake Yakima
Leech Lake Yakima White Pass area
Mud Lake Yakima
Myron Lake Yakima
Rimrock Lake Yakima
Sarge Hubbard Park Pond Yakima
Yakima Sportsmen's Park Ponds Yakima

Note: The two pole endorsement is not valid in the Columbia and Snake rivers except as noted in Lake Roosevelt and Rufus Woods Lake.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.047. 10-07-105 (Order 10-64), 220-55-220, filed 3/19/10, effective 5/1/10.]

AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 10-64, filed 3/19/10, effective 5/1/10)

WAC 220-55-230   Columbia River endorsement.   Anglers fifteen years of age or older must be in possession of a valid Columbia River endorsement to fish for salmon or steelhead in the following waters:

Mainstem Columbia River from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line to Chief Joseph Dam

Deep River (Wahkiakum County)

Grays River (Wahkiakum County) mouth to mouth of South Fork

Grays River, West Fork mouth to hatchery intake footbridge

Grays River, East Fork

Skamokawa River (Wahkiakum County) mouth (Hwy 4 Bridge) to forks below Oatfield and Middle Valley Road

Elochoman River (Wahkiakum County) mouth to mouth of West Fork

Mill Creek (Lewis County)

Abernathy Creek (Cowlitz County) mouth to Abernathy Falls

Germany Creek (Cowlitz County) mouth to end of Germany Creek Road

Coal Creek (Cowlitz County) mouth to 400 feet below falls

Cowlitz River (Cowlitz County) mouth to mouth of Ohanapecosh and Muddy forks

Blue Creek mouth to Spencer Road

Lacamas Creek

Mill Creek mouth to hatchery road crossing culvert

Olequa Creek

Tilton River mouth to West Fork

Tilton River, East Fork

Tilton River, North Fork

Tilton River, South Fork

Tilton River, West Fork

Mayfield Lake

((Riffe Lake))

Lake Scanewa

Cispus River (Lewis County) mouth to North Fork

Coweeman River (Cowlitz County)

Toutle River (Cowlitz County) mouth to forks

Toutle River, North Fork

Toutle River, South Fork

Green River (Cowlitz County) mouth to Miner's Creek

((Green River (Cowlitz County)))

Kalama River (Cowlitz County) mouth to Kalama Falls

Gobar Creek (Cowlitz County)

Lewis River (Clark/Cowlitz counties) mouth to mouth of East Fork

Lewis River, North Fork mouth to Merwin Dam

Lewis River, East Fork

Cedar Creek (Clark County)

Salmon Creek (Clark County) mouth to 72nd Ave. N.E.

Washougal River (Clark County)

Washougal River West, North Fork

Little Washougal

Camas Slough (Clark County) (waters outside the mouth of the Washougal River, north of Lady Island, and downstream of the Highway 14 Bridge at the upstream end of Lady Island)

Drano Lake (Skamania County) (little White Salmon River downstream of the markers on point of land downstream and across from Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery and upstream of Highway 14 Bridge)

Hamilton Creek (Skamania County)

Rock Creek (Skamania County)

Wind River (Skamania County)

White Salmon River (Klickitat/Skamania counties) mouth to Northwestern (Condit) Dam

Klickitat River (Klickitat County)

Walla Walla River (Walla Walla County) and tributaries

Mill Creek (Walla Walla County)

Touchet River (Columbia/Walla Walla counties) mouth to confluence of North Fork and South Fork

Touchet River, North Fork

Touchet River, South Fork

Touchet River, Wolf Fork

Grande Ronde River (Asotin County)

Snake River mainstem

Palouse River (Whitman County) (below the falls)

Tucannon River (Columbia/Garfield counties)

Yakima River (Benton/Yakima/Kittitas counties) mouth to 400 feet below Prosser Dam and Sunnyside (Parker) Dam to Roza Dam

Wenatchee River mouth to Lake Wenatchee (including Lake Jolanda)

Chelan River (Chelan County) mouth (railroad bridge) to Chelan PUD safety barrier below the powerhouse

Icicle River (Chelan County) mouth to Leland Creek

Lake Wenatchee (Chelan County)

Entiat River (Chelan County) mouth to Entiat Falls

Methow River (Okanogan County) mouth to Foghorn Dam

Okanogan River (Okanogan County)

Lake Osoyoos (Okanogan County)

Similkameen River (Okanogan County) mouth to Enloe Dam

[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.047. 10-07-105 (Order 10-64), 220-55-230, filed 3/19/10, effective 5/1/10.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 10-64, filed 3/19/10, effective 5/1/10)

WAC 220-56-240   Daily limits forage fish and other food fish not otherwise provided for.   It is unlawful for any person to retain more than the following quantities and sizes of food fish taken for personal use. Unless otherwise provided, other food fish fishing is open the entire year:

(1) Forage fish: 10 pounds in the aggregate. The possession limit is two daily limits in fresh form. Additional forage fish may be possessed in frozen or processed form.

(2) Shiner perch: Daily limit 15 fish.

(3) All other marine food fish not otherwise provided for in this chapter except albacore, yellowfin, skipjack, and northern bluefin tuna and all mackerel: Daily limit two fish.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.047. 10-07-105 (Order 10-64), 220-56-240, filed 3/19/10, effective 5/1/10; 01-06-036 (Order 01-24), 220-56-240, filed 3/5/01, effective 5/1/01. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080, 77.12.040. 00-08-038 (Order 00-29), 220-56-240, filed 3/29/00, effective 5/1/00. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080 and 1998 c 191 40. 98-24-042 (Order 98-241), 220-56-240, filed 11/24/98, effective 1/1/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.040 and 75.08.080. 98-06-031, 220-56-240, filed 2/26/98, effective 5/1/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080. 97-08-017 (Order 97-53), 220-56-240, filed 3/25/97, effective 5/1/97; 96-05-004 (Order 96-13), 220-56-240, filed 2/9/96, effective 5/1/96; 95-04-066 (Order 95-10), 220-56-240, filed 1/30/95, effective 5/1/95; 94-14-069, 220-56-240, filed 7/1/94, effective 8/1/94; 93-22-004 (Order 93-125), 220-56-240, filed 10/20/93, effective 1/1/94; 93-08-034 (Order 93-20), 220-56-240, filed 3/31/93, effective 5/1/93; 92-11-012 (Order 92-19), 220-56-240, filed 5/12/92, effective 6/12/92; 91-08-054 (Order 91-13), 220-56-240, filed 4/2/91, effective 5/3/91; 90-06-026, 220-56-240, filed 2/28/90, effective 3/31/90; 89-07-060 (Order 89-12), 220-56-240, filed 3/16/89; 88-10-012 (Order 88-14), 220-56-240, filed 4/26/88; 86-09-020 (Order 86-08), 220-56-240, filed 4/9/86; 85-09-017 (Order 85-20), 220-56-240, filed 4/9/85; 84-09-026 (Order 84-22), 220-56-240, filed 4/11/84; 80-03-064 (Order 80-12), 220-56-240, filed 2/27/80, effective 4/1/80.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 06-67, filed 4/11/06, effective 5/12/06)

WAC 220-56-270   Smelt -- Areas and seasons.   (1) ((Smelt)) Unlawful to fish for or possess Columbia River smelt or eulachon (Thaleichthys pacificus).

(2) Fishing for smelt other than Columbia River smelt or eulachon (Thaleichthys pacificus) is permitted the entire year on Pacific Ocean beaches and in all rivers concurrent with a salmon or gamefish opening, except closed in the Columbia River and tributaries.

(((2) Smelt)) (3) Fishing for smelt other than Columbia River smelt or eulachon (Thaleichthys pacificus) is open in Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca the entire year except closed weekly from 8:00 a.m. Wednesday to 8:00 a.m. Friday for all types of gear except forage fish jigger gear and closed year-round in Catch Record Card Area 12. Violation of this subsection is an infraction, punishable under RCW 77.15.160.

(((3))) (4) It is unlawful to possess smelt taken with gear in violation of the provisions of this section. Possession of smelt while using gear in violation of the provisions of this section is a rebuttable presumption that the smelt were taken with such gear. Possession of such smelt is punishable under RCW 77.15.380 Unlawful recreational fishing in the second degree -- Penalty, unless the smelt are taken in the amounts or manner to constitute a violation of RCW 77.15.370 Unlawful recreational fishing in the first degree -- Penalty.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.047. 06-09-021 (Order 06-67), 220-56-270, filed 4/11/06, effective 5/12/06; 04-17-098 (Order 04-218), 220-56-270, filed 8/17/04, effective 9/17/04; 02-08-048 (Order 02-53), 220-56-270, filed 3/29/02, effective 5/1/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080 and 77.12.040. 99-08-029 (Order 99-13), 220-56-270, filed 3/30/99, effective 5/1/99; 98-06-031, 220-56-270, filed 2/26/98, effective 5/1/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080. 93-08-034 (Order 93-20), 220-56-270, filed 3/31/93, effective 5/1/93; 80-03-064 (Order 80-12), 220-56-270, filed 2/27/80, effective 4/1/80. Formerly WAC 220-56-070.]

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