WSR 12-12-046




[ Order 12-100 -- Filed May 31, 2012, 4:26 p.m. , effective June 1, 2012 ]

Effective Date of Rule: June 1, 2012.

Purpose: Amend recreational fishing rules.

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

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.12.047 and 77.04.020.

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: Yakama Nation and Washington department of fish and wildlife fishery managers are forecasting a harvestable return of adult hatchery spring chinook to the Yakima River in 2012. Opening the "Reservation Boundary Reach" (RBR) increases opportunity to harvest hatchery spring chinook in one of the most productive sections of the Yakima River for salmon fishing. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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, 2012.

Philip Anderson


WAC 232-28-61900A   Exceptions to statewide rules--Yakima River.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 232-28-619:

(1) Effective June 1 through June 30, 2012, a person may fish for salmon in waters of the Yakima River from the SR 223 bridge in Granger (river mile 82.7) to the railroad bridge (river mile 103.6), which is located approximately 1,200 feet downstream of Sunnyside (Parker) Diversion Dam. Daily limit of two hatchery Chinook, minimum size 12 inches in length. Terminal gear is restricted to one, single (point), barbless hook with a hook gap from point to shank of 3/4 inch or less when fishing for salmon. Use of bait is allowed. Night closure is in effect.

(2) Non-tribal members are required to purchase a Yakama Nation Hunting/Fishing Permit to participate in this fishery.

(3) The Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement is required to participate in this fishery (except for Free Fishing Weekend, June 9-10), in addition to a freshwater fishing license.



The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective July 1, 2012:

WAC 232-28-61900A Exceptions to statewide rules -- Yakima River.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office