FISH AND WILDLIFE
[Order 20-174—Filed September 8, 2020, 4:42 p.m., effective September 11, 2020]
Effective Date of Rule: September 11, 2020.
Purpose: The purpose of this rule to open gamefish to no limits or size restrictions in Hatch Lake and McDowell Lake to maximize recreational harvest prior to the lake rehabilitation effort beginning October 12, 2020.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-312-05000I; and amending WAC 220-312-050.
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: Lake rehabilitation efforts utilizing rotenone to remove undesirable fish species are scheduled to begin on Hatch Lake and McDowell Lake beginning October 12, 2020. To maximize recreational harvest of gamefish and to take advantage of the resource, all daily limits and size restrictions are being removed from these lakes prior to the rehabilitation effort. In addition, the fly fishing only restriction is being removed from McDowell Lake.
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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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 8, 2020.
WAC 220-312-05000IFreshwater exceptions to statewide rules—Eastside.
Effective September 11 through October 11, 2020 the following provisions of WAC 220-312-050 regarding gamefish seasons for Hatch and McDowell lakes shall be as described below. All other provisions of WAC 220-312-050 not addressed herein, or otherwise amended by emergency rule, remain in effect:
(1) Hatch Lake (Stevens County): Gamefish: No daily limit. No size restrictions.
(2) McDowell (Stevens County): Gamefish:
(a) No Daily limit. No size restrictions.
(b) Conventional fishing gear is allowed.
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed, effective October 12, 2020:
Freshwater exceptions to statewide rules—Eastside. (20-174)