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Reference ID: DFW162659

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW162659
Recreational Opportunities      Submission Type: WDFW Staff
Rules Category:
Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Not species specific
Rule to Change:
Rules for San Poil, Kettle River, and lower Spokane River. San Poil River (Ferry County): From the western shoreline at the mouth of the San Poil Arm (as marked by a regulatory buoy) directly eastward across the San Poil Arm to the eastern shoreline of the San Poil Arm (as marked by a regulatory buoy) upstream to the north shore of the outlet of French Johns Lake (Manila Creek) northeast across the San Poil Arm to the north shore of the outlet of Dick Creek: Year-round season. Smallmouth bass: Daily limit ten fish, no more than one over 14 inches. Walleye: Daily limit 8 fish, no size limit. Salmon: Landlocked salmon rules apply. Carp: Unlawful to fish with bow and arrow. Rainbow trout: Daily limit five fish, no more than two over 20 inches, release all wild (adipose fin intact) fish. Kokanee salmon: Daily limit two fish. Sturgeon: Unlawful to fish for or retain. From the north shore of the outlet of French Johns Lake (Manila Creek) northeast across the San Poil Arm to the north shore of the outlet of Dick Creek upstream to approximately five miles upstream from the outlet of French Johns Lake, as marked by regulatory buoys: All species: Closed waters February 1 through March 31. Smallmouth bass: Daily limit ten fish, no more than one over 14 inches. Walleye: Daily limit 8 fish, no size limit. Salmon: Landlocked salmon rules apply. Sturgeon: Unlawful to fish for or retain sturgeon. Carp: Unlawful to fish with bow and arrow. Sturgeon: Unlawful to fish for or retain. From approximately 5 miles upstream from the outlet of French Johns Lake, as marked by regulatory buoys to any and all waters that occur north of the regulatory buoy line at or above 1310 feet mean sea level elevation: Managed under regulatory authority of the Colville Confederated Tribe of Indians. Kettle River (Stevens County): The Saturday before Memorial Day through October 31 season. All species: Selective gear rules. Unlawful to fish from a floating device equipped with an internal combustion motor. Trout: Minimum length 12 inches. Sturgeon: Unlawful to fish for or retain sturgeon. Additional season: November 1 through May 31. Whitefish gear rules apply. Spokane River (Spokane County): From SR 25 Bridge upstream to 400 feet below Little Falls Dam: Year-round season, except walleye: Trout: Daily limit five, no minimum size, no more than two over 20 inches in length. Kokanee: Daily limit six, no minimum size, no more than two with intact adipose fins may be retained. Walleye: Daily limit 8, no minimum size, no more than one over 22 inches in length. Salmon: Year-round. Landlocked salmon rules apply. Sturgeon: Unlawful to fish for or retain sturgeon. Two pole fishing allowed. From Little Falls Dam to the upstream boundary of the Plese Flats Day Use Area (Riverside State Park), except Long Lake, formed by Long Lake Dam (see also Long Lake): Year-round season except walleye. Trout: Daily limit five, no more than two over twenty inches in length. Walleye: Daily limit eight, no minimum length, no more than one over twenty-two inches in length. April 1 through May 31 release all walleye. Salmon: Landlocked salmon rules apply. Sturgeon: Unlawful to fish for or retain sturgeon. From the upstream boundary at Plese Flats Day Use Area (Riverside State Park) upstream to the Monroe Street Dam: June 1 through March 15 season. Selective gear rules. Unlawful to fish from a floating device equipped with an internal combustion motor. Trout: Daily limit one. Release wild trout. Salmon: Landlocked salmon rules apply. Sturgeon: Unlawful to fish for or retain sturgeon. From Monroe Street Dam upstream to Upriver Dam: Year-round season. Salmon: Landlocked salmon rules apply. From Upriver Dam upstream to the Idaho/Washington state line: The first Saturday in June through March 15 season. Selective gear rules. All species: Release all fish.
New Rule Proposal:
San Poil River (Ferry County): From the western shoreline at the mouth of the San Poil Arm (as marked by a regulatory buoy) directly eastward across the San Poil Arm to the eastern shoreline of the San Poil Arm (as marked by a regulatory buoy) upstream to the north shore of the outlet of French Johns Lake (Manila Creek) northeast across the San Poil Arm to the north shore of the outlet of Dick Creek: Year-roundApril 1 through January 31 season for Kokanee, Trout, Walleye, and Smallmouth Bass. Year-round season for Other Game Fish, Salmon, and Carp. Unlawful to fish for or retain sturgeon. Smallmouth bass: Daily limit ten fish, no more than one over 14 inches may be retained. Walleye: Daily limit 8 fish, no size limit. Kokanee: Daily limit two fish, no minimum size, in addition to trout daily limit. Salmon: Landlocked salmon rules apply. Carp: Unlawful to fish with bow and arrow. Rainbow trout: Daily limit five fish, no more than two over 20 inches may be retained, release all wild rainbow trout (adipose fin intact) fish. Kokanee salmon: Daily limit two fish. Sturgeon: Unlawful to fish for or retain. From the north shore of the outlet of French Johns Lake (Manila Creek) northeast across the San Poil Arm to the north shore of the outlet of Dick Creek upstream to approximately five miles upstream from the outlet of French Johns Lake, as marked by regulatory buoys: All species: April 1 through January 31 season for Walleye and Smallmouth bass. Year-round season for Other Game Fish, Salmon, and Carp. Unlawful to fish for or retain Kokanee, all other Trout, and Sturgeon.Closed waters February 1 through March 31. Smallmouth bass: Daily limit ten fish, no more than one over 14 inches may be retained. Walleye: Daily limit 8 fish, no size limit. Salmon other than kokanee: Landlocked salmon rules apply. Sturgeon: Unlawful to fish for or retain sturgeon. Carp: Unlawful to fish with bow and arrow. Sturgeon: Unlawful to fish for or retain. From approximately 5 miles upstream from the outlet of French Johns Lake, as marked by regulatory buoys to any and all waters that occur north of the regulatory buoy line at or above 1310 feet mean sea level elevation: Managed under regulatory authority of the Colville Confederated Tribe of Indians. Kettle River (Stevens County): Selective gear rules are not required from Canadian border upstream to Highway 21 Bridge at Curlew for juvenile anglers (under 15 years old). The Saturday before Memorial Day through October 31 season. All species: Selective gear rules. Selective gear rules are not required from Canadian border upstream to Highway 21 Bridge at Curlew. Unlawful to fish from a floating device equipped with an internal combustion motor. Trout: Minimum length 12 inches. Sturgeon: Unlawful to fish for or retain sturgeon. Additional season: November 1 through May 31. Whitefish gear rules apply. Selective gear rules are not required from Canadian border upstream to Highway 21 Bridge at Curlew. Spokane River (Spokane County): From SR 25 Bridge upstream to 400 feet below Little Falls Dam: Year-round season, April 1 through May 31 release all walleye.except walleye: Trout: Daily limit five, no minimum size, no more than two over 20 inches in length. Kokanee: Daily limit six, no minimum size, no more than two with intact adipose fins may be retained. Walleye: Daily limit 8, no minimum size, no more than one over 22 inches in length. Salmon: Year-round. Landlocked salmon rules apply. Sturgeon: Unlawful to fish for or retain sturgeon. Two pole fishing allowed. From Little Falls Dam to the upstream boundary of the Plese Flats Day Use Area (Riverside State Park), except Long Lake, formed by Long Lake Dam (see also Long Lake): Year-round season except walleye. Trout: Daily limit five, no more than two over twenty inches in length may be retained. Walleye: Daily limit eight, no minimum length, no more than one over twenty-two inches in length. April 1 through May 31 release all walleye. Salmon: Landlocked salmon rules apply. Sturgeon: Unlawful to fish for or retain sturgeon. From the upstream boundary at Plese Flats Day Use Area (Riverside State Park) upstream to the Monroe Street Dam: June 1 through March 15 season. Selective gear rules. Unlawful to fish from a floating device equipped with an internal combustion motor. Trout: Daily limit one. Release wild trout (adipose fin intact). Salmon: Landlocked salmon rules apply. Sturgeon: Unlawful to fish for or retain sturgeon. From Monroe Street Dam upstream to Upriver Dam: Year-round season. Salmon: Landlocked salmon rules apply. From Upriver Dam upstream to the Idaho/Washington state line: The first Saturday in June through March 15 season. Selective gear rules. All species: Release all fish.
Why the change is needed:
The listed changes were adopted by the Commission during the 2012-13 sport rules process but did not make it into the rule language. Consequently they have been covered through Emergency Regulations. These fall within "technical" changes to the rules.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
John Whalen, Jeff Korth, Craig Burley, John Long
Describe their support and/or concerns:
They agree these changes are needed.
Submitted by: ASHBROOK, CHARMANE  — ,

Date submitted: 06/12/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Recommended for Public Comment     Reference ID: DFW162659

Rule Change Recommendation Short Title
Washington Administrative Code (WAC) language, maintenance, and technical changes

Rules Category
Statewide

Type of Rule Change Proposal
Conservation

County or Location Information

Short Description
Corrects Washington Administrative Code language to reflect rule adoptions made by the Commission (technical changes). Formats the language in a clear structure and corrects mistakes in spelling etc.

Explanation
This proposal corrects errors in WAC language and is a technical fix to address these errors. For example, some of the rules adopted by the Commission during the 2012-13 Sport Rules process were not written into WAC language correctly (e.g. Kettle River, San Poil River). This change is needed so that the WAC language matches the Commission's intent.

Americans with Disabilities Act related technical fixes.

Water Rule Change
Bear Lake (Spokane Co) Juvenile anglers, licensed adults accompanied by a juvenile, anglers with a disability who have a designated harvester companion card only.
Columbia Basin Hatchery Creek (Grant Co) Juvenile anglers, anglers with a disability who have a designated harvester companion card only.
Columbia Park Pond (Benton Co) Juvenile anglers, anglers with a disability who have a designated harvester companion card only.
Cowlitz River (Cowlitz/Lewis Co) From mouth to Mayfield Dam: Closed waters within a 100 foot radius of the new Cowlitz Trout Hatchery outfall structure except for persons with disabilities who permanently use a wheelchair AND who have a designated harvester companion card may fish within posted markers when adjacent waters are open. 
Dayton Pond (Columbia Co) Juvenile anglers, anglers with a disability who have a designated harvester companion card only.
Fork Creek (Grays Harbor Co), Fork Creek Hatchery CLOSED WATERS – Except for persons with disabilities who permanently use a wheelchair AND who have a designated harvester companion card.
Goose Creek (Lincoln Co) Juvenile anglers, anglers with a disability who have a designated harvester companion card only.
Headgate Pond (Asotin Co) Juvenile anglers, seniors, anglers with a disability who have a designated harvester companion card only.
Hoodsport Hatchery  Persons with disabilities who permanently use a wheelchair AND who have a designated harvester companion card may fish from the ADA accessible site at the Hoodsport Salmon Hatchery, provided such persons follow all applicable rules and regulations of the adjoining waters of Marine Area 12.
Kiwanis Pond (Kittitas Co) Juvenile anglers, anglers with a disability who have a designated harvester companion card only.
Ping Pond (Grant Co) Juvenile anglers, anglers with a disability who have a designated harvester companion card only.
Sarge Hubbard Park Pond (Yakima Co) Juvenile anglers, anglers with a disability who have a designated harvester companion card only.
Satsop River and East Fork (Grays Harbor Co), Bingham Hatchery CLOSED WATERS – Except for persons with disabilities who permanently use a wheelchair AND who have a designated harvester companion card.
Vance Creek Pond #1 (Grays Harbor Co) Juvenile anglers, seniors, anglers with a disability who have a designated harvester companion card only.

Miscellaneous technical fixes

Water Rule Change
Aldrich Lake (Mason Co)  Remove "no size restriction for kokanee" 
Black Lake (Thurston Co)  Remove "no size restriction for kokanee" 
Buck Lake (Kitsap Co)  Remove "no size restriction for kokanee" 
Carney Lake (Pierce Co)  Remove "no size restriction for kokanee" 
Chaplain Lake (Snohomish Co)  List as "Closed waters" 
Coal Creek (Clallam Co)  Change the season ending date from October 15 to October 31. 
Cougar Lake (near Winthrop) (Okanogan Co)  Selective rear rules and internal combustion motors prohibited were inadvertently left out of the WAC and pamphlet last year and need to be added to the following: All Game Fish Apr 1 - Aug 31, catch and release. 
Jolanda, Lake (Chelan Co)  List this as its own entry in the WAC in addition to under the Wenatchee River entry; currently it is listed only under the Wenatchee River entry.  This is basically a wide spot in the river.
Kettle River (Stevens Co) Add the following: Selective gear rules are not required from Canadian border upstream to Highway 21 Bridge at Curlew for juvenile anglers (under 15 years old). 
Rat Lake (Okanogan Co)  Provide an additional All Game Fish season, From December 1 through March 31, with statewide minimum size and daily limit rules. 
Rufus Woods Lake (Douglas Co)  List as “Closed waters from Grand Coulee Dam downstream to State Route 155 Bridge.”
Samish River (Whatcom Co) Change the county to Skagit
San Poil River (Ferry Co) Add the following language as listed by section: From the western shoreline at the mouth of the San Poil Arm (as marked by a regulatory buoy) directly eastward across the San Poil Arm to the eastern shoreline of the San Poil Arm (as marked by a regulatory buoy) upstream to the north shore of the outlet of French Johns Lake (Manila Creek) northeast across the San Poil Arm to the north shore of the outlet of Dick Creek: April 1 through January 31 season for Kokanee, Trout, Walleye, and Smallmouth Bass. From the north shore of the outlet of French Johns Lake (Manila Creek) northeast across the San Poil Arm to the north shore of the outlet of Dick Creek upstream to approximately five miles upstream from the outlet of French Johns Lake, as marked by regulatory buoys: Year-round season for Other Game Fish, Salmon, and Carp.
Silver Creek (Lewis Co) Change the trout minimum length from 12” to 14” 
Spokane River (Spokane Co) Add the following language to this section: From SR 25 Bridge upstream to 400 feet below Little Falls Dam: April 1 through May 31 release all walleye. 
Washougal River (Clark Co)  Revise the rule to state, “Anti-snagging rule and stationary gear restriction July 1 through Oct 31 from mouth to Mount Norway Bridge and from September 1 through Oct 31 from Mount Norway Bridge upstream.” --Previously the entire section was anti-snagging rule and stationary gear from July 1 through October 31st and now this rule is time-stepped. 
Williams Lake (Lewis Co) Change the spelling to Willame.
Wind River (Skamania Co) Change to "closed waters" from 400 feet below to 100 feet above Shipherd Falls fish ladder, including all tributaries for the entire season. In addition, "closed waters" from the Moore Bridge on the Wind River Highway, approximately one mile north of the Carson National Fish Hatchery upstream including all tributaries.

Original Rule Proposal Number(s)
DFW162659
DFW125523
DFW395639
DFW871090
DFW174385

Online Public Comments

Online public comments submitted for this proposal can be found here.