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Reference ID: DFW224987

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW224987
Recreational Opportunities      Submission Type: WDFW Staff
Rules Category:
Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Trout
Rule to Change:
New Rule Proposal:
Rainey Creek (Lewis Co.) First Sat. in June through October 31. Open from mouth to Hwy. 12 Trout Minimum size 8". Daily limit 5. Release cutthroat. Release rainbow trout except those having a clipped adipose fin and a healed scar at the location of the clipped fin.
Why the change is needed:
Tacoma Power is currently planting adipose fin clipped rainbow trout in the Tilton River and Skate Creek (FERC Mitigation). Beginning in 2013 they will no longer be able to stock these very popular waters because of the prohibition in our Statewide Steelhead Management Plan of planting catchable trout in anadromous waters. Stocking rainbow trout in Rainey Creek will serve as a partial replacement for lost opportunity in the Tilton R. and Skate Cr.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
Pat Frazier-Region 5 Fish Program Manager John Serl-Upper Cowlitz River Anadromous Fish Rintroduction Biologist
Describe their support and/or concerns:
Very supportive of proposal
Submitted by: DAMMERS, WOLF  — ,

Date submitted: 06/15/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Recommended for Public Comment     Reference ID: DFW224987

Rule Change Recommendation Short Title
Create new Rainey Creek rainbow trout fishery

Rules Category
Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater

Type of Rule Change Proposal

County or Location Information
Lewis County

Short Description
Provide an adipose fin clipped rainbow trout harvest season in this tributary at the upper end of Riffe Lake.

In 2013, Tacoma Power will begin stocking rainbow trout in Rainey Creek as a partial replacement for lost opportunity in the Tilton River and Skate Creek. The Tilton River and Skate Creek will no longer be stocked because of the Statewide Steelhead Management Plan to remove hatchery trout plants from wild steelhead waters.

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