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Reference ID: DFW226018

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW226018
Critical Conservation Need      Submission Type: WDFW Staff
Rules Category:
Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Trout
Rule to Change:
Gold Creek, Gold Creek Pond, and Outlet Channel (Kittitas Co.) (tributary to Keechelus Lake): Closed Waters
New Rule Proposal:
Gold Creek, Gold Creek Pond, and Outlet Channel (Kittitas Co.) (tributary to Keechelus Lake), including that portion of creek that flows through the dry lakebed: Closed Waters
Why the change is needed:
Gold Creek is closed to all fishing year-round to protect a threatened adfluvial population of ESA-listed bull trout that migrate between Keechelus Lake and Gold Creek to spawn. As this USBR reservoir is drained, lower Gold Creek is exposed across the lakebed. There have been documented problems with anglers fishing in the creek within the reservoir boundary and claiming they are fishing in Keechelus Lake, which is open to fishing year-round. Staging/migrating adult bull trout can be targeted by unethical or uninformed anglers who think it is legal to fish in Gold Cr. within the reservoir boundary. This change has already been made for the same reason at Box Canyon Creek (Kachess Lake), and Indian Creek and N.F. Tieton River (Rimrock Lake).
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
Eric Anderson, Dist. 8 Fish Biologist R3 Enforcement staff
Describe their support and/or concerns:
Eric and Enforcement staff support this change that eliminates the ambiguity about the legality of fishing in lower Gold Creek within the Keechelus Reservoir boundary as the lake is drawn down by irrigation releases.
Submitted by: EASTERBROOKS, JOHN A — ,

Date submitted: 06/08/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Recommended for Public Comment     Reference ID: DFW226018

Rule Change Recommendation Short Title
Close to fishing year-round Gold Crk., Gold Crk. Pond and Outlet Channel (Kittitas Co.)

Rules Category
Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater

Type of Rule Change Proposal
Conservation

County or Location Information
Kittitas County

Short Description
Close the following: Gold Creek, Gold Creek Pond, and Outlet Channel (tributary to Keechelus Lake), including that portion of Gold Creek that flows through the dry lakebed.

Explanation
Extends closed waters into lake bed to protect a threatened adfluvial population of ESA listed bull trout that migrate between Keechelus Lake and Gold Creek to spawn. There have been documented problems with anglers fishing in the creek within the reservoir boundary and claiming they are fishing in Keechelus Lake, which is open to fishing year-round. Staging/migrating adult bull trout can be targeted by unethical or uninformed anglers who think it is legal to fish in Gold Creek within the reservoir boundary. This change has already been made for the same reason at Box Canyon Creek (Kachess Lake), and Indian Creek and N.F. Tieton River (Rimrock Lake).

Original Rule Proposal Number(s)
DFW226018

Online Public Comments

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