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Reference ID: DFW363799

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW363799
Recreational Opportunities      Submission Type: WDFW Staff
Rules Category:
Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Steelhead
Rule to Change:
Kalama River (Cowlitz Co.) from 1000' above fishway at upper salmon hatchery upstream to Summers Creek. All Game fish Year-round. Catch-and-release. from Summers Creek upstream to Kalama Falls
New Rule Proposal:
Add to each area listed above: Except up to two hatchery steelhead may be retained.
Why the change is needed:
Hatchery steelhead are volitionally passing over (lower) Kalama Falls and are reaching upstream spawning areas. To reduce the numbers of hatchery fish that may spawn naturally and negatively impact wild steelhead, increased harvest opportunity is needed.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
This proposed rule change has been discussed with the Steelhead Management Work Group (public) which has been meeting with Region 5 staff to develop watershed specific Steelhead Management Plans.
Describe their support and/or concerns:
The Steelhead Management Work Group supports this proposal.
Submitted by: DAMMERS, WOLF  — ,

Date submitted: 06/13/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Recommended for Public Comment     Reference ID: DFW363799

Rule Change Recommendation Short Title
Increase hatchery steelhead harvest opportunity in the Kalama River

Rules Category
Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater

Type of Rule Change Proposal
Recreational

County or Location Information
Cowlitz County

Short Description
Allow retention of hatchery steelhead from Summers Creek upstream to Kalama Falls.

Explanation
Hatchery (ad-clipped)steelhead are volitionally passed over (lower) Kalama Falls and are reaching upstream spawning areas. This rule will reduce the numbers of hatchery fish that may spawn naturally and negatively impact wild steelhead.

Original Rule Proposal Number(s)
DFW363799

Online Public Comments

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