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Reference ID: DFW386298

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW386298
Critical Conservation Need      Submission Type: WDFW Staff
Rules Category:
Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Steelhead
 • Trout
Rule to Change:
New Rule Proposal:
Oak Creek (Yakima Co.) and tributaries: All Game Fish; First Sat. in June - Oct. 31; Statewide min. size/daily limit. Selective gear rules.
Why the change is needed:
Oak Cr. has recently been documented as an important steelhead spawning and rearing area contributing to the Naches Basin population recovery in the Yakima Major Population Group of the Mid-Columbia DPS. Protecting juvenile steelhead (and westslope cutthroat trout) from mortality associated with bait fishing is a needed conservation action.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
Eric Anderson, Dist. 8 Fish Biologist
Describe their support and/or concerns:
Eric supports applying SGR to the Oak Creek drainage to provide additional protection for this important steelhead spawning tributary.
Submitted by: EASTERBROOKS, JOHN A — ,

Date submitted: 06/12/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Recommended for Public Comment     Reference ID: DFW386298

Rule Change Recommendation Short Title
Change to Selective Gear Rules on multiple streams in Region 3 to protect ESA listed steelhead and bull trout and westslope cutthroat trout

Rules Category
Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater

Type of Rule Change Proposal

County or Location Information

Short Description
Extends selective gear rules protection (no bait, single barbless hooks) for salmonids in Manastash Creek, Little Naches River, Nile Creek, Oak Creek, Rattlesnake Creek, Taneum Creek, Teanaway River, Swauk Creek, North Fork Tieton River, and their tributaries.

Recent improvements in passage conditions, fish screening and habitat flow enhancements in Manastash and Taneum creeks are allowing for increased numbers of adult steelhead to enter the drainage to spawn. The other listed systems have recently emerged as important steelhead spawning and rearing areas, contributing to the Mid-Columbia Distinct Population Segment for population recovery. It is important to protect the spawning/rearing areas of this ESA listed threatened species in the Yakima Basin. Protecting juvenile steelhead (and Westslope cutthroat trout) from mortality associated with bait fishing is a needed conservation action. Bull trout spawning in Monument Creek is comprised of both fluvial and resident fish, and this is an important spawning area for federally threatened bull trout.

Original Rule Proposal Number(s)

Online Public Comments

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