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Reference ID: DFW690500

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW690500
Recreational Opportunities      Submission Type: WDFW Staff
Rules Category:
Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Steelhead
Rule to Change:
TOUTLE RIVER, SOUTH FORK (Cowlitz Co.) mouth to 4100 Rd. Bridge (577) Col. R. Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement (p. 16) CLOSED WATERS - all tributaries. ALL SPECIES - Dec. 1-Mar. 31: selective gear rules. Internal combustion motors prohibited. All Game Fish First Sat. in June-Mar. 15 Catch-and-release except up to 2 hatchery STEELHEAD may be retained. from 4100 Rd. Bridge upstream to source (577) Col. R. Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement (p. 16) CLOSED WATERS - all tributaries. All Game Fish First Sat. in June-Nov. 30 Catch-and-release except up to 2 hatchery STEELHEAD may be retained
New Rule Proposal:
TOUTLE RIVER, South Fork (Cowlitz Co.) Mouth to 4700 Rd. Bridge All Game Fish. Last Saturday in May to the first Friday in June. Selective Gear Rules. Catch and release except up to two hatchery steelhead.
Why the change is needed:
This rule change was proposed by the Region 5 Steelhead Management Work Group (Public). The purpose is to provide additional harvest opportunity on hatchery summer steelhead thereby increasing the harvest rate and reducing the number of hatchery summer steelhead that may stray onto the spawning grounds and negatively impact wild winter steelhead. This rule change has been accomplished by ereg for a number of years and we want to make it a permanent rule now.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
Pat Frazier-Region 5 Fish Program Manager Bryce Glaser-Region 5 ESA Unit Biologist Region 5 Steelhead Management Work Group for the Toutle/Green, Coweeman and Kalama River
Describe their support and/or concerns:
Supportive
Submitted by: DAMMERS, WOLF  — ,

Date submitted: 06/15/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Recommended for Public Comment     Reference ID: DFW690500

Rule Change Recommendation Short Title
Increase hatchery summer steelhead harvest opportunity on the South Fork Toutle River

Rules Category
Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater

Type of Rule Change Proposal
Recreational

County or Location Information
Cowlitz County

Short Description
Provide a new season from the mouth to 4700 Road Bridge from the last Saturday in May to the first Friday in June, with selective gear rules and catch and release except up to two hatchery steelhead may be retained.

Explanation
Proposed by the Region 5 Steelhead Management Work Group (Public), this rule provides additional harvest opportunity on hatchery summer steelhead and increases the harvest rate and reduces the number of hatchery summer steelhead that may stray onto the spawning grounds and negatively impact wild winter steelhead. This rule change has been accomplished by emergency regulation for a number of years and it is reasonable to make it permanent.

Original Rule Proposal Number(s)
DFW690500

Online Public Comments

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