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Reference ID: DFW825152

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW825152
Recreational Opportunities      Submission Type: WDFW Staff
Rules Category:
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Kokanee
Rule to Change:
Merwin Lake Landlock Sockeye(Kokanee)Salmon Daily Limit 5.
New Rule Proposal:
Increase the daily limit from 5 Kokanee on Lake Merwin to 7.
Why the change is needed:
Our current Broodstock goal is to release 93K Kokanee into Lake Merwin. We currently collect 150 pair (i.e 150 females and 150 males) to achieve this goal. The current return to Speelyai Creek each fall number in the thousands. I believe that increasing the daily catch limit to at least 7 would increase interest, which would intern increase license sales. The revenue gained may not be much however any revenue gained helps. I believe if we were to increase the daily catch limit, Speelyai Hatchery will continue to accomplish its broodstock goals without any negative impact. Thank you for considering this rule change! Regards, Bryan Coyle
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
No input given
Describe their support and/or concerns:
No input given
Submitted by: COYLE, BRYAN W — ,

Date submitted: 04/30/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Recommended for Public Comment     Reference ID: DFW825152

Rule Change Recommendation Short Title
Increase daily bag limit for kokanee on Lake Merwin

Rules Category
Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater

Type of Rule Change Proposal

County or Location Information
Clark and Cowlitz counties

Short Description
Increase daily limit to 10 kokanee plus 5 trout.

Adult kokanee returns to Speelyai Hatchery have consistently exceeded escapement needs for broodstock collection for the last several years --escapement need is 160 pairs and several thousand over this have been returning annually.

Original Rule Proposal Number(s)

Online Public Comments

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