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Reference ID: DFW016538

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW016538
Recreational Opportunities      Submission Type: WDFW Staff
Rules Category:
Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Not species specific
Rule to Change:
Yakima River (Yakima Co.) from Sunnyside (Parker) Dam to 3,500' below Roza Dam; Unlawful to fish from a floating device equipped with an internal combustion motor.
New Rule Proposal:
Yakima River (Yakima Co.) from the Interstate 82 Bridge at Selah Gap to 3,500' below Roza Dam; Unlawful to fish from a floating device equipped with an internal combustion motor.
Why the change is needed:
The Yakima R. below the Naches R. confluence is a relatively large river and fishermen enjoyed fishing for trout and other gamefish from boats w/internal combustion motors(ICM)until WDFW adopted the Selective Gear Rules(SGR)in this reach(May 1,2009). The SGR at that time included the ban on fishing from boats equipped with an ICM unless explicitly allowed by special rule. No special rule allowing ICMs was adopted for this river section. In 2010, the ICM ban was de-coupled from the SGR, but the ICM ban continues to apply in this reach except during the spring chinook fishery. Use of boats w/ICMs is allowed by e-reg during the salmon fishery downstream of the I-82 Bridge at Selah Gap (just upstream of the Naches R. confluence). This rule change makes the use of ICM boats permanent during the SW gamefish season. Fishing from ICM-equipped boats upstream of the I-82 Bridge will remain unlawful because the river is much smaller and WDFW has orderly fishery and safety concerns.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
Bert Pence, Yakima R. salmon/trout fisherman (509-877-2220) Other local spring chinook salmon fishermen Eric Anderson, Dist. 8 Fish Biologist Jeff Tayer, R3 Regional Director
Describe their support and/or concerns:
These individuals support the use of boats equipped with ICM's in the Yakima River downstream of the confluence of the Naches River (i.e. below the adjacent I-82 bridge). They don't support ICM use upstream to Roza Dam.
Submitted by: EASTERBROOKS, JOHN A — ,

Date submitted: 06/07/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Recommended for Public Comment     Reference ID: DFW016538

Rule Change Recommendation Short Title
Prohibit the use of internal combustion motors on two reaches of the Yakima River

Rules Category
Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater

Type of Rule Change Proposal
Recreational

County or Location Information
Yakima County

Short Description
Prohibit the use of internal combustion motors on 2 reaches of the Yakima River. Reach 1 - from the Interstate 82 Bridge at Selah Gap to 3,500' below Roza Dam. Reach 2-from 3,500' below Roza Dam to Roza Dam.

Explanation
Reach 1-The Yakima River below the Naches River confluence is a relatively large river and fishermen enjoyed fishing for trout and other gamefish from boats with internal combustion motors(ICM)until DFW adopted selective gear rules (SGR)in this reach (May 1,2009). The SGR at that time included the ban on fishing from boats equipped with an ICM unless explicitly allowed by special rule. No special rule allowing ICMs was adopted for this river section. In 2010, the ICM ban was de-coupled from the SGR, but the ICM ban continues to apply in this reach except during the spring chinook fishery. Use of boats with ICMs is allowed by e-reg during the salmon fishery downstream of the I-82 Bridge at Selah Gap (just upstream of the Naches R. confluence). This rule change makes the use of ICM boats permanent during the gamefish season. Fishing from ICM-equipped boats upstream of the I-82 Bridge will remain unlawful because the river is much smaller and WDFW has orderly fishery and safety concerns. Reach 2-Fishing from boats equipped with internal combustion motors (ICM) is unlawful in the river section immediately downstream. Due to an oversight, this short section was omitted from the ICM ban. Management's intent is for the ICM ban to apply up to Roza Dam. During the spring chinook salmon season, we currently prohibit fishing from boats w/ ICMs in this section by e-reg. This change makes the ban permanent and includes the three-month winter whitefish season (Dec.-Feb.).

Original Rule Proposal Number(s)
DFW392019
DFW016538

Online Public Comments

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