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Reference ID: DFW019843

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW019843
Recreational Opportunities      Submission Type: Public
Rules Category:
Puget Sound Region Marine
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Kokanee
Rule to Change:
Five fish limit on merwin reservoir.
New Rule Proposal:
Increase the five fish limit to seven or more on merwin reservoir.
Why the change is needed:
THOUSANDS of kokanee come back to speelyai creek, spawn and die at the hachery. The hatchery only needs 150 pair to make its brood stock goal. The banks of speelyai bay are litered with carcases after the adults spawn in the creek. With all the other creeks that produce natural spawning like canyan creek and rock creek to name a few. This limit could easily be raised ! More fish in a limit will stimulate more license sales ! Even if it is only a little more revenue it all counts right ?? Thank you
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
Wide range of fisherman are in support !
Describe their support and/or concerns:
No input given
Submitted by: MILLER, JESSE R — KELSO, WA

Date submitted: 05/03/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Recommended for Public Comment     Reference ID: DFW019843

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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