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Reference ID: DFW271783

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW271783
Critical Conservation Need      Submission Type: WDFW Staff
Rules Category:
Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Steelhead
Rule to Change:
wHITE SALMON RIVER (Klickitat/Skamania Co.) from mouth to Northwestern Lake Rd. Bridge (508) Col. R. Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement (p. 16) CLOSED WATERS - from county road bridge below powerhouse upstream to Northwestern Lake Rd. Bridge. ALL SPECIES - bank fishing only downstream from the Hwy. 14 Bridge. From the mouth to Hwy. 14 Bridge: the daily limit follows the most liberal regulations of the adjacent mainstem Columbia or White Salmon rivers when both areas are open concurrently for SALMON. Aug. 1-Dec. 31: anti-snagging rule. TROUT Aug. 1-Mar. 31 Min. size 14". Daily limit 2. Other Game Fish Aug. 1-Mar. 31 Statewide min. size/daily limit. SALMON & STEELHEAD Apr. 1-July 31 SALMON - min. size 12". Daily limit is a total of 2 SALMON or hatchery STEELHEAD or 1 of each. Release wild CHINOOK. SALMON Aug. 1-Mar. 31 Min. size 12". Daily limit 6. Up to 2 adults may be retained. Release wild CHINOOK (continued on next page) and wild COHO. wHITE SALMON RIVER (cont.) from Northwestern Lake Rd. Bridge to Big Brother Falls (River Mile 16) (508) Col. R. Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement (p. 16) CLOSED WATERS - from Big Brother Falls downstream 400'. ALL SPECIES - selective gear rules. Internal combustion motors prohibited. All Game Fish First Sat. in June-Oct. 31 Catch-and-release except up to 2 hatchery STEELHEAD may be retained.
New Rule Proposal:
wHITE SALMON RIVER (Klickitat/Skamania Co.) from mouth to county road bridge below powerhouse (508) Col. R. Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement (p. 16) ALL SPECIES - bank fishing only downstream from the Hwy. 14 Bridge. From the mouth to Hwy. 14 Bridge: the daily limit follows the most liberal regulations of the adjacent mainstem Columbia or White Salmon rivers when both areas are open concurrently for SALMON. Aug. 1-Dec. 31: anti-snagging rule. TROUT Aug. 1-Mar. 31 Min. size 14". Daily limit 2. Other Game Fish Aug. 1-Mar. 31 Statewide min. size/daily limit. SALMON & STEELHEAD Apr. 1-July 31 SALMON - min. size 12". Daily limit is a total of 2 SALMON or hatchery STEELHEAD or 1 of each. Release wild CHINOOK. SALMON Aug. 1-Mar. 31 Min. size 12". Daily limit 6. Up to 2 adults may be retained. Release wild CHINOOK (continued on next page) and wild COHO. wHITE SALMON RIVER (cont.) from county road bridge below powerhouse to Big Brother Falls (River Mile 16) (508) Col. R. Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement (p. 16) CLOSED WATERS - from Big Brother Falls downstream 400'. ALL SPECIES - selective gear rules. Internal combustion motors prohibited. All Game Fish First Sat. in June-Oct. 31 Catch-and-release except up to 2 hatchery STEELHEAD may be retained.
Why the change is needed:
Condit Dam on the White Salmon River was breached in the fall of 2011. Salmon and steelhead can now access the upper river. There has been a closure to fishing around the dam area due to safety cocerns as the structure is being removed, In 2013 the area will be back open to the public. This new regulation opens that area to sport fishing under selective gear rules allowing the retention of hatchery steelhead. These rules will protect spawning salmon and steelhead as they recolonize this new area.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
Region 5 Fish Program staff
Describe their support and/or concerns:
They support.
Submitted by: WEINHEIMER, JOHN  — ,

Date submitted: 06/14/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Recommended for Public Comment     Reference ID: DFW271783

Rule Change Recommendation Short Title
Open steelhead fishery on White Salmon River

Rules Category
Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater

Type of Rule Change Proposal
Conservation

County or Location Information
Skamania County

Short Description
Open hatchery steelhead angling on the White Salmon River from the county road bridge below the former powerhouse to Northwestern Lake Road Bridge and require selective gear rules.

Explanation
Condit Dam on the White Salmon River was breached in the fall of 2011 and salmonids now access the upper river. There has been a closure to fishing around the dam area due to safety concerns while the structure was being removed, In 2013 the area will be back open to the public. This regulation opens that area to sport fishing under selective gear rules and allows the retention of hatchery steelhead. These rules protect spawning salmonids as they recolonize this new area.

Original Rule Proposal Number(s)
DFW271783

Online Public Comments

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