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Reference ID: DFW297175

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW297175
Recreational Opportunities      Submission Type: WDFW Staff
Rules Category:
Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Trout
Rule to Change:
SWIFT RESERVOIR (Skamania Co.) from dam to markers approximately ⅜ mile below Eagle Cliff Bridge NO TWO POLE All Game Fish 4th Sat. in Apr.-Nov. 30 Statewide min. size/daily limit. from markers approximately ⅜ mile below Eagle Cliff Bridge to bridge All Game Fish 4th Sat. in Apr.-Nov. 30 Statewide min. size/daily limit. Selective gear rules. NO TWO POLE
New Rule Proposal:
SWIFT RESERVOIR (Skamania Co.) from dam to markers approximately ⅜ mile below Eagle Cliff Bridge NO TWO POLE All Game Fish First Sat. in June -Nov. 30 Statewide min. size/daily limit. SALMON -Landlocked rules apply, max size 15". September 1 - Nov. 30, trout limit 10. from markers approximately ⅜ mile below Eagle Cliff Bridge to bridge NO TWO POLE All Game Fish First Sat. in June -Nov. 30 Statewide min. size/daily limit. Selective gear rules.
Why the change is needed:
Salmon and steelhead are being reinterduced into the waters above Swift Reservoir. A smolt collector is being installed to capture migrating juvenile fish and they will be moved out of the reservoir each spring starting in 2013. The reservoir is home to a very popular sport fishery for trout and landlocked salmon. The later opener is to protect migrating smolts, and the max size for land locked salmon is to protect adult salmon which may be in the reservoir. Trout limit is increased in September to increase angler participation and make up for later opener.
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: DFW297175

Rule Change Recommendation Short Title
Change opening date on Swift Reservoir

Rules Category
Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater

Type of Rule Change Proposal
Conservation

County or Location Information
Skamania County

Short Description
Delay the opening to the first Saturday in June, add landlocked salmon rules with a maximum size of 15 inches, and increase the trout daily limit to 10 fish in September for the area from the dam to markers to 3/8 mile below Eagle Cliff Bridge.

Explanation
Salmon and steelhead are being reintroduced into the waters above Swift Reservoir and a smolt collector is being installed to capture migrating juvenile fish so that they can be moved out of the reservoir each spring starting in 2013. The reservoir is home to a very popular sport fishery for trout and landlocked salmon. The later opener is to protect migrating smolts, and the maximum size for land locked salmon is to protect adult salmon which may be in the reservoir. The trout limit is increased in September to increase angler participation and make up for the later opener.

Original Rule Proposal Number(s)
DFW297175

Online Public Comments

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