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Reference ID: DFW471833

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW471833
Recreational Opportunities      Submission Type: WDFW Staff
Rules Category:
Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Steelhead
Rule to Change:
Green River (Cowlitz Co.) From mouth to Miner's Creek. All Game Fish. First Saturday in June-November 30.
New Rule Proposal:
Green River (Cowlitz Co.) From mouth to Miner's Creek. All Game Fish. Last Saturday in May to the first Friday in June. Hatchery steelhead. Selective gear rules. (Add this language)
Why the change is needed:
This rule change is needed to increase the harvest opportunity on hatchery summer steelhead. This rule change will increase the harvest rate on hatchery summer steelhead thereby reducing the potential spawning and ecological interaction between hatchery summer steelhead and wild winter steelhead. Region 5 has used the EREG process for a number of years to accomplish this rule change and we now want to make this a permanent rule. (Adds about one week of opportunity)
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
This rule change was proposed by the Steelhead Management Work Group (public) which has been meeting with Region 5 staff to develop watershed specific Steelhead Management Plans.
Describe their support and/or concerns:
Group is very much in favor of this proposal.
Submitted by: DAMMERS, WOLF  — ,

Date submitted: 06/13/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Recommended for Public Comment     Reference ID: DFW471833

Rule Change Recommendation Short Title
Increase hatchery summer steelhead harvest opportunity on the Green and Toutle rivers

Rules Category
Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater

Type of Rule Change Proposal
Recreational

County or Location Information
Cowlitz County

Short Description
Increase the harvest opportunity on hatchery summer steelhead. Open from mouth to 400 feet below the Toutle Hatchery water intake. All Game Fish: Last Saturday in May to the first Friday in June under selective gear rules.

Explanation
Reduces the potential spawning and ecological interaction between hatchery summer steelhead and wild winter steelhead. This rule has been implemented for many years via emergency regulation.

Original Rule Proposal Number(s)
DFW471833
DFW311895

Online Public Comments

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