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2013 Recreational Fishing Rules Concise Explanatory Statement
Fish & Wildlife Commission
Meeting Feb. 8-9, 2013

2013 – 2014 Sportfishing Rule Proposals – Briefing and Public Hearing. Audio available.

Sportfishing Rule Changes for 2013-2014

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Reference ID: DFW590957

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW590957
Critical Conservation Need      Submission Type: WDFW Staff
Rules Category:
Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Trout
Rule to Change:
SKATE CREEK (Lewis Co.) (tributary to Cowlitz River) TROUT First Sat. in June-Oct. 31 Min. size 8". Daily limit 5. Only 1 over 12" may be retained. Release CUTTHROAT. Release RAINBOW TROUT except those having a clipped adipose fin and a healed scar at the location of the clipped fin. Other Game Fish First Sat. in June-Oct. 31 Statewide min. size/daily limit.
New Rule Proposal:
Change Trout Rule to: TROUT First Sat. in June-Oct. 31 Min. size 8". Daily limit 2. Release cutthroat.
Why the change is needed:
Tacoma Power is currently stocking Skate Cr. with adipose fin clipped rainbow trout. Beginning in 2013 they will no longer stock trout because of the prohibition against planting trout in anadromous waters which is a part of the WDFW Statewide Steelhead Management Plan. This proposed rule essentially reverts back to wild trout rules.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
Pat Frazier-Region 5 Fish Program Manager John Serl-Upper Cowlitz River Anadromous Fish Reintroduction Biologist
Describe their support and/or concerns:
Support Proposal
Submitted by: DAMMERS, WOLF  — ,

Date submitted: 06/15/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Recommended for Public Comment     Reference ID: DFW590957

Rule Change Recommendation Short Title
Change trout fishing rules on Skate Creek and Tilton River

Rules Category
Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater

Type of Rule Change Proposal

County or Location Information
Lewis County

Short Description
Change trout rules to daily limit 2, minimum size 8 inches.

Beginning in 2013 adipose fin clipped hatchery trout will no longer be stocked in these waters. Implement statewide rules for resident trout fisheries.

Original Rule Proposal Number(s)

Online Public Comments

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