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Reference ID: DFW611792

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW611792
Critical Conservation Need      Submission Type: WDFW Staff
Rules Category:
Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Steelhead
Rule to Change:
VANCOUVER LAKE (Clark Co.) and all other waters west of Burlington- Northern railroad from Columbia River drawbridge near Vancouver downstream to Lewis River NO CLOSED WATERS - Apr. 1-May 30: Vancouver Lake flushing channel and the lake shoreline 400' east and west from the channel exit. TROUT Year-round Min. size 12". Daily limit 2. Chumming permitted. Other Game Fish Year-round Statewide min. size/daily limit. Chumming permitted. STURGEON Year-round Seasons, days of the week, size limits, and daily limits are the same as in adjacent waters of the mainstem Columbia River.
New Rule Proposal:
VANCOUVER LAKE (Clark Co.) and all other waters west of Burlington- Northern railroad from Columbia River drawbridge near Vancouver downstream to Lewis River NO CLOSED WATERS - Apr. 1-May 31: Vancouver Lake flushing channel and the lake shoreline 400' east and west from the channel exit. TROUT Year-round Min. size 12". Daily limit 2. Chumming permitted. Other Game Fish Year-round Statewide min. size/daily limit. Chumming permitted. STURGEON Year-round Seasons, days of the week, size limits, and daily limits are the same as in adjacent waters of the mainstem Columbia River.
Why the change is needed:
The closure in place is to protect migrating salmon and steelhead smolts. The closure should go until the end of the month, not the 30th.
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: DFW611792

Rule Change Recommendation Short Title
Change closure date on Vancouver Lake Flushing Channel

Rules Category
Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater

Type of Rule Change Proposal
Conservation

County or Location Information
Clark County

Short Description
Increase smolt protection by extending the closed waters rule in the Vancouver Lake flushing channel.

Explanation
The closure protects outmigrating smolts. To be clearer the closure date would change from May 30 to May 31.

Original Rule Proposal Number(s)
DFW611792

Online Public Comments

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