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Reference ID: DFW693993

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW693993
Recreational Opportunities      Submission Type: WDFW Staff
Rules Category:
Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Steelhead
 • Other

Other Description
Spring chinook
Rule to Change:
SCANEWA LAKE (Lewis Co.) NO (Cowlitz Falls Reservoir) (559) Col. R. Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement (p. 16) 1) The upstream boundary of the reservoir in the Cowlitz arm is the posted Lewis County PUD sign on Peters Rd. 2) The upstream boundary of the reservoir in the Cispus arm is the posted markers at the Lewis Co. PUD kayak launch, approximately 1.5 miles upstream from the confluence of the Cowlitz and Cispus arms. TROUT June 1-Aug. 31 Min. size 8". Daily limit 5. Release CUTTHROAT. Release RAINBOW TROUT except those having a clipped adipose fin and a healed scar at the location of the clipped fin. TROUT Sept. 1-Last day in Feb. Min. size 8". Daily limit 10. 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 June 1-Last day in Feb. Statewide min. size/daily limit. SALMON June 1-July 31 Min. size 8". Daily limit 6. Up to 2 adults may be retained. Release wild CHINOOK and wild COHO. SALMON Aug. 1-Dec. 31 Min. size 8". Daily limit 6. Up to 2 adult CHINOOK may be retained. Release wild COHO and wild CHINOOK. SALMON Jan. 1-Last day in Feb. Min. size 8". Daily limit 6. Up to 2 adults may be retained.
New Rule Proposal:
Salmon and Steelhead-Add March 1-May 31
Why the change is needed:
This rule change would add additional opportunity for hatchery salmon (spring chinook) and steelhead and would match the adjacent regulations in the upper Cowlitz River and Cispus River. Lake Scanewa would continue to remain closed for trout retention during March-May thereby protecting salmon and steelhead smolts. Catchable trout are planted after June 1.
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:
Very supportive of rule change
Submitted by: DAMMERS, WOLF  — ,

Date submitted: 06/15/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Recommended for Public Comment     Reference ID: DFW693993

Rule Change Recommendation Short Title
Lake Scanewa year-round fishing

Rules Category
Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater

Type of Rule Change Proposal
Recreational

County or Location Information
Lewis County

Short Description
Provide year-round fishing.

Explanation
Extend the current salmon fishery by opening the lake to salmon fishing from March through May; creating a year-round salmon fishery. Due to the type of terminal fishing gear used for salmon there is no significant negative impact on salmonid smolts. This rule change is supported by abundant hatchery origin spring Chinook salmon that are released in Lake Scanewa in the spring. Also, this rule change matches the current fishing rules in the adjacent waters of the upper Cowlitz and Cispus rivers.

Original Rule Proposal Number(s)
DFW693993

Online Public Comments

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