Rule to Change: Elk Lake Clallam Co. TROUT ... Min. size 14". Daily limit 2. (Selective gear rules. - added, though not showing in pamphlet.)
New Rule Proposal: Elk Lake Clallam Co. TROUT ... Min. size 14". Daily limit 2. (Selective gear rules in force though not showing in pamphlet.) Release KOKANEE.
Why the change is needed: Adding "Release KOKANEE" to Elk Lake brings this water into uniformity with the other tributary waters of Ozette Lake, where the sockeye salmon population is listed, and the kokanee population is receiving added protection because of its presumed or potential association with the sockeye population. In the regulation pamphlet see the following tributaries to Ozette Lake: Coal, Palmquist, Big River and tribs, Crooked, Quinn, Elk, Siwash, and South creeks. All have selective gear rules and release Kokanee.
A parallel rule change is needed and has been submitted for Umbrella Creek and tributaries, Clallam Co., the tributary through which Elk Lake drains to Ozette Lake.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change: Kirt Hughes
Describe their support and/or concerns:
Agrees with proposed changes.
Submitted by: GROSS, MIKE L — ,
Date submitted: 06/12/2012
WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation
Recommended for Public Comment Reference ID: DFW727070
Rule Change Recommendation Short Title Require release of kokanee in Elk Lake and Umbrella Creek
Rules Category Coastal Region Freshwater
Type of Rule Change Proposal Conservation
County or Location Information Clallam County
Short Description Require the release of kokanee in Elk Lake and Umbrella Creek and all tributaries to protect Lake Ozette sockeye.
Explanation Provide additional protection for Ozette Lake Sockeye that are federally listed under the Endangered Species Act. This rule brings these waters into uniformity with the other tributary waters to Ozette Lake.