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Rule Change Recommendation Short Title
# 31. Lake Scanewa year-round fishing

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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

Final Rule Actions

Staff Recommendation
Adopt as proposed.

Commission Action
Adopted as proposed.

Rule Modifications
No


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There were no comments.

Online Public Comments  (10 comments)

CARVER SR., RUSSELL L  November 29, 2012
LAKETAPPS, WA  
Comments:
Please pass rule change #31
EMOND, HANK C  December 13, 2012
UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA  
Comments:
I have been fishing Scanewa since it opened. The lake should be open year round. The salmon release in June is too late. The water gets too warm and the fish are not dropped. The fish season is too short and should be opened earlier too allow for the salmon to be dropped in colder water. I know at least 25-30 fisherman that are regulars and Scanewa is worth keeping and expanding. It seems that our weather is getting warmer and June is too late for a successful salmon season on this lake. Please consider either opening year round or at least a very expanded season. Thankyou for your time and interest. Hank Emond
MCKIMMY, TOM M  December 13, 2012
TACOMA, WA  
Comments:
WOW!! Great idea to open Lake Scanewa year round. I would enjoy the chance to fish this lake in the springtime.
DODD, JOEL D  December 16, 2012
PUYALLUP, WA  
Comments:
I support this proposal.
CROCCO, ANTHONY L  December 16, 2012
TACOMA, WA  
Comments:
I think it is fair to make the rules the same for all the Upper Cowlitz basin. I feel this is an appropriate rule change because the high temperatures of the water in Scanewa Lake can prohibt releasing fish in late May and June. I appreciate your consideration of this rule change.
FERRUCCI, VITT   December 17, 2012
PUYALLUP, WA  
Comments:
Help the fishery before water gets to warm and would be consistent w/ the rest of upper Cowlitz basin. Thank You
SHARP, RANDALL R  December 17, 2012
RANDLE, WA  
Comments:
Spring Chinook fishing has been limited to a very short period at Scanewa Lake with it's closer from the end of Feb. to June 1, while both the upper Cowlitz and Cispus Rivers remain open.The present rules are not consistant for the upper watersheds! As it is, these fish are very difficult to catch and very few are being retained. As the attempt to bring more Spring Chinook above the dams, it makes sense to expand the hatchery fisheries and make the rules consistant for the entire upper watersheds above the Cowlitz Falls Dam in Eastern Lewis County. Thank You For Listening, Randall Sharp
SHARP, RANDALL R  December 17, 2012
RANDLE, WA  
Comments:
Here is my Public Comment with the spelling,etc. cleared up. I was not happy with my first one. Thanks Spring Chinook fishing has been limited to a very short period at Scanewa Lake with its closure from the end of Feb. to June 1, while both the upper Cowlitz and Cispus Rivers remain open. The present rules are not consistent for the upper watersheds! As it is, these fish are very difficult to catch and very few are being retained. As the attempt to bring more Spring Chinook above the dams, it makes sense to expand the hatchery fisheries and make the rules consistent for the entire upper watersheds above the Cowlitz Falls Dam in Eastern Lewis County. Thank You for Listening, Randall Sharp
STEFFENS, ADAM G  January 29, 2013
TACOMA, WA  
Comments:
I concur with turning this body of water into a year-round fishery. Most years, spring chinook are placed into the lake starting in late March. Having a year-round season would ensure that these fish would be encountered in their prime physical condition. TPU should consider doing away with stocking trout in the kids' swimming area. This
STEFFENS, ADAM G  January 29, 2013
TACOMA, WA  
Comments:
I concur with turning this body of water into a year-round fishery. Most years, spring chinook are placed into the lake starting in late March. Having a year-round season would ensure that these fish would be encountered in their prime physical condition. TPU should consider doing away with stocking trout in the kids' swimming area. This action attracts a lot of law-breaking behaviour, and causes unsanitary conditions.