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Rule Change Recommendation Short Title
# 34. Increase angling opportunity on Blue Creek (Cowlitz River)

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Rules Category
Eastern Washington and Columbia Region Freshwater

Type of Rule Change Proposal
Recreational

County or Location Information
Cowlitz County, Blue Creek tributary to Cowlitz River

Short Description
Open the fishery to all anglers and remove requirement that only anglers who permanently use a wheelchair may fish for the following section: from the posted sign at fence (about 40 feet downstream from rearing pond outlet) to the posted sign above the rearing pond outlet.

Explanation
This area no longer meets the American's with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards. A new ADA Access has been constructed nearby on the Cowlitz River to take its place. Open fishery dates have been changed to provide additional opportunity to harvest straying hatchery steelhead, thereby keeping them off the spawning ground and negatively impacting wild winter steelhead in the lower Cowlitz River. Retention of only hatchery steelhead is clarified.

Original Rule Proposal Number(s)
DFW131996
DFW525607

Final Rule Actions

Staff Recommendation
Adopt as proposed.

Commission Action
Adopted as proposed.

Rule Modifications
No


Public Testimony

There were no comments.

Online Public Comments  (6 comments)

MELCHIOR, THOMAS   September 21, 2012
DES MOINES, WA  
Comments:
Totally agree with this recommendation
TACHELL, JONATHAN T  October 08, 2012
GIG HARBOR, WA  
Comments:
I am in favor of opening this area on the cowlitz river to angling for the general public.
CARVER SR., RUSSELL L  November 29, 2012
LAKETAPPS, WA  
Comments:
Please reject proposal #34 there is plenty of room on this river.Give the handicapped a break !!
PETERS, JIMMIE   January 08, 2013
TACOMA, WA  
Comments:
Should be increased
WISNER, LEEROY   January 28, 2013
CHEHALIS, WA  
Comments:
Yes
FRIEND, STEPHEN   January 28, 2013
SHORELINE, WA  
Comments:
Agree with this proposal.