Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

May 24, 2012

Heart Lake fishing closure for Kids' Fishing event

Action: Closes Heart Lake to fishing by the public.

Effective dates: 12:01 a.m. May 30 through June 2, 2012.

Lake closed until 12: 01 a.m. June 3, except the lake is open for anglers participating in the Kids' Fishing event June 2 from 6 a.m. through 12 p.m.

Juvenile anglers can continue to fish on June 2, 2012, after the youth fishing event closes.

Species affected: All gamefish.

Location: Heart Lake, located within the city limits of Anacortes in Skagit County.

Reasons for action: This rule change is necessary to assure a successful Kids' Fishing event. The fish will be planted in the lake two days prior to the event to better acclimate them. On the day of the event only children 14 years of age or less will be allowed to fish in the lake.

Other information: The Kids' Fishing event is sponsored by the City of Anacortes Parks and Recreation, and the Fidalgo-San Juan Chapter of the Puget Sound Anglers, and has been held for the past 20 years. The event offers children an opportunity to participate and learn about fishing who would otherwise not get the chance. For all participants a free barbeque lunch will be provided. For information on how you can participate, please contact Nicole Johnston, City of Anacortes Parks and Recreation at (360) 293-1918.

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

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