Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
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July 11, 2013

Anglers lilmited to 5 trout, including kokanee, on Lake Cle Elum


Eliminates the 16 kokanee daily limit.

Implements the statewide daily limit for TROUT, including kokanee, to five fish.

Effective date: 12:01am July 13, 2013

Species affected: All trout, including kokanee.

Locations: Cle Elum Lake (Reservoir) in Kittitas County.

Reason for action: The Yakama Nation and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) are continuing the reintroduction of anadromous (sea-going) sockeye salmon in the upper Cle Elum basin. Eliminating the 16 kokanee daily limit and implementing the statewide daily limit for TROUT of 5 fish, including kokanee, is necessary to further protect juvenile sockeye needed for this reintroduction effort. This is expected to reduce harvest of juvenile sockeye and increase harvest of other trout including non-native lake trout (mackinaw), eastern brook trout and brown trout.

Other information: The 7" minimum and 14" maximum size for kokanee retention remains in effect. The 12? minimum size for other trout species also remains unchanged.

Information contacts: Eric Anderson, District 8 Fish Biologist, (509) 457-9301 (Yakima) or John Easterbrooks, Regional Fish Program Manager, (509) 457-9330

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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