Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

May 17, 2019

Heart Lake to close for kids' fishing event

Action: Closes Heart Lake to fishing by the public.

Effective dates: 12:01 a.m. May 29 until 12:01 a.m. June 2, 2019 entire lake closed to public fishing.

However, the lake is open for anglers 14 years and younger participating in the kids' fishing event June 1 from 7 a.m. through noon. Juvenile anglers may continue to fish the remainder of the day following the kids fishing event.

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 ensure 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.

Additional 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, who would otherwise not get the chance, an opportunity to participate and learn about fishing. For information on how you can participate, contact Nicole Johnston, city of Anacortes Parks and Recreation at (360) 293-1918.

Information Contact: Brett Barkdull, 360-466-4345, ext. 270 or barkdbcb@dfw.wa.gov

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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