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

September 15, 2004

Regulation changes for Lakes scheduled for rehabilitation

Action: Rule changes for game fish on lakes scheduled for rehabilitation

Effective dates: Effective immediately

Species affected: All game species

Location: Ferry Co. Ellen Lake, Okanogan Co. Fish Lake, Silvernail Lake, Rat Lake Grant Co. Upper Hampton Lake, Lower Hampton Lake, Hen Lake, Pillar Lake, Snipe Lake, Cattail Lake, Shoveler Lake, Gadwall Lake, Lemna Lake, Poacher Lake, Hourglass Lake, Sago Lake, Widgeon Lake, North Potholes Reserve Ponds, Stevens Co. Rocky Lake

Other Information:

Ellen Lake (Ferry Co.): Effective immediately through October 4, 2004 open to fishing for game fish. Daily limits for game fish: None. Daily size limits for game fish: None. October 5, 2004, closed to fishing for the remainder of the season.

Fish Lake (Okanogan Co.): Effective immediately through October 4, 2004, open to fishing for game fish. Daily limit for game fish: None. Daily size limit for game fish: None. October 5, 2004, closed to fishing for the remainder of the season.

Silvernail Lake (Okanogan Co.): Effective immediately through October 17, 2004, open to all anglers to fishing for game fish. Daily limit for game fish: None. Daily size limit for game fish: None. October 18, 2004 through December 31, 2004 closed to fishing.

Rat Lake (Okanogan County): Effective immediately until March 31, 2005, open to fishing for game fish. Daily limit for game fish: None. Daily size limit for game fish: None. Special Rules: Catch and release and selective gear rules are suspended. April 1, 2005 through May 31. 2005 - closed to fishing.

Upper and Lower Hamptons, Hen, Pillar, Snipe, Cattail, Shoveler, Gadwall, Lemna, Poacher, Hourglass, Sago and Widgeon lakes (Grant County): Effective immediately through September 30, 2004, open to fishing for game fish. Daily limit for game fish: None. Daily size limit for game fish: None.

North Potholes Reserve Ponds (Grant County): Effective immediately through September 30, 2004, open to fishing for game fish. Daily limit for game fish: None. Daily size limit for game fish: None. October 1, 2004 Closed to fishing for the remainder of the season.

Rocky Lake (Stevens Co.): Effective immediately through October 4, 2004, open to fishing for game fish. Daily limit for game fish: None. Daily size limit for game fish: None. Catch and release, and selective gear rules do not apply. Effective October 5, 2004, closed to fishing for the remainder of the season.

Reason for action: These lakes are scheduled for rehabilitation utilizing rotenone.

Information contacts: John Easterbrooks, regional fish manager, (509) 575-2740; Jeff Korth, fish and wildlife biologist, (509) 754-4624; Curt Vail, fish and wildlife biologist, (509) 456-4082

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 regulatio