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

March 31, 2005

Regulation changes for Rat Lake

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

Effective dates: Immediately through June 30, 2005

Species affected: All game fish

Location: Rat Lake, including Mouse Pond, Okanogan County

Reason for Action: Rat Lake is scheduled for rehabilitation (treatment to remove undesirable fish species, primarily brown bullhead catfish, using a natural chemical compound called rotenone) on May 10, 2005. This allows an extension of a previous rule change to continue liberal regulations through May 5, 2005.

Other information: Rat Lake, including Mouse Pond (Okanogan County), effective immediately through May 5, 2005: open to fishing for game fish, size and daily limit none, statewide gear rules apply. Effective May 6, 2005 through June 30, 2005: closed to fishing.

Contact: Bob Jateff, District 6 Fish Biologist (509) 826-7341, 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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