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

October 7, 2021

All waters of Drano Lake return to permanent rule

Action: Rescinds the Sept. 4, 2021 fishing rule change that closed all angling in the northwest corner of the lake. Returns all waters of Drano Lake to rules published in the 2021-2022 Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet. Fishing for or retaining steelhead remains closed through Oct. 31, 2021 under permanent rules.

Effective date: Oct. 9, 2021

Species affected: All species.

Location: In the waters downstream of markers on point of land downstream and across from Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery and upstream of the Highway 14 Bridge.

Reason for action: The northwest corner of Drano Lake was closed to all angling in early September to reinforce an existing permanent regulation that closed fishing for retention of steelhead to minimize sport fishery impacts on ESA-listed steelhead. Water temperature in the adjacent mainstem Columbia River has continued to decrease. It is now below the threshold that caused steelhead to enter Drano Lake for refuge and delay their migration up the Columbia earlier in the summer. Even as Chinook catch rates rise, recent creel surveys have not recorded any steelhead encounters. Additionally, catch data from prior years indicate steelhead encounters are proportionately very low in October. Returning Drano Lake to permanent rule will provide additional opportunity for anglers to harvest salmon, while managing steelhead impacts within allowable limits.

Additional information: Anglers are reminded that fishing for and retention of steelhead remains closed throughout Drano Lake. Please refer to the 2021-2022 Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for additional angling rules specific to Drano Lake.

Information contact: Matthew Gardner, District Fish Biologist, 360-906-6746

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on definitions 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.

Individuals who need to receive this information in an alternative format, language, or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact the Title VI/ADA Compliance Coordinator by phone at 360-902-2349, TTY (711), or email (Title6@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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