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

April 18, 2005

Harvest closed for Pend Oreille River Northern Pike

Action: The harvest of northern pike in the Pend Oreille River (Pend Oreille County) will be prohibited from May 1, 2005 through June 10, 2005.

Effective dates: May 1, 2005 through June 10, 2005, inclusive.

Species affected: Northern Pike

Location: Pend Oreille River, Pend Oreille County

Reason for action: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Kalispel Tribe personnel are beginning a one-year biotelemetry study on habitat use and behavior of northern pike in the Pend Oreille River. Prohibiting harvest of northern pike from May 1 through June 10, 2005 will facilitate FDA compliance with regulations for fish that are anesthetized during capture and tagging activities scheduled for the weeks of May 1 and May 8.

Information contact: John Whalen, Regional Fish Program Manager, (509) 456-4082. Curt Vail, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, (509) 684-7452.

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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